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Covid-19: Transmission Rates High in Madeira and Azores

The transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV-19 virus has dropped slightly to 0.92 at a national level, while the rate of infection in the two autonomous regions is above 1.00, confirmed a spokesperson from the Ricardo Jorge Institute (INSA) today.

According to the weekly report the rate of infections fell from 0.95 to 0.92 last week.

At a regional level, the document indicates that the five regions of mainland Portugal that are below the Rt threshold are the North registering 0.88, Centro 0.96, Lisbon and Tagus Valley 0.87, Alentejo 0.85, and Algarve 0.91.

However, the virus is showing no signs of slowing down in Madeira and the Azores, as the Rt index rate is 1.53 and 1.54 respectively.

In view of this transmission evolution, Portugal has an accumulated 14-day notification rate of between 20 – 59.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Samantha Gannon

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