The President of the Republic spoke this Saturday about the current situation of covid-19 in Portugal, at a time when the country is preparing for a second phase of reopening of society, which takes place on Monday.
Welcoming the data on vaccination in homes, which is practically complete, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa left a word to the people who contributed to it: “For all the homes of all institutions, they lived this year and a month even more intense and more difficult than many other Portuguese “.
Regarding the reopening process, and announcing that he is going to visit a school and a day care center next week, the head of state recalled his “concerns”: “One is still called a pandemic, and I appeal again to the Portuguese, on Easter weekend, let us do everything we can so that the R and the number of cases do not go up. “
April is essential so that there are no setbacks, which would be dramatic for all of us. There are reasons to believe that there will be no such setbacks if this opening is made taking into account the steps to be taken, at a time when vaccination will take a decisive leap “, creased.
The second concern of the President of the Republic is the economic and social crisis, which, in many cases, stems from the pandemic. Recalling those who are in a more difficult situation, he reiterated that “April must go well”, so that afterwards one can look at “those who suffer the most in Portuguese society”.
Asked about the current value of the transmissibility index (Rt), which is 0.97, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa insisted on the need for there to be no setbacks in the lack of definition.
It should be remembered that Rt, together with the incidence, is one of the decisive factors in the risk matrix defined by the Government, which decided to limit this value to 1, even though it left the door ajar for other scenarios.
We want the state of emergency to come to an end, the economy to open up and for people’s lives to be normalized. I don’t even think about what it would be like for me and everyone to have any setbacks “, he stated.
Still on transmissibility and incidence, the President of the Republic asked that we take a look at what is happening in Europe, where many countries are voting for new confinements. Thus, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa insists on the need to avoid a new wave in Portugal, which in January had more than 300 deaths and 16 thousand cases in one day.
The President drew attention to the fact that Portugal is an “aged country that is aging and needs social support”.
In the recent and well-equipped facilities at Lar Quinta Alegre, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa, Marcelo took selfies and talked with the community of users and employees, who had already been fully vaccinated and found, albeit in prophylactic isolation and distance, the columnist and cultural critic Augusto M. Seabra.
The Presidency of the Republic also distributed Belém pastries to 64 users (58 permanent and six temporary).
The health care unit has 10 apartments, 27 double rooms and eight single rooms, with a maximum capacity for 75 permanent users. There are also 14 places of temporary residence, which can also be occupied by informal caregivers.
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