LISBON, March 4 (Xinhua) -- Portugal registered on Thursday another 28 deaths related to COVID-19, the lowest figure since Oct. 27, 2020, taking the total of victims to 16,458, according to the Portuguese Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
A further 830 cases of infection were reported in the last 24 hours, consolidating the downward trend seen for the fifth consecutive day. The country now has a total of 807,456 cases.
Meanwhile, 1,708 patients are hospitalized, the lowest since Oct. 26, with 399 in intensive care units, according to the DGS. The recoveries in Portugal rose by 1,654 in a 24-hour span to 727,053 since the beginning of the pandemic.
As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in an increasing number of countries with the already-authorized coronavirus vaccines. According to health authorities, 929,133 people have been vaccinated in Portugal.
Meanwhile, 258 candidate vaccines are still being developed worldwide -- 76 of them in clinical trials -- in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain, and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on March 2.