Portugal: Government shuts all schools for 2 weeks

Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, has announced the closure of all schools for two weeks to try to stop the spread of the new coronavirus.

Costa announced the measure, which will come into force on Friday, after a cabinet meeting and said that it was justified by a “precautionary principle” because of the increase in the number of cases of the most contagious variant of SARS-CoV-2, which increased from around 8% last week to around 20% currently.

Costa said that the 2-week break would be compensated for in another holiday period and that there would be support measures for families similar to those in place during the first lockdown in 2020.