On the other hand, according to António Costa, the Government foresees in this diploma “a partial pardon of prison sentences of up to two years, or of the last two years of prison sentences, the measure not being applied to those who have committed particularly heinous crimes, such as homicide, rape, crimes of domestic violence or child abuse. ” “It also does not apply to crimes committed by political office holders, members of the security forces or the Armed Forces, by magistrates or other persons with special responsibility functions”, the Prime Minister immediately stressed.

This Government diploma will also provide that precarious licenses, which can currently be granted by decision of the prison authorities for a maximum period of three days (and every three months) can now be granted for a period of 45 days. “After these 45 days have elapsed, the judicial authorities may decide to anticipate the granting of parole, but in the perspective that, during the period of precarious leave, people behaved appropriately”, said António Costa.

António Costa, however, warned that the pardon of sentence “is subject to a condition of respect for home confinement and the absence of any type of criminal act. Violation of any of these two principles will automatically result in the pardon of the sentence. and re-entry to the prison to serve the sentence.

Health professionals cannot say goodbye or be fired

The termination of employment contracts for health professionals in the National Health Service (SNS) will be suspended during the state of emergency enacted in the context of the 19-covid pandemic, the Government determined on Thursday.

According to the Government diploma that executes the presidential decree that renews the state of emergency, extending it until April 17, during this period “the possibility of terminating the employment contracts of professionals is temporarily and exceptionally suspended linked to services and establishments integrated in the National Health Service ”.

This provision applies regardless of the legal nature of the employment relationship and covers both the employer and the employee, with exceptional situations only being safeguarded, duly substantiated and authorized by the governing body.

Employment contracts that expire during the state of emergency are automatically renewed until the end of the period now considered and any renewals.

The suspension also extends to the termination of individual employment contracts by revocation or termination and the termination of employment contracts in public functions upon termination by agreement, termination or exoneration, at the request of the worker.

“As long as the declaration of a state of emergency lasts, the possibility of terminating health service contracts, either on the initiative of the services and establishments integrated in the National Health Service, or whether it is suspended, is temporarily or exceptionally suspended. at the initiative of the service provider, except in exceptional situations, duly substantiated and authorized by the governing body ”, also determines the new decree.

Municipal Police also inspect and order collection

The Municipal Police will, together with the security forces and services, begin to supervise the measures provided for in the state of emergency, according to the Government decree. The new state of emergency decree to combat the covid-19 determines that it is up to the security forces and services and the Municipal Police to “raise the community’s awareness of the general duty of recollection” and to close the establishments and cease the planned activities.

The security forces and services and the Municipal Police also have the power to order the collection at their home, as well as to supervise people who are “mandatory confinement” in hospitals or homes, namely patients with covid-19 or who are under active surveillance, running the risk of “crime of disobedience”. To this end, the decree states, the health authorities communicate to the security forces and services in the place of residence the application of mandatory confinement measures.

The decree also establishes that the police will start to advise “no concentration of people on the public road and to disperse concentrations greater than five people, unless they belong to the same household”, in addition to recommending “all citizens to comply with the general duty of home collection ”.

Funerals of the dead with coronavirus will be held, but without clusters

Funeral agencies must remain in operation and ensure the funeral ceremonies of the dead diagnosed with covid-19, determines the new decree that regulates the period of state of emergency.

The decree also gives continuity to the prohibition of worship and religious ceremonies that involve an agglomeration of people and the determination of limitations for holding funerals.

“The holding of funerals is conditioned to the adoption of organizational measures that guarantee the absence of clusters of people and the control of safety distances, namely the establishment of a maximum attendance limit, to be determined by the local authority that exercises the management powers of the respective cemetery ”, reads in the decree.

Deadline to approve extended vacation

The companies will be able to approve and fix the vacation map until 10 days after the end of the state of emergency, this being one of the measures approved by the Government in the scope of the extension of the state of emergency.

This solution gives companies more time to comply with that requirement in view of the deadlines provided by law. According to the Labor Code, “the employer draws up the vacation map, indicating the start and end of each employee’s vacation periods, until April 15 of each year and keeps it posted in the workplace between this date and October 31 ”.

Traveling sellers (of essential goods) continue to work

Itinerant sellers will be able to continue to operate in locations where this activity is necessary to guarantee access to essential goods by the population. According to the decree of the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the identification of the locations where itinerant sale is essential to guarantee access to essential goods by the population “is defined by a decision of the municipality, after a favorable opinion from the health authority of a locally competent level, must be published on the respective website “.

Also according to the Government, the authorization for the exercise of activity by itinerant sellers aims at “making essential goods available or other goods considered essential in the present situation”, for the population living in locations where this activity is necessary to guarantee access essential goods.

The new coronavirus, responsible for the covid-19 pandemic, has already infected more than 940,000 people worldwide, of whom more than 47,000 have died.

In Portugal, according to the balance made today by the Directorate-General for Health, there were 209 deaths, 22 more than on Wednesday (+ 11.8%), and 9,034 cases of confirmed infections, which represents an increase of 783 compared to the previous day (+ 9.5%).

The country has been in a state of emergency since 00:00 on March 19, with the Assembly of the Republic today approved its extension until April 17.

Covid-19 numbers in Portugal

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