By Ron Howells • 07 July 2021 • 9:39
Delta variant already represents almost 90% of cases in Portugal. image: Pexels
Delta variant already represents almost 90% of cases in Portugal, according to a new report.
The delta variant continues to increase its presence among the newly infected in Portugal and is already prevalent in 89.1% of cases, according to the latest report issued on Tuesday, July 6, by the Ricardo Jorge National Health Institute (INSA).
“Among the new sequences analysed, the Delta variant (B.1.617.2) is the most prevalent variant in Portugal with a relative frequency of 89.1% in week 25 (June 21-27)”, the document reads.
The INSA emphasizes that its frequency has increased in all regions during the month of June, namely in the region North and Autonomous Regions of Madeira e Azores.
“From the total of Delta variant sequences analyzed, 55 have the additional K417N mutation in the Spike protein (AY.1 sublineage)”, the report reads.
Britain removed Portugal from its green list of foreign destinations on 3 June, less than a week after a mass gathering of football fans in Porto during the Champions League final was allowed to take place.
Portugal allowed US visitors into the country in June but insisted they show a negative Covid-19 test result on arrival into the country.
About 2.5 million of Portugal’s 10 million population have now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. While there has been a slight increase in hospitalisations in recent days, there has been no noticeable rise in deaths given that most older, more vulnerable people have been vaccinated.
The recent jump in infections comes around a month after tourism-dependent Portugal opened to visitors from the rest of the EU as well as Britain. Most of the new daily infections were in the Lisbon area, where a weekend travel ban is still in place.
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Ron actually started his working career as an Ophthalmic Technician- things changed when, during a band rehearsal, his amplifier blew up and he couldn’t get it fixed so he took a course at Birmingham University and ended up doing a degree course. He built up a chain of electronics stores and sold them as a franchise over 35 years ago. After five years touring the world Ron decided to move to Spain with his wife and son, a place they had visited over the years, and only bought the villa they live in because it has a guitar-shaped swimming pool!.
Playing the guitar since the age of 7, he can often be seen, (and heard!) at beach bars and clubs along the length of the coast. He has always been interested in the news and constantly thrives to present his articles in an interesting and engaging way.
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