Up to the 9th of June, 101 cases of the B.1.617 variant, associated with India, were laboratory confirmed in Portugal: nine cases of the B.1.617.1 lineage and 92 cases of the Delta lineage.
According to the “red lines” report, there is community transmission of this variant, more evident in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region.
In the previous report, released on June 4, the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) stated that 74 cases of this variant had been registered and admitted that, given the various introductions in the country, it could be that there was community transmission, the that was confirmed this friday.
A study published by the UK Health Directorate (Public Health England, PHE) ensured that the Delta variant is 60% more transmissible than the UK-associated Alpha, itself more transmissible than the initial strains of the new coronavirus .
The DGS and INSA report, in addition to estimating that the Alpha variant is responsible for 88.4% of the cases of infection in Portugal, adds that, as of June 9, 111 cases of the Beta variant, associated with South Africa, have been identified. , and 142 cases of Gama, associated with Manaus in Brazil.
There is community transmission of these variants, further the two entities.
Maintaining the growth rate, the time to reach the cumulative incidence rate of 14 days of 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants will be 15 to 30 days for the national level, with this threshold having been exceeded in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo.
The number of new cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants, in the last 14 days, was 83 cases, with an increasing trend nationwide. The Rt value, on the other hand, presents values greater than 1 at the national level (1.07) and in all health regions, except for the North region.
This growing trend is more accentuated in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (LVT) region, which has a Rt of 1.12″, underlines the report released by INSA and DGS.
The daily number of cases hospitalized in Intensive Care Units (ICU) on the continent also showed a growing trend, corresponding to 29% of the defined critical value of 245 occupied beds
In recent days, this indicator has been assuming an increasing trend. The region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, with 34 patients admitted to the ICU, represents 47% of the total cases in the ICU”, advances the report.
Given the expected time interval between the increase in the number of infections and the number of admissions to the ICU, the growing trend of this indicator requires caution in monitoring the increase in incidence, especially in the population without a complete vaccination schedule.”, concluded the document.
Last week, 296,306 tests were performed, 29,084 fewer than the 325,390 made in the previous seven days.