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Portugal closes schools in Algarve as delta advances

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Schools in the Algarve in Portugal closed on June 28. Image: @ ceh4health

Portugal closed schools in the Algarve yesterday as fears grow that the Delta variant of Covid-19 is out of control in the country.

SCHOOLS were closed in Faro, Albufeira, Lagos and Loule on June 28 in an attempt to control the spread of the Delta variant of Covid-19.

Ana Cristina Guerreiro, the delegate responsible for public health in Faro said: “It is a precaution. These transmission chains must be cut and that is why it is better for these students to stay at home. Otherwise, the situation could get worse. “

As of June 28, there were 583 cases in Albufeira, 448 in Loule, 403 in Olhao and 329 in Faro.

The president of the Faro Biomedical Center, Nuno Marques, added that “even when people are vaccinated, there are habits such as physical safety distance, masks or frequent hand disinfection that have remained in our society”.

Yesterday, Portugal had 502 people hospitalized with Covid-19, the highest number since April 6, when 504 people were hospitalized, and 115 people in intensive care units.

According to the National Institute of Health, the Delta variant accounted for 51% of cases in mainland Portugal, showing that the variant “is spreading rapidly”.


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