The Sunday that just passed was the worst in almost a month, according to Observador, with 566 new infections and six deaths in 24 hours. Of the six people who died, two were in their 60s, one was in their 70s, and three were 80 or older. Four of the deaths were in Lisbon and the Vale do Tejo region, which also saw the highest number of new infections (200). The other two deaths occurred in the North, which had the second-highest number of infections at 183.
Going forward, Portugal is set to enter the third stage of deconfinement on April 19, with which the government is expected to move towards municipality-level restrictions, Jornal de Negócios reports Luís Marques Mendes as saying. This means the pausing of deconfinement in areas where Covid is more serious, as well as those that border them, while low-risk regions return to face-to-face schooling, open restaurants, bars, shops, cinemas, theaters, concert halls, and more.
To be considered lower risk, and thus enter the third stage, municipalities must have fewer than 120 cases per 100,000 residents for two successive assessments carried out every two weeks. As of the last assessments, 19 municipalities were above this threshold, with many dozens more bordering them. To see whether where you live is above the threshold, see this data map from Expresso. Lisbon and Porto, as of April 12, had fewer than 100 cases per 100,000 residents — but that’s city only the city averages. Several neighborhoods in Lisbon, for example, have incidences of 120 or higher — and residents in those neighborhoods are eligible for free COVID tests every two weeks:
What’s more, the Direção-Geral da Saúde e do Instituto Ricardo Jorge has warned that Portugal overall may again breach this 120 in 100,000 thresholds in as little as two months. This comes in light of the growing number of cases, the as-yet-unknown affects of Easter, and the lack of clarity over what is to come in the next few weeks.