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Portuguese government’s ‘Stayaway Covid’ app to be released to public next week

106covid appThe Stayaway Covid phone application, which will allow for the tracking of virus infection through monitoring of physical proximity between devices, should be available from next week, said the Cabinet Affairs minister, Mariana Vieira da Silva, this Thursday.

British tourism numbers for Algarve soar with opening of air corridor

105air corridorIn the last four days there has been a massive 723% increase in hotel reservations throughout Portugal – according to On The Beach, one of the largest British beach holiday operators. This is a marked boost to the tourism sector, compared to the days leading up to the UK’s decision to include Portugal in its air bridge list.

Ryanair increases flights from the UK to Faro in September and October

105ryanair flightsIrish airline Ryanair is set to reinforce its weekly connections between the United Kingdom and Portugal, from September 11th to October 24th, with 14 more flights to Faro every week, the low-cost airline announced today.

Portugal beats ‘world record’ for cheap solar power, with 11.14 euros per MW/h

105solar power"The auction was a success, even greater than the auction that took place about a year ago [...]. We beat a new world record, which was achieved with absolutely clear negotiations", announced the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, at a press conference today in Lisbon.

Government smooths out 'misunderstandings' over Covid-19 care with Order of Doctors

104health misunderstandingsThe prime minister said this Tuesday that a range of "misunderstandings" with the Order of Doctors throughout last week have been cleared up. This comes following the outbreak of COVID-19 in an elderly care home in Reguengos de Monsaraz, and a series of comments made about the mismanagement of the situation, leading Costa to stress his appreciation for the sector.

Luanda Leaks hacker Rui Pinto calls police director, sports personalities, and Snowden as witnesses

104luanda leaksRui Pinto, creator of Football Leaks, as well as being the mind behind Luanda Leaks, has listed sports personalities, politicians, the national director of the Judiciary Police (PJ) and Edward Snowden as witnesses at his trial, that will begin in September and which accounts for 90 crimes in total.

Algarve must ‘make the most’ of air corridor to UK, says tourism board head

103air corridorThe inclusion of Portugal in the United Kingdom's list of safe countries to travel to was deserved "for some time" and will open a window of opportunity that the Algarve region "should make the most of", João Fernandes, president of Turismo do Algarve stated this week.

Britons eye Portuguese holidays as businesses seek to woo back tourists

103portugal holidayThe cost of flights and holidays to Portugal is likely to remain low as demand will struggle to pick up quick enough to save summer for the tourism-dependent economies of some regions, despite the country’s removal from the UK’s quarantine list, say experts.