Portugal extends ban on flights with Brazil, Britain till April 15

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LISBON, March 29 (Xinhua) — The Portuguese government announced on Monday that all flights to and from Brazil and Britain will remain suspended till April 15, in a bid to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a statement from the Ministry of the Internal Administration, only humanitarian or repatriation flights from these countries will be allowed, as well as stopovers, with passengers having to undergo a 14-day quarantine.

Passengers from these flights also have to present a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test, which is not older than 72 hours, upon arrival.

Citizens and residents from countries with an incidence rate equal to or greater than 150 cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants can only arrive in Portugal for trips classified as “essential”.

As the world is struggling to contain the pandemic, vaccination is underway in an increasing number of countries with already-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

Meanwhile, 267 candidate vaccines are still being developed globally — 83 of them in clinical trials — in countries including Germany, China, Russia, Britain, and the United States, according to information released by the World Health Organization on March 23. Enditem

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