Portugal already tested one-third of its population

Testing capacity has been increased by over 300% since March and Portugal managed to already test a third of its population for the new coronavirus, said state secretary for health Raquel Duarte on Wednesday.

Portugal recorded 7,497 new daily COVID-19  cases and 59 more deaths on Wednesday. These daily figures are among the highest since the start of the pandemic.

According to the Portuguese authorities, the number of new cases includes the sum of 3,570 cases, resulting from the delay in laboratory reporting.

In other news, public hospitals may suspend some non-urgent care during November, according to a ministerial order seen by Lusa on Wednesday. The order says that in November public hospitals may suspend care “that, by its nature or clinical priority, does not imply risk of life to users, limitation of their prognosis and/or limitation of access to periodic or monitoring treatments.”

(Mariana Caeiro and Susana Oliveira, Lusa.pt)

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