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At least two people died when an explosion ripped through a building in the center of Madrid, the city's mayor said Wednesday. Initial investigations suggested that the explosion had been caused by a gas leak, Almeida said. The Madrid general vicar, Avelino Sevilla, told Spain's TVE that one person linked to the Catholic Church occupying part of the building was still missing. The blast caused substantial damage to the six-story building, images and footage posted to social media by the city's emergency services showed. — Emergencias Madrid (@EmergenciasMad) January 20, 2021Emergency crews could be seen aiding several people on the ground.
Persons: Jose Luis Martinez Almeida, Almeida, Avelino Sevilla, Al menos, Están, Leire Reparaz, , Reparaz, Organizations: Calle de, TVE, Catholic, la calle Toledo, Reuters, NBC, Associated Press Locations: Madrid, Al
LONDON/MILAN/NEW YORK/HONG KONG/MUMBAI (Reuters Breakingviews) - Corona Capital is a column updated throughout the day by Breakingviews columnists around the world with short, sharp pandemic-related insights. Research from Barclays shows that house prices outside big U.S. cities are indeed rising faster than in urban areas, but only in regions packed with local amenities. Despite being already priced at a premium relative to the city, house prices in U.S. vacation and resort towns rose nearly 7% between March and November 2020. The big sellers were in the fabric and home care products division, as Downy and Tide detergents and softeners pushed net sales up 12%. IAG has over 10 billion euros of available liquidity but reported a 1.3 billion euro operating loss from August to September, putting a premium on cash preservation.
Persons: Amanda Perobelli, Evy Hambro, Fabiana, Rishi Kapoor, Lynn Forester de Rothschild, “ greening, Peter Thal Larsen, Lisa Jucca, Jon Moeller, Joe Biden, Amanda Gomez, Jack Ma, China’s, Ant, Ma, Robyn Mak, Luis Gallego, IAG, Aswath, Ed Cropley, Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, Martin, Christopher Thompson Organizations: Reuters, Corona, REUTERS, BlackRock, Inclusive Capital Partners, Research, Barclays, Procter, Gamble, LOCKDOWN, Regulators, International Airlines Group, British Airways, Spanish, Air Europa, NYU’s Stern School of Business, Economic, London, Mitchells, Butlers Locations: MILAN, HONG KONG, MUMBAI, Porto Feliz , Sao Paulo state, Brazil, FreshToHome, Cincinnati, Hong Kong, Una
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government on Wednesday proposed the first nationwide curfew since World War Two and a ban on flights from South Africa and Britain in its toughest moves yet to limit the spread of new coronavirus mutations in the Netherlands. REUTERS/Piroschka van de WouwPrime Minister Mark Rutte said the curfew must be approved by parliament, which is set to debate measures against the coronavirus on Thursday. The flight ban, which Rutte said also will apply to all South American countries, will begin on Saturday. “This is a very tough measure, but we are at a crossroads,” Rutte said in a televised news conference. Exceptions include medical emergencies, people who need to be outdoors to carry out essential jobs and walking of pets on a leash.
Persons: de, Mark Rutte, Rutte, , King Willem, Alexander Organizations: REUTERS, de Wouw, Locations: AMSTERDAM, South Africa, Britain, Netherlands, Rotterdam, COVID
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - The Dutch government on Wednesday proposed the first nationwide curfew since World War Two and a ban on flights from South Africa and Britain in its toughest moves yet to limit the spread of coronavirus in the Netherlands. FILE PHOTO: Tables and chairs are stacked on an empty shopping street as Netherlands is set to extend the lockdown as the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues in Rotterdam, Netherlands January 12, 2021. The flight ban, which Rutte said also will apply to all South American countries, will begin on Saturday. The government said it will also require all international travellers arriving by airplane or boat to provide proof of a second negative COVID-19 rapid test, taken just before departure. It had already required a negative test taken within 72 hours of travel.
