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Portugal COVID-19 daily deaths hit new record, hospitals struggle to cope

Reuters WORLD
Published January 18,2021
A woman walks during a lockdown following a soaring of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Porto, Portugal January 18, 2021. REUTERS/Violeta Santos Moura

Portugal's daily death toll from the coronavirus reached a record high of 167 on Monday, bringing the total to 9,028 deaths since the start of the pandemic, health authority DGS said.

The country of 10 million people, which is currently under lockdown to stem the spread of the virus, also reported a record 664 coronavirus patients in intensive care units at a time when hospitals are struggling to cope with a surge in infections.