Covid 19: Portugal Update

in News · 16-03-2020 14:35:00 · 4 Comments

The number of people infected with the new coronavirus has risen to 331, 86 more than those recorded on Sunday, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced today.

According to the bulletin on the epidemiological situation in Portugal, released today at 12.30pm, there are 2,908 suspected cases, of which 374 are awaiting laboratory results.

According to DGS, there are three recovered cases.

The data indicate that of the 331 confirmed cases, more than half (174) are recovering at home, 139 are hospitalized, 18 of which in Intensive Care Units (ICU).

According to the bulletin, there are 4,592 contacts under surveillance by health authorities. Since 1 January, 2,908 suspected cases have been registered.

Currently, there are 18 active transmission chains in Portugal, four more than on Sunday.

Among the infected patients are a boy and a girl aged up to nine years old, 10 boys and 17 girls aged between 10 and 19 years old, and 38 young people aged between 20 and 29 years old.

There are 12 cases of infected patients over 80 and 28 between 70 and 79.

It is among the population aged between 40 and 49 years that most cases are registered (68), according to the DGS bulletin, which indicates the existence of 65 cases between 30 and 39 years and 52 cases between 50 and 59 years.

There are still 37 cases recorded between 60 and 69 years old.

Lisbon and Tagus Valley is the region with the highest number of confirmed cases (142), followed by the North (138), the Central region (31) and the Algarve (13). There is one case in the Azores.

There are five confirmed cases abroad, according to the daily epidemiological bulletin.

Alentejo and Madeira are the only regions in the country with no cases registered by DGS.

DGS data show that 16 cases result from the import of the virus from Spain, 14 from Italy, nine from France, five from Switzerland, one from Andorra, one from Belgium and one from Germany and Austria.

According to DGS, more than half of patients positive for the new coronavirus have coughing (53 percent), fever (31 percent), headache (19 percent), muscle pain (18 percent), generalized weakness (13 percent) and breathing difficulties (9 percent).

The regional governments of Madeira and the Azores decided to impose a quarantine period on all passengers who land in the archipelagos, while the Government of the Republic advised against travelling to the islands.

Other measures had already been taken in Portugal to contain the pandemic, such as the suspension of air links with Italy, the most affected country in Europe.


Comments:

Yes I agree with Bob. Our trip to Portugal was to start with flying to Portugal Sunday night with TAP. We booked through Portugal Getaways with a no cancellation clause in early January and had to cancel last week due to the rapidly evolving situation of covid19 throughout Europe including Portugal. While this company has offered to rebook our trip , they have only allowed it until Jan 2021 and with additional costs for air flights and hotel stating that Portugals borders and internal travel is unrestricted at this time. This appears to be counter to the CDCs recommendation to curtail non essential travel. These extra costs amount to an additional $1000 for our already lost funds of $4000.
In addition, this crisis is unlikely to improve in the next 9 months.
Responsibility and accountability in these troubled times appears to be the least important factor for this travel company. The bottom line is money!
Sharon Henderson, Canada

By Sharon Henderson from Other on 18-03-2020 12:12

A clarificarion please. Of the 2908 suspected cases you write that 374 waited for results. What about the others, the 2534 (2908-374) that have gotten their results? How many tested positive (and are they included in the confirmed cases?

By Ola Grane from Algarve on 16-03-2020 11:10

Tap Air Portugal still has our plane scheduled to come to Portugal for a Globus Tour which since has been cancelled. We are coming from Toronto Canada. Canada just closed its borders to international tourists. Instead of canceling our flight they decided to just give passengers the opportunity to bid on open seats in business class. It's all about the money. They should do what is socially responsible during times like this and not expose foreign tourists and even citizens of their own country to any more risk than is needed. Portugal needs to make up for time that is lost already and concentrate on what is being done elsewhere. They own half of this airline and are being foolish and irresponsible for their actions in not closing this route now before it is too late. And they should not penalize tourists like us who have no control about what is going on in the world and who they say will lose money if they cancel and do not go on this flight as planned against all prudent practicality and assume unnecessary risks and possible death just so Tap can keep their money given in good faith. Shame on them :( :( :(

By Rob Bullaro from USA on 16-03-2020 10:28

Tap Air Portugal still has our plane scheduled to come to Portugal for a Globus Tour which since has been cancelled. We are coming from Toronto Canada. Canada just closed its borders to international tourists. Instead of canceling our flight they decided to just give passengers the opportunity to bid on open seats in business class. It's all about the money. They should do what is socially responsible during times like this and not expose foreign tourists and even citizens of their own country to any more risk than is needed. Portugal needs to make up for time that is lost already and concentrate on what is being done elsewhere. They own half of this airline and are being foolish and irresponsible for their actions in not closing this route now before it is too late. And they should not penalize tourists like us who have no control about what is going on in the world and who they say will lose money if they cancel and do not go on this flight as planned against all prudent practicality and assume unnecessary risks and possible death just so Tap can keep their money given in good faith. Shame on them :( :( :(

By Rob Bullaro from USA on 16-03-2020 07:29
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