The DGS epidemiological bulletin reveals that 669 patients are hospitalised (26 fewer than on Thursday), the lowest number since September 30, the day on which 666 people were hospitalised.

In intensive care, Portugal today has 155 patients, one more compared to Thursday.

The data indicate that 891 people were reported to have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered to 771,339 since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal in March 2020.

Active cases in Portugal continue to record a decrease, with 31,540 recorded today, minus 408, with the number of new confirmed cases, today 488, with a stabilised evolution since mid-March.

Since March 2020, Portugal has recorded a total of 16,819 deaths associated with covid-19 and 819,698 cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes the covid-19 disease.

Health authorities have 15,299 contacts under surveillance, 264 more than in the previous day, changing for the second day the downward trend that has occurred since 30 January.

According to the latest data from the Directorate-General for Health, Portugal currently has 1,434,044 people vaccinated against covid-19: 973,181 with the first dose and 460,863 with the second dose.

Of the five deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, two occurred in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, two in the Centro region and one in the Alentejo.

In the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, 210 new infections were reported, accounting for 310,653 cases and 7,113 deaths so far

The North region has 120 new SARS-CoV-2 infections and since the beginning of the pandemic it has already registered 330,043 cases of infection and 5,295 deaths.

In the Centre region, 53 more cases were registered, with a total of 116,926 infections and 2,997 deaths.

In the Alentejo, 52 more cases were reported, totalling 29,005 infections and 968 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

The Algarve region has notified eight new cases, totalling 20,580 infections and 351 deaths.

In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, 34 new cases were registered, accounting for 8,477 infections and 67 deaths due to covid-19 since March 2020.

Today, the Azores have 11 new cases and account for 4,014 cases and 28 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

The regional authorities of the Azores and Madeira disclose their data on a daily basis, which may not coincide with the information disclosed in the DGS bulletin.

Confirmed cases are distributed across all age groups, with the highest number of infections between 20 and 59 years of age.

Of the total fatalities, 8,828 were men and 7,991 women.

The largest number of deaths continues to be concentrated in the elderly over 80 years old, followed by the age group between 70 and 79 years old.

Of the total deaths, 11,089 were people over 80 years old, 3,568 aged between 70 and 79 years old and 1,496 were between 60 and 69 years old.