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GNR AND PSP LAUNCH ALERT CAMPAIGN ON TUESDAY TO REDUCE PEDESTRIAN ROAD ACCIDENTS

Monday, November 23rd, 2020

The GNR, PSP and the National Road Safety Authority will launch on Tuesday 24 th November a Road  Safety Campaign “Don’t run over your plans”, to alert drivers and pedestrians to comply with the rules and avoid being the victim of a road accident.

In a statement, the Public Security Police (PSP) and the National Republican Guard (GNR), say that the campaign, which will run until Wednesday in some areas of the country, includes actions to raise awareness of the National Road Safety Authority (ANSR) and inspection operations with a special focus on compliance with the rules of the highway code and complementary legislation regarding the correct circulation of vehicles and pedestrians.

In the note, GNR, PSP and ANSR recall that “fighting pedestrians being hit by cars is the responsibility of everyone, drivers and pedestrians”, stressing that between 2010 and 2019 more than 1,500 people were killed.

They also warn that the “probability of a pedestrian dying from being hit by a vehicle is 10% if the driver is driving at 30 kph, increasing more than eight times (80%) if the speed is 50 kph”.

For this reason, PSP, GNR and ANSR emphasize that pedestrians have to do their part, especially crossing the crosswalks, respecting the signs, not using distracting devices, such as headphones or mobile phones.

They also warn that the circulation of drivers and pedestrians under the influence of alcohol is extremely dangerous.

“More than a third of the drivers and almost a fifth of the pedestrians who were autopsied by the National Institute of Medicinal Legal and Forensic Sciences, had an alcohol rate equal to or greater than 0.5g / l”, they point out.

This campaign is part of the National Inspection Plan, as part of the National Strategic Road Safety Plan – PENSE 2020, which aims to “Make Road Safety a priority for all Portuguese”.

PENSE foresees the realization of awareness campaigns simultaneously with inspection operations, in places where infractions regularly occur which represent an increased risk for the occurrence of accidents.

Address to the Nation by the Prime Minister – State of Emergency measures

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

ADDRESS TO THE NATION BY THE PRIME MINISTER

The Prime Minister, António Costa, spoke to the country at 18h00 today and announced the new measures to be adopted in the context of the state of emergency, which was renewed until 8 December.

One of these will be the ban on movement between municipalities on forthcoming public holidays, more precisely between 23h00 on 27 November and 05h00 on 2 December and between 23h00 on 4 December and 05h00 on 9 December.

The suspension of school activities on the eve of the public holidays of 30 November and 7 December has also been determined, and there will be a point tolerance in the Civil Service on these days, so that we can have “the quietest possible month of December,” announced António Costa.

17 municipalities will be removed from the list of risk municipalities: Aljustrel, Alvaiázere, Beja, Borba, Caldas da Rainha, Carrazeda de Ansiães, Ferreira do Alentejo, Fornos de Algodres, Golegã, Santa Comba Dão, São Brás de Alportel, Sousel, Tábua, Tavira, Vila Real de Santo António, Vila Velha de Ródão, and Vila Flor.

The “risk map” in Portugal, which meets European criteria, is now divided into four levels: “extremely high risk”, within which there are now 47 municipalities; “very high risk”, with 80 municipalities; “high risk”, with 86 municipalities and, finally, “moderate risk”, with 65 municipalities.

 

In the “high risk” municipalities, where there are more than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the ban on circulation between 23h00 and 05h00 will be maintained and the monitoring of teleworking will be intensified, which according to the Prime Minister is not being carried out in all places where it is compulsory.

 

“Where telework is compulsory, it will be respected,” said the head of government, adding that the minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, has already given authorization for “effective actions to verify compliance with this obligation [of telework].

 

In those municipalities it will also be mandatory to close commercial establishments by 22h00 and restaurants and cultural facilities by 22h30.

 

For “very high and extremely high risk” municipalities, with more than 480 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, additional measures will be taken. On Saturdays, Sundays and the public holidays on 1 and 8 December, circulation on the streets will be banned and commercial establishments will have to close between 13h00 and 5h00.

Still in these places, it will be obligatory to close commercial establishments from 15h00 on the eve of holidays (30 of November and 7 of December).

