COVID 19: Portugal Update, 17 April

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Portugal today registered a total of 657 deaths associated with covid-19, 28 more than on Thursday, and 19,022 infected (181 more), indicates the epidemiological bulletin released today by the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS).

Comparing with Thursday’s data, which recorded 629 deaths, today there was a percentage increase of 4.5 percent.

Regarding the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus, DGS data show that there are 181 more cases than on Thursday, representing an increase of 0.96 percent.

The North region is the one with the highest number of deaths (377), followed by the Centre (148), the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (119), the Algarve (9) of the Azores (4), says the situation report epidemiological data, with data updated until midnight on Thursday.

Of the registered deaths, 433 were over 80 years old, 135 were between 70 and 79 years old, 61 between 60 and 69 years old, 18 between 50 and 59 years old and eight between 40 and 49 years old.

Of the total infected people, the vast majority are recovering at home, totalling 17,738, minus 199 compared to Thursday (-1.1 percent).

The data indicate that 1,284 are hospitalized, minus 18 (-1.3 percent) and 222 are in Intensive Care Units, minus seven, which represents a decrease of 3 percent.

DGS data state that the municipality of Lisbon has the highest number of cases of coronavirus infection (1,020), followed by Porto (1,017 cases), Vila Nova de Gaia (972), Matosinhos (845), Braga ( 798), Gondomar (797), Maia (714), Valongo (562), Ovar (498), Sintra (463) and Coimbra with 345 cases.

Since 1 January, 158,940 suspected cases have been recorded, of which 4,805 are awaiting test results.

There are 135,113 cases in which the test result was negative, says DGS, adding that the number of recovered patients rose to 519, 26 more than on Thursday.

The North region continues to register the highest number of infections, totalling 11,324, 87 more than the previous day, followed by the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, with 4,302 (more 65), of the Center region, with 2,778 (more 22), from the Algarve with 305 (plus five) and from the Alentejo with 158 cases (plus two).

The Azores recorded 102 cases of covid-19 and Madeira 53, maintaining the figures for Thursday.

DGS also records 25,456 contacts under surveillance by the health authorities, 609 fewer than on Thursday (-2.3 percent).

Of the total infected, 11,240 are women and 7,782 men.

The age group most affected by the disease is 50 to 59 years old (3,306), followed by 40 to 49 years old (3,296), 30 to 39 years old (2,649) and 60 to 69 years old (2,341).

There are still 2,877 patients over the age of 80 and 1,731 between the ages of 70 and 79.

The DGS also records 332 cases of children up to nine years old, 487 of young people aged between 10 and 19 years old and 2013 cases of people aged between 20 and 29 years old.

According to the report by the Directorate-General for Health, 171 cases result from the importation of the virus from Spain, 128 from France, 81 from the United Kingdom, 45 from Switzerland, 46 from the United Arab Emirates, 32 Andorra, 29 Italy, 30 Brazil, 23 of the United States, 18 from Argentina, 19 from the Netherlands, 15 from Australia and 10 from Germany, in addition to several other cases spread over dozens of other countries.

According to the bulletin, 53 percent of patients positive for the new coronavirus have cough symptoms, 38 percent fever, 27 percent muscle pain, 25 percent headache, 21 percent generalized weakness and 16 percent breathing difficulties. This information refers to 85 percent of confirmed cases.

Covid-19, caused by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, is an acute respiratory infection that can trigger pneumonia.

Portugal, in a state of emergency until 17 April and where the first case was confirmed on 2 March, is in the third and most serious phase of response to the disease (Mitigation Phase), activated when there is local transmission, in a closed environment, and / or community transmission.

Globally, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 145,000 deaths and infected more than 2.1 million people in 193 countries and territories. More than 465,000 patients were considered cured.


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