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    Portugal orders COVID test, vaccination proof at hotel check-in

    Holidaymakers in Portugal will be required to show a negative COVID-19 test, a vaccination certificate or proof of recovery to stay in hotels or other holiday accommodation, the government announced on Thursday (July 8), as infections continue to rise.

    Portugal’s new daily case numbers have been rising steadily in recent weeks, returning to levels last seen in February when the country was under a strict lockdown. Nearly 90% of cases are of the more infectious Delta variant.

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    As the Delta variant spreads, the country is struggling to salvage the usually busy summer season.

    Negative tests, vaccination certificates or proof of recovery will also be required to eat indoors at restaurants in 60 high-risk municipalities, including Lisbon and the city of Porto, on Friday evenings and at the weekend.

    Holidaymakers and restaurant customers can use the EU digital COVID-19 certificate. Rapid antigen tests will also be valid, the minister said, and can be provided by hotels at check-in. The new rules come into force on Saturday.

    Children under 12 accompanied by a parent or guardian are exempt.

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    A night-time curfew, already in place in 45 municipalities, will be extended to a further 15 municipalities, including Faro, the main city in the popular southern Algarve.

    Portugal, population 10 million, reported more than 3,000 daily coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the total since the start of the pandemic to 899,295.

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