Madeira has the highest transmission rate in Portugal!

Statistics show Madeira bucking the trend

Madeira has the highest transmission rate in Portugal! 1

The Diario reports that there are just three regions in Portugal with an “R” Rate (transmission rate – or “Rt” locally) above the average for the country. Nationally, the average of daily infections by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus rose to 728 in the last five days, with the Alentejo being the only region in the country with a transmissibility index (Rt) of less than 1.

According to the data on the epidemic curve released today by the Ricardo Jorge National Institute (INSA), Portugal has an average of 728 new cases per day, a value higher than the 628 recorded in their report previous.

According to the INSA, all regions of Portugal have an Rt – which estimates the number of secondary cases of infection resulting from a person carrying the virus – the transmission rate – above the threshold of 1, with the exception of Alentejo, which registers 0.98.

In the North this indicator is 1.05, in the Centre and Lisbon/Vale do Tejo at 1.10, in the Algarve at 1.06, in the Azores at 1.07 and in Madeira at 1.15, the latter being the highest in the country.

Centro, Lisbon/Vale do Tejo and Madeira are thus the three regions with a teansmission rate higher than the national one, which is estimated at 1.08.

A “worsening” of the transmission rates in Portugal

Transmission rate graph

Regarding the 14-day cumulative incidence, the Centre and Algarve have a rate of between 120 and 239.9 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and the remaining regions – North, Lisbon/Vale do Tejo, Alentejo, Azores and Madeira – a value of less than 119.9 cases, advances the INSA.

The lowest incidence rate is found in the North, with 76.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the highest in the Algarve, with 137.7 cases.

On Thursday, Health Minister Marta Temido warned of “a worsening” of the epidemiological situation of the COVID-19 pandemic last week, adding that this scenario “was of some sort as expected” and follows the European situation, with transmission rates rising.

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

Travel latest: requirements for entering and leaving Madeira: is kept up-to-date on a previous post

6 thoughts on “Madeira has the highest transmission rate in Portugal!”

    • Wondering if the motto needs to be to check the dates when cruise ships are visiting Funchal and on those days remain away from the centre but stay in locations roughly between Reids and Madeira Forum.

      (Now back to looking at daily JM figures because of a revised (and single) 2 week trip at the beginning of December)


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