By NewsDesk  @infectiousdiseasenews

The head of the Division of Epidemiology and Statistics (DSIA) of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), Pedro Pinto Leite, said that Portugal is “at the end of a pandemic phase”. He explained that the pandemic is on a “declining trend”. There is an average of 195 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and a difference of 96% compared to the same period last year.

The decrease in incidence is accompanied by a decrease in positivity, and despite the high intensity of testing, there are “less virus in circulation and fewer confirmed cases” of COVID-19.

Also highlighted was a decrease in the number of admissions (15%), both in the ward and in Intensive Care Units, compared to the same period last year.

As for mortality, the rate is fixed at 13 per one million inhabitants, below the threshold defined by the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), of 20 per one million inhabitants, with a decrease of 19% in relation to the same period of 2020.

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“These indicators and this favorable situation have a great connection, on the one hand, to the success of vaccination and the high vaccination coverage that the country has”, summarized Pedro Pinto Leite.

Health officials reported 306 additional confirmed cases today, including 7 deaths.