Portugal’s entire health system, including the National Health Service (SNS), private and third sectors and all back-office structures, is close to its limit as it struggles to cope with a surge in coronavirus cases, Health Minister Marta Temido has warned.
“We are putting all the means that exist in the country to work, but there is a limit and we are very close to the limit,” said Temido, adding that she was concerned with the way people behaved in the first weekend since the new general lockdown came into force.
“Please stay at home, comply and force others around you, because otherwise, we will not be able to face this,” she said.
According to figures from the national health authority (DGS), Portugal recorded 6,702 new coronavirus cases and 167 COVID-19-related deaths on Monday, which made it the country with the highest number of new COVID-19 cases per million inhabitants, according to several websites that monitor the pandemic.
(Mariana Caeiro, Lusa.pt)