The more contagious variant of the coronavirus discovered in Britain is spreading rapidly across Portugal. Around 20% of new COVID-19 cases being reported are of the more transmissible variant, Health Minister Marta Temido said, warning that number could reach 60% as early as next week. Portugal’s daily COVID-19 cases rose 40% on Wednesday from the day before to a record 14,647, with the national health system on the verge of collapse without enough intensive care beds or human resources to treat coronavirus patients.