Covid-19: Mortality with “possible growing trend”

The transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus has a stable incidence in Portugal, but the specific mortality by covid-19 registers a “possible growing trend”, warns the report on the evolution of the pandemic released this Friday.

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“The covid-19 epidemic maintained a high incidence, showing a stabilization. The number of hospitalizations for covid-19 shows a decreasing trend, while specific mortality shows a possible increasing trend”, says the document from the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS) and the Ricardo Jorge Institute (INSA). On Monday, specific mortality due to covid-19 stood at 8.9 deaths in 14 days per one million inhabitants, when on the same day of the previous week it was 8.1, a value that, despite the slight growth, is below the threshold of 20 deaths set by the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC).

According to the DGS and INSA, mortality from all causes in the last week is within the expected values ​​for this time of year.

The report also indicates that there continues to be a downward trend in hospital occupancy due to covid-19, with 431 hospitalized on Monday, which represented 8% less than those hospitalized in the previous week.

As for intensive care, the document advances that the 33 patients hospitalized in these units corresponded to 12.9% of the threshold defined as critical of 255 occupied beds and also with a decreasing trend in this indicator.

In view of these indicators, the DGS and INSA recommend that surveillance of the epidemiological situation of covid-19, maintenance of individual protection measures, booster vaccination and frequent communication of these measures to the population be maintained.

Between March 3, 2020, when the first cases were confirmed in Portugal, and September 5, Portugal recorded 5,432,695 SARS-CoV-2 infections, 359,692 of which are suspected reinfection, representing 6.6% of the total. of cases.

The highest percentage of reinfections reported between 91 and 180 days occurred in the period of predominance of BA.5 of the Ómicron variant, which is currently the dominant lineage in Portugal, according to the health authority report.

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