Portugal sees 48 deaths and 5,784 cases of COVID-19 as virus spreads

Portugal reported 48 deaths and 5,784 cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, the second highest figure since the beginning of the pandemic, according to health authority DGS.

There were 12 more patients in intensive care in the past 24 hours, according to DGS, totalling 378.

The country of just over 10 million people has seen 179,324 infections and 2,896 deaths of COVID-19 in total since the start of the pandemic.

The government is to impose night-time localised curfews from Monday to fight the spread of the virus, as the country struggles to contain the number of cases and begins a 15-day state of emergency.

People across 121 of the country’s municipalities will not be able to leave the house between 11 pm and 6 am.

Prime Minister António Costa also said people will not be able to leave their homes between 1pm and 5am during the next two weekends.