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In Portugal, the number of corona infections is exploding again

Virus variant BA.5 accounts for the highest incidence in Europe. Several thousand people are again being treated for Covid-19 in the hospitals. But the government continues to rely on personal responsibility.

Vacationers are pouring back into the country. The pavement cafes on the promenade of the river Tagus in Lisbon are full. Little remains of the pandemic in the picturesque Portuguese capital, popular with European weekend tourists. Most corona rules have been abolished. Masks have also largely disappeared from everyday life.

But for a few days now, hope for a normal summer has been clouded by a massive increase in the number of corona. More than 30,000 infections are currently registered every 24 hours.

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