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Portugal is to ban domestic travel and close schools around two upcoming holidays in a bid to reduce the spread of coronavirus ahead of Christmas, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Saturday.
Travel between municipalities will be banned from 11pm on 27 November to 5am on 2 December, and then again from 11pm on 4 December to 5am on 9 December, to prevent movement around national holidays at the start of next month.
Hundreds of people in Merthyr Tydfil turned up at the first day of a pilot scheme of mass coronavirus testing, PA Media reports.
Rapid Covid-19 tests are being offered to the area’s residents and workers even if they do not have symptoms, a week after the town registered the highest rate of new cases in the UK.
Staff and members of the public complete a test swab during a lateral flow Covid test at Rhydycar leisure centre in Merthyr Tydfil, where mass coronavirus testing begins following a two-week “firebreak” lockdown.