Portugal has in recent days reported record increases in the number of COVID-19 infections and the death toll, and is now expected to go on a new nationwide lockdown later this week. Health experts and politicians have blamed the surge in cases on the decision to ease restrictions around Christmas. The final decision will be taken tomorrow after meeting health experts. In March, the lockdown forced all non-essential businesses to close and most people to stay at home for six weeks. Prime Minister António Costa has said schools would remain open this time.