LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Portugal’s COVID-19 an infection fee has dropped sharply after a lockdown aimed toward addressing a devastating January pandemic surge, however it’s nonetheless recording essentially the most each day deaths on this planet by dimension of inhabitants, well being consultants stated Tuesday.
Portugal hit a peak of instances on Jan. 29, with a 14-day common of virtually 1,700 instances per 100,000 habitants.
Amid a lockdown, that fee has fallen to round 980 per 100,000 — a marked enchancment however nonetheless one of many European Union’s highest charges.
However Portugal’s seven-day rolling common of each day deaths stands at 2.24 per 100,000 — considerably above different nations, in line with knowledge compiled by Johns Hopkins College.
Portugal is without doubt one of the EU’s smaller nations, with a inhabitants of about 10.3 million.
Portugal’s president, prime minister and different senior officers held a televised assembly with well being consultants to think about whether or not a lockdown launched in mid-January must be prolonged past this weekend. The lockdown is broadly anticipated to remain in place for no less than two extra weeks.
Portugal’s “R” quantity, indicating the variety of folks an contaminated individual passes the virus to, has dropped from 1.24 on Jan. 4 to 0.78 on Feb. 3, knowledge exhibits.
A examine advised that sticking with the lockdown, and preserving colleges closed, by the top of March would carry down the variety of COVID-19 intensive care unit sufferers to round 300. There are at the moment virtually 900 in ICUs, that are underneath extreme pressure.
Specialists famous, nevertheless, that it may take weeks earlier than a discount within the variety of infections lowers the variety of hospitalizations.
Portugal has formally recorded virtually 768,000 instances of COVID-19 and attributed greater than 14,300 deaths to the coronavirus.
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