News: 18th August 2020 The large commercial area Intermarché, in Leiria, was closed today after two positive cases of covid-19 were detected, Gonçalo Lopes, Mayor of Leria, told Lusa.

As the mayor explained, one of the Intermarché employees, located in Gândara, in the Union of Parishes of Marrazes and Barosa, in Leiria, tested positive for the infection with the new coronavirus “a week ago”.

“Now, someone else has tested positive, so the establishment has been closed and tests are being carried out on all employees and the site is being disinfected”, revealed Gonçalo Lopes.

The mayor stressed that “none of the other employees had any symptoms” of the disease.

“We will wait for the results of the other employees to define the respective strategies for controlling this situation”, he concluded.

According to today’s bulletin from the District Civil Protection Commission of Leiria, the district capital has recorded 181 cases and 156 recovered.

The number of deaths is not disclosed, because “for reasons of confidentiality and data protection, DGS does not provide disaggregated information when the number of infected people in the municipality is less than three”.

The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed at least 774,832 deaths and infected more than 21.9 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.