Portugal returns to the state of emergency due to the coronavirus as of December 1

Portugal exceeds 3,000 cases of COVID-19 for the second day in a row


The Prime Minister of Portugal, António Costa, announced this Thursday that the country will return to a state of health emergency as of December 1, as a result of the significant increase in new infections and with an incidence that already stands at 251 cases per every 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.

Costa’s announcement again brings with it the obligation to wear masks in closed spaces, present vaccination certificates or negative coronavirus tests to be able to access bars, restaurants, leisure spaces and sporting events, in addition to the control of air borders in which the health pass must be presented.

“We are better than most European countries, but we are not as well as we want to be, so this is the right time to start adopting new measures, among which are also opting for teleworking whenever possible and performing self-tests. of coronavirus.

These new measures are expected to remain in force until February of next year, with a week of containment from January 2 to 9, with a view to returning to classrooms a day later, in which teleworking will be mandatory and nightclubs they will remain closed, Costa explained.

Although the situation has worsened, as Costa has recognized, he stressed that it could have been worse if the Portuguese had not responded as well as they have to the vaccination campaign and for this he has thanked this “effort and very high civic sense” that their compatriots have shown.

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“Being the most vaccinated has beneficial consequences for all of us. Thanks to greater vaccination, Portugal has fewer hospitalized patients than have been registered in other countries in intensive care units and, above all, there have been fewer deaths, which means that the vaccination has saved lives “, remarked the Portuguese prime minister.

The daily balance of the COVID-19 pandemic in Portugal has exceeded 3,000 positives for the second day in a row, after the worst data since the end of July was recorded on Wednesday and in full debate on the need to adopt new restrictions to contain the upward trend of infections.

Portugal, which has accumulated more than 1.1 million positives since the start of the pandemic, is already close to 50,000 active cases. The death toll has been updated with 15 more deaths, while the number of patients admitted to intensive care is more than a hundred.

The Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, with 1,096 additional infections, leads the balance this Thursday, ahead of the North zone, where the General Directorate of Health has registered another 696 positives, and the Central part, where they have been notified others 696.

The Government of Portugal has recalled in recent days the importance of not lowering its guard and continuing to advance in the vaccination campaign, although the measures that the António Costa Executive will adopt to contain the spread of the virus remain to be clarified. Authorities have ruled out a new lockdown, assuming the situation is not as dangerous as in previous waves.

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The Portuguese president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has considered “good news” the authorization of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) so that children between five and eleven years old can receive the vaccine developed by Pfizer and BioNTech against COVID- 19.