Covid-19: Update from Portugal, December 23

Portugal today recorded 17 additional deaths linked to covid-19 and 10,549 infections, the highest number of new cases since February 3, says the Directorate General of Health (DGS).

The number of new infections recorded in the last 24 hours is the highest since that date, when 9,083 cases were recorded.

The daily epidemiological bulletin of the DGS also reveals a drop in the number of people hospitalized, now totaling 893 admissions, or 16 less than Wednesday, including 148 in intensive care, seven less in the last 24 hours.

Of the 17 deaths, five occurred in the North region, three in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, three in the Center, three in the Algarve, two in the autonomous region of Madeira and one in the Alentejo.

Lisbon and Vale do Tejo are also the region with the most new cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours (5,350, 50.7% of the total), followed by the North (2,817), the Center (1,465), the Algarve (328), Alentejo (255), Madeira (249) and the Azores (85).

According to data from the health authority, there was one death in the age group between 50 and 59, three between 60 and 69, seven between 70 and 79 and six in people over 80 year.

The largest number of deaths since the start of the pandemic continues to be concentrated among people over the age of 80 (12,235), followed by the age groups between 70 and 79 (4,072) and between 60 and 69 years old (1730).

Active cases of covid-19 increased in the past 24 hours to 84,643, up 6,584 from Wednesday, and 3,948 people recovered from the disease, bringing the national total of cures to 1,149 611.

Compared to the previous day, the health authorities have more than 5,185 contacts under surveillance, totaling 112,417 people.

The greatest number of new cases diagnosed are in the age group between 20 and 29 years (2,361), followed by 40 to 49 years (1,843), 30 to 39 years (1,830), 10 to 19 (1,342), 50 to 59 (1,202), 0 to 9 (877), 60 to 69 (682), 70 to 79 (265) and people over 80 years (147).

Since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region has recorded 480,085 cases and 7,936 deaths.

In the North region, there were 463,049 infections and 5,747 deaths and the Center region now has a cumulative total of 180,532 infections and 3,333 deaths.

The Algarve has 55,327 infections and 572 deaths and the Alentejo has 45,131 cases and 1,084 deaths from Covid-19.

Since the start of the pandemic, the Autonomous Region of Madeira has had 18,008 infections and 118 deaths, and the Azores archipelago 10,962 cases and 50 deaths.

The regional authorities of the Azores and Madeira publish their data daily, which may not coincide with the information published in the DGS bulletin.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,840 people have died, 9,890 among men and 8,950 among women.

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