Covid: Madeira has highest Rt in Portugal

Transmission rate rising nationwide

Covid 19 epidemilogical siuation

The transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus rose again in Portugal to 1.06 and all regions have this indicator above the threshold of 1, indicated today the Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute (INSA).

According to INSA’s weekly report on the evolution of Covid-19, the Rt which estimates the number of secondary cases of infection resulting from each person carrying the virus – increased slightly from 1.02 to 1.06 at the national level.

According to the document, the seven regions of the country now have an Rt greater than 1, with the highest being in Madeira (1.40), followed by the Azores (1.31), the Algarve (1.11), Lisbon and Tagus Valley (1.08), the North (1.06), the (1.04) and the Centre (1.01).

Alentejo was the only region that maintained the Rt value in relation to the previous week, with the remaining six regions registering an increase in the average value of this indicator.

INSA also mentions that the average number of daily cases for five days also increased, from 2,642 to 2,952 at the national level. Despite this increase, the average of new daily infections remains one of the lowest recorded throughout this year. The highest occurred at the end of January, when 49,795 cases were reported in an average of five days.

“1n the European comparison, Portugal has a 14-day cumulative notification rate between 240 and 479-9 cases of Covid per 100,000 inhabitants and an Rt greater than 1, that is, a high notification rate and with an increasing trend” , adds the institute.

INSA estimates that, from March 2, 2020, when the first cases were reported, until September 23, Portugal has registered a total of 5,483,226 infections with the virus that causes Covid-19.

In the period 13-19 September Madeira recorded 732 positive cases of Covid, an increase of 132 over the previous period. There was one death attributed to the disease (none in the previous period).

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

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