LISBON, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Portugal on Wednesday registered a four-month daily high of 3,773 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the cumulative number of infections to 1,130,090 since the start of the pandemic.
According to the epidemiological bulletin of the country's Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the number of deaths related to COVID-19 increased by 17 on Wednesday to a total of 18,370.
Thirty-two people were admitted to hospital in the past 24 hours. Hospitalizations have been increasing for the 17th consecutive day now to a current total of 681 people, with 105 of them requiring intensive care treatment.
According to the DGS and the National Institute of Health Dr, Ricardo Jorge (INSA), the situation will be considered critical when the total number of patients in intensive care with COVID-19 exceeds 245, which means that Portugal has already advanced to 42 percent of that limit.
The health authorities also said that 1,494 more people have recovered, bringing the total number of recoveries to 1,063,689 since the pandemic began.
Portugal's Health Minister Marta Temido said on Wednesday in Parliament that the pandemic "continues to grow" in the country, and that is why the "vaccination program must continue."
According to the Ministry of Health, 87.56 percent of the country's population have already been fully vaccinated against COVID-19.