Costa meets urgently with crisis office in the face of the “continuous increase” of new cases

The crisis office for monitoring the evolution of covid-19 in Portugal today meets urgently at the Prime Minister's official residence in S. Bento.

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The meeting, convened on Thursday by António Costa for today at 11:30 am, follows the “continuous increase” of new daily cases of infection with the new coronavirus and the need to “reinforce citizens' awareness of the adoption of preventive and safety measures against covid-19 ”.

The crisis cabinet, which last met on June 29, in São Bento, includes the ministers of State, Economy and Digital Transition, Pedro Siza Vieira, State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, from State and Presidency, Marina Vieira da Silva, State and Finance, João Leão, National Defense, João Gomes Cravinho, Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, Labor, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, Health, Marta Temido and Infrastructure and Housing, Pedro Nuno Santos.

Also part of this crisis cabinet are the Secretaries of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy and Defense, Youth and Sports and Mobility.

Today Portugal counts 10 more deaths related to covid-19 and 770 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has recorded 1.888 deaths and 66.396 cases of infection.

DGS indicates that five deaths were recorded in the North region, two in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, two in the Central region and one in the Algarve region.

37.804 contacts are under surveillance, 517 more than on Wednesday.

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