António Costa stressed that the list is dynamic and will be reviewed every 15 days, in line with the review of the state of emergency. “In the coming months, the measures to be adopted will be modelled so that they adjust as best as possible to the effective reality in each municipality,” he explained.

The general measures applicable to the entire national territory will be maintained, in particular the mandatory use of the mask on the public highway and in a number of enclosed spaces. The novelty is that, from now on, masks will also be compulsory in workplaces, except when workstations are isolated or when there is physical separation between different workstations.

“Also at work viruses are transmitted and also at work the mask protects against virus transmission”, explained António Costa.

 

In sum:

For everyone:

  • Use of compulsory mask in the workplace, except in situations where distance can be maintained.
  • Movement between municipalities is prohibited between 23h00 on 27 November and 05h00 on 2 December and between 24h00 on 4 December and 05h00 on 9 December, except for exceptions already applied during the weekend.
  • Schools will be closed on 30 November and 7 December. On these days civil servants have a point tolerance and private companies are recommended to lay off workers on these days.

 

Measures for municipalities with more than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants:

  • Compulsory curfew from 23h to 5h.
  • Enforcement of compulsory teleworking.
  • Closed shops by 22h00, restaurants and cultural facilities closed by 22h30.

 

In municipalities with more than 480 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants:

  • Ban on circulation on the streets and closure of shops between 23h00 and 05h00 on weekends and public holidays (1 and 8 December).
  • Closure of shops from 15h00 on 30 November and 7 December.

 

 

Economic support measures

The prime minister also announced economic support measures due to the state of emergency. The Apoiar.pt programme, worth 1,550 million Euros, will be one of them, with predicted loans of 750 million Euros and 160 million Euros in non-repayable funds.

Other economic support measures will be immediate access to Progressive Resumption Support as well as the postponement of social security and VAT payments on a quarterly basis.

Support to restaurants will be maintained in all municipalities where restrictions to activity are maintained, i.e. those with more than 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Next week there will be a reduction in commercial rents.

The measures were announced by the Prime Minister at the end of the extraordinary Council of Ministers meeting. António Costa began his speech with a thank you to all the Portuguese for the effort they are making yet another weekend, “sacrificing their freedom”, and also reminding all those to whom the measures are financially damaging, namely those working in catering and trade.

 

Incidence rate “extremely worrying”

The leader stressed that the number of new COVID-19 cases in the country remains “extremely worrying,” although week after week since mid-October there has been a consecutive drop.

“However, these results are still insufficient. We still have a lot of work to do to achieve the desired result,” he warned.

António Costa stressed that we have to persist to reverse the growth of new cases and “crush this extremely high incidence rate” and that it represents “a threat to everyone’s health, to the functioning of the NHS and is a very tough challenge for all health professionals who are doing their best to cure patients who are already infected”.

At the end of his speech, already in response to journalists, the Prime Minister rejected the dichotomy between opening up the economy and combating the COVID-19 epidemic and said that his government is united around a vision of balance on the measures to be adopted.

Asked about the clash of views between advocates of the primacy of the economy and sectors that want absolute priority in combating the health crisis, the executive leader replied: “There is no such dichotomy”.

 

Yellow municipalities (240 and 479 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days)

