REUTERS/Rafael Marchante/File PhotoLISBON (Reuters) - Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Saturday.
Schools will close on the Mondays before both holidays, while businesses must close early.
Employers are being encouraged to give workers the day off in order to minimise travel activity.
“We continue to have a very high number of cases which is a threat to our health,” Costa told a press conference.
Portugal reported 62 deaths and 6,472 cases of coronavirus on Saturday, mostly in the north of the country, bringing the total infections to 255,970 cases, with 3,824 deaths.
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