The New York Times reports:
The Portuguese authorities ordered a weekend lockdown of the capital region of Lisbon starting on Friday in an attempt to blunt a recent surge of new infections, offering a powerful reminder that even as Europe seeks to reopen more fully, the virus still poses challenges.
The decision came after Portugal registered this week its highest number of new cases since March, jumping by more than 1,300 in the past 24 hours.
Public health officials said that the rise in cases was steepest around Lisbon and they estimated that roughly half of the new cases involved the Delta variant, first detected in India and on the rise in other countries, including Britain.
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The Lisbon region of Portugal will go into lockdown this weekend following a surge of coronavirus cases, many linked to the Delta variant.
The country logged this week its highest number of new infections since March. https://t.co/tTucFJ7B7B
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