  • Abrantes
  • Águeda
  • Albergaria-a-Velha
  • Albufeira
  • Álcacer do Sal
  • Alcanena
  • Alenquer
  • Alfândega da Fé
  • Aljustrel
  • Almada
  • Almeida
  • Almeirim
  • Alvaiázere
  • Amadora
  • Anadia
  • Ansião
  • Arcos de Valdevez
  • Arganil
  • Arruda dos Vinhos
  • Aveiro
  • Azambuja
  • Baião
  • Barreiro
  • Beja
  • Benavente
  • Borba
  • Boticas
  • Cabeceiras de Basto
  • Campo Maior
  • Cantanhede
  • Carrazeda de Ansiães
  • Cartaxo
  • Castelo Branco
  • Chamusca
  • Coimbra
  • Condeixa-a-Nova
  • Constância
  • Covilhã
  • Crato
  • Cuba
  • Elvas
  • Estarreja
  • Évora
  • Faro
  • Ferreira do Alentejo
  • Fornos de Algodres
  • Grândola
  • Ílhavo
  • Lagos
  • Lamego
  • Macedo de Cavaleiros
  • Mira
  • Miranda do Corvo
  • Miranda do Douro
  • Mirandela
  • Moita
  • Mondim de Basto
  • Montalegre
  • Montemor-o-Velho
  • Murtosa
  • Odivelas
  • Oliveira de Frades
  • Oliveira do Bairro
  • Oeiras
  • Ourém
  • Palmela
  • Pampilhosa da Serra
  • Penacova
  • Penalva do Castelo
  • Penamacor
  • Penela
  • Ponte de Sor
  • Portalegre
  • Portimão
  • Reguengos de Monsaraz
  • Resende
  • Ribeira da Pena
  • Rio Maior
  • Salvaterra de Magos
  • Santa Comba Dão
  • São Brás de Alportel
  • São Pedro do Sul
  • Sardoal
  • Sátão
  • Seixal
  • Sesimbra
  • Sintra
  • Sobral de Monte Agraço
  • Sousel
  • Tábua
  • Tavira
  • Vagos
  • Viana do Alentejo
  • Viana do Castelo
  • Vila do Bispo
  • Vila Flor
  • Vila Nova de Paiva
  • Vila Real de Santo António
  • Vila Velha de Ródão
  • Vila Verde
  • Viseu

 

Orange municipalities (between 480 and 959 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days)

  • Alijó
  • Amares
  • Arronches
  • Arouca
  • Baião
  • Barcelos
  • Braga
  • Bragança
  • Cascais
  • Castelo de Paiva
  • Castro Daire
  • Celorico da Beira
  • Celorico de Basto
  • Chaves
  • Coruche
  • Espinho
  • Esposende
  • Estremoz
  • Figueira da Foz
  • Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo
  • Fundão
  • Gondomar
  • Lisboa
  • Loures
  • Mafra
  • Maia
  • Mangualde
  • Mealhada
  • Mêda
  • Mougadouro
  • Monforte
  • Mora
  • Nelas
  • Odivelas
  • Ovar
  • Paredes de Coura
  • Peso da Régua
  • Ponte de Lima
  • Póvoa de Lanhoso
  • Póvoa de Varzim
  • Proença-a-Nova
  • Redondo
  • Sabrosa
  • Santa Maria da Feira
  • Santa Marta de Penaguião
  • Santarém
  • Seia
  • Setúbal
  • Sines
  • Torre de Moncorvo
  • Vale de Cambra
  • Valença
  • Vieira do Minho
  • Vila do Conde
  • Vila Franca de Xira
  • Vila Nova de Cerveira
  • Vila Nova de Foz Côa
  • Vila Nova de Gaia
  • Vila Pouca de Aguiar
  • Vila Real
  • Vila Viçosa

 

Red municipalities (over 960 cases per thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days)

  • Amarante
  • Belmonte
  • Caminha
  • Cinfães
  • Fafe
  • Felgueiras
  • Freixo de Espada à Cinta
  • Guarda
  • Guimarães
  • Idanha-a-Nova
  • Lousada
  • Manteigas
  • Marco de Canaveses
  • Matosinhos
  • Murça
  • Oliveira de Azeméis
  • Paços de Ferreira
  • Paredes
  • Penafiel
  • Porto
  • Santo Tirso
  • São João da Madeira
  • Sever do Vouga
  • Trancoso
  • Trofa
  • Valongo
  • Vila Nova de Famalicão
  • Vizela

 

GOVERNMENT TO ANNOUNCE NEW MEASURES TO COMBAT THE PANDEMIC AT 1800 hrs

Saturday, November 21st, 2020

This Saturday, the prime minister will announce measures to combat covid-19 under the presidential decree that extended the state of emergency in Portugal for another 15 days, a diploma that was approved on Friday in parliament.

The announcement of the measures should take place at 1800 hrs, advances RTP3. The restrictions will be announced on Saturday afternoon, the second curfew, effective from 1 pm, within two weeks.

At the end of the parliamentary debate, the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, admitted that the number of municipalities with high levels of contagion will increase, now reaching two hundred, and added that the Government “will continue” to act in terms of restrictive measures based on a differentiation logic at the local level.

