Covid-19. Low case screening and isolation

Covid-19. Low case screening and isolation

The covid-19 epidemic continues to grow in the country. Although Portugal continues to have one of the most controlled epidemics at a European level, in the latest monitoring report released this Friday by the General Directorate of Health there is an indicator in the red: from last week to this, the percentage of isolated and tracked cases has decreased in less 24 hours: already only 88% of patients were contacted in compliance with the rules, when experts defined as the red line to keep more than 90% of cases tracked quickly. At other times when there has been a rise in diagnoses, the same has happened.

This week, the number of new cases passed the barrier of a thousand and diagnoses increased 19% in the last seven days compared to the previous week. The epidemic has a growing trend throughout the country, with the exception of Alentejo, indicated the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

Despite the increase in diagnoses, the number of hospitalized patients remains far below last year. The week ends with 345 patients with covid-19 hospitalized in the NHS, 66 in intensive care. A year ago there were 2361 patients in hospitals, 320 in the ICU. In the meantime, the self-scheduling of the flu vaccine and the covid-19 booster for people over 75 years old has opened and from Monday over 70 will be able to apply, at a time when several elderly people have failed to call. Respiratory infections are on the rise but the flu remains sporadic in the country, revealed the INSA.


Source: Jornal i by ionline.sapo.pt.

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