The expression of the pandemic on national territory continues to be characterised by a high degree of heterogeneity. Some of the results obtained in this context:
• In the Norte and Centro regions, the only ones to exceed the national average, the number of deaths between December 7, 2020 and January 3, 2021 was 1.2 times higher than in the same period of reference (average for the same period in the previous five years). In 225 municipalities the number of deaths between December 7 and January 3 was higher than the corresponding reference value, of which 60 registered a number of deaths 1.5 times higher than that observed in the reference period.
• On January 13, 2021, 61,273 new cases were registered in Portugal in the last 7 days, the highest value since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, and since December 28, 2020 there has been an exponential increase in the number of new cases in the last 7 days. The 14-days incidence rate of COVID-19 was 1 011, corresponding to the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 in the last 14 days per 100 thousand inhabitants.
• On January 5, 2021, the date of the last data update at municipality level, only the Norte (681 new cases in the last 14 days per 100 thousand inhabitants) and Centro (653) regions exceeded the COVID-19 incidence rate registered in Portugal (615).
• The new cases registered in the last 14 days in the Norte and Centro regions represented 61% of the total new cases in the country. With values above the regional average, the sub-regions of Cávado (916), Terras de Trás-os-Montes (874), Alto Tâmega (851), Ave (784) and Douro (775), of the Norte region, and the sub-regions of Viseu Dão Lafões (791), Beiras e Serra da Estrela (774), Aveiro (678) and Médio Tejo (674), of the Centro region, stand out.
• On January 5, 2021, 57 municipalities registered a number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 (last 14 days) per 100,000 inhabitants above the threshold defined as extremely high risk (960 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants), of which 19 belonged to NUTS 2 Norte and 21 belonged to NUTS 2 Centro.
• The lowest level of territorial concentration of new cases COVID-19 (last 14 days) occurred on January 5, 2021 and the highest on June 21, considering the location coefficient calculated weekly since April 19. Until June 21, the trend was towards a greater concentration of new registered cases followed by a reduction in concentration.