LISBON – Contingency situation likely, Costa warns

From Tuesday (September 15), Portugal will be in a contingency situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting gatherings to 10 people, according to the measures decided on Thursday in a cabinet meeting and announced by Prime Minister António Costa.

On top of the measures, shops can only open after 10 am and will have to close between 8 pm and 11 pm, and the Metropolitan Areas of Lisbon and Porto will both have specific measures.

Portugal registered 464 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, the biggest increase in the number of new daily coronavirus cases since 20 April.

Costa on Thursday said that the country will significantly increase its testing capacity, and that it was vital to respond quickly to suspected Covid-19 cases.

(Patrícia Dinis, Sónia Miguel and Pedro Morais Fonseca, Lusa.pt)

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