New COVID-19 lockdown to come into force in Portugal from Friday

FILE PHOTO: Portugal's PM Costa announces new restrictions in Lisbon
FILE PHOTO: Portugal's Prime Minister Antonio Costa adjusts a protective mask during a news conference to announce new restrictions for the upcoming Christmas festivities amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, at Ajuda Palace in Lisbon, Portugal, December 5, 2020. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes/File Photo

January 13, 2021

LISBON (Reuters) – A new lockdown to bring a worrying rise in coronavirus cases under control will come into force in Portugal from Friday, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced, urging people to stay indoors and protect themselves.

“We are at the most dangerous moment (of the pandemic),” Costa told reporters on Wednesday, adding remote work would be compulsory where possible. “The rule is simple: all of us should stay home.”

The rules will be similar to the six-week lockdown imposed between March and April last year during the first wave of the pandemic, except all schools – public and private – will stay open this time.

(Reporting by Catarina Demony and Victoria Waldersee, Editing by Chris Reese)