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Portugal detects one infected in every 67 tests (but it is one of the least performed in the EU)

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Portugal is one of the European Union (EU) countries that most tests need to be carried out to identify one infected with covid-19. At the same time, it is one of the least tested per thousand inhabitants.

According to Público, Portugal detects two cases of infection for every 100 tests performed, an average positive rate of 1,5%, below the 4% that the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC) pointed out as the recommended maximum.

However, it is 19th in the European Union (EU) with regard to the daily number of tests performed per thousand inhabitants, with only 2,32%.

In terms of seven-day average positivity, only Denmark (with 0.5%), Slovakia (0.8%) and Cyprus (0.9%) are better than our country. However, unlike Portugal, they are the countries that carry out the most tests per day.

O Cyprus leads this statistic, with an average of 57 people tested daily for every thousand inhabitants in the last week, followed by Slovakia, with an average of almost 46 tests for every thousand inhabitants done per day. Denmark ranks fourth at European level, testing 28 people out of every thousand.

Bernardo Gomes, public health doctor and professor at the Faculty of Medicine and at the Institute of Public Health at the University of Porto, considers that Portugal is “on the right track”In relation to testing. In addition to making it easier to get a test, the process is also faster.

According to the morning man, Portugal has been testing 27 thousand people a day in the last seven days, the majority with PCR tests (more than 20 thousand).

Rapid tests have already been used for mass testing operations. On the days of returning to the 1st cycle and pre-school classes, more than 20 thousand were held during three consecutive days.

Liliana Malainho Liliana Malainho, ZAP //

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