The Prime Minister stated that between 120 and 240 new cases are Alandroal, Albufeira, Beja, Borba, Cinfães, Figueira da Foz, Figueiró dos Vinhos, Lagoa, Marinha Grande, Penela, Soure, Vila do Bispo and Vimioso. Six counties are over 240 new cases: Carregal do Sal, Moura, Odemira, Portimão, Ribeira de Pena and Rio Maior.
If the data remains “in the next assessment”, in fifteen days, these municipalities at risk “should be subject to measures”. To avoid this, António Costa defended that “there must be, on the part of the health authorities and the mayors, an increased effort to track and contain the transmission chains”.
For now, “the dropper plan” will proceed, “in a way that is the same for all areas of the country, in all counties”. This is because at the national level, the incidence of new cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last fourteen days is 62.4 and the transmissibility ratio (Rt) is 0.94.
The prime minister explained that the growth of R
No Easter lunches
Highlighting the “special season” that Easter is entering, António Costa insisted on the idea that “until the end of the 5th of April, bans on traffic between municipalities remain in effect” and that “coexistence with people with whom they do not live together ”, warning:“Easter lunch should really be avoided”.
In a pedagogical tone, the prime minister said that “at the table, without a mask”, virus particles, which no one sees, “are sources of transmission”. And affirming that this will be “an unhappy Easter”, he repeated: “I renew the call for all of us to make the effort to avoid contacts.”
As of April 5, the ban on movement between municipalities ends at the weekend and the commercial hours resume the model prior to the confinement, and the terraces can be open until 10:30 pm, with groups at the same table up to four people, in “full service”, that is, with lunches and dinners. People who want to “talk in the cafe, even outdoors,” must “keep the mask on,” insisted the prime minister.
The face-to-face classes return to the 2nd and 3rd cycles, as well as the ATLs of the respective ages, social facilities for the disabled and day centers. Street-facing stores with an area of up to 200 m2 can have “doors open to the public” and offer “face-to-face service”. Supermarkets and hypermarkets will be able to sell clothes again.
City councils “may authorize the holding of fairs and markets for the lifting of non-food goods”. They open museums, monuments, national palaces, art galleries and the like.
Low-risk sports activities are permitted, but without an audience. All others remain stationary. Asked about the return of the public to sports activities, António Costa considered that “sport with a public is a risk”, therefore, “it must continue to be avoided”. Up to four people are also allowed physical activity outdoors and the gymnasiums can open, but without group classes.
Recalling that Portugal was once the worst country in relation to the pandemic, António Costa underlined that, “in the European Union, only Iceland has better results”. A situation that should “give pride to the Portuguese” and that was reached with the “effort” of all. For this reason, the minister insisted on giving a “word of deep thanks to the Portuguese”.
Regarding vaccination, the prime minister guaranteed that “there are no shortages of nurses”, considering that “if there are here or there” absences, they “will be assured”. Considering that the “vaccination test of last weekend was very important”, António Costa added that the vaccination of days 10 and 11 “will be very important to get the methodology right”.
Asked about the dispute with the President and Parliament about the laws that increase social support and about relations with parliamentary parties in relation to the approval of the next State Budget, António Costa refused to elaborate on the matter and limited himself to saying that “ there is no drama, it is democracy at work ”and that the“ Constitutional Court will judge ”his request for successive inspection. He also made a point of stressing: “The Government will only have a governance problem if the Assembly of the Republic approves a motion of censure to the Government.”
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