The increase in COVID-19 cases in and around Lisbon has brought Portugal to an unprecedented level of coronavirus transmission since May 8th. 451 new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the last 24 hours, less than a week after the Lisbon region was reintroduced.
The Portuguese Ministry of Health has raised the preliminary infection balance to 40,886, with three out of four new positives focusing on the Lisbon region and the Tagus Valley. In this area, the majority of cases for which the António Costa government has tightened measures have been piling up since this week.
As of next Wednesday, the three million inhabitants of 19 areas – without affecting the central area of the capital – can only leave the house to do some shopping, go to work or go to the doctor. In addition, the sessions are limited to a maximum of five people.
Health Minister Marta Temido at a press conference admitted the “difficulty in breaking the transmission chain” in the case of Lisbon, for which she has announced that she will step up public health work to monitor cases and follow up contacts. according to the Portuguese newspaper ‘Publico’.
On the other hand, authorities have confirmed six more deaths from COVID-19 this Friday, increasing the number of deaths since the pandemic started to 1,555. The number of people has also increased to 457, of which 67 are in intensive care units.