Ricardo Mexia: ″ We are all a little apprehensive about what is going to happen now ″

On Wednesday, 362 more cases of infection with the new coronavirus in Portugal were confirmed. This Thursday, the same indicator rose to 399. The growth of daily cases, in the last two days, may be nothing more than a statistical adjustment, reminded yesterday (26th) the Minister of Health, but it is still an alert for “the fragility of our achievements “, said Marta Temido.

At a time when the number of new infections has increased significantly in Spain, France or the United Kingdom, for example, the Portuguese government announced, on Thursday, more preventive measures. The president of the National Association of Public Health Doctors recalls that the pandemic has not disappeared and that September will bring new challenges (such as returning to face-to-face classes), which may have an impact on the number of cases of covid. “We are all a little apprehensive about what is going to happen now,” says Ricardo Mexia to DN.

“We cannot let our guard down, especially in this period of resumption, the end of holidays, the beginning of school activity. All of this will have an important impact, especially if we start this period with a number of cases of this nature”, points out the public health specialist at the National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge.

Since Monday, the Directorate-General for Health has confirmed a further 1076 cases of covid-19, even though, on the first two days of the week, daily infections did not reach the 200 barrier. the 399 cases are the highest number of records in 24 hours since the 10th of June (when 402 were notified). The region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, where the two mortal victims of the last day lived, is the one with the most infections (186), followed by the north (161).

There are 37 more new cases than the day before, when the Minister of Health, in a press conference, spoke about the possibility that the numbers at the beginning of the week are “artificially lower than in reality”. “We hope that these numbers will fade in the next few days. Which we can confirm over time,” continued Marta Temido.

The increase in cases in the last 48 hours, which is not reflected in the number of deaths or hospitalizations, can still be interpreted, according to the minister, as an example of the “fragility of our conquests” in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic. “We have had an epidemiological situation that has been accommodating from the point of view of the response of the Portuguese health system, and specifically the National Health Service”, but at any moment the situation can be reversed.