31 cases of coronavirus in Portugal

  • ECO News
  • 9 March 2020

There are already 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Portugal. A new case is a woman from Portimão, bringing the number of cases in the southern region to two.

There are already 31 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Portugal, TVI channel advances. Of the total, most patients are in the northern region of the country, at a time when the Ministry of Health decided to close schools, universities and suspend visits to hospitals, homes and prisons in the region.

The new case concerns a woman from Portimão infected with Covid-19, the mayor of Portimão confirmed to the television station. The young woman had been in Italy during the Carnival holidays and ended up testing positive. It is known that the minor is hospitalized at Dona Estefânia Hospital in Lisbon and that the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Secondary School she was attending has since been closed.

According to the television station, the José Buísel Elementary School in Portimão, where the mother was teaching, has also been closed.

There are also 18 patients admitted to São João Hospital in Porto, six at Santo António Hospital, also in Porto, and another six at Curry Cabral, in Lisbon, according to SIC Notícias data. Of the total number of infected, 18 are men and 13 are women.

This weekend alone, the total of cases more than doubled with nine new cases confirmed this Sunday joining the eight known on Saturday. The spread of the disease in the North has led the government to announce a containment plan, including the closure of schools, universities, and the visits to prisons and hospitals are suspended.

It is in the North region that the highest number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus continues, while Greater Lisbon has confirmed cases, Coimbra and Portimão two.