PORTUGAL has reported more than 1,000 new daily coronavirus cases, the first time since April, as the country continues to see soaring infections.
Mainland Portugal remains on the UK's quarantine list, which includes Lisbon and the Algarve while Madeira and the Azores are not.
According to health authority DGS, a total of 1,278 new infections and 10 deaths were reported on Thursday, bringing the total number of cases to 82,534 – still much lower than in hard-hit neighbouring Spain.
The last time Portugal posted more than 1,000 daily infections was on April 10 during the country’s six-week lockdown, which shut most non-essential services before being slowly lifted from the beginning of May.
Portugal, a nation of just over 10 million people, initially won praise for its quick response to the pandemic but, like most other European countries, it has seen the number of COVID-19 infections rise again after a summer lull.
The whole country was put under a state of contingency on September 15 and it will remain under it until October 4, meaning gatherings continue to be limited to 10 people and opening hours for commercial establishments are restricted.
The UK government removed Portugal from the quarantine list on August 22, only to place it back on three weeks later.
However, new regional air bridges have allowed the islands to remain on the safe travel list, such as Madeira and the Azores, although they have their own entry restrictions including mandatory negative coronavirus tests.
The Portuguese government has since said they have to "prepare for what is coming" as they face rising numbers of coronavirus.
The tourism industry has been badly hit by the lack of British tourists – in September, popular holiday hotspot the Algarve registered a hotel occupancy rate of 52.5 percent – 40 percent lower than the same period of 2019.
Madeira has come out as one of the cheapest holiday islands you can still travel to, however, beating Greece and Italy's islands.
Many European destinations are battling the second wave of coronavirus, leading to them being placed on the quarantine list.
There are now less than 10 countries Brits can visit without quarantining on arrival or back in the UK.
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