Confirmed COVID-19 cases in Portugal exceed 10,000: health authorities

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in Portugal passed the 10,000 mark on Saturday, reaching 10,524, according to the Portuguese health authorities.

Portugal reported 638 new cases of infection and 20 deaths associated with the COVID-19 on Saturday. Now total death toll stands at 266, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) said in its daily bulletin.

Among the fatalities, 254 aged above 60.

A total of 5,518 people are still waiting for the results of laboratory tests, while those recovered from the disease rose to 75.

There are still 22,858 cases being monitored by the health authorities.

The number of infected people appears to be decreasing in recent days, according to public health experts.

Police has set up a major traffic control operation to prevent people from traveling and moving out of their locations during this weekend and next week, when there will be the Easter holiday.

The state of emergency, which was declared by President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on March 18, has been extended until April 17.