This estimate on the number of municipalities with more than 240 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 15 days was presented by Eduardo Cabrita hours before the Government met in the Council of Ministers on Friday afternoon.

Before the deputies, this member of the Government also considered it almost certain that, within 15 days, parliament would meet again to deliberate on a new presidential decree then for the second extension of the state of emergency.

The presidential decree that renews the state of emergency again allows the compulsory confinement of infected people or those under active surveillance, as well as the total or partial closure of establishments, services and companies.

According to the diploma, the exercise of the rights to freedom and displacement is partially suspended, allowing, “to the extent strictly necessary and proportionally, compulsory confinement in a health establishment, at home or, not being possible there. , in another place defined by the competent authorities, of persons carrying the SARS-CoV-2 virus, or under active surveillance “.

The draft decree of the President of the Republic also limits the exercise of private, social and cooperative initiative, establishing that “the total or partial closure of establishments, services, companies or means of production may be determined by the competent public authorities and changes are imposed on the respective operating hours or regime “.

This law also allows restrictive measures to be adopted to contain the covid-19 by groups of municipalities, including the ban on circulation in certain periods or days of the week.

According to the diploma, “in municipalities with higher levels of risk, necessary restrictions may be imposed to reduce the risk of contagion and implement measures to prevent and combat the epidemic, and the measures to be adopted must be calibrated according to the degree of risk. of each municipality “.

According to the draft decree, the exercise of the rights to freedom and movement is partially suspended so that these restrictions are allowed in the municipalities, “and, for this purpose, they can be grouped according to the data and assessment of the competent authorities, including a ban on driving on public roads during certain periods of the day or certain days of the week, as well as a ban on travel that is not justified “.

Portugal is prepared to buy around 16 million doses of three vaccines against covid-19

Friday, November 20th, 2020
The prime minister said this Thursday that Portugal is prepared to buy around 16 million doses of three vaccines against covid-19 and added that Brussels is preparing to combat disinformation campaigns in relation to vaccination.
These positions were transmitted by António Costa at a press conference, at the end of the summit of heads of state and government on combating covid-19, which took place by videoconference.
Before the journalists, the Prime Minister reiterated the idea that vaccines against covid-19 “will be distributed according to a grid defined by the European Commission, taking into account the population of each Member State”.
“They will be distributed simultaneously in all Member States and under the same conditions”, reinforced the Prime Minister.
In the case of Portugal, according to António Costa, “for three of the vaccines, the doses to buy are already defined: in one 6.9 million; in another 4.6 million; and in the third, 4.5 million”.
“It is what is currently being defined according to the distribution scale that was defined according to the population of all Member States”, justified the Prime Minister.
At the summit of heads of state and government, according to the prime minister, “it was also established that the European Commission will develop the work so that there is a common information strategy on vaccination, so that there is confidence in citizenship Europe around the vaccine against covid-19 “.
A campaign that, according to the Portuguese Prime Minister, “aims to prevent false information and counter-information campaigns – campaigns that are known to be being prepared against the vaccination program”.
Regarding the vaccination program, António Costa said that the European Commission confirmed that it had already signed four contracts with multinational pharmaceutical companies, and that three more are still being negotiated.
“There is a joint work between the European and North American drug agencies in order to have a recognition and simultaneous approval of vaccines that are under development. The President of the European Commission, Ursula Von der Leyen, informed that there is an optimistic idea from the Agency European Medically that, during December, it will be able to grant the first conditional authorizations for vaccines “, he added.

Covid-19: Study reveals that only 25% of Population keep recommended distance

Friday, November 20th, 2020

Lisbon, 19 Nov 2020 (Lusa) – More than a third of Portuguese left home in the last two weeks without going to work and only 25% maintained the recommended distance of two meters between people, according to a study by the National School of Health Public.

The study Social Perceptions about Covid-19 was presented today by the director of the National School of Public Health (ENSP), Carla Nunes, at the Infarmed meeting that brought together several experts to analyse the epidemiological situation in Portugal in the context of the covid-19 pandemic. .

Regarding the frequency of leaving home in the last two weeks without going to work, especially in the last half of November, there is “a decrease in every day or almost every day”, but with “still very high” values about 35%, according to data from the Barómetro Covid-19 Opinion Social survey, which surveyed 182,581 people since March.

