Come next week, medical teams from France and Luxembourg will arrive in Portugal to help "support the treatment of Covid-19 patients" in the country as it continues to grapple with a new wave of infections, according to the Portuguese health ministry.
France is sending one doctor and three nurses, who will be stationed at Almada's Garcia de Orta Hospital, on the outskirts of Lisbon. Luxembourg is sending two doctors and two nurses, who will be deployed to the Espírito Santo hospital in Évora, in the southern part of the country, the statement added.
The teams will be in the country for 15 days, the ministry said. Their deployment comes after 26 medical personnel from the German armed forces arrived in Portugal last week.
Portugal has reported 778,369 total infections and 14,885 Covid-19 related deaths since the pandemic began. The situation has escalated since the start of 2021: more than half of all its deaths occurred in the new year and the country has also seen a doubling in the number of total cases.