Persons: de, Mark Rutte, Rutte, , , Gerrie Brand, King Willem, Alexander Organizations: REUTERS, de Wouw, KLM, Air France KLM, Locations: AMSTERDAM, South Africa, Britain, coronavirus, Netherlands, Rotterdam, Dutch, COVID
The Trump administration promised 20 million people would be vaccinated by the end of 2020; approximately 4 million were. There would be no windfall of vaccine doses to meet the already pent-up demand — or to fulfill the appointments offered to those waiting. Meanwhile, the state began largely consolidating vaccine distribution, pushing people to make appointments at mass vaccination sites administered by the state. Andrew Cuomo — has been accused of micromanaging vaccine distribution and thus causing delays in inoculating New Yorkers — and Michigan Gov. However, to do that, he'll need to both fix the problems with the federal distribution and help the states shore up their implementation strategies — fast.
Persons: Joe Biden, Trump, , Alex Azar, Azar, Bill de Blasio, Sinai, Kate Brown, Andrew Cuomo —, Gretchen Whitmer —, Cuomo, J.B, Pritzker, Johnson, Trump’s, ” He's Organizations: Pfizer, Trump, CDC, Moderna, Human Services, New, NBC, Yorkers, New York Gov, Michigan Gov, Johnson, Economic Advisors Locations: State, Israel, New York, New York City, Sinai, In Oregon, Arizona, Illinois, , United States
British Airways-owner IAG buys Air Europa in cut-price 500 million euro deal
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: An Air Europa Boeing 737-800 airplane takes off at the airport in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Paul HannaUnder the amended deal, Iberia, which is buying Air Europa on behalf of IAG, will not pay the 500 million euros until the sixth anniversary of the acquisition’s completion, the companies said in a statement. Air Europa been supported by loans from Spain’s state-owned industrial holding company SEPI during the crisis. It has been pushing for a price cut on Air Europa from sellers Globalia. A Spanish newspaper said in December that the deferral would give Air Europa time to repay the state aid package.
Persons: IAG, Paul Hanna, Luis Gallego, Globalia, ” Gallego Organizations: British Airways, International Airlines Group, Spain’s, Air Europa Boeing, Palma de Mallorca, REUTERS, Air Europa, IAG, Europa, SEPI, European Commission Locations: Iberia, Palma de, Spain, Madrid, America
Joe Biden’s Long Road to the Presidency
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Tanner Curtis | Antonio De Luca | Thomas Kaplan | ) + 0.00   time to read: +14 min
Mr. Biden was born in 1942, the eldest son of Joseph Robinette Biden Sr. and Catherine Eugenia Finnegan Biden. Bettman, via Getty ImagesAs a senator, Mr. Biden commuted to Washington by train, a routine that allowed him to return home to his children each night. As vice president, Mr. Biden oversaw the implementation of the 2009 stimulus bill and later headed the administration’s cancer moonshot program. Mr. Biden fell flat in the first nominating contests, finishing in fourth place in Iowa and fifth place in New Hampshire. Despite his early difficulties in two overwhelmingly white states, Mr. Biden counted on receiving strong support from Black voters in later contests.
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Coronavirus testing in Austin on Monday, when new cases in Texas were averaging over 20,000 a day. Texas has received more than 1.7 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine, and administered 1.3 million, Gov. The Serum Institute aims to distribute a billion doses of its coronavirus vaccine by the end of 2021. “We just don’t have that information.”Here are steps you can take to protect yourself from the new coronavirus variant. New York City received 53,000 doses this week, the mayor said, and had a total of 116,000 doses in inventory Tuesday morning.
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The Biden Era Begins
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( Andrew Ross Sorkin | Jason Karaian | Michael J. De La Merced | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
ImageBiden’s first day, Trump’s lastJoe Biden will be sworn in as president of the United States today at around noon Eastern in Washington. President Trump won’t be there either, as he and many of his supporters continue to tout false claims about the election. After leaving office, Mr. Trump faces a financial minefield, with significant debts coming due on commercial properties that he personally guaranteed. Mr. Biden’s White House will impose stricter coronavirus testing, social distancing and mask wearing. In photos and headlines: Follow Mr. Biden’s road to the presidency in this illustrated timeline and revisit the biggest front-page displays of Mr. Trump’s term.