Regarding the question whether the respondent always wore a mask when he left the house and was with other people, there was an improvement again in September and October, but there is still 20% to say that they did not always wear it.

When asked if the respondent was always wearing a mask when he was in groups with ten or more people, 35% admitted that they were not.

When analyzing access to health services, the ENSP study found that there are still about 20% of people saying that they needed to go to consultations, but that they were not out of fear or because it was cleared by the service.

About 40% said they avoided or postponed non-urgent care for fear of contracting covid-19 in health services.

Regarding the level of confidence in the response of health services to covid-19, “since May, June there has been a very clear trend, with little confidence and not confident gaining space and relevance and, at this moment, about 40 % of people expressed these feelings.

On the same issue, but for other diseases without being covid-19, this pattern remains “with the little confident or not confident gaining more and more weight”, with close to 70% of people affirming it.

The adequacy of the measures implemented by the Government to combat covid-19 also shows “a clear pattern”, with around 50% considering them to be very adequate and adequate and the rest to be inadequate and not at all adequate.

Asked about their intention to get the vaccine against covid-19 as soon as it is ready, 25% said they are available to take it, against 10% who do not want to be vaccinated.

Half said they were confident or very confident about the efficacy and safety of the vaccines, the study said.

ENSP also addressed the perception of health status in the past two months. “In terms of mental health it was better during the summer, but now it is also similar to the beginning of the pandemic,” said Carla Nunes.

Those with the worst health status, whether global or mental, are women, the elderly and those with lower levels of education, he stressed.

Regarding the frequency with which the person has been feeling agitated, anxious, down or sad due to the physical distance measures, the study found some variations throughout the pandemic, but now they are similar in the last fortnight to the beginning of the pandemic, in the second fortnight. March.

The covid-19 pandemic has already caused more than 1.3 million deaths worldwide since December last year, including 3,701 in Portugal.

Matters raised by experts at Infarmed meeting on 10th November

Thursday, November 19th, 2020

The following is an extract of the part of the Informed meeting attended by the President of the Republic and Prime Minister open to journalists this morning

Peak wave may occur as early as next week

Epidemiologist Manuel Carmo Gomes, who at the last Infarmed meeting in Porto, had warned of the risk of returning to face-to-face classes, now pointed out in Lisbon that “at the end of this month” there will be a downward trend in transmissibility, albeit slow.

“Even though there are more cases, the speed is slower”, he points out, warning that in principle the peak of the wave may occur in early December.

According to the expert, with the current trend of Rt (transmissibility), the peak will occur from 25 to 30 November, with a maximum of daily cases not exceeding 7000.

First doses of vaccine may arrive in January

The president of Infarmed, Rui Ivo, admits that the first doses of vaccine may arrive as early as January.

The specialist in Public Health, Henrique de Barros, points out that “the information we have, at least in the North, in University Education, is of cases in which the contagion happened outside the space of the university’s activities”. That is, there will be no cause / effect for the frequency of classes.

Regarding restaurants, taking into account the data presented in the study carried out in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, in which the sector appears as the one that least contributed to the spread of the infection, Henrique de Barros explains that the people questioned indicated that they were at least 15 minutes in the place.

Intensive Care: tired staff, space problems and capacity limits

João Gouveia, from the Coordination of the response in Intensive Medicine, warned that ” the increase of beds in Intensive Care Units (ICU) alone will not solve” the difficulties that are felt, mainly the tiredness of the professionals and the lack of them.

As “the occupancy rate (ICU) has always been rising and does not allow us to provide more care for the patient”.

“Considering the trend observed in the last 15 days, it is projected that on November 24, 9308 cases will occur [daily of new infections]”, said João Gouveia, to warn then that some of the problems identified in the SNS UCI are due to the “lack of space, since some hospitals are outdated”, but that “the big problem is human resources [their lack]”.

Intensive care at “risk that cannot reach all patients”

In response to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s question about a possible “stress” situation in intensive care, João Gouveia, from the Response Coordination in Intensive Care, confessed that he is “very concerned”.

