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Portugal posts over 1,000 COVID-19 cases in single day, first time since April

LISBON, Oct 8 (Reuters) - Portugal recorded on Thursday more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases in a single day for the first time since April, with the government warning the country must gear up for the battle ahead.

“We have to prepare for what is coming,” State Secretary of Health Antonio Lacerda Sales told reporters during a visit to a hospital in Braga, a city in the country’s northern region.

According to health authority DGS, a total of 1,278 new infections and 10 deaths were reported on Thursday. The last time Portugal posted over 1,000 daily infections was on April 10 during the country’s six-week lockdown. (Reporting by Catarina Demony and Patricia Vicente Rua; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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