Portugal recorded 157,502 cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 191 deaths from covid-19 last week, according to the weekly report published this Friday by the General Directorate of Health (DGS).
The figures show the worsening of the epidemiological situation in the country, especially with regard to the number of infections: compared to the previous week, 57,959 more were recorded, an increase of 58%. As for deaths, the increase is 33% (47 more deaths than in the previous period).
According to the DGS’s weekly epidemiological bulletin, which only reports data up to this Monday, there have also been increases in hospitalizations – a 20% increase in the total number of infected people hospitalized, from 1,207 to 1,450 on 16 May, and a 42% growth in covid-19 patients in intensive care units, from 59 to 84.
According to the data, an average of 22,500 cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection were detected between May 10 and May 16. Regarding mortality, the daily average is around 27 deaths.
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The data in the report corroborates the statements of the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, and the Director General of Health, Graca Freitas. Officials said this week that, according to estimates by the National Institute of Health, Dr. Ricardo Jorge (Insa), the country can arrive within two weeks. to 60,000 daily cases.
Northern region responsible for 40% of cases and almost half of patients in intensive care
The North region is the one with the most pronounced growth, with 27,553 more cases recorded than the previous week, for a total of 63,487. It is also in this region that we observe the greatest increase in hospitalizations, with 131 more people hospitalized (total of 588) and 18 more in intensive care units (total of 40).
On the other hand, the number of deaths recorded last week in the North region fell compared to the previous week, with 50 (minus five). In this indicator, the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley registers the highest number of deaths, with 57 deaths reported, an increase of 104% – the previous week there were 28.
Regarding the national age distribution, 146 of the 191 deaths involved people over the age of 80, with 33 deaths of people between 70 and 79 years old, eight in the 60-69 age group, one among the 50 and 59 years. and three in the 40-49 age bracket.
Half of the tests were positive. Vaccines lose effectiveness against hospitalizations in people over 80
The weekly epidemiological situation monitoring report from the DGS and Insa, also published this Friday, indicates that the percentage of positive tests between May 10 and May 16 was 50.4%, showing an upward trend. while also increasing the number of tests performed, from around 265,000 to 355,044.
The entities underline in the document the verification of an “upward trend” of the various epidemiological indicators and recommend “strongly the strengthening of individual protection measures and the vaccination reminder”.
The document also mentions that the national studies of efficacy in vaccines against covid-19 show “moderate efficacy” against hospitalizations of the first booster dose in people over 80, with less than 60%. Even so, they maintain a 79% effectiveness against death from covid-19.
On the other hand, in the 65-79 age group, analysis of the period from February to March this year “suggests high efficacy of the booster dose”, both against covid-19 and in relation to associated mortality. .