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The Portuguese government announced that it has reestablished a night curfew starting Friday in 45 municipalities , including Lisbon, given the resurgence of the coronavirus pandemic due to the Delta variant.

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“We found that last week the situation deteriorated again,” declared the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, at a press conference, who also warned: “the conditions are not met to say that the pandemic is under control.”

This “prohibition of circulating on public roads” will apply to the municipalities most affected by Covid-19, including the capital and Porto, every day from 11:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m.

According to the latest figures provided by the health authorities, the strain that originated in India, the Delta variant is the dominant variant in the European country that has experienced an increase in Covid-19 cases.

To curb the spread, the government again imposed infection control measures, such as reducing the opening hours of bars and restaurants in the most affected cities. In addition they have implemented restrictions on travel between the region of Lisbon and the rest of the country during weekends.

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