Portugal sees jump in COVID-19 cases, eye restrictions – The Durango Herald

Portugal reports highest number of new daily COVID-19 infections since July, amid a surge in cases across Europe

LISBON, Portugal (AP) – Portugal on Wednesday reported its highest number of new daily COVID-19 infections since July, amid a surge in cases across Europe, although hospitalizations are rising more slowly in the country where 86% of people are infected. vaccinated.

The Portuguese government will announce the new pandemic restrictions it is introducing on Thursday, seven weeks after almost all of them were lifted due to high vaccination rates and the perceived lower threat of the coronavirus.

The Directorate-General for Health officially reported 3,773 new cases on Wednesday, including 681 in hospitals, 105 in intensive care units and 17 deaths. The number of hospital admissions was the highest since September.

As of November 1, Portugal reported fewer than 500 new infections, 360 people hospitalized, 60 in intensive care and five deaths. Those numbers were comparable to those of a month earlier.

The rise reflects a broader rise in Europe, with some countries tightening restrictions, but the government has said it does not see an immediate need for a lockdown.

The Deputy Health Minister, António Lacerda Sales, said booster shots will begin next week for people who have had the Johnson & Johnson single-dose injection – about 250,000 people.

Authorities are considering starting to vaccinate children between the ages of 5 and 11.

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Dossier – A woman in a face mask uses her mobile phone on a metro in Lisbon, on October 22, 2021. Portugal has vaccinated 86% of the country against COVID-19, but the prime minister warns of a recent increase in infections across Europe forcing it to consider taking precautions. The government convened a meeting of health experts on Friday to assess what measures may be needed. (AP Photo/Armando Franca, File)


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