According to the DGS's epidemiological situation report, the number of patients admitted to the infirmary has dropped to 789, 39 less than on Thursday.

This is the lowest figure since 7 October, when 764 people were hospitalised.

In intensive care units (ICU) there are 182 inpatients, five less than on Thursday, the lowest figure since October 20 when Portugal had 176 people with covid-19 in these units.

The data also indicates that 1,571 people were reported to have recovered, bringing the total number of recovered to 766,170 since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal, in March 2020.

Active cases in Portugal continue to record a decrease, with 33,699 recorded today, minus 1,014.

Since March 2020, Portugal has recorded 16,754 deaths associated with covid-19 and 816,623 cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Health authorities have 14,915 contacts under surveillance, 353 fewer than in the previous day, with the downward trend since January 30.

According to the latest data from the Directorate-General for Health, Portugal currently has 1,280,409 people vaccinated against covid-19: 875,490 with the first dose and 404,919 with the second dose.

Of the 11 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, four occurred in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, two in the North region, four in the Centre region and one in the Autonomous region of Madeira.

In the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, a further 223 new infections were reported, accounting for 309,421 cases and 7,074 deaths so far.

The North region has 146 new SARS-CoV-2 infections and since the beginning of the pandemic it has already counted 329,203 cases of infection and 5,287 deaths.

In the Centre region, 104 more cases were registered, with a total of 116,544 infections and 2,983 deaths.

In the Alentejo, another 21 cases were reported, totalling 28,849 infections and 966 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

The Algarve region has 21 new cases, totalling 20,379 infections and 351 deaths.

In the Autonomous Region of Madeira, 40 new cases were registered, accounting for 8,292 infections and 65 deaths due to covid-19 since March 2020.

Today, the Azores have 13 new cases, accounting for 3,935 cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 28 deaths.

The regional authorities of the Azores and Madeira disclose their data on a daily basis, which may not coincide with the information disclosed in the DGS bulletin.

Confirmed cases are distributed across all age groups, with the highest number of infections between 20 and 59 years of age.

Of the total number of fatalities, 8,792 were men and 7,962 women.

The largest number of deaths continues to be concentrated in the elderly over 80 years old, followed by the age group between 70 and 79 years old.

Of the total deaths, 11,051 were people over 80 years old, 3,552 aged between 70 and 79 years old and 1,488 were between 60 and 69 years old.