The rate of new cases of coronavirus infection in the last 14 days was higher in the 10-20 age group, as it approached the maximum of 120 cases per 100,000 population, at 105 cases per 120,000. The DGS reports that there is “low pressure on health services”.
In the most recent report by the Doutor Ricardo Jorge National Institute of Health (INSA), released on Friday, the lowest rate was recorded in the age group of 80 years or over (31 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). This is the age group with the most vaccines, with 93% of the population in this group already receiving at least the first dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and they have at least 76% already receiving the second dose. The data for the report was obtained on April 28.
According to the report, the number of new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection per 100,000 people reached 68 new cases in the last 14 days. The value of Rt has values less than or equal to 1 at the national level (0.98) and in various health regions of the continent.
The report also highlights the decrease in COVID-19 cases that have been admitted to intensive care units. On April 28, 89 people were hospitalized, which is well below the specified critical value (245 beds occupied).
At the national level, the SARS-CoV-2 had a positive test rate of 1.0%, a value still below the set target of 4%. The total of tests taken in the last 7 days was 450,508, giving an average of 64,000 PCR tests per day.
According to the report, in the past seven days, 98% of SARS-CoV-2 / COVID-19 infections were isolated within 24 hours of notification, and 81% of their contacts were traced and isolated.
According to INSA, it is estimated that 90% of new cases of covid-19 arise from variant B.1.1.7 (associated with the United Kingdom).
68 cases of variant B.1.351 (associated with South Africa) and 85 cases of variant P.1 (associated with Manaus, Brazil) were identified, the majority without an established epidemiological link, which means that there is active community transmission of this variant in the country.
This week, for the first time, 6 cases linked to the Indian variant (subspecies B.1.617) were identified in Portugal for the first time.