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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Portuguese government has ordered the closure of schools and universities for at least 15 days as the country breaks the record for Covid-19 deaths for the fourth consecutive day, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Thursday, January 21st.

"Despite the extraordinary effort of schools, given this new strain and the speed of its transmission, we must be cautious and interrupt all school activities for the next 15 days," said Costa, referring to the strain first detected in December in the United Kingdom, with an infection rate 70% higher than normal and spreading rapidly throughout . . .

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