PPortugal, like other countries, has been recording daily record figures for cases of infection, having surpassed, for the first time, 30,000 infections on the last day of 2021, at a time when the Ómicron variant already has a prevalence higher than 80% in the country.
The incidence of infections soared to 1,182.7 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in Portugal and the transmissibility index (Rt) also registered an increase, rising to 1.35.
There are now 151 counties in the country at extreme risk of infection and health authorities admit that the worsening of the pandemic could increase pressure on health and mortality.
Worldwide, Covid-19 has caused 5,428,240 deaths since the start of the pandemic.
In these interactive maps, you can consult the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic in Portugal and in the world.
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10h25 – More than 400 thousand tests in a day
Last Thursday, December 30th, Portugal reached a new maximum of daily testing with 402,756 tests performed (9.2% positivity rate), of which 307,698 (76%) were rapid antigen tests (TRAg) for professional use, the testing task force reported today. Since the beginning of the pandemic, around 26.5 million Covid-19 diagnostic tests have been carried out in Portugal. These numbers do not include self-tests.
8h45 – Number of infected and unvaccinated pregnant women is increasing in maternities
The director of the Gynecology Service of the University Hospital Center of Lisbon North (CHULN) warned today of the increase in the number of pregnant women infected with Covid-19 without vaccination and for the impact on services, calling for vaccination. Speaking to Lusa agency, Alexandre Valentim Lourenço said that currently all “Lisbon’s main maternity hospitals have had more Covid pregnant women” and that the number surpasses the one registered in May, June or even last year.
8h40 – Ship in Lisbon with more than 4,000 people and 52 positive cases
A cruise ship, flying the Italian flag, with more than 4,000 people on board, has been docked in the port of Lisbon for two days, after 52 people tested positive for covid-19, confirmed the captain of the Port of Lisbon.
8h35 – A China detected 231 cases of covid-19 in the past 24 hours, 175 of which by local contagion, the country’s health authorities announced today.
8h30 – Bolsonaro rejects restrictions for those who do not want to be vaccinated
The President of Brazil on Friday rejected “any restriction” that could affect those who refuse the vaccine against the covid-19 disease, despite the country being one of the most affected by the pandemic of the new coronavirus.
8h20 – Good morning and Happy New Year! 2022 is the year of hope for the end of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here, we begin the new BY MINUTE follow-up in the development of incidents related to Covid-19, at a time when many countries register daily infection values that have never been reached before, a fact that happens due to the spread of the Ómicron variant, which is more transmissible than the previous ones. Portugal surpassed yesterday, the last day of 2021, for the first time, the 30,000 new cases in 24 hours.
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