Coronavirus: Portugal introduces movement ban

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ban was introduced during the All Saints national holiday
13:17, 31 October 2020

A police officer stands guard at a checkpoint to control the movement between different municipalities during the coronavirus disease outbreak, in Lisbon, Portugal
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Due to a new surge in Covid-19 incidence in Portugal, the authorities decided to introduce a five-day ban on long-distance travel. Checkpoints have been set up across Portugal, Reuters reports.

Movement between Portugal’s more than 300 municipalities is prohibited from Friday, October 30 to November 3 in order to reduce risk of virus transmission during the All Saints national holiday but there are exceptions, including for those travelling to and from work.

Related: France returns to self-isolation amid Covid-19 pandemic

Portugal, with just over 10 million people, has recorded a comparatively low 137,272 cases and 2,468 deaths but it reached 4,656 cases on Friday, the highest daily figure since the pandemic started. Testing has also increased.

As we reported earlier, Belgium has imposed a six-week lockdown to avert a breakdown of the health system as the country records the highest rate of Covid-19 infections in Europe.

Belgium, home to the EU’s headquarters and NATO, announced tighter restrictions on social contacts and the closure for six weeks from Monday of businesses like hairdressers and shops which provide services not considered essential. It also extended November school holidays by an extra week.

Related: Curfew introduced in Greece due to Covid-19


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