Portugal unlikely to be added back to safe list as country imposes partial lockdown

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Portugal announced yesterday that three of its northern municipalities have been thrown into partial lockdown to help halt the spread of coronavirus. From today, roughly 161,000 residents in the regions of Felgueiras, Lousada and Pacos de Ferreira will be locked down. Residents will only be allowed to leave home to go to work, school or for other essential activities such as buying food and medicine.

People who can work from home are being urged to and visits to care homes have been banned.

Events can also only be attended by a maximum of five people.

Health Minister Marta Temido said: “It is expected the number of cases will increase in coming days and we have in some areas of the country a complex epidemiological situation that can be minimised with some measures.”

Currently, Portugal is not on the UK’s travel corridor list after it was removed due to a spike in coronavirus cases.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to mainland Portugal.

Countries recording a lowered infection rate could be added back to the travel corridor list.

Yesterday, the Maldives, Canary Islands, Denmark and the Greek island of Mykonos were added back to the travel corridor list.

Portugal is currently recording 160 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period.

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The UK’s threshold for countries to remain on the travel corridor list is 20.

Portugal has recorded almost 110,000 cases of coronavirus and 2,245 deaths at the time of writing.

A lot of the new cases of coronavirus are in the northern region and near Lisbon.

This is relatively low compared to neighbouring Spain which has topped over one million cases.

Last Friday, Portugal hit 2,608 new cases which is its highest daily figure since the pandemic began.

The autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, are exempt from the FCDO advice against all non-essential international travel.

Madeira is currently in a state of calamity along with mainland Portugal.

The use of a face mask is obligatory in enclosed spaces, such as the airport, shops, supermarkets, restaurants and on public transport, and while outdoors.

This applies to everyone over the age of 10.

People will not be required to use a face mask when driving, exercising, while on the beach or walking the recommended routes in forest and mountain areas.

In the Azores, the use of a face mask is also obligatory.

The island of Sao Miguel’s nightclubs are closed, bars and pubs close at 10pm.

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