“Factors may have contributed to this increase in incidence, including the reduction in adherence to non-pharmacological measures, the Easter period and the considerable increase in the circulation of variants with greater potential for transmission”, says a document from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

On Monday, the seven-day incidence was at 970 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and with an increasing trend, while the transmissibility index (Rt) rose from 1.03 to 1.13 at the national level.

“The impact on hospitalizations and general mortality is small, although the increase in incidence may condition an increase in the demand for health care and mortality, especially in the most vulnerable groups”, warns the report.