Schools in Portugal will be closed for two weeks, in a bid to contain the second wave of COVID-19, it was announced today.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa confirmed that the closures will begin Friday.
Costa was speaking after a cabinet meeting just one week after the government imposed a second lockdown that did not require shutting schools or universities.
“Precaution requires us to interrupt all teaching activities for the next 15 days,” Costa said.
He further explained that the decision had become crucial, because of “this new strain and the speed of its transmission.”
This week, Portugal has been breaking daily records in Coronavirus death tolls, with an extra 221 fatalities in 24 hours announced Thursday by the national health authorities.
After having hit Wednesday a record 14,647 new infections in one day, the country of around 10 million people registered 13,544 cases on Thursday.
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