Persons: Trump’s, Joe Biden, Trump won’t, , David Leonhardt, commutations, , Trump, , Elliott Broidy, Jho Low, Ken Kurson, Jared Kushner, Anthony Levandowski, William Walters, Carl Icahn, Phil Mickelson, Sholam Weiss, Bob Zangrillo, Levandowski’s, Peter Thiel, Palmer Luckey, Michael Ovitz, Biden’s, Biden, Jack Ma Organizations: Trump, Capitol, Times, New York Observer, Google, Varsity Blues, VR, Hollywood Locations: United States, Washington, Malaysian, China’s
Loud explosion rocks central Madrid; rescue teams to site
  + stars: | 2021-01-20 | by ( ) sentiment -0.99   time to read: +1 min
Office skyscrapers stand on the city skyline beyond rooftops in Madrid, on Monday, April 29, 2019. Madrid's emergency services say rescue teams, firefighters and police are working in a central area of the Spanish capital following an explosion that witnesses described as "extremely loud." Videos and images shared on social media showed a tower of smoke coming out from a building and rubble scattered in a central street of Madrid. Spanish public broadcaster TVE said the explosion took place in a building near a nursing home. Leire Reparaz, who lives near the Puerto de Toledo, a local landmark, told The Associated Press that she heard a loud explosion.
Persons: Leire Reparaz Organizations: TVE, Puerto de, Associated Press Locations: Madrid, Spanish, Puerto de Toledo
Patricia de Loro, head of Amazon Business for Europe, has never really thought of herself as a geek, but looking at her career, most would disagree. I liked technology as a business, for the way it was applied. The company was looking for a hybrid candidate profile that covered both technology and business and found Patricia. The head of Amazon in Spain believes it is good news that Google and Facebook are entering the e-commerce war: "The more competition, the more innovation. "Amazon Business is kind of like a startup within Amazon.
Persons: Patricia de Loro, I've, Loro, Patricia, Tuenti, Francisco Román, Laura González Organizations: Amazon Business, The Venture, Management, eBay, Transformation, Vodafone, Business Insider, MIT Innovation Program, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon Locations: Europe, Business Insider Spain, Spain, London, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Miami, Latin, United States, Luxembourg, Madrid
New York City now recognizes LGBTQ-owned companies as minority-owned businesses, making them eligible for billions in city contracts, as well as access to consulting, mentorship, educational programs and other resources. “New York City has a legacy of leadership in promoting inclusivity at every level of public life,” Justin Nelson, the chamber’s president, said in a statement. The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, commonly referred to as NGLCC, said its members alone contributed more than $1.15 billion to the economy in 2015. In 2015, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio set a 10-year goal to award $25 billion in city contracts to minority-owned businesses by 2025. “The LGBT business community is a stimulus to the American economy,” Torres, now a U.S. senator, told reporters at the time.
Persons: ” Justin Nelson, Bill de Blasio, Jonathan Lovitz, , Councilmember Ritchie Torres, ” Torres, Corey Johnson, Torres ’, Councilmember Daniel Dromm, ” Dromm, , ” Lovitz, Obama, Biden, Elizabeth Bibi Organizations: New York City’s Department of Small Business Services, National LGBT Chamber of Commerce, Business Enterprise, , Philadelphia, LGBT Chamber of Commerce, NBC News, Small Business Services, Yorkers, Human Rights, PSB Research, ” HRC, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: York City, New, inclusivity, New York City, ” New York, Chicago, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Nashville , Tennessee, California , Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, United States, America, U.S, Asian Pacific, American, New York
12 National Guard members were removed from inauguration duty, including two for “inappropriate” comments or texts, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters in a phone briefing Tuesday. “We have two individuals that were identified as making inappropriate comments or texts,” said spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman. One was removed after fellow troops brought their comments to the attention of Guard officers. The other 10 troops were removed due to questions raised in security vetting conducted by the FBI, including a review of their criminal records and other information. It was too early to say if the 12 troops removed would be subject to disciplinary action or further investigation by law enforcement agencies, he said.
