Portugal ends state of emergency after early lockdown

Portugal ends state of emergency after early lockdown

Portugal having been in a state of emergency since mid-March, has begun easing some restrictions after recording just over 1,000 deaths for a population of around 10 million people.

Portugal will allow small stores to reopen from Monday, though the larger stores will have to wait until 1 June to reopen.

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The country declared a state of emergency on 18 March, when its death toll was just two. The lockdown shut most non-essential services to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Portugal has not been hit nearly as badly as neighbouring Spain, where more than 25,000 deaths have been recorded.

Even before the state of emergency was imposed, Portugal closed schools and nightclubs, banned gatherings of large groups, suspended flights to Italy and halted tourism with Spain.

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