LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities will allow shopping malls in the Lisbon region to reopen next Monday, even though most new coronavirus infections in recent days have emerged there.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced Tuesday that the shopping mall restriction will be lifted in the Lisbon metropolitan area two weeks after the rest of the country.
The health ministry said 92% of the country’s 421 new cases Tuesday were in the Lisbon area. In recent days, more than 70% of new cases have been recorded there.
Officials say they have identified the hot spots in low-income areas and that an increase in testing there is revealing new cases.
The prime minister said he expects the national state of calamity, introduced to help stem the outbreak, to end July 1.
Portugal has officially reported 35,306 cases and almost 1,500 deaths.