With an average of 1,150 cases of SARS-CoV-2 per million inhabitants confirmed daily, Portugal is the European Union country with the highest rate in the last seven days, according to figures compiled by Our World In Data.
The rate in Portugal is almost three times the European average (447 cases per million), according to analysts at Our World In Data, which is being studied by researchers at the University of Oxford.
However, in terms of the number of deaths due to COVID-19 per million inhabitants, Portugal ranks eighth out of 27: the average for the last seven days is 1.97. The average in the EU is 1.43 and globally 0.2.
According to the General Directorate of Health (DGS) of Portugal, from April 26 to May 2, 76,183 cases of SARS-CoV-2 were confirmed. This is a 27-fold number compared to the corresponding period of 2021.
In early April, a joint study by DGT and the National Institutes of Health Dr Ricardo Jorge, a public body affiliated with the Ministry of Health, concluded that the virus is currently “very highly contagious” and that mortality from the infection is “increasing”.
In absolute numbers, Portugal has so far recorded around 22,500 deaths due to COVID-19 out of a total of 3.94 million cases.