The incidence rate of infections with SARS-CoV-2 in the last 14 days nationwide and the transmissibility index (Rt) continue to rise, settling, respectively, at 84.3 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and at 1, 01.
According to the joint epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health and the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge released today, at national level the incidence rate rose from 84.2 to 84.3. In mainland Portugal, this indicator also increased from 84.4 to 84.7 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
The Rt – which estimates the number of secondary cases of infection resulting from each person carrying the virus – also rose again in relation to the values recorded on Friday, going nationally from 1 to 1.01 and in mainland Portugal from 1 to 1.02. The Rt data and the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants within 14 days – indicators that make up the risk matrix for monitoring the pandemic – are updated by the health authorities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
According to the Government portal for covid-19, “the monitoring of the evolution of the pandemic will continue to be carried out based on the indicators of incidence and Rt, adapted according to the evolution of vaccination (alert level is 240, level risk is 480)”.
Covid-19 has caused at least 4,895,733 deaths worldwide, out of more than 240 million infections with the new coronavirus recorded since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse released on Thursday. In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,100 people have died and 1,080,097 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.