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Portugal imposes tougher COVID-19 measures as virus spreads

Portugal imposes tougher COVID-19 measures as virus spreads

By , LISBON (Reuters) - Tougher measures will be imposed in Portugal from Thursday onwards to contain record levels of coronavirus cases, including stricter limits on gatherings and heavier penalties for rule-breaking establishments.Prime Minister Antonio Costa will also submit a proposal to parliament to make face masks compulsory in crowded outdoor spaces, and use of the government’s tracing app compulsory for some workforces.“I know many people are tired of the restrictions,” Costa told a news conference on Wednesday.“I also know many people, particularly the young, have a false...

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We make the rules, Portugal tells U.S. after China threats

We make the rules, Portugal tells U.S. after China threats

By LISBON (Reuters) - Portuguese leaders have criticised U.S. ambassador George Glass after he said they must choose between the United States and China or risk the consequences.Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa told reporters on Monday: “In Portugal it is the representatives chosen by the Portuguese and they alone who decide on their destiny, respecting the constitution and the rights it gives them.”Glass told the newspaper Expresso at the weekend that Portugal had to pick between its American “friends and allies” and its “economic partner” China. He described the country as a...

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Portugal on high alert as firefighters battle blaze

Portugal on high alert as firefighters battle blaze

United States LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal will go on high alert as more than 850 firefighters struggle to put out a fire sweeping across part of the country’s central region on Sunday, with strong winds and high temperatures complicating efforts to tackle the blaze. The wildfire has been raging in the municipality of Oleiros since Saturday afternoon but it has spread to two neighbouring municipalities and has already forced the precautionary evacuation of a number of people. A 21-year-old firefighter died in a road accident on Saturday evening while fighting the fire, and seven others were...

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Portugal fumes at exclusion from UK safe travel list

Portugal fumes at exclusion from UK safe travel list

United States LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s tourism sector reacted with fury and disbelief at Britain’s decision to maintain a quarantine regime for travellers coming from Portugal despite having a higher number of coronavirus cases and deaths. Portugal was left off a list of more than 50 countries that Britain considers safe enough for travel without coronavirus-related restrictions, meaning holidaymakers returning from Portugal would have to quarantine for 14 days. That will be a major deterrent for British tourists, who accounted for 2.1 million of Portugal’s foreign visitors last year,...

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Far right takes to Lisbon streets to deny racism is a problem

Far right takes to Lisbon streets to deny racism is a problem

United States LISBON (Reuters) - Hundreds of protesters marched through one of Lisbon’s main avenues on Saturday shouting “Portugal is not racist”, in a demonstration organised by the leader of a far-right party known for his derogatory remarks against ethnic minorities. Dozens of police officers were on standby as protesters wearing face masks marched and waved Portuguese flags in the demonstration organised by the leader of the Chega (Enough) party Andre Ventura, a former soccer commentator. There were no immediate reports of violence or arrests. In October, Ventura won the far right’s...

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The refugees helping Portugal's health workers fight coronavirus

The refugees helping Portugal's health workers fight coronavirus

United Kingdom LISBON (Reuters) - Tired and hungry, nurse Nuno Delicado had a pleasant surprise when a local Syrian restaurant sent food to the Lisbon hospital where he has been battling the coronavirus outbreak. But it was the humbling story behind those who cooked the meals that left him surprised. The Tayybeh restaurant is the brainchild of a refugee couple who fled war-torn Syria years ago. Since mid-March, Ramia Abdalghani and Alan Ghumim, both 36, have been offering free food to health workers fighting the pandemic in the capital. “We were helped by people who lived through a dramatic...

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