“We are at risk of not being able to receive all patients who need intensive care in the context of covid-19 disease. The units that are less crowded in other parts of the country may be at 60%, but they are smaller services. We have” “and we can go up to 967 beds. I am also concerned with the question of whether there is a third and a fourth wave, and that we have to live with this virus for a long time. Gouveia.

The goal now is to expand the capacity of care. “The commission has developed an expansion project that is underway, to get closer to the European average, but unfortunately it takes time. I am concerned. We are not in a situation of catastrophe yet, but we are already in situations of rupture in many places “, he lamented .

Gyms and face-to-face work with high risk of contagion, study in Lisbon points out

Henrique de Barros, from the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, detailed a study carried out in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, between October 2 and November 6, with 782 infected people.

If, on the one hand, “the level [of infection] is much lower in those who attended shopping centres and restaurants”, or also, to a greater degree, “the use of public transport”.

On the other hand, “on the contrary, going to gyms, working in person or living in more crowded accommodation seems to be associated with an increased likelihood of infection”.

Of those 782 people, there were 234 refusals to respond.

“Almost 50% [of those infected] have higher education” and “a large majority slept alone”.

A large majority said they went to the gym – “at least once a week: 96.5%”.

Thus, said the specialist in Public Health, “gyms appear as scenarios where exposure to infection is more frequent”. As well as transport, albeit in smaller numbers.

On the contrary, the level is much lower in shopping centres and restaurants.

Peak daily deaths two weeks before Christmas

Manuel Carmos Gomes points out that in the ” second week of December, we will have an average of deaths between 95 and 100 daily”.

Once again, like Baltazar Nunes, Ireland emerges as an example of what can be an effective strategy: it managed to go from 1150 cases on 14 October to 350 cases on 12 November in one month.

Belgium, on the other hand, “had a very aggressive first wave and the second even more.” Still, “he managed in 17 days to reduce from 18,000 daily cases to 4,000” with containment measures. However, as some restrictions have been lifted, they are already rising.

70% do not trust the response capacity of the SNS against covid-19

Carla Nunes, from the National School of Public Health at the University of Lisbon, points out that, according to questionnaires carried out on the population in recent months, regarding the latest data, the vast majority were “not very confident or not at all confident with the National Service’s response. Health in covid-19 cases “.

More: “we are approaching 70% of people who are not confident or not at all confident about the SNS response to non-covid cases”.

About 40% have avoided going to health centres in non-urgent situations.

As for the measures adopted by the Government, a good part said they were “little or not adequate”. “Only 50% consider it adequate”.

Once again, as the National School of Public Health has been doing for several months, the positions of the Portuguese on the vaccines under study and the availability to take them were also questioned. “Most Portuguese are confident of the vaccine,” said Carla Nunes.

“But only 25% is available to take it immediately as soon as it is ready. But the vast majority admit that they prefer to wait,” he concluded.

High growth rate among children and youth in the North

The greatest increases in the numbers of covid-19 in the northern region, at seven and 14 days, in recent weeks have been seen among the younger population.

According to Óscar Felgueiras, from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto, who presented the epidemiological situation in the Northern Regional Health Administration (ARSN), the numbers are decreasing in the older [older] age groups, even though they are the most elderly women are more infected.

In the district of Porto, in the age groups between zero and nine years old, and from 10 to 19 years old, the growth rate is 26% and 15% respectively. While, for example, in the age group above 80 years old there is already a drop of 12%.

Óscar Felgueiras started by saying that “even if mobility restriction measures take some time to have an effect”, there are already some data in the North that point to a stabilization of the cases, stressing that the family context remains the one where people are most affected.  (60%).

 

FROM NORTH TO SOUTH: ALMOST DESERTED STREETS ON FIRST SATURDAY WITH A 1300 HRS CURFEW

Saturday, November 14th, 2020

All over the country, the main streets and arteries that, in normal situations, have a lot of movement, were almost deserted today. So it was the first Saturday with a curfew at 1 pm. (Report from Jornal de Notícias)

Bragança

 Deserted streets and squares were the scene in the city of Bragança about half an hour after the curfew came into force. Shopkeepers in the historic centre began to close their doors before 1 pm and the few people who could still be seen on the streets were walking at a brisk pace, heading home.

