Portugal says Omicron dominant, infections rising


Omicron has become the dominant strain in Portugal where over 12,000 daily COVID-19 cases were registered on Friday, the national health agency said.

Portugal, one of the countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates worldwide, has begun inoculating children over five years old.

“The Omicron variant is already dominant in Portugal,” the General Directorate of Health said Saturday, “accounting for 61.5 percent of cases on December 22.”

On Friday, Portugal recorded 11 deaths and 12,943 cases—a record since January 29.

Portugal has made work from home compulsory, closed bars and discos and made face masks mandatory indoors.

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