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Tags: portugal | spain | covid | increases

Portugal Sees Highest Daily Increase in Coronavirus Cases since May

Portugal Sees Highest Daily Increase in Coronavirus Cases since May

People wearing face masks as a preventive measure during the Lisbon Book Fair 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal. (Jorge Castellanos/SOPA/Sipa via AP)

Saturday, 05 September 2020 12:43 PM EDT

Portugal reported 486 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, its biggest daily increase since the week its lockdown was lifted in May.

The increase brought the cumulative total to 59,943, the health authority DGS said.

Portugal, with 10 million people, has reported just 1,838 deaths so far, a far lower rate per capita than in many European countries including neighboring Spain. It initially won praise for its quick response to the pandemic, but a wave of localized outbreaks in Lisbon has worried authorities and forced them to re-impose some restrictions.

The majority of the new coronavirus cases registered on Saturday were in and around Lisbon and across the northern region, where the country's second biggest city Porto is located.

Stricter measures to curb the coronavirus outbreak will be introduced across Portugal from mid-September as students return to schools and many workers go back to the office, although details have yet to be announced. 

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Portugal reported 486 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, its biggest daily increase since the week its lockdown was lifted in May. The increase brought the cumulative total to 59,943, the health authority DGS said.
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Saturday, 05 September 2020 12:43 PM
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