Portuguese health authorities have reported yet another record daily increase in deaths from Covid-19, with 234 new fatalities in the past 24 hours.
It is the fifth consecutive record-breaking day.
Health authorities also reported 13,987 new cases in the past 24 hours, the second-highest daily cases count since the pandemic started.
The government decided Thursday to toughen the current lockdown restrictions and ordered schools and universities to close for at least 15 days, due to the rapid increase of cases.
The country of ten million has been struggling with a spike in cases since the new year.