The slowdown in the rate of new coronavirus infections in Portugal in recent weeks is reflected in the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the most affected municipalities.
The latest data from the Directorate General of Health (DGS), for the period from December 4 to 17, shows that only Lisbon, the most populous municipality in the country, recorded more than two thousand new cases during this period. In the two weeks between 25 and 8 December, the capital had the company of Vila Nova de Gaia and Guimarães.
The number of cases per municipality is calculated by Negócios on the basis of the incidence published by the DGS and data from the INE population.
Guimarães, Gaia and Famalicão with the greatest descents
Guimarães was the municipality with the largest drop in new infections, with a reduction of 522 infections.
Vila Nova de Gaia followed, with 484 fewer, and Vila Nova de Famalicão, with 342 fewer.
Also with a decrease in new infections, over 300 are Loures and Braga, with decreases of 310 and 305, respectively.
In total, there were 19 counties in which the number of new infections has dropped by at least a hundred, including some of the counties most affected by the pandemic, the cases of Felgueiras, Lousada and Paços de Ferreira.
Bragança is the only municipality with an increase of more than 100 cases
Bragança is the only municipality where the number of new cases has increased by more than 100. The municipality of Trás-os-Montes has experienced an increase of 354 new infections between December 4 and 17, 133 more than in the 14 days completed on December 8.
Among the counties with the highest climbs, there are five counties on the south bank of the Tagus: Moita (91 more), Barreiro (79), Seixal (75), Montijo (64) and Palmela (63). Also in this area of the Lisbon metropolitan area (AML), there has been an acceleration of the contagion in Sesimbra (55), Almada (37) and, slightly, Alcochete (4). Only Setúbal, with a decrease of three new cases, escaped this trend.
11 municipalities with more than 1,000 new cases in two weeks
Between December 4 and 17, 11 municipalities recorded more than a thousand new contagions, with Lisbon, the most populous municipality in the country, the only one to exceed the threshold of two thousand cases. Still, the capital saw the pace of the pandemic’s spread slow down from December 8.
In the 14 days leading up to December 17, Lisbon reported 2,639 new cases, 61 less than the 2,700 recorded between November 25 and December 8.
Next come Vila Nova de Gaia, with 1,842 cases, Sintra, the second most populous municipality, with 1,570, Vila Nova de Famalicão, with 1,533, Guimarães, with 1,519, and Braga, with 1,441. These are the municipalities that exceed the average of 100 new daily cases.
Still above the threshold of a thousand new cases in 14 days are Porto, Barcelos, Santa Maria da Feira, Gondomar and Matosinhos.
… And seven without new cases
In seven counties, mainly in the Azores, no new contagion was recorded.
In this enviable situation are the Azorean municipalities of Corvo, Lajes das Flores, Santa Cruz das Flores, Madalena and Vila do Porto, as well as Barrancos and Alcoutim.
There are also 10 municipalities with only one new case registered during these 14 days.