In Grande’s interview programme, on RTP, Graça Feitas said the 19 cases, more than five cases already announced, are all part of the Belenenses SAD outbreak, with five more cases awaiting results from the Ricardo Jorge Institute.
That official said In addition to the issues related to the football club, there may be other cases in the country and that there are cases under investigation..
Graca Freitas confirmed that Portugal is in a fifth wave of the Covid-19 virus, with an increase in the number of infections, hospitalizations and deaths, who also said that expectations indicate that there may be a doubling of cases within 26 days.
On Wednesday, Portugal recorded 4,670 confirmed cases, and if expectations are confirmed, it could be more than 9,000 cases on January 26. (A year ago on that date there were 1,214 new cases.)
Graça Freitas did not adhere to the numbers, and said that it was necessary to study and analyze them, and added that she hopes that the repercussions of the increase in cases in hospitals and intensive care and the number of deaths will not be significant, because vaccines protect against a serious disease.
Warning and immunization of children
Regarding vaccines, the Director-General explained that there are children hospitalized with Covid-19, and not all of them are children with other previous problems, and he defended the vaccination of children, while the General Directorate of Health is preparing to make a recommendation in this regard, receiving the first opinion today.
If the decision is to vaccinate children, Portugal will get its first 300,000 vaccines on the 13th and the vaccination schedule will start next month.
Graca Freitas alerts: Children are affected by the virus, and the most affected group is the age group from zero to nine years, especially the group from 5 to 9 years old..
At older ages, the vaccination process continues, and the official estimates that the age group 50 and over can start taking the third dose of the vaccine in January or February.
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