The Municipality of Odemira admits to apply a sanitary fence in the municipality to prevent new cases of covid-19 if the health authorities do not change the way they calculate the incidence rate that defines the red lines of the Government to confine or stop distrusting.
Odemira is one of the municipalities at risk of not being suspicious in 2 weeks from having, according to the latest data from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), more than 240 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days.
The mayor’s president, José Alberto Guerreiro, explains to TSF that the problem is that half of the people who are in the municipality today are not officially residents.
We cannot understand that when calculating the index, only the resident population is counted. I know counties that complain about this method of calculation, but only have hundreds or thousands of foreigners. In Odemira the reality is quite different: it ranges from one third to half of the population depending on the time of year “, says the mayor who stresses that in these months, until May, we will be at the peak of agricultural harvests in the region,” with a flow of migrants quite significant “.
The elected official of Odemira says that “if the situation does not change and the calculation model is maintained, we will obviously be forced to propose, eventually, a sanitary fence to Odemira so that there are no new infected to arrive”.
José Alberto Guerreiro says that he has the power to decide this health fence and regrets the carefree behavior of several of the immigrants in relation to the pandemic.
Odemira has about 25 thousand residents, but another 12 to 15 thousand people, during these months, working in agriculture.
“That it will not be necessary to create some restrictions on circulation in Odemira and, therefore, this very strong and at the same time very threatening appeal that if necessary we will move forward with stronger measures because we deal with public health and it is in the first place “, warns the mayor of the municipality”.
“It is not fair and minimally sensible to treat what is different equally,” concludes José Alberto Guerreiro.
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