The Portuguese Ministry of Health reported 401 new cases of COVID-19 this Friday, a daily count unpublished since July 10, which confirms the upward trend in infections over the past few days, with authorities already considering possible new measures for September.
With the latest updated data, confirmed COVID-19 cases in Portugal have increased to 57,074 since the pandemic began. The preliminary death toll rose to 1,815 this Friday, six more than Thursday, according to the public network RTP.
Of the most recent cases, 182 correspond to the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, while another 166 were registered in the northern part, which was the hardest hit area in the early stages of the pandemic.
The government of António Costa agreed on Thursday to extend the state of contingency, which now only governs the Lisbon region, to the entire country, although this will not take effect until September 15. New protocols are to be announced beforehand to prevent contagion, especially given the start of the school year and the progressive end of teleworking.