The Dallas Morning News

Portugal easing up after horrific period

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LISBON, Portugal — While most of the European Union grapples with new surges of COVID-19 cases and brings back curbs on what people can do, Portugal is going in the other direction.

Starting Monday, the Portuguese will be able to go to restaurant­s, shopping malls and cinemas. Classes will resume at high schools and universiti­es. Schools for younger children are already open.

Portugal became the world’s worst-hit country per capita in January, but the pandemic has ebbed significan­tly since the country imposed a lockdown, which authoritie­s began loosening four weeks ago.

The pandemic situation “is very much under control,” Ricardo Mexia, head of the National Associatio­n of Public Health Doctors, said Friday.

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