The 14-day incidence data from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) bulletin on Monday shows that there are 219 municipalities at “extremely high risk” in Portugal, 15 fewer than in the previous update, reflecting the decrease in the number of Cases noticed in the past week. Even so, they represent 71% of the country’s municipalities.
In the 219 municipalities at the highest level there were already 208 in the previous week, with 11 municipalities having risen to the last risk level. 26 parishes followed in the opposite direction.
Contagion alleviation is the country’s dominant focus: of the 308 municipalities, 197 fell by 64% between January 20 and February 2, the number of new cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This means that the average incidence for each ward has decreased from 1,551 new cases in the last week to 1,441 in the last update (minus 110). This average has increased since the 14-day data from December 7th to 20th.
In 104 municipalities, the incidence rose after 14 days and the indicator remained changed for another seven days – including Velas on the Azores island of São Jorge, which has recorded an incidence rate of zero for the fortnight from December 30 to January 12.
The two areas at the top of the list of parishes with the highest incidence rate in the country are the same but have switched positions. The municipality of Penedono (Viseu), now with 5789 new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants, changed position at Castelo de Vide (Portalegre), which registered 6680.
Despite the very high incidence, Penedono led one of the largest declines in the week, registering 1698 fewer new cases than in the previous update when it rose to the top of the indicator due to the largest national surge. This is due to the fact that the municipality has fewer than three thousand inhabitants, so deviations in a few dozen cases can lead to very significant fluctuations in the incidence rate. The indicator for new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in 14 days is the method used by DGS to compare communities with different population realities.
In the list of municipalities with the highest incidence, Castelo de Vide and Penedono Aguiar da Beira (Guarda), which ranks third with 4,751 new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants, São João da Pesqueira (Viseu) with 3607, Almeida (Guarda) with 4254 , Sernancelhe (Viseu) with 3873, Fronteira (Portalegre) with 3766, Rio Maior (Santarém) with 3504, Tábua (Coimbra) with 3352 and Boticas (Vila Real) with 3081.
Of these areas, three saw the largest increases nationally: Fronteira saw the largest increase in the week, with an increase in incidence of 3,253; São João da Pesqueira recorded an increase of 1123 and was fourth with the same variation as Monchique (Madeira) and behind Vila de Rei and Sabugal (more 1474 and 1219 respectively). and Rio Maior, which rose from 2,611 new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants to 3504 in the last update (893 more) between January 13 and 26, saw the eighth largest increase.
In the list of antipodes, the municipality of Góis (Coimbra) recorded the greatest decrease from 3758 new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants to 1708 (minus 2050), followed by Sernancelhe (minus 1928), Penalva do Castelo (minus 1884), Penedono and Aguiar da Beira (minus 1612 ).