Lisbon’s first drive-thru clinic testing potential patients

The model of mobile clinics now popping up across Europe and the Americas began in South Korea in February, and is recommended by the Worth Health Organisation as a way of alleviating pressure on hospitals and reducing risk of contagion by keeping patients in their cars.

The "drive-thru", opened on Monday (March 23) and expected to perform 150 tests a day, is one of ten new testing centres to be launched in coming weeks as part of the so-called "mitigation phase" of the government's coronavirus response, as the country nears its expected peak of cases in mid-April.

Portugal so far has far fewer infections and deaths than in its neighbour Spain or Italy.