Braga

Few cars on the road, empty parking spaces and deserted streets in the historic centre of Braga. Fifteen minutes after 1 pm, the curfew was already being fulfilled, with few people moving between Avenida da Liberdade and Rua do Souto, the main shopping areas. The few citizens who saw themselves on the street returned to the vehicles with a hurried step and hands occupied by shopping bags. The cafes and terraces, too, did not exceed the hours, and only the doors of the pharmacies were open after 1 pm.

São Brás de Alportel

It was not yet 1 pm and São Brás de Alportel was already silent. Residents gathered the house and several restaurants and commercial establishments anticipated the closing time, leaving the town practically deserted. The few vehicles circulating did so to arrive and not to leave. The void was only broken by the few who, at the windows and balconies, said they were “disgusted” with the measure they considered “unfair” for the municipality

Castelo Branco

It is like a lifeless city. A few minutes after the closure of commerce and hypermarkets, there was still some movement in Castelo Branco. People on the street or cars in circulation. At 2 pm, only petrol stations, service pharmacies and mini-markets remained open without expectations of high demand. The city centre, known for its outdoor cafes, was empty.

Penafiel

At about 3 pm this Saturday and two hours after the curfew imposed for this weekend, the city of Penafiel was practically deserted. The city, which popular people say, has an open-air shopping mall, had almost all of its shops closed (doors only open to those who have government authorization), did not have the usual customers to walk the streets and the usual bustle of order was missing.

Vila do Conde is a ghost town

Closed shops, nobody on the streets. Vila do Conde has been like this since 1 pm. After a morning rush to the hypermarkets, with lines at the stores of the main distribution chains, at lunchtime the city followed the government’s recommendations and took refuge at home.

Much commerce in Aveiro did not even open in the morning

The streets of the historic area of ​​Aveiro, usually full of life during the weekend, are deserted this Saturday afternoon. And even in the morning, very few people took to the streets. With the exception of a demonstration organized by restaurant businessmen, which ended at 12.55 pm, the movement in the city was minimal. The cafes that were open few customers had. And restaurants have mostly opted not to open doors, as have some local shops. At 1 pm, the few passers-by gathered the house, leaving only the essential services allowed, with open doors. The city was plunged into silence

Beja

In the morning, the city had some movement in particular in the area of ​​the Castle, since the weekly market of local producers takes place in Largo de Santo Amaro. If the curfew would already lead, by itself, to the people of Beja and the municipality having to stay at home, after 2 pm the rain came and left the city even more deserted and the establishments with closed doors.

Curtesy: https://www.jn.pt/nacional/de-norte-a-sul-ruas-quase-desertas-no-primeiro-sabado-com-recolher-as-13-horas-13036266.html

 

 

The Prime Minister spoke out at the end of a Council of Ministers that lasted over eight hours.

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

“The situation is serious and more critical than the one we experienced in the first phase of the pandemic,” said António Costa.

The Prime Minister will explain at a press conference the measures that the government will take to try to stop the second wave of COVID-19.

“We have a higher number of new cases than in the first wave; we have a higher number of people in ICU than in the first wave, and a higher number of new deaths per day than in the first wave,” he said.

“It is essential to be aware of the measures taken since 14 September; we have reached a state of emergency with a more serious pandemic situation”, he summarised.

The Prime Minister praised the change in schedules of cultural shows and football matches in order to respect the movement restrictions imposed since the start of the week.

António Costa responded to criticisms of the government’s responses. “We have tried to manage a balance between people’s health and life”, he justified.

The balance is made on the second day with more deaths since the beginning of the pandemic (only behind the 82 deaths reported on Wednesday). The bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) released this Thursday reported 78 more deaths from COVID-19.

The Prime Minister said today that the government’s measures to limit movement under the state of emergency had led to “misunderstandings”, opening the door to an excess of focus on exceptions and a devaluation of the rule.

“It is clear that the government’s effort to achieve a balance – certainly due to the shortcomings of our communication – has generated misunderstandings and opened the door, on the one hand, to an excessive focus on exceptions and a devaluation of the rule,” said António Costa.

The Prime Minister regretted that over the past week there has been “a kind of competition to see where the exception is for not complying with the rule of staying at home”. “There is creativity in terms of timetables, aggressive promotion of the sale of non-essential goods and even calls by business associations for non-compliance with measures decreed in the state of emergency,” he criticised.

