Portugal saw its largest daily increase in Covid-19 infections since April on Wednesday, part of a recent uptick in coronavirus cases across Western Europe that has led some public health officials to warn of a resurgence.
- Portugal reported 646 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, more than double the average daily case count for August, according to data from the country’s Ministry of Health.
- Daily cases have increased gradually over the last two weeks, but Portugal still remains below its mid-April peak.
- Portuguese officials plan on issuing new restrictions to halt the virus’ spread later this month, Reuters reported.
- Other Western European countries have seen a rapid uptick in Covid infections: France reported a record 8,975 new cases last Friday, and Spain is tracking a second wave of coronavirus cases that hit the nation last month.
- Officials in the United Kingdom are also bracing for a potential resurgence, as the country sees its highest Covid-19 case counts since May, the BBC reported.
Portugal, like most of Western Europe, began lifting its strict lockdowns and travel restrictions after Covid-19 cases began to plummet in May. Some public health officials, however, worry that infections could spike yet again as residents return to traveling, hosting large gatherings, and congregating in bars and restaurants.
61,541: that’s the total number of Covid-19 cases reported in Portugal since the virus first arrived in the country.