The share of the Delta variant in new coronavirus cases detected in Portugal has increased to almost 90%, according to a report published on Tuesday, July 6, as the country faces an upsurge in contagions.
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According to the latest report from the National Institute of Public Health (Insa), the relative frequency of the variant first identified in India reached 89.1% in the week ending June 27, up from 45, 8% three weeks ago. Among the countries on the front line of a resurgence of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the Delta variant, particularly in Europe, Portugal has seen the number of new daily cases exceed the 2,000 mark.
If this runaway continues, this figure could be doubled by mid-July, warned the Minister of Health Marta Temido, in an interview granted Monday evening to the private television channel TVI. To curb contagions, the socialist government decided last week to reimpose a night curfew in the 45 most affected municipalities, including the capital Lisbon and Porto, the country’s second largest city.
Asked about a possible tightening of health restrictions, Marta Temido assured that he could not “deviate no measure“. Nevertheless, she said, the government will hardly be able to re-establish new restrictions without declaring a state of emergency again and, to do so, it will need the support of the President of the Republic, the conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa. , which has already shown itself to be unfavorable.
In this context, Portugal is trying to increase the pace of its vaccination campaign, reaching a new record on Monday of some 141,000 doses administered in one day. With a third of the population already fully vaccinated, Portugal, which has a population of around 10 million, was the country in the world that vaccinated the fastest last week, administering doses to 1.49% of its people. every day.