Persons: , , Jonathan Hoffman, Joe Biden's, Hoffman, ” Hoffman, “ We’re, they’re Organizations: National Guard, Pentagon, FBI
Petrobras has hesitated to designate a winning bidder because it considers the prices too low, three of the people said. Elsewhere, Petrobras is in exclusive talks with Abu Dhabi investor Mubadala Investment Co to sell its Bahia unit RLAM. DIVESTMENT PLANSPetrobras has been trying to sell refineries for almost a decade with no success, facing resistance from politicians, union workers and local contractors. A history of government fuel price intervention has also scared away investors in the past. Petrobras has told potential buyers it is not obliged to sell the plants if offers fall below its internal price range.
Persons: SÃO PAULO, Jan, hasn’t, Raízen, Ultrapar, Refap, Abu, Roberto Castello Branco, Jair Bolsonaro, Cade, Sabrina Valle, Carolina Mandl, David Gregorio Organizations: RIO DE, Ultrapar Participacoes SA, Petrobras ’, Petrobras, Petroleo Brasileiro SA, Ultra, Royal Dutch Shell PLC, Cosan SA, Essar Group, Mubadala Investment, RLAM, SIX, Sao Paulo Locations: RIO DE JANEIRO, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Parana , Santa Catarina, Sao Paulo, Mato Grosso, Brazil’s, Abu Dhabi, Bahia, Petrobras, Rio ,, Carolina, Sao
Biden and Harris will lead a lighting ceremony at the Reflecting Pool at the Lincoln Memorial at 5:15 p.m. ET (2215 GMT), followed by a moment of silence and 400 bell tolls at the National Cathedral to symbolically honor the COVID-19 dead. The United States was on track to reach two grim COVID-19 milestones on Tuesday - 24 million infections and 400,000 lives lost, according to a Reuters tally. On Tuesday, his last full day as president, Trump had no public events scheduled, although U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was planning to convene the White House Coronavirus Task Force for its last meeting under his watch. Biden will also face the daunting task of overseeing the nation’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution and administration.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Kamala Harris, Harris, , Donald Trump, Trump, Mike Pence, Bill de Blasio, resupplied, ” de Blasio Organizations: WASHINGTON, Memorial, Empire, President, Lincoln Memorial, Cathedral, Reuters, COVID, Coronavirus, Force, Trump, World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control, New Locations: United States, COVID, , New York City, Seattle
Opinion | The Homicide Spike Is Real
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Rafael A. Mangual | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
It’s true that other places have seen similar spikes in shootings without as much substantial criminal justice reform. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that such reforms aren’t helping to drive the recent uptick in shootings and homicides in New York City. A quarter-century of consistent crime declines, development and economic growth had fortified New York City against crime. What the last several years have borne out is that powerful narratives can be built upon incidents of alleged police misconduct and that these narratives can catalyze substantial shifts in criminal justice policy. One indicator of this is the number of mayoral candidates currently promising to “reimagine” policing and criminal justice.
Persons: de, Eric Gonzalez, George Floyd’s Organizations: New, New York Post, Police Department, . New York, Horizon Juvenile, Police, Big Apple Locations: New York City, de Blasio, Brooklyn, . New, . New York State, Rikers, Covid, Minneapolis
Please Don’t Follow This Money
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Andrew Ross Sorkin | Jason Karaian | Michael J. De La Merced | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
Taking namesA new Supreme Court case is calling into question the sincerity of corporate America’s reckoning with political giving. Many companies and trade groups say they are re-evaluating political donations after the riot in the Capitol, demanding accountability for lawmakers who challenged the electoral count. In its petition to the court, the nonprofit notes that “the general public, including protesters, does not differentiate” between the two. Anonymity obscures corporate influence in politics, which is already difficult to quantify. The federal small-business relief program reopens to all lenders today, after smaller banks were given access to the initiative last week.
