Lockdown ordered for large parts of Portugal

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The government in Lisbon has announced a lockdown for large parts of Portugal. Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced yesterday that the lockdown would take effect on November 4. The measures affect about 70 percent of the population of the southern European country. Schools and businesses necessary for daily life are to remain open.

It is not a strict curfew, as people are allowed to leave their homes to go to work, to the doctor and to a relative in need of care, said Prime Minister Antonio Costa. Also, short walks and visits to restaurants will continue to be allowed, but these will be allowed to serve fewer people and will have to close earlier. Wherever possible, work should be done at home. Weekly open-air markets and other market events would be prohibited in the future.

Lisbon and Porto also affected
The new restrictions will apply in a total of 121 municipalities nationwide, including Porto and the capital Lisbon, where the number of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants exceeded 420 within 14 days. Costa emphasized that the measures are essential to prevent a collapse of the health system.

On the previous day, 4,656 new infections had been registered, more than ever before within 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of new infections per 100,000 people within 14 days climbed to a national average of 240, and the number of people who died within 24 hours from Covid-19 rose to 40, the highest number ever since the outbreak of the pandemic.

hp, Source: ORF.at/agencies

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