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Costa denies that there is “lack of control” over cases in the Lisbon metropolitan area

June 15, 2020

The Portuguese authorities have registered 346 new cases of coronavirus since Sunday, 300 of which have occurred in the Lisbon and Tajo Valley regions, where according to Prime Minister António Costa there is no “lack of control”, but the increase in cases to a larger number diagnostic tests.

The Portuguese Ministry of Health increased the preliminary positive balance to 37,036 on Monday, while the death toll rose to 1,520, three more than on Sunday. Around 430 people are hospitalized, including 73 in the intensive care unit.

The Lisbon metropolitan area reopened its shopping centers on Monday, following the measures taken by other areas of the country where the outbreak was already more contained. However, Costa has downplayed the capital’s focus and assured that there is no “lack of control”.

Costa denies that there is “lack of control” over cases in the Lisbon metropolitan areaCosta denies that there is “lack of control” over cases in the Lisbon metropolitan area

“When we analyze global results, we also need to analyze the number of tests (…). The more tests you run, the more likely you are to get positive results,” the prime minister said in a statement to the media the newspaper. Publicity’.

In this sense, he defended that the authorities are performing “a very important task” to identify and isolate possible areas of focus, as “this is the best way to prevent their expansion”.