Persons: Sheldon Whitehouse, , Koch, California’s, Katherine Gehl, Michael Porter Organizations: Capitol, Democrat, National Law, Prosperity Foundation, Prosperity, National Association of Manufacturers, Commerce, Harvard, Politics Industry Locations: California, Rhode Island,
What to know about Stellantis as it makes its NYSE debut
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Michael Wayland | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Flag with the Stellantis logo on the front entrance to FCA's Mirafiori plant on January 18, 2021 in Turin, Italy. The $52 billion merger was finalized Saturday with the new company's shares trading Monday under the same ticker symbol on the Euronext in Paris and on the Borsa Italiana in Milan, Italy. Stellantis – the merged automaker of Fiat Chrysler and France-based Groupe PSA – will begin trading Tuesday under the symbol "STLA" on the New York Stock Exchange. Here's what else you should know about the company:SharesAfter the completion of the merger, Groupe PSA shareholders received about 1.7 shares of Stellantis for each PSA share, while Fiat Chrysler shareholders received 1 share of Stellantis for each of their shares. Board of directorsThe Stellantis Board of Directors is composed of two executive directors, Tavares and former Fiat Chrysler chairman John Elkann.
Persons: Stellantis, Martin Luther King Jr, Carlos Tavares, Tavares, John Elkann, Robert Peugeot, Henri de Castries, Andrea Agnelli, Elkann's, Fiat Chrysler Fiona Clare Cicconi, AstraZeneca PLC Nicolas Dufourcq, Ann Frances Godbehere, Ling Martello, BayPine Jacques de Saint, Kevin Scott, – CNBC's Elliot Smith Organizations: Euronext, Borsa Italiana, Fiat Chrysler, PSA –, New York Stock Exchange, Groupe, Italiana, Groupe PSA, FCA, PSA, Chrysler, Fiat, Jeep, Peugeot, Axa S.A, AstraZeneca PLC, Bpifrance S.A, Royal Dutch Shell, Ling, Microsoft Corp Locations: Turin, Italy, North America, Europe, Paris, Milan, France, French
Experts are urgently investigating three different coronavirus variants — first identified in the UK, South Africa, and Japan — that have caused explosive outbreaks and are spreading around the world. But these three coronavirus variants, each evolved separately, appear to have developed similar characteristics that affect how they spread. South Africa — 501.Y.V2501.Y.V2 was first detected in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa, in samples dating back to the beginning of October 2020. This means it is 30-50% better at spreading from person to person than other coronavirus variants. There is a new variant, identified in OhioA new variant, called COH.20G/501Y, was identified by scientists in Ohio on Wednesday.
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DEA / M. BORCHI | De Agostini | Getty ImagesStates have tried clawing back unemployment benefits from thousands of people during the Covid pandemic. Waiving PUA overpaymentsThe $900 billion federal relief package passed last month gives states the power to waive these overpayments, made through the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance program, in certain cases. But the law doesn't require states to offer this safety valve — leading to concern that some may choose not to. Most states do waive overpayments made through their traditional unemployment insurance programs. The state legislature would need to amend state law to do so, she said.
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US surpasses 400,000 deaths from Covid-19
  + stars: | 2021-01-19 | by ( Christina Maxouris | Jason Hanna | ) + 0.00   time to read: +9 min
(CNN) The United States has reported at least 400,000 deaths from Covid-19 since the pandemic began, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University as of Tuesday afternoon. (Later in the spring, two earlier deaths in California were posthumously confirmed to be from Covid-19.) The US has recorded an average of 3,237 Covid-19 deaths a day over the last seven days -- just below the pandemic's peak average of 3,377 reached on January 13. But also, the Covid-19 variant first identified in the UK is spreading across the US. More than 120 cases of the variant have been identified across 20 states, according to data from the CDC.
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(Reuters) - Representatives of fuel suppliers to Venezuela, importers of Venezuelan oil and advocacy groups said this month they plan to press the incoming administration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden to reverse a ban on crude-for-diesel swaps. FILE PHOTO: Oil pumpjacks are seen in Lagunillas, Venezuela May 24, 2018. REUTERS/Isaac UrrutiaThe Trump administration since the last quarter of 2020 has barred companies from sending Venezuela diesel in exchange for crude. Those deals were exempted for more than a year from sanctions on state oil company Petroleos de Venezuela SA, aimed at ousting President Nicolas Maduro, who has overseen an economic collapse. Companies that frequently engaged in the swaps with U.S. government authorization include India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, Spain’s Repsol SA, and Italy’s Eni SpA.
