Portugal’s daily COVID-19 deaths hit record for fourth consecutive day

An ambulance carrying a COVID-19 patient is seen outside Santa Maria Hospital, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic in Lisbon

LISBON (Reuters) – Portugal daily death toll from the coronavirus reached a record high of 221 on Thursday, up from 219 reported a day before, bringing the total to 9,686 fatalities since the start of the pandemic, health authority DGS said.

The country of 10 million people, where hospitals are struggling to cope with a surge in infections and authorities are mulling tougher lockdown measures, also reported 13,544 infections over the last 24 hours, below Wednesday’s record of 14,647.

(Reporting by Catarina Demony and Patricia Vicente Rua; Editing by Andrei Khalip)

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