Transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has a stable infection rate in Portugal, but the death rate determined by covid-19 is recording a “potentially increasing trend,” warned the report on the evolution of the epidemic released Friday.
Says the document issued by the Directorate General of Health (DGS) and the Ricardo Jorge Institute (INSA).
On Monday, the specific death rate for COVID-19 was 8.9 deaths in 14 days per million inhabitants, while it was 8.1 on the same day the previous week, a value, despite a slight growth, below the threshold of 20. Deaths set by the European Center Disease Control (ECDC).
According to the DGS and INSA, deaths from all causes in the past week are within projected values for this time of year.
The report also notes the continuation of the downward trend in hospital occupancy due to the coronavirus, with 431 people hospitalized on Monday, which is 8% less than those hospitalized in the previous week.
As for intensive care, the document indicated that 33 hospitalized patients in these units correspond to 12.9% of the threshold set as critical for 255 occupied beds and also with a declining trend in this indicator.
In light of these indications, the DGS and INSA recommend maintaining monitoring of the epidemiological situation of covid-19, maintaining individual protection measures, booster vaccination, and frequent communication of these measures with the population.
Between March 3, 2020, when the first cases were confirmed in Portugal, and September 5, Portugal recorded 5,432,695 cases of SARS-CoV-2, 359,692 of which were suspected of re-infection, representing 6.6% of the total cases.
The highest incidence of re-infection occurred between 91 and 180 days in the BA.5 control period of the micron variant, which is the ratio currently prevalent in Portugal, according to a health authority report.
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