The Portuguese Ministry of Health this Thursday reported the discovery of 418 cases of COVID-19 in 24 hours, an unprecedented number since July 9, increasing the preliminary balance of infections of over 59,000 (59,051). Start of the pandemic.
Portugal registered more infections than recovered patients for almost three weeks, and the number of active cases is already 14,800, according to Publico newspaper. The North, Lisbon and Tajo Valley regions remain the two regions with the highest number of additional positive results.
The only two confirmed deaths in the past 24 hours were recorded in the capital region. A total of 1,829 people have lost their lives to COVID-19 since the first cases of this global pandemic were discovered in Portugal.
The Portuguese government plans to extend the state of contingency currently only in the Lisbon region to the entire country by the middle of the month in anticipation of new restrictions coinciding with the start of the school year.
The Portuguese authorities are also monitoring the decisions the UK executive may take over the next few hours or days. This has confirmed that it is considering whether to add Portugal to the blacklist of countries whose travelers must be quarantined.