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                                                                                              Number of Covid-19 cases could be
                                                                                              Number of Covid-19 cases could be
                                                                                              Number of Covid-19 cases could be
                                                                                              Number of Covid-19 cases could be
                                                                                              Number of Covid-19 cases could be
                                                                                              10 times higher
                                                                                              10 times higher
                                                                                              10 times higher
                                                                                              10 times higher
                                                                                              10 times higher
                                                                                                The number of positive Covid-19 cases in Portugal could be five to
                                                                                              ten times higher than official figures show. According to the lead
                                                                                              investigator at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, this is
                                                                                              largely the result of the high number of people who show no
                                                                                              symptoms of the coronavirus despite having been infected. The study
                                                                                              follows similar ones conducted internationally and another pilot
                                                                                              project recently held in Loulé which made similar findings.
                                                                                              Portugal extends flight restrictions
                                                                                              Portugal extends flight restrictions
                                                                                              Portugal extends flight restrictions
                                                                                              Portugal extends flight restrictions
                                                                                              Portugal extends flight restrictions
                                                                                                Portugal has extended flight restrictions to destinations outside of
                                                                                              the Schengen space until 15 June. The decision, published in the
                                                                                              Government Gazette, allows for a number of exceptions. Among them
                                                                                              are non-Schengen countries in Europe such as Norway,
                                                                                              Liechtenstein, Switzerland and Iceland and Portuguese-speaking
                                                                                              countries. The United Kingdom, the United States, Venezuela and
                                                                                              South Africa are also included due to the high number of Portuguese
                                                                                              nationals living in these countries.
                                                                                               ourists cancelling bookings
                                                                                               ourists cancelling bookings
                                                                                              T T T T Tourists cancelling bookingsourists cancelling bookings
                                                                                               ourists cancelling bookings
                                                                                                Almost 80 percent of tourist accommodation in Portugal has
                                                                                              reported cancellations of bookings scheduled for the months of
                                                                                              March to August of this year. According to a survey conducted by
                                                                                              Statistics Portugal, the cancelations have mainly been made by
                                                                                              national guests, followed by Spanish, French, German and British
                                                                                              guests. Madeira had the highest proportion of establishments with
                                                                                              reservations cancelled, followed by the Azores, Lisbon and the
                                                                                              Algarve.
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                                                                                              Cocaine seizures soar
                                                                                              Cocaine seizures soar
                                                                                              Cocaine seizures soar
                                                                                              Cocaine seizures soar
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      WEATHER                                                                                   The amount of cocaine seized by Portuguese officials topped ten
                                                                                              tonnes last year, soaring by 90 percent when compared with 2018.
      Feeling like summer in Portugal                                                         The amount of cocaine confiscated also exceeded the total seizures
                                                                                              of cannabis, with arrests also up to just under 600, which is also the
                                                                                              highest number for the past five years. According to PJ police,
      The sun is back and the temperatures are on the rise in Portugal with mainly clear skies
      The sun is back and the temperatures are on the rise in Portugal with mainly clear skies
      The sun is back and the temperatures are on the rise in Portugal with mainly clear skies
      The sun is back and the temperatures are on the rise in Portugal with mainly clear skies  traffickers continue to use Portugal’s vast coastline to smuggle drugs
      The sun is back and the temperatures are on the rise in Portugal with mainly clear skies
      and high temperatures predicted across the country.                                     into the country.
      and high temperatures predicted across the country.
      and high temperatures predicted across the country.
      and high temperatures predicted across the country.
      and high temperatures predicted across the country.
                                                                                              Ryanair ‘revaluating its operations in Portugal’
                                                                                              Ryanair ‘revaluating its operations in Portugal’
                                                                                              Ryanair ‘revaluating its operations in Portugal’
        Lisbon: Over  the weekend
        Lisbon:
        Lisbon:
        Lisbon:                      The south: It will be feeling  The north: It will feel mild and Ryanair ‘revaluating its operations in Portugal’Ryanair ‘revaluating its operations in Portugal’
        Lisbon:
                                                                   The north:
                                                                   The north:
                                                                   The north:
                                                                   The north:
                                     The south:
                                     The south:
                                     The south:
                                     The south:
      sunshine is expected on both days  like summer has arrived in the  warm over the weekend in the
      with average daily highs of 29  south this weekend with daily  north with slight cloud cover  Irish low-cost airline Ryanair has said it is revaluating its operations
      degrees and lows of 17 degrees,  highs of 33 degrees predicted  expected and north westerly  in Portugal, and admitted there could be redundancies and a
      although it may feel cooler thanks  and nightly lows only falling to 21  winds.  From Monday the  reduction of its fleet in the country. These measures, the airline said,
      to northerly winds.  From Monday  degrees.  The blue skies are to  temperature is to rise to average  result from the sharp decrease in demand caused by the Covid-19
      the thermometers are on the rise  continue for the rest of the week  daily highs of 26 degrees while it  pandemic. Speaking to Lusa News Agency Ryanair executive
      with temperatures set to peak at 32  and the temperatures will remain  will drop in the evenings to 16  president Eddie Wilson said the company would have to reduce its
      degrees and warm nights as lows  stable with highs of 31 and lows  degrees and winds will be from  work force by around 3,000 jobs, “some of them probably in Portugal”.
      only drop to 18 degrees.      of only 22 degrees.          the east.                    Ryanair also said it will be resuming its operations from July.
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