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The Portuguese government announced on Thursday the deconfinement of the inhabitants of 19 neighborhoods in the north of the capital thanks to a drop in the number of new cases of covid-19.

The Portuguese government announced on Thursday the deconfinement of the inhabitants of 19 neighborhoods in the north of the capital thanks to a drop in the number of new cases of covid-19.

(AFP) – The 700,000 inhabitants of these neighborhoods, including one north of Lisbon and 18 in the outskirts, were again confined on July 1 due to a high number of outbreaks of contagion. They could only leave their homes to go to work or to go shopping, on pain of a fine.

They can now go out without having to justify such reasons, while the number of people who can gather in these neighborhoods goes from 5 to 10. “This decision was made possible thanks to the positive developments” of the situation in these neighborhoods, explained Mariana Vieira da Silva, spokesperson for the government after a council of ministers.

“The last week we have seen a reduction of around 30% in the number of cases” in the Lisbon region, she said.

The measures remain stricter around the capital than in the rest of the country. Shops must close at 8 p.m., except supermarkets (10 p.m.), while restaurants can welcome customers until midnight. Gatherings are limited to 10 people compared to 20 in the rest of the country.

The government has also decided to propose the reopening across the country of night bars and discos. But these establishments will not be able “to function (only) like cafes” and to keep their dance floors closed, specifies the press release of the Council of Ministers.

The government has also announced that passengers from countries “considered at risk”, outside the Schengen area, will have to present a negative test for covid on their arrival in Portugal, carried out up to 72 hours before boarding.

According to the latest official report published on Thursday, Portugal recorded two deaths and 255 new confirmed cases of Covid-19 in 24 hours. The country has recorded a cumulative total of 50,868 cases and 1,727 deaths.


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