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Keep up the fight and stay home, Portugal urges as Easter approaches

Added 04-07-20 09:04:03am EST - “With Easter just around the corner, Portugal's government urged people on Tuesday to keep up the fight against the coronavirus, which has already infected thousands across the country, and told them to stay home during the usually…” - News.yahoo.com

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LISBON (Reuters) - With Easter just around the corner, Portugal's government urged people on Tuesday to keep up the fight against the coronavirus, which has already infected thousands across the country, and told them to stay home during the usually busy holiday period.

"We are in an important phase in the fight against the pandemic," Diogo Cruz, deputy director of health authority DGS, told a news conference. "Easter is approaching but we ask everyone to keep following containment measures. We know it's difficult."

Portugal has so far reported 12,442 confirmed coronavirus cases and 345 deaths, a relatively low toll, especially compared to neighbouring Spain, which has seen nearly 14,000 fatalities, second only to Italy worldwide.

Portugal declared a 15-day nationwide state of emergency on March 18, which was extended last Thursday until April 17.

Last week the government tightened restrictions during the Easter holiday period, closing all airports to commercial flights and banning domestic travel from April 9-13.

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