Transmissibility rate in Portugal has been decreasing

in News · 31-07-2020 17:16:00 · 2 Comments

The rate of transmissibility of Covid-19 in Portugal has been decreasing, said the Minister of Health on 31 July.

At the press conference for monitoring the pandemic, Marta Temido stated that between 23 and 27 July, the disease transmission rate, called Rt, was estimated at 0.94, and could range between 0.93 and 0, 96.

"The number of new cases with each generation of the disease [the average capacity of each new infection to generate new cases] is on a gradual decrease at the national level," said the minister.

Currently, there are 381 people hospitalised, 280 of whom are in the units of the regional health administration in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, 41 of whom are in intensive care (27 in the Lisbon region).

Marta Temido said 194 outbreaks are still active in the country: 47 in the North, 12 in the Centro region, 106 in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, 14 in the Alentejo and 15 in the Algarve.

Health officials consider an active outbreak up to 28 days - the equivalent of two incubation periods - after the most recent case recorded.

In the last seven days, there were 13.4 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and in the last 14 days, the incidence rate was 29.1 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.


But the rate is still higher than the UK so the air bridge will not open until the rate comes down further.

By Mr Robert Lambert from UK on 03-08-2020 10:35

Could you stick with the same denominator when expressing new cases even if the Health agency are reporting it differently as it is easy for the reader to think that we have gone down from 29.1 to 13.4 cases over the last week when if fact we have gone down from 15.7 (29.1-13.4) new cases (per week) last week to 13.4 new cases (per week) this week. A 15% reduction. Seems like the the additional Lisbon restrictions have really helped but the tracer teams deserve the most thanks! So now Portugal is one of the few EU countries with a downward trend (per week) in new cases. Something to feel safe, good and even great about.

By Al from Lisbon on 01-08-2020 01:18
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