COVID-19: Portugal surpasses 12,000 deaths to date

Second worst day on record

Portugal, where deaths continue to increase report that a further 293 people died of the disease in the last 24 hours in Portugal, one of the worst records since the beginning of the pandemic. There are also a record number of patients in intensive care units, but fortunately also a record number of recovered patients. 

The website reports that today Portugal surpassed the 12,000 fatalities by COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, after registering 293 more deaths associated with the disease in the last 24 hours. This is one of the worst days of the pandemic in number of deaths, only surpassed by January 28, when 303 deaths were confirmed. On January 27, there were also 293 deaths.

According to the bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), 12,179 cases of infection were also diagnosed. The country now has an accumulated total of 711,018 infected and 12,179 dead during the pandemic.

Lisbon and the Tagus Valley again concentrate the largest number of deaths by covid-19, with 136 deaths reported in this region. It follows the North with 65 deaths, the Centre with 63, the Alentejo with 17, and the Algarve with nine. In the archipelago of Madeira, three people died (these are central figures, which rarely agree with Regional figures in Madeira, reported on this blog, which show an additional two deaths).

Like the death rate, most new infections were also diagnosed in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, which registered 5,961 new infections. This is followed by the North with 3,155 new cases, the Centre with 2,499, the Alentejo with 436 and the Algarve with 268. In Madeira there were 91 more infections (88 reported locally) and in the Azores another 25.

The number of hospitalized patients due to COVID-19 in Portuguese hospitals decreased, but on the other hand, patients in Intensive Care Units (ICU) increased. There are now 6,544 inpatients, 83 fewer than yesterday. Of these, 843 (a new maximum) are in UCI, 37 more than yesterday.

On the other hand, there was a record of recoveries. In the last 24 hours, 14,014 people have overcome the disease, increasing the total number of recovered people in the country to 518,900.

COVID-19 in Madeira: daily updates can be found on an earlier post.

There are currently 179,939 active cases of the disease and health authorities have 225,365 contacts under surveillance.

5 thoughts on “COVID-19: Portugal surpasses 12,000 deaths to date”

  1. Pleased to say my missus and I had our first Covid jab today. We had the AstraZeneca jab. The Germans & French have made unsubstantiated claims that this vaccine is no use for the over 65s but we are more than happy with it.

    • The nurse came to the house to see us due to the missus having poor mobility. The nurse works 9am to 7pm 6 days and 9am to 4pm Sundays!! She reckoned the team of four would have dealt with 90 to 100 people each day — almost 700 per week. And that is why by the end of Jan about 8millions in the UK will have had it.

      The NHS is bloody marvellous 👍👍👍👍

      • We had ours 2 weeks ago at a local Leisure Centre that is inoculating 750 people per day. We had the Pfizer vaccine but would happily have had the AZ vaccine. Our thoughts are with our Portuguese friends who are suffering so badly and we hope that you will soon start to receive sufficient vaccines to start to defeat this terrible disease.

  2. What you say is not quite correct. In Germany it is recommended to use the Astra Zeneca vaccine only on persons under 65, as, in the course of the development, it was never tested on people over 65. Which does, of course, not mean that it is not effective. It is only a precautionary measure, which I think is quite understandable in view of the very short period of time in which the vaccines were developed. Stay healthy!


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