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Portugal records new high of 52,549 daily Covid-19 infections

PORTUGAL RECORDS NEW HIGH OF 52,549 DAILY COVID-19 INFECTIONSThe DGS have reported that Portugal recorded a total of 52,549 new cases of Covid-19 and 33 deaths yesterday, January 19th. This is the highest level since the  beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For the second day in a row, Portugal hit a new maximum of new infections, with 8,820 more infections than on Tuesday, now totalling over two million infections since March 2020, when the pandemic began in Portugal.

According to the DGS epidemiological situation assessment report, there are now 356,477 infections, 1,959 patients of which are now hospitalised, with 153 of them being in intensive care units.

The 33 new deaths associated with COVID-19 since Mondays report occurred in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (15), the North region (10), in the Center (5), in Madeira (1), in the Azores (1) and in Alentejo (1).
According to DGS data, 16 of the 33 fatalities were over 80 years old, 11 were between 70 and 79 years old, four were between 60 and 69 years old and two were between 50 and 59 years old.

The data indicates that the highest number of new infections was recorded in the northern region (22,455) and in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (16,192)

The largest number of newly diagnosed infections is in the age group between 40 and 49 years old (9,454), followed by the age group of 0 and 9 years old (9,210), from 30 to 39 years old (8,514), of 10 to 19 years (8,092).

In the age group between 20 and 29 years old, 6,774 new infections were registered, in the age group between 50 and 59 years old, 5,452 were reported, between 60 and 69 years old, 2,668, between 70 and 79 years old, 1,509 and in those over 80 years, 876 were recorded.

To date, 19,413 people have died in Portugal with COVID-19. 

The Algarve region has a total of 77,262 infections since the pandemic began, and 609 deaths from Covid-19.

The Rt, which estimates the number of secondary cases of infection resulting from each person carrying the virus, has been going down since January 5th and is currently recording a decrease from 1.13 nationally to 1.11 and in mainland Portugal to 1.10.

Data from Rt and the incidence of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants at 14 days are updated by Portuguese health authorities on Monday, Wednesday and Friday each week.