Just over a week ago, on October 22, Portugal had 262.8 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants. The number, as always happens, was based on the 14 days prior to its release.
Nine days later, ECDC data is even more worrying: the national territory now registers 402.6 infections per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days.
This figure reflects the reality that led the Council of Ministers to decide to apply tighter measures in 121 municipalities in the country.
António Costa explained, at the end of this extraordinary meeting, on Saturday, that the Government adopted precisely the criterion of the European Center for Disease Control according to which, in situations where there are at least 240 cases per 100 thousand people in the previous 14 days, there is an increased risk – situation in which the 121 Portuguese municipalities are.
But it was not just the number of SARS-CoV-2 infections that experienced a substantial increase in the last week in Portugal. According to ECDC, on October 31 the number of deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants in the country was 3.1, when nine days earlier it was 1.9.
Portrait of the situation in Europe
The Portuguese situation is not, however, exclusive.
It was the case of Italy, where on October 22 there were 210.9 infections and 1.5 deaths per 100 thousand inhabitants based on the previous 14 days. As of October 31, the numbers rose to 424.2 and 3.1, respectively – more than double.
In the following countries, the number of infections more than doubled: Croatia (from 266.4 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants to 561.3), Slovenia (from 487.3 to 1008.8), Luxembourg (from 507.3 to 1085.4) and Liechtenstein (396.1 to 854.7).
Already deaths more than doubled in Germany, Belgium, Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Liechtenstein.
In total, according to the most recent ECDC figures, since the beginning of the pandemic, Europe has accounted for about 7.2 million infections (of which approximately three million people have recovered) and 219 thousand deaths due to Covid-19.
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