New restrictions as virus state of emergency reinstated in Portugal

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Portugal on Wednesday has been back under a state of emergency with new restrictions and testing rules due to rising Coronavirus numbers.

All visitors arriving by air must now show a negative test, even if they were vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19.

Vaccinated and recovered people will also have to show a negative PCR or antigen test when visiting bars and discos, hospitals and retirement homes, and large events without fixed numbered seats, just like unvaccinated people, the newspaper Publico reported.

Among other measures, a general obligation to wear masks in all enclosed public spaces is again in force.

When visiting restaurants, fitness centres, tourist facilities and events with numbered seats people must prove they were vaccinated, have recovered or have a recent negative test for the Coronavirus.

Working from home is strongly recommended by the government in Lisbon.

In addition, there will be a week of restraint after the year-end holiday with compulsory working from home and closed schools, universities, bars and discos.

Meanwhile, at 87 per cent, Portugal has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world , and 11 per cent have already received a booster shot.

However, the seven-day incidence rate of new infections per 100,000 inhabitants has been climbing for many weeks, it was recently over 200. (dpa/NAN)

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