Portugal reports 646 new coronavirus cases, record daily jump since April 20

114virus recordPortugal has reported 646 new coronavirus cases this Wednesday, the highest daily toll since April 20, with transmission primarily occurring in family households, health secretary Jamila Madeira told a news conference today.

New cases fell to around 100 a day at the beginning of August but have crept back up since then, worrying the tourism industry as it waits to hear whether Portugal will be taken back out of the UK’s air bridge list.

Stricter measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak will be introduced across Portugal from mid-September as students return to schools and many workers go back to the office, although details have yet to be announced. They are expected to be revealed by the middle of September.

Most new cases were split between the northern region and Greater Lisbon, health ministry data showed.

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0 #32 JC 2020-09-18 14:30
So daily infections have double from a week ago.

This is not going to fizzle away,you need a reality check.

The second and potentially more deadly wave is here.
+3 #31 Reg 2020-09-18 09:29
Steve, you probably won't believe it but I hope you are right and that Covid will just fizzle out and life goes back to normal. Unfortunately, I do not share your optimism that sunshine and drinking fresh orange juice will combat Covid.
Immunity for this disease has yet to be proven. Experts keep telling us how well Sweden is doing with their herd immunity. I am not impressed with their death rate of 5864 vs Portugal's death rate 1888 having the same population.
I am afraid all these computer models do not convince me there is nothing to worry about. They do not take variables like population density, culture and behaviour into consideration.
You say "the virus runs out of vulnerable people to infect or it weakens" but there are already reports that the virus has mutated and people have come down a second time 2-3 months after they have been given the a!l clear.
With regards to masks they make sense to me. Even if they stop only 10% of the spread I am happy to wear one. They certainly stop me touching my face.
+3 #30 Norman L 2020-09-17 08:06
Not seen the video but looked at a paper he wrote, with a couple of others.

He says it was over in April, he does not believe a second wave.... I expect there were experts saying that in 1918 and 1919. He seems to be in the minority.
Nobody knows how this is going to pan out, and with numbers on the increase, whatever the reason, including more testing, public health officials surely have a duty to advise on the side of caution. As for preparing by taking vitamins, that is probably good advice in any circumstance (although too much vitamin C apparently just goes straight through you), but it won't help those who aren't so lucky with their health in the short term. Wearing a mask isn't 100%, as we all know, but, guess what, it helps to protect others (whether vulnerable or not) from stuff you may be carrying.
+2 #29 JC 2020-09-16 16:04
Please visit the algarve it is so safe they said



At least 67 young Belgians infected after holidays in Albufeira
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At least 67 Belgian youths, between 18 and 20 years old, are infected with covid-19 after returning from vacation in Albufeira earlier this month, being in isolation from home in Belgium, the authorities announced this Wednesday.

The news was given by the governor of the province of West Flanders, Carl Decaluwé, who, quoted by the Belgian press, says that young people were infected on vacation in the Algarve between the 2nd and the 12th of September.

About half of these 67 infected young people - who are in isolation from home - took part in a stay organized by the Belgian tour operator Summer Bash, specializing in trips for young people between 16 and 24 years old, while the rest rented a private home for their holidays.

According to Carl Decaluwé, “the number of young people infected is expected to increase”, as the Belgian authorities have not yet been able to trace all contacts of those who tested positive for covid-19. Altogether, 130 young Belgians spent their first holiday in Portugal with the tour operator Summer Bash, with the company recommending testing and quarantine
-2 #28 Steve 2020-09-16 13:33
Quoting Reg:
He says the pandemic was over in April. According to the dictionary pandemic means spread of an infectious disease not the rate of death.

The reason for saying this is because the increase of daily infections reached it's peak in the beginning/mid April. This because the virus runs out of vulnerable people to infect or it weakens. It also means the rate of infection is not exponential (it never was) so it won't carry on infecting the whole world.

Quoting Reg:

He does not believe a second wave is coming because over 30% have built up immunity. That might or might not happen. I prefer to be prepared.
He says this because of what I explained above. You can prepare yourself by boosting your immune system (Vitamin D C etc). Wearing a mask, lockdowns do the opposite
Quoting Reg:

You are also of the opinion that only old and people with underlying health problem end up in hospital. Here is a link to the Swedish Public Health Agency check out the middle column.
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/09f821667ce64bf7be6f9f87457ed9aa/page/page_0/
I didn't say ONLY but the majority are old people with compromised immune systems. What your link doesn't show is the health condition prior getting Covid of the younger group affected. If a person's immune system is weak because of some other illness then naturally they will be affected by Covid and possibly require hospitalization.
-1 #27 Chip 2020-09-16 10:56
Steve, please don't consider my comment a personal attack on your character.
It is not an attack, just my considered opinion of your moral bankruptcy when it comes to this topic. I'm sure you are a very nice bloke otherwise, although I would not befriend you.
+2 #26 Reg 2020-09-15 11:44
Steve, I have listen to the interview which discusses and refers to an article headed up "full lockdown sceptics". The only thing I agree is that a full lockdown should be avoided. He says the pandemic was over in April. According to the dictionary pandemic means spread of an infectious disease not the rate of death. He does not believe a second wave is coming because over 30% have built up immunity. That might or might not happen. I prefer to be prepared. He says we shouldn't be concerned about a few people ending up in hospital - it is inevitable because the autumn is coming. That remark I have a problem with. You are also of the opinion that only old and people with underlying health problem end up in hospital. Here is a link to the Swedish Public Health Agency check out the middle column.
https://experience.arcgis.com/experience/09f821667ce64bf7be6f9f87457ed9aa/page/page_0/
-1 #25 Steve 2020-09-14 11:43
Quoting Reg:

Steve, I do not claim to be an expert. Nobody knows how Covid will pan out. There are just too many so-called experts around with their predictions. So why not reduce the spread of the infection until we know more about the virus? Even if it means curtailing my freedom I am happy to wear a mask to protect others.

I appreciate you have decided to reply without personal attacks of my character this time unlike others that now think it is the best way to argue their point.
I also don't claim to be an expert on this matter, but I do know a lot more now, through reading expert opinion and looking at data that is now available, than I did back in March.
Before you question about these so called experts I listen to, I challenge you to listen to a conversation between Julia Hartley-Brewer (Talk Radio) and Dr Mike Yeadon (former chief scientific advisor of Pfizer) about a possible second wave and the PCR test which governments are now basing their new restrictions on.
+1 #24 Chip 2020-09-14 10:09
Quoting Steve:
Quoting Norman L:
It would however seem that over 900,000 people's immune systems were unable to cope with this one.
Norman, even you don't believe that 900,000 people died because of Covid alone. If there's one thing we know about this disease is that it affects mostly old people with other chronic illnesses and weak immune systems. For the other 99.97% (IFR=0.03%) people affected their immune system managed to cope just fine.

You've made your position very clear. You are happy to be instrumental in killing the elderly provided you don't have your "freedoms" taken away, like wearing a mask in public for instance.
A despicable selfish attitude and morally bankrupt.
+1 #23 Reg 2020-09-14 08:09
Quoting Steve:
Quoting Reg:

You have made your opinion quite clear Steve. The
party was an illustration. You want your freedom and don't care about others.

You keep resorting to ad hominem attacks. I guess it says a lot about you as person and the fact that you know very little of subject on hand.

Steve, I do not claim to be an expert. Nobody knows how Covid will pan out. There are just too many so-called experts around with their predictions. So why not reduce the spread of the infection until we know more about the virus? Even if it means curtailing my freedom I am happy to wear a mask to protect others.

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