Forty Portuguese municipalities have recorded more than 480 SARS-COV-2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, a new level in the risk matrix for monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic.
On Thursday, the Cabinet set the risk level in the covid-19 pandemic surveillance matrix now set at 480 cases per 100,000 residents in 14 days instead of currently 240.
On the other hand, the Prime Minister announced three phases in the process of “liberating society and the economy” from the restrictions imposed due to the pandemic, which extends from August 1 to October, and that from Sunday, the rules will be applied to them. The same throughout the continental lands, with no distinction between measures by the municipality.
The General Directorate of Health, in turn, continues to disclose data according to the municipality by noting the cumulative incidence that “consists with the quotient between the number of new confirmed cases in the 14 days preceding the moment of analysis and the estimated resident population.”
This list presents 14-day cumulative incidence data at seven levels: less than 20, between 20.0 and 59.9, between 60.0 and 119.9, between 120.0 and 239.9, between 240.0 and 479.9, and between 480 and 959.9 and over 960.
According to the Epidemiological Bulletin of the Directorate General of Health (DGS) released today, Portugal has 232 municipalities with more than 120 SARS-COV-2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, 20 more than last Friday.
Of those 232 counties, 40 had a 14-day cumulative rate of more than 480 cases between July 15 and 28.
Above the maximum and more than 960 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the categories defined by the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention (ECDC), there are four municipalities: Albufeira (1100), Lule (993), Portimão (1183) and Sines (1, 364).
Data from the General Directorate of Research also indicates that in the past 14 days, 90 municipalities have exceeded 240 cases per 100,000 residents.
With no new coronavirus case in the last 14 days, there are now six municipalities: Santa Cruz das Flores, Barrancos, Nissa, S. Vicente, Corfu, and Vila Velha de Rodao.
In the explanatory note to the data by the municipality, it is stated that the cumulative incidence “consists with the quotient between the number of new confirmed cases in the 14 days preceding the moment of analysis and the estimated resident population”.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 4,202,179 people worldwide, among more than 196.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since the beginning of the epidemic, in March 2020, 17,344 people died, and 966,041 cases of infection were recorded, according to the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.