Omicron Sub-Variant Driving COVID-19 Spike In Portugal

An omicron-sub variant has driven the spike in COVID-19 cases in Portugal, threatening the country’s pandemic recovery.

Portugal has recorded 2,888 new COVID-19 cases per million for the last seven days. On Wednesday, the country recorded its highest daily COVID-19 death since February 17, with 47 deaths. Portugal has also confirmed 26,848 new cases.

“Portugal is probably the European country with the highest prevalence of this sub-lineage, and this partly explains the high number (of cases) we are seeing,” said Health Minister Marta Temido.

Spain, Portugal’s neighboring country, recorded 373 cases per million for the last seven days.

Germany said that Omicron BA.5 could also cause a COVID-19 surge during the autumn season.

Portugal has continued to roll out booster shots to the most vulnerable and urged its citizens to continue wearing masks despite lifting some restrictions in April.

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