In the month of July, marked by the decision to keep 19 parishes in five municipalities in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML) in a state of calamity, 8,787 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus were registered, a decrease of more than a thousand occurrences in the face of to June, and 158 deaths, three more than in the previous month.
The data released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) show a decrease of 1,036 new cases in the country compared to June, the month in which 9,823 new infections were recorded. However, the evolution in the number of new cases was not uniform in the country.
Thus, Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (LVT), which hosts about a third of the population of Portugal, saw a reduction in the number of new cases (8,117 in June and 6,779 in July), accounting for 77.1% of registered cases in the month (82.6% in June). Also in the Centro region and in the Algarve the number of new cases decreased – in the Center they went from 374 in June to 328 in July and in the Algarve they dropped from 260 to 247 – although the weight of the most southern region of the country in the total of new cases has increased from 2.6% to 2.8%.
In the North, 1,157 new cases were registered, which corresponds to 13.7% of the national total in July. In the previous month, this region had 825 new infections (8.4% of the total for June). Alentejo also saw the number of cases rise – largely due to the outbreak in Reguengos de Monsaraz – from 232 to 245 new cases.
Only 28 deaths in July outside Lisbon and Tagus Valley
Regarding the deaths recorded in July due to the pandemic, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo totaled 130 fatalities, 18 more than in June, which corresponds to 82.3% of the 158 deaths observed throughout the country this month.
The Alentejo, with 15 fatalities, was the second most affected region in July and saw the number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic increase from seven to 22, surpassing the North, where nine deaths were registered (28 in June).
In the Center, the four fatalities represent a decline from the nine deaths in June.
Algarve, Azores and Madeira did not account for any deaths by covid-19 in July, as they had already happened in the previous month. In fact, Madeira is the only region in the country where there are no mortal victims to regret since the beginning of the pandemic.
New cases increase among children and the elderly aged 70 to 79
The reduction in the number of new cases registered in July was transversal to practically all age groups.
However, children up to nine years old saw the number of newly infected people increase from 556 in June to 592 in July. Also in the age group from 70 to 79 years old there was an increase in the number of new cases (from 448 to 503).
There are still 76 cases since the beginning of the pandemic, of which 42 were recorded in July, whose age is classified as unknown by the DGS.
For the third consecutive month, it is among the population aged 20 to 29 years old that there is a greater number of new cases (1,621), although there is a slight reduction in relative weight (19.2% in June and 18.4% in July).
The age groups from 30 to 39 years (1,571) and from 40 to 49 (1,445) follow.
Almost 90% of deaths were of people over 70 years old
The lethality of the disease remains much more pronounced among the older population. In July 139 of the 158 fatalities were 70 or older, which represents 88% of deaths by covid-19 in the month.
As has been the case since the beginning of the pandemic, the majority of fatalities were over 80 years old. In July, 106 people of this age group died. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,165 elderly people over the age of 80 have died, which corresponds to 67.1% of the 1,737 fatalities in Portugal. In this age group, in fact, the lethality rate (deaths compared to the number of cases) is 19.9%, much higher than the value for the population as a whole, which is 3.39%.
In July, there were also ten deaths of patients aged 60 to 69 years, five deaths of people between 50 and 59 years old, two between 40 and 49 years old and two aged between 30 and 39 years old.