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 Alentejo, Metropolitan Area of Lisboa (AML) and Centro regions, the only ones to exceed the national average, the number of deaths between December 21, 2020 and January 17, 2021 was 1.3 times higher than in the same period of reference (average for the same period in the years 2015 to 2019). In 72 of the 308 Portuguese municipalities the number of deaths between December 21 and January 17 was 1.5 times higher than that observed in the reference period.
• In the week ending on January 27, 2021, there were 90,234 new cases in Portugal, the highest value since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, with the exponential increase in the number of new cases in the last 7 days since 28 December 2020 continuing. The incidence rate of COVID-19 at 14 days was 1 628, corresponding to the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days.
• On January 18, 2021, the date of the last data update at municipality level, the national incidence rate of COVID-19 at 14 days (1 266) was surpassed by the Centro (1 438), Alentejo (1 365) and AML (1 390) regions. With values above the regional average, the sub-regions of Viseu Dão Lafões (2,024), Beiras e Serra da Estrela (1 557) and Médio Tejo (1 557), in the Centro region, and the sub-regions of Alentejo Central (1 663), Alto Alentejo (1 548) and Baixo Alentejo (1 478), in the Alentejo, stood out.
• On January 18, 2021, 215 municipalities (70%) 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 108 registered more than 1,500 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
• Within the framework of Statistics Portugal's Statslab, data on population mobility at the regional level suggest a decrease in mobility levels following the declaration of a new confinement period (January 15) and the closing of schools (January 22), highlighting, in particular, the decrease in mobility levels registered last Friday, Monday and Tuesday (January 22, 25 and 26), compared to the same days of the previous weeks (January 15, 18 and 19). On Sunday, January 24, on the contrary, the data analysed points out to a slight increase in mobility compared to the previous Sunday (January 17).