Persons: Joe Biden, Isaac Urrutia, Trump, Nicolas Maduro, , Feliciano Reyna, Biden, ” Reyna, PDVSA, Elliott Abrams, Geoff Ramsey, Organizations: Reuters, U.S, REUTERS, Venezuela, de Venezuela SA, Accion, India’s Reliance Industries Ltd, Spain’s Repsol SA, Eni SpA, Reliance, Biden, Gas Energy, U.S . State, State Department, Treasury Department, Washington Office Locations: Venezuela, Lagunillas, Washington, Caracas, U.S, CUBA, America, Iran, Cuba, U.S ., U.S . State Department’s, WOLA
As secretary of state, Pompeo embraced Trump’s skepticism of European allies and international organizations, employing a brash tone that echoed the president. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo holds a news briefing at the State Department. “That was so deeply unsettling for people in the State Department because Masha is respected and liked,” said one former senior U.S. diplomat. Critics say the Trump administration alienated allies, weakened America’s soft power and cozied up to dictators. The White House / Getty Images fileSanctions became the favored diplomatic weapon of choice for Pompeo and the Trump administration.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Mike Pompeo, ingratiating, , “ Pompeo, Trump, I’ve, ” Pompeo, Pompeo, Chip Somodevilla, Obama’s, Rex Tillerson, Michael Steele, , Steele, Joe Biden, Hunter, Marie “ Masha ” Yovanovitch, Masha, Michael McKinley, Biden, , Laura Kennedy, Kim Jong Un, Pompeo’s, Jared Kushner, Steve Linick, Gregory Meeks Organizations: Trump, House Republicans, Capitol, State Department, Republican, Democratic, Bloomberg, Department, Trump Cuban, America, North, United Arab Emirates, NBC News, State, House Foreign Affairs, Rep, GOP Locations: Ukraine, U.S, Taiwan, Yemen, Cuba, Iran, Al Qaeda, China, Pyongyang, North Korea, Venezuela, Caracas, Korea, Israel, Madison
There are loud echoes between those who joined the massive resistance and the insurrectionists who stormed the Capitol. The failure to fully stamp out the so-called massive resistance is contributing to the insurrection we see today. Some white supremacists ended up paying a considerable price for their crimes in the civil rights era, albeit decades after the fact. Members of the Southern bloc react as a civil rights plank is adopted during the Democratic National Convention in July 1948. The forces of massive resistance that entered the Republican Party's bloodstream after the 1960s need to be uprooted.
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COVID-19 daily deaths hit record high in Portugal, hospitals struggle to cope
  + stars: | 2021-01-18 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Slideshow ( 2 images )LISBON (Reuters) - Portugal’s daily death toll from the new coronavirus reached a record high of 167 on Monday, bringing the total to 9,028 deaths since the start of the pandemic, health authority DGS said. Amid concerns over low compliance with lockdown rules, Portuguese hospitals are trying to cope with soaring contagion, with Portugal now the country with the highest rolling average of new cases over the last seven days per million inhabitants, according to website. DGS added 6,702 new cases on Monday, bringing the cumulative tally infections to 556,503. Portugal, which emerged from the first wave of the pandemic with fewer infections and deaths than most European countries, has already nearly doubled the overall number of ICU beds since the start of the pandemic, when it had just 528 critical care beds and Europe’s lowest ratio per 100,000 inhabitants. “You see a lot of people not following (the rules) during this new lockdown,” Anabela Ribeiro, 55, said as she walked out a busy train station in the heart of the capital.
Persons: DGS, ” Antonio Pais de Lacerda, ” Anabela Ribeiro Organizations: Reuters Locations: LISBON, Portugal, Santa Maria
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