Portugal is currently the third country in the European Union (EU) with the lowest incidence rate of Covid-19. This is evident from the latest data released on Thursday March 11th by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) under the acronym in English).
In the past 14 days, Portugal recorded an incidence of 126 cases of infection with the new coronavirus per 100,000 population, according to the ECDC report. With the lowest numbers in the EU (only taking into account the 27 Member States) there are only Spain with 15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and Denmark with 124.
On the other hand, the Czech Republic continues to be the European Union (and even the world) country with the highest incidence of Covid-19, with 1572 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants. It is followed by Estonia (1397), Malta (720), Hungary (646) and Slovakia (568).
In terms of Europe, Portugal ranks 13th in the list of countries with the lowest incidence rate. The European average is now 252 infections per 100,000 population – an increase compared to last week. The list of countries worldwide with more cases per 100 inhabitants is led by three European countries: the Czech Republic, Estonia (1397) and San Marino (1344).
Lisbon has a higher incidence than the rest of the country
The color map published by the ECDC on the incidence of Covid-19 in the European Union shows that Portugal has achieved an even lighter orange value, which corresponds to an incidence rate between 60 and 119.9 cases per 100,000 population. Again, the Lisbon region and the Tagus Valley are depicted with a darker shade of orange, which means the incidence rate is higher than in the rest of the country.
In a note attached to the map, the ECDC clarifies that this color representation is based on “data recorded once a week” so that the period analyzed does not match that provided for in the tabular data, “which can lead to different values in the table and on the Map “- this is the case in Portugal, where, according to the data in the table, there is an incidence rate of 126 cases per 100,000 population and the map is represented by a color corresponding to an interval between 60 and 119.9 cases.
ECDC data by region also shows that the Lisbon metropolitan area now has a 14-day incidence of 155 cases per 100,000 population, followed by Alentejo (at 111), Algarve (100), Centro (97) and the North (85). The Autonomous Region of Madeira currently has 617 cases per 100,000 population and the Azores 37.
Last week, Portugal became the fifth country in the European Union with fewer cases of Covid-19 per hundred thousand inhabitants and was ranked 20th in the list of countries with the lowest incidence of Covid-19 in Europe with an incidence of 174 cases of infection for 14 days per 100,000 inhabitants.
On the contrary, Portugal became the 20th European country with the highest incidence rate of Covid-19 15 days ago, having appeared in first place in the table with the worst position in Europe even with a notification rate of new cases a month ago 14 days per hundred thousand inhabitants out of 1190.
Portugal is down 20 positions in the list of countries with the most deaths
Portugal lost 20 positions in terms of deaths from covid-19 and now ranks 27th on the list of countries and territories with the highest number of deaths from the disease per million people in the last 14 days at 59. In the last Week, Portugal ranked seventh on this list with 91.
First on the list is Slovakia with 246 deaths per million people, followed by the Czech Republic (239), Montenegro (217), Hungary (168) and Monaco (121) across Europe. The European average of deaths per million people was 53.
According to the ECDC, the number of people hospitalized with covid-19 in Portugal has again decreased significantly within a week. On February 28, 2,165 patients were hospitalized, down to 1,414 on March 7.
Regarding the occupation of intensive care units, the number of patients has almost halved in two weeks. On February 21, there were 656 patients with Covid-19 in intensive care in Portugal from 354 to March 7.
The tests for Covid-19 continue to decrease
In recent weeks, the test rate for Covid-19 has decreased in Portugal, a phenomenon that experts associate with containment and a reduction in social contacts. According to ECDC data, the country currently registers an average of 1,649 tests per 100,000 population. Last week Portugal counted 1,841 tests per 100,000 inhabitants. During the same period, the positivity rate of the tests with Covid-19 decreased from 4% to 3%.
Portugal is the eighth country in the European Union that has carried out the fewest tests in the past week. At the top of the list of those who tested the most is Cyprus with 32,679 tests per 100,000 population, followed by Austria (18,558), Denmark (18,196), Luxembourg (9834) and Slovenia (9641).
Overall, Italy remains the country in the European Union with the largest number of screenings, totaling 2,209,958 in the ninth week of the year. France, Austria, Germany and Denmark complete the list of the five countries with the best ranking in this indicator.