Portugal’s stricter confinement reduced Covid infections by 40% in one week | Público

Stricter measures, such as the closing of schools and even more commercial establishments, as well as fewer people working in offices, led to a substantial drop in mobility in Portugal, which in turn contributed to a drop of 35% to 40% in the transmissibility of the virus in just one week, Pedro Simões Coelho, coordinator of the COVID19 Insights project, an initiative by NOVA IMS and COTEC, tells Público.

But we’re not quite at the finish line yet: Direção-Geral de Saude has been reporting more than 5,000 new cases per day for weeks now, and while that’s come down from the 15,000 new cases being reported on several days in January, hospitals are still running at maximum capacity.

The number of new admissions dropped over the previous 24 hours, Dinheiro Vivo reported yesterday — but the number admitted to critical care units rose.

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