Portugal says it’s operating out of ICU beds for COVID sufferers

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Portugal mentioned on Saturday it solely had seven vacant beds left in intensive care items (ICUs) arrange for COVID-19 instances on its mainland.

Health authorities mentioned that, out of 850 ICU beds allotted to COVID-19 instances on its mainland, a document 843 beds have been now occupied. The nation has an extra 420 ICU beds for these with different illnesses.

On Friday, the justice ministry mentioned its institute of forensic medication had requested a fridge truck to protect our bodies, as funeral properties weren’t in a position to take them quick sufficient.

Portugal has up to now reported a complete of 711,018 coronavirus infections and 12,179 deaths. A current surge in infections prompted the authorities to ship some important sufferers to the Portuguese island of Madeira on Friday, the place the well being system is beneath much less stress.

The authorities has attributed the surge in infections to a choice to loosen up restrictions over the Christmas interval. It has additionally blamed the velocity at which infections have unfold on a brand new variant first detected in Britain. Authorities mentioned the variant was prone to account for 65% of recent COVID-19 instances inside three weeks.

Meanwhile, the nation has prolonged a lockdown to mid-February and imposed strict travel restrictions.