According to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), released today, 318 people are now hospitalised, two more than on Wednesday, of which 60 in intensive care units, one less in the last 24 hours.

The five deaths were registered in the regions of Lisbon (2), Centre (2) and Alentejo (1).

Three of the victims were over 80 years old, one between 70 and 79 years old and one between 60 and 69 years old.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 18,149 people have died in Portugal and 1,088,133 cases of infection have been registered.

The greatest number of deaths continues to be concentrated among the elderly over 80 years old (11,842), followed by the age group between 70 and 79 years old (3,886).

Of the total number of fatalities registered to date, 9,519 in Portugal were men and 8,630 women.

The data released by the DGS also shows over 212 active cases, for a total of 31455, and that 671 people were reported as recovered from covid-19 in the last 24 hours, which increases the national total to 1,038,529 recovered.

In the last 24 hours, the number of contacts under surveillance by the health authorities rose (350 more), standing at 21,930.

The new coronavirus has already infected in Portugal at least 583,980 women and 503,407 men, according to data from the DGS, according to which there are 746 cases of unknown sex, which are under investigation, since this information is not provided automatically .

Among the new infections, the age group from 20 to 29 years old (over 157) stands out, followed by 40 to 49 years old (over 138), from 30 to 39 years old (over 126), from 50 to 59 years old (over 112), from 0 to 9 years (over 89), from 60 to 69 (over 82), from 10 to 19 (over 79), from 70 to 79 (over 64) and from over 80 (over 64).

In the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, 370 new infections were reported, with 420,240 cases and 7,723 dead so far in this geographic area.

The Northern region registered 221 new infections by SARS-CoV-2, totalling 415,594 cases of infection and 5,597 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic crisis.

In the Centre region there were 176 more cases, totalling 146,416 infections and 3,179 deaths.

In the Alentejo, 35 new cases of infection were reported, totalling 40,108 infections and 1,052 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the Algarve region, today's DGS bulletin counts 51 new cases, accumulating 43,851 infections by SARS-CoV-2 and 479 deaths.

The Autonomous Region of Madeira recorded 22 new cases, totalling 12,629 infections and 74 deaths due to the covid-19 disease since March 2020.

In the last 24 hours, and according to DGS, the Azores registered 13 new cases, which raises to 9,295 infections since the beginning of the pandemic and 45 deaths due to the disease.

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