By Tara Rippin • 19 December 2020 • 19:08
Portugal has today (Saturday, December 19) exceeded 6,000 Covid-related deaths since the start of the pandemic.
IN its daily bulletin, the Directorate General of Health (DGS) has reported 86 fatalities – 11 more than yesterday – taking its total death toll to 6,063.
The number of deaths remains high in Portugal, which has a population of around 10 million, despite the fact that three weeks ago the government announced it had reached its peak of infections with cases falling “at a slow pace”.
The country surpassed the 5,000 fatality mark on December 7 and has added another 1,000 deaths in 12 days.
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