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In addition to these places, neighboring counties may also be the target of a brake, according to the prime minister. The proposal that was made by the experts to the Government provided for the calculation of a new indicator that would allow a rigorous way to understand in which cases the neighboring municipalities should or should not be covered the epidemiological situation.
The objective of waiting two more weeks, according to António Costa, is to try to ensure that these places are able to control the situation, defending “special precautions”, namely in the control of outbreaks, identification of cases, tracking of contacts and isolation of infected people. “By signaling a municipality as being at risk, the objective is to do a local risk control job ”, said the Prime Minister.
If in two successive assessments, the same counties are above the threshold then they must not proceed. In response to journalists, António Costa also clarified that, even if the situation in one of these municipalities worsens a lot in the next two weeks, “noo no interim measure will be taken ”.
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