COVID-19 | Daily Update

June 23, 2020

Tuesday, June 23rd | COVID-19 Daily Update



The number of people infected by COVID-19 in Portugal rose to 39,737, another 345 in the last 24 hours, according to the epidemiological report released by the Portuguese General Directorate of Health (DGS). From these new cases, 299 (87%) were registered in the Lisbon area.

The data also reveals the occurrence of six deaths since yesterday (all from the Lisbon area), bringing the total number of fatalities from the new coronavirus to 1,540 in the country. 

A new group of 281 recovered people was also recorded, increasing the number of recovered from the new coronavirus to 25,829.



The Government yesterday approved new rules to try to stop new cases of COVID-19 in the capital city and in the counties of the Greater Lisbon region that entered into force today.

Shops and shopping centers are closed from 8 pm, it is forbidden to drink alcohol on the street and there can be held no gatherings with more than ten people. On the same day, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa heard appeals from parties with parliamentary seats on the need to set an example, for the Government to be clearer and not to give the idea of facilitating to Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.

The director-general of Health attributed yesterday the peak of mortality from all causes that registered in late May to the heatwave that was experienced last month. Graça Freitas revealed that there was an increase of 510 deaths.

The Portuguese Guild of Medical Doctors presents 12 measures to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal, including sports stadiums without fans. It also criticizes the “statement that there are more positive cases in our country because there is more testing”, considering it “out of context and socially inappropriate” thus promoting a “false sense of safety in the population”.



The American President estimated yesterday that the number of deaths associated with COVID-19 in the USA is “probably above 115 thousand” and admits that it could rise to 150 thousand, “maybe even more”.

In the past 24 hours, the United States has recorded an additional 425 deaths from COVID-19, exceeding 120,000 deaths since the pandemic began, according to a report by Johns Hopkins University.

China diagnosed 22 new cases from yesterday to today, including 13 in Beijing and nine from abroad, it was announced today.

The death toll in Africa has risen to 8,334, another 219 in the last 24 hours, in about 315,000 cases, according to the most recent data on the continent’s pandemic.

According to data released today by the Robert Koch Institute, Germany recorded ten more deaths. In total, the new coronavirus has already claimed 8,895 fatalities



Scientists and doctors are looking for individuals who have survived the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, to donate blood plasma. The action takes place in the context of a large-scale clinical trial that aims to assess whether this genetic material can help patients with severe pulmonary disease.

Dexamethasone was the first treatment clinically tested to treat severe cases of COVID-19, but The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmation led to “hoarding and speculative purchase” of its injectable version – which is the most sought after by doctors and the most difficult to produce.



The indebtedness of the Portuguese economy rose by 11.3 billion euros between March and April this year to 736.3 billion euros, which represents a new historical maximum, according to data revealed today by the BdP (Portuguese banking authority).

The declaration to prove the drop in income that protects families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic from water, electricity, gas and communications cuts can begin to be sent from today to the providers of these essential services. 

The Portuguese Banking Association also decided to adjust its credit moratorium after the Government approved an extension of its solution, now covering more customers and credits.

The companies take a positive view of remote work during the state of emergency, which proved to be productive, pleased the teams, and also contributed to streamlining some operations and transformations internally and externally. 

TAP’s executive president, Antonoaldo Neves, said today in the Parliament that the country needs to unite to save the airline from the pandemic and prepare the plan for the future.

The European Automobile Manufacturers Association reported today that the European car market is expected to record a historic 25% drop due to the health crisis.



The Lisbon Stock Exchange opened today on positive ground, with the main index rising 0.56%, to 4,438.78 points.

Today it also became known that Olimpo Real Estate Portugal, SIGI, S.A. will be the new company listing on the Portuguese Stock Exchange. The Investment and Property Management Company, which was launched by Bankinter and Sonae Sierra at the end of last year, will be admitted on Euronext Access Lisbon tomorrow.