The number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Portugal was 29.1 per 10,000 inhabitants on Wednesday, an increase of 12% over May 6, according to data from the INE released today.
“The number of confirmed cases with the covid-19 disease per 10,000 inhabitants was above the national value in 53 municipalities”, also mentions the publication of the National Statistics Institute (INE) “Covid-19: A territorial reading of the demographic and socio-economic impact ”.
In the North region, 36 municipalities registered a value above the national value, highlighting the set of contiguous municipalities in the Porto Metropolitan Area with more than 50 confirmed cases per 10,000 inhabitants: Valongo, Matosinhos, Maia, Gondomar, Porto, Santo Tirso and Vila Nova de Gaia.
Some municipalities in the Centro (12), Lisbon Metropolitan Area (Lisbon, Loures and Amadora), Alentejo (Moura) and Autonomous Region of the Azores (the municipality of Nordeste) regions also had values above the national value.
“Despite this differentiation, the estimated location coefficient for March 25 and May 20 suggests a reduction in the territorial concentration of cases,” says INE.
Of the 53 municipalities with a confirmed number of cases per 10,000 inhabitants above the global value for Portugal, 36 also had population density values above the national average.
Of these 36 municipalities, the most outstanding were, with more than 50 confirmed cases per 10,000 inhabitants, the municipality of Ovar (120.0), in the Region of Aveiro, the municipality of Condeixa-a-Nova (87.0) in the Region of Coimbra, the municipalities of Valongo (77.4), Vale de Cambra (72.0), Matosinhos (71.4), Maia (66.9), Gondomar (64.1), Porto (62.6), Santo Tirso (56.9) and Vila Nova de Gaia (50.8).
In the Metropolitan Area of Porto, were the municipalities of Felgueiras (69.9), Lousada (67.1) and Paços de Ferreira (52.5) in Tâmega and Sousa, the municipality of Braga (65.4) in Cávado, and the municipality of Vizela (53.4) in the Ave sub-region, which stood out the most.
Like the city of Oporto, the city of Lisbon has a high population density, recording, on 20 May, a total of 41.4 confirmed cases per 10,000 inhabitants.
INE also points out that 179 of the 308 municipalities in the country had a confirmed number of cases per 10,000 inhabitants and population density below the national reference.
The number of confirmed cases of covid-19 considered by INE is based on the information released for the total of the country and by municipality in the ‘Covid-19 Daily Situation Report’ by the Directorate-General for Health.
Portugal accounts for 1,277 deaths associated with covid-19 in 29,912 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.
Of the infected people, 608 are hospitalized, of which 92 are in intensive care units, and the number of recovered cases remains at 6,452.
Portugal entered on May 3 in a calamity situation due to the pandemic, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency since March 19.
This new phase of combating covid-19 provides for mandatory confinement for sick people and under active surveillance, the general duty of home collection and the mandatory use of masks or visors in public transport, public attendance services, schools and commercial establishments.