Until Sunday, the Algarve recorded 32 active outbreaks of covid-19, most of which originated in work, school and parties, and in schools where more cases were confirmed, indicates a document to which Lusa had access.

According to the document from the regional health authorities, the schools had a total of eight active outbreaks, which allowed the identification of 88 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, most of which in the Padre Cabanita 2nd and 3rd cycle elementary school , in Loulé (29 cases), and at the Areal Gordo Basic School and Kindergarten, in Faro (21).

In the labor context, 10 active outbreaks were recorded, four of which in hotels, with a total of 50 confirmed cases of covid-19 having been registered until Sunday in companies in Albufeira, Loulé, Portimão, Lagos, Olhão and Tavira.

The parties and social gatherings in the Algarve led to five outbreaks of covid-19, with 51 infected, 10 of which in a social gathering on Ilha da Culatra, in Faro, and there were also outbreaks originating in meetings in restaurants in Loulé, Olhão and Lagos.

On Monday, more than 1,300 students from 52 classes in the five municipalities in the Algarve where classroom classes were suspended were in isolation, according to the Algarve Health delegate, Ana Cristina Guerreiro, told Lusa.

The decision to switch to non-face-to-face teaching, until the end of the school year, in 1st and 2nd cycle schools in the municipalities of the Central Algarve – Faro, Loulé, Albufeira, Olhão and São Brás de Alportel – was announced in the Sunday afternoon, due to the epidemiological “severity of the situation”.

In a family context, four outbreaks were identified, with 27 infected, and in homes and residential structures for the elderly, one outbreak, in the Torre Natal home, in Faro, which accounted for 20 cases and one death, of a 92-year-old elderly woman.

At the level of federated sport there were two outbreaks, in the hockey team in Boliqueime (two cases) and in a basketball team in Olhão (five).

In day care centers, only one outbreak was identified, with two cases, in a nursery in Monte Gordo (Vila Real de Santo António). The 32 outbreaks had caused, until Sunday, one death and two hospitalizations.

The Algarve region has the highest transmission rate (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the country, with 1.3, according to data released by the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) on Friday .

At national level, from the 14th to the 20th of June, there was a reduction in the Rt from 1.20 to 1.1, which was also registered in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, but in the Algarve there was “a sharp increase” of the transmissibility index, which went from 1.07, on May 27th, to 1.4, on June 14th (0.33 in 19 days).

The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 3,925,816 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 181 million cases of infection, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 17,092 people died and 877,195 cases of infection were confirmed, according to the most recent bulletin of the General Directorate of Health.


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