According to the DGS epidemiological situation report, 1,588 patients are now admitted to the wards and 161 to Intensive Care Units.

The active cases increased again in the last 24 hours, totalling 279,652, some 5,691 more than on Sunday, and 14,501 people recovered from the disease, which increases the national total of to 1,361,273.

Of the 20 deaths, 10 occurred in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, five in the Centre region, two in the Alentejo, one in the North region, another in the Algarve, and one in Madeira.

Compared to the situation registered in Portugal on the same day a year ago, in which 7,502 new infections were recorded, the country now has 12,710 new cases.

Although the number of admissions has increased today, the number remains significantly lower than that observed a year ago, when 3,770 people were admitted to the ward and 558 to intensive care, as well as the number of deaths that on the same day of 2021, when the DGS bulletin counted 102 deaths.

Lisbon and Vale do Tejo continue to be the region with the most new cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours, 8,349, followed by the North (7,744), the Centre (1,614), Madeira (1,185), the Algarve (652), the Alentejo (452) and the Azores (216).

Compared to the previous day, health authorities have over 3,300 contacts under surveillance, totalling 227,973 people.

According to data from the DGS, 12 of the 20 fatal victims were over 80 years old, seven were in the age group of 70 to 79 years old and one was between 50 and 59 years old.

The greatest number of deaths since the beginning of the pandemic is concentrated in the elderly over 80 years old (12,382), followed by the age groups between 70 and 79 years old (4,137) and between 60 and 69 years old (1,754).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo has registered 660,167 cases and 8,056 deaths.

In the North region there were 602,742 infections and 5,813 deaths and the Centre region now has a cumulative total of 225,805 infections and 3,386 deaths.

The Algarve has a total of 66,556 infections and 597 deaths and the Alentejo has 56,546 cases and 1,096 deaths due to covid-19.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Autonomous Region of Madeira has 33,154 infections and 131 deaths, and the Azores archipelago has 15,088 cases and 54 deaths.

The regional authorities of the Azores and Madeira publish their data daily, which may not coincide with the information published in the DGS bulletin.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 19,133 people have died, 10,063 were men and 9,070 women.