"Despite the summer and having a high number of people in the Algarve, the epidemiological situation is stabilised," said Ana Cristina Guerreiro.

In a press conference of the District Civil Protection, in Loulé, the official made it known that, “in the last two weeks”, the number of new daily cases has remained “only with one digit”, an average of less than five.

As of 00:00 on 14 August, "229 active cases" are counted, in an "accumulation of 948 positive patients", with "nine inpatients", none in intensive care, and "397 in active surveillance", six of them in the Support to the Population (ZAP) in Albufeira, six in Faro and 15 in Loulé, she said.

Altogether, there were "19 deaths" and there are "already 700 people recovered", she added.

Albufeira, Faro, Portimão and Loulé are the municipalities "with the most cases" in the region, which on 14 August register "17 outbreaks" which, highlights the official, are "small outbreaks, none with the dimension of Lagos".

Recalling that there is an increase in events in the region, for which contingency plans are in place so that the participants “can enjoy them safely”, Ana Cristina Guerreiro warned to respect the rules, so that “everything happens with the greatest success and without problems”.

The president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community (AMAL) highlighted that the contamination rate per 100,000 inhabitants in the Algarve "is below 20", which he classified as "a very positive fact".

"Considering that at this time we have more than one million inhabitants in the region, the value is much lower," said António Pina.

For the mayor, it is “important” that the message that the region is 'covid free' passes on to the “main tourist markets”, so that “some restrictions change” and that the Portuguese “continue to look at the region as the main national holiday destination”.