Portugal downgrades part of Greater Lisbon to lower level of deconfinement

LISBON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The Portuguese government announced on Thursday that 19 parishes of the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley will move from the current "state of calamity" to the "contingency situation" from August 1, a lower level of deconfinement.

Before the decree, the 19 parishes of the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region has been the only area in "state of calamity" in the country.

Minister of Presidency Mariana Vieira da Silva said that the country as a whole will remain at the "alert situation" level, which is the lowest level of deconfinment.

The change is due to the "positive evolution" of the last month and the "downward trend in the number of cases" of COVID-19, the official explained after Thursday's meeting at the Council of Ministers.

Portugal recorded 255 infections in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number to 50,868. The death toll reached 1,727.

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