Jun 3. It’s every destination’s nightmare, coming so close to summer. But there’s no room for complacency and tourism chiefs will be watching the sub-variant’s spread closely.
An Omicron sub-variant has fuelled a surge in Covid-19 cases in Portugal that now has the world’s second-highest infection rate, potentially threatening the tourism sector’s recovery.
Portugal registered an average of 2,447 new cases per million people over the last seven days. That compares to neighbouring Spain’s 449 and Britain’s 70, according to tracker Our World In Data.
Portugal has the world’s fifth-highest death rate from Covid-19 and hospitalisations are on the rise, but both are still far below previous peaks.
More than 90 percent of Portugal’s population is fully vaccinated.