Screening remains focussed in Lisbon region

in News · 04-06-2020 17:10:00 · 0 Comments

Screenings for Covid-19 are being concentrated “in confirmed situations and in companies” in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, but the rest of the country “is being monitored”, said the Director-General of Health.

“In terms of screening, we are focused on the confirmed situations in the Greater Lisbon region and companies in Greater Lisbon. Area where there is currently a more active epidemiological situation. But we are monitoring the rest of the country, which is stable, ”said Graça Freitas.

The Director-General of Health, who was speaking at the daily press conference on the balance of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, explained that the current focus of health authorities is “on understanding what is happening in Lisbon, detecting positives and minimising transmission chains ”, but reiterated attention remains across the entire Portuguese territory.

“And some of these people [from Lisbon and the Tagus Valley] move between areas, but they are detected by health authorities. In terms of screening we are focused on companies in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region. The rest of the country is being monitored if necessary, it will be done, but at the moment it is not being considered ”, said the Director-General of Health.

Also questioned about tests and incidence of cases by regions, the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales, said today that testing is being carried out “in line with the national and regional epidemiological situation” and gave concrete figures for the 2 June.

"About 50 percent of the tests of the SNS [National Health Service] were done in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo", said the government official.

As for the North, it was the target of 28 percent of the total testing that day, the Centre 14 percent, the Alentejo 4 percent and the Algarve registered 2 percent.

Graça Freitas reiterated that “tests were never stopped in any region of the country”, adding that “parishes are not being specifically identified”, but pointed to the counties and health areas of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo as “more cases per 100,000 inhabitants ”registered between May 1st and June 1st, namely: Loures, Lisbon, the area of ??Almada, Seixal, Barreiro, Vila Franca and Sintra.”

In the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, where there has been a greater number of outbreaks, there are over 309 cases of infection (+ 2.6%).

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totalling 16,819, followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 12,137, of the Centre region, with 3,770, of the Algarve (376) and Alentejo (262).


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