Portugal has 151 municipalities with the highest level of incidence of coronavirus infections, a substantial increase compared to the 32 that were in the same epidemiological situation last Friday, indicate data from the General Directorate of Health (DGS).
According to the DGS report, these 151 municipalities (out of the 308 municipalities in the country) have a cumulative incidence of over 14 days in excess of 960 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest level of the seven defined by the European Center for Prevention and Control of Diseases (ECDC).
Of this group of 151, eight municipalities even recorded an incidence of infections above 2,000 cases, among which Porto Santo stands out, with 4,753, followed by Lisbon (2,510), Ferreira do Zêzere (2,301), Porto (2,129), Câmara de Lobos (2,117), Campo Maior (2,066), Almada (2,05) and Amadora (2,001).
At the lower level, with an incidence between 480 and 959.9 cases, there are now another 114 municipalities, while another eight – Borba, Calheta (Azores), Corvo, Lajes das Flores, Mourão, Santa Cruz das Flores, Vinhais and Vidigueira – – report an incidence between 120 and 239.9 cases.
The municipality of Velas, in the Azores, is the one with the best situation, being the only one in the country with an incidence between 60 and 119.9 cases, the second lowest level of the ECDC criteria.
In the explanatory note of the data by municipality, published in the epidemiological bulletin of the DGS, it is mentioned that the cumulative incidence “corresponds to the quotient between the number of new confirmed cases in the 14 days prior to the moment of analysis and the estimated resident population”.
Covid-19 has caused 5,428,240 deaths worldwide since the start of the pandemic, according to the latest report by Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,955 people have died and 1,389,646 cases of infection have been recorded, according to data from the General Directorate of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in several countries.
A new variant, Ómicron, considered worrisome and highly contagious by the World Health Organization (WHO), has been detected in southern Africa, but since the South African health authorities raised the alert on 24 November, infections in hairs have been reported. less than 110 countries, being dominant in Portugal.