Portugal ranks seventh in EU with lowest COVID-19 death toll, new daily cases

Since last week, the epidemiological situation has worsened slightly, and the country now has a daily average of 208 cases, compared to the previous average of 140. [Shutterstock / Jens_Bee]

Portugal is seventh in the EU for the lowest number of COVID-19 deaths and new daily infections per million inhabitants, according to the statistical website Our World in Data.

Since last week, the epidemiological situation has worsened slightly, and the country now has a daily average of 208 cases, compared to the previous average of 140.

Only Finland (198), Italy (155), Romania (152), Malta (141), Spain (102), and Sweden (88) are better off.

In new cases, Portugal remains below the European average of 442 and far from the countries with the most new daily cases of infection per million inhabitants. This list is led by Slovakia, with an average of 1,810 cases, Slovenia with 1,550, Austria with 1,530, the Czech Republic with 1,400 and the Netherlands with 1,230.

In terms of daily deaths attributed to COVID-19 per million inhabitants in the last week, Portugal is also seventh with an average of 0.9 deaths, slightly higher than the average of 0.76 recorded in the previous week.

The European average for this indicator is 3.67 and the world average is 0.91.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,339 people have died and 1,123,758 cases of infection have been counted, according to data from the health authorities.

Meanwhile, 1.5 million people have been vaccinated for influenza, with more than 750,000 boosters and additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine also administered, according to data the health authority (DGS) released on Monday.

“Portugal has administered around 1,561,000 doses of flu vaccine (including around 400,000 in pharmacies) and more than 750,000 booster and additional doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. These results were possible with the acceleration of daily vaccination in vaccination centres, including at weekends, through the ‘Open House’,” the DGS said in a statement.

(Mariana Caeiro e Fernando Peixeiro, Lusa.pt)

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