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Portugal reports no COVID-related deaths in past day, first time since August 2020

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People walk in a street on the day when shops are allowed to reopen, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, in Porto, Portugal, April 19, 2021. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

LISBON, April 26 (Reuters) - Portugal on Monday reported no coronavirus-related deaths in the last 24 hours for the first time in nearly nine months as the country emerges from a two-month lockdown, the health authority said.

The country has reported a total of 16,965 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic and 834,638 infection cases, 196 more than reported the day before.

The last time Portugal reported no coronavirus-related deaths was on August 3.

The health authority highlighted that it remains in the green zone of the risk matrix, with a transmission risk below 1 and a national incidence rate of 70.4 cases of infection per 100,000 inhabitants.

About 20% of its 10 million people have now been inoculated with one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine and 7% with two doses, while more than 90% of the people aged 80 or more - the group with the most deaths - has been vaccinated with at least one dose.

Portugal, which imposed a lockdown in January to curb what was then the world's worst COVID-19 surge, started lifting restrictions in March and has since reopened some schools, restaurant and cafe terraces, museums and hair salons. read more

By Patrícia Vicente Rua; Editing by Angus MacSwan

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