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2,072 Covid-19 cases in a single day have been the new cases registered by Portugal. A new record during the pandemic and a considerable jump with the average of the last days, in which it had added just over 1,200 daily infections.

Hours before the country raises its state of alert and goes to calamity, with new restrictions that include a ban on the gathering of more than 5 people in the street and closed spaces, the General Directorate of Health (DGS) has collected, in full from the country, 91,193 cases and 2,117 deaths from coronavirus since the pandemic started.

And it is that, according to the DGS, this Wednesday the largest daily rise in admitted in more than five months, 41 people, which raises the total number of hospitalized 957 citizens, 135 of them in intensive care. Some hospital figures that are beginning to disturb the medical community.

The development of the pandemic in Portugal has been classified as “a serious evolution” by the prime minister, António Costa, which has also announced the measures that will take effect from midnight to try to contain the spread of the virus.

Among these new restrictions, the maximum attendance of 50 people to family events stands outlike weddings or christenings. In addition, a bill is being prepared so that it will soon become mandatory use of the mask on the street, currently only recommended.

Likewise, the obligation to download the virus tracking app, “Stayaway Covid”, “in the labor, school and academic context, in the armed forces and security forces and in the public administration.

As the numbers announce the arrival of the segunda ola a Portugal, experts argue that “an immediate change of course in the strategy” of the Portuguese public health system is necessary, given that in the coming weeks it will “demand a response much higher than that which exists today” and they recall that this is why It is important to make a “major” investment.



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