Portugal zooms in on Greater Lisbon to curb COVID-19

Portuguese Ministry of Health will focus efforts to control the COVID-19 pandemic in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, which has a large share of new cases.

Around 7,000 tests will be done per day, in addition to inspections in places of greatest vulnerability, according to the ministry.

Minister of Health Marta Temido met on Sunday with mayors from the central region of the country to define “stronger strategies” to contain the pandemic.

She promised to carry out the “screening of the population that may be infected.”

“We are talking about an active, young population that works and circulates, so we have to establish a strategy for those working in the Lisbon metropolitan area,” she said in an interview with journalists.

“When someone tested positive, we will also test their contacts … and will put them into isolation,” said the minister, adding that the government will “provide housing, financial and social assistance, if they are in need.”

Portugal recorded 297 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, of which 268 are from the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region.

As of Sunday, the pandemic has infected 32,500 people and claimed 1,410 lives in Portugal.