António Costa’s executive will assess the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal to decide if he can move on to the second phase of the four-step restriction relief plan that the Prime Minister, on March 11, called dropper deflation.
The data revealed this Wednesday by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) show that the indicators that make up António Costa’s “deflation matrix” remain in the quadrant that allows to continue with the deflation calendar.
In addition, in the statements made this Wednesday, the Prime Minister considered that Portugal is going through a “good moment” in the control of the covid-19 epidemic and that the Government should approve this Thursday a new step in the process of deflation. with effect from Monday.
Defibrillation as predicted
“Fortunately, we are in a good moment of pandemic control. The number of cases has been decreasing, the number of inpatients in intensive care has been decreasing, the number of deaths has been decreasing and we are already executing our health program. dropout deflation “, declared the Prime Minister, realizing that the new steps that should be taken in the deflation plan should be” those that are foreseen for April 5th “.
At the Council of Ministers on March 11, the government predicted that, if the pandemic was controlled, from April 5 onwards, the face-to-face classes would start for students in the 2nd and 3rd cycles, as well as for the ATLs. for the same ages, the reopening of museums, monuments, palaces and art galleries, the reopening of shops up to 200 m2 with a door to the street, the reopening of terraces, with a limit of four people per table, the resumption of sports low risk and authorization for physical activity outdoors up to 4 people and gyms without group classes.
On April 5, however, there will still be a ban on movement between municipalities established since last Friday, March 26, due to Easter.
– 2nd and 3rd cycles (and ATLs for the same ages), social facilities in the area of disability
– museums, monuments, palaces, art galleries and the like
– stores up to 200 m2 with door to the street
– fairs and non-food markets (by municipal decision)
– terraces (max. 4 people)
– low-risk sports
– outdoor physical activity for up to 4 people and gyms without group classes
The general rules, the previous steps and those planned for after April 5, which you can see in the calendar below:
Incidence below 120 and R
As Business has reported, the data that will serve as a basis for decision making on the second phase of the deflation has, however, a considerable time delay. The figures released refer to last Friday, March 26, and the series for calculating both the incidence and the R
The incidence, according to data released by the DGS, dropped from 63.4 to 62.4 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days in Mainland Portugal.
Last Friday, the Minister of State and the Presidency had reinforced that the matrix was not “watertight” and that with lower incidence an R
Do the measurements return by county?
The Government reiterated to Business that any pauses or setbacks in the lack of definition would be decided on a local basis, considering the municipalities with the highest incidence, as well as that of neighboring counties.
The most recent DGS data, covering the period from 10 to 23 March, showed 24 counties in mainland Portugal above the threshold of 120 cases per 100 thousand residents. Of these, seven – Alcoutim (417), Moura (386), Odemira (336), Belmonte (297), Marinha Grande (293), Rio Maior (280) and Figueiró dos Vinhos (269) – even exceeded the limit of 240 cases , which would put them in “red”.
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