The Portuguese Miracle: How Lisbon Has Managed the Corona Crisis

COVID19 - CORONAVIRUS, EUROPE, 13 Apr 2020

Alexander Smoltczyk | Der Spiegel - TRANSCEND Media Service

While Spain continues to battle a dire coronavirus outbreak, the situation is vastly better in neighboring Portugal. But why?

A woman stands near a tram in Lisbon, Portugal, 03 April 2020. The Portuguese Parliament on 02 April approved the decree to extend the state of emergency until 17 April due to the coronavirus outbreak. Photo by MARIO CRUZ/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

9 Apr 2020 –There are a number of different theories for why the coronavirus has caused so much less suffering in Portugal than in neighboring Spain. The hardest to disprove is the following: “We have Fátima. The Spanish don’t have anything like it.”

A tent set up in front of a hospital in Lisbon.

A tent set up in front of a hospital in Lisbon. Patricia De Melo Moreira/ AFP

A Lisbon resident in the Barrio Alto neighborhood.

A Lisbon resident in the Bairro Alto neighborhood
Mario Cruz/ EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

Portugal had just begun recovering from the financial crisis. And now this.

Portugal had just begun recovering from the financial crisis. And now this.
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