All regions of the country record an average transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-2 virus above the threshold of 1, but with a deceleration in the increase of new cases of infection in the last days.

According to the report on the epidemic curve of the Doctor Ricardo Jorge National Institute of Health (INSA) released, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo register an Rt – which estimates the number of secondary cases of covid-19 resulting from an infected person – 1.07, after having submitted 1.12 the week before.

This downward trend is also evident in the North, which is now at a Rt of 1.24, lower than the 1.34 recorded in the previous INSA report, but still the highest among all regions of the country.

The Center went from a Rt from 1.23 to 1.13, the Alentejo from 1.26 to 1.13, the Algarve from 1.21 to 1.15, the Azores from 1.15 to 1.13 and Madeira from 1.29 to 1.20, refer to the institute’s data.

With regard to the notification of new cases of infection accumulated to 14 days, the INSA said that Portugal had a rate between 240 and 479.9 per 100 thousand inhabitants, considered “very high and with a growing trend” and that in the same situation, at European level, there are Luxembourg and the Netherlands.

By region, the Algarve is the region with the highest incidence rate (806.4), followed by Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (486.6), the North (288.5), the Alentejo (211.4 ), the Azores (194.1), the Center (187.6) and Madeira (78.8).

In Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 17,194 people have died and 922,747 cases of infection have been registered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.

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