In this context, according to António Costa, the government was “forced to eliminate any kind of misunderstanding” regarding restrictions on freedom of movement in the municipalities most affected by COVID-19 over the next two weekends.

Motivated by the current state of the pandemic described, the following steps are being taken:

The government has decreed the closure, from 13h00 on Saturday to 8h00 on Sunday, and from 13h00 on Sunday to 8h00. on Monday, of all commercial or catering establishments, with the exception of establishments which previously had an opening time before 8h00 (such as bakeries, medical practices, food retailers, etc.).

As for restaurants, from 13h00 on Saturday and Sunday they can only operate for home delivery.

Of the 121 municipalities that are still covered by the state of emergency measures, seven will cease to be so from 00h00 on Friday: Moimenta da Beira, Tabuaço, São João da Pesqueira, Mesão Frio, Pinhel, Tondela and Batalha.

However, 77 municipalities in the country are now covered by the new state of emergency measures from 00h00 on Monday. This brings the number of municipalities in this situation throughout the country to 191.

The government has extended the new measures, both from the calamity situation and the state of emergency, until 23h59 on 23 November, so that “the set of measures in force throughout the country” can be aligned with the measures in force in these 191 municipalities, therefore having “all of them on the same timetable”.

The Council of Ministers approved an exceptional support measure for catering in the municipalities where freedom of movement will be restricted from 13h00 on Saturday. This support will consist of a compensation of 20% of the revenue loss over the next two weekends. The calculation will be based on the average of the 44 weekends in 2020 between January and October.

The changes will only take place from next Monday to ensure that “everyone has enough time to adapt to the new measures”, explains the Prime Minister. However, the situation is serious, he warned. “This does not mean that we devalue the gravity of the situation in each of these municipalities. We urge everyone to be very careful because they already have a high incidence rate,” he said.

The rules that will apply from 16 November in the 191 municipalities that have been flagged are:

  • Reinstatement of the civic duty to stay home;
  • Compulsory regime of work hours reorganisation;
  • Closure of all commercial establishments from 22h00;
  • Limiting the opening hours and the number of people in restaurant tables to six;
  • Events and celebrations limited to 5 people;
  • Teleworking is mandatory unless there is reasoned opposition from the worker;
  • Prohibition of holding fairs and markets; Permanent ones can be held.

 

These are the 77 municipalities which will now be covered by the state of emergency measures:

Manteigas, Freixo de Espada à Cinta, Figueira de Castelo Rodrigo, Coruche, Seia, Proença-a-Nova, Monforte, Vieira do Minho, Mealhada, Celorico da Beira, Castro Daire, Arronches, Nelas, Vila Nova de Foz Côa, Mora, Torre de Moncorvo, Mêda, Mangualde, Salvaterra de Magos, Pampilhosa da Serra, Ourém, Vila do Bispo, Penela, Miranda do Douro, Albergaria-a-Velha, Águeda, Oliveira do Bairro, Arganil, Grândola, Resende, Mira, Ílhavo, Abrantes, Boticas, Coimbra, Almeida, Cantanhede, Almeirim, Ferreira do Alentejo, São Pedro do Sul, Estarreja, Faro, Cuba, Mirandela, Campo Maior, Miranda do Corvo, Alcanena, Ponte de Sor, Condeixa-a-Nova, Arcos de Valdevez, Montalegre, Montemor-o-Velho, Crato, Viseu, Reguengos de Monsaraz, Vagos, Penalva do Castelo, Sousel, Évora, Penamacor, Murtosa, Lamego, Vila Real de Santo António, Albufeira, Carrazeda de Ansiães, Elvas, Vila Nova de Paiva, Alvaiázere, Tábua, Portalegre, Portimão, Ansião, Tavira, Lagos, Aljustrel, Anadia e Sátão.

 

State of Emergency – Measures announced by Prime Minister

Sunday, November 8th, 2020

STATE OF EMERGENCY

MEASURES ANNOUNCED BY PRIME MINISTER FOLLOWING COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING

“1. The Council of Ministers approved today the decree executes the declaration of the state of emergency made by the President of the Republic with the duration of 15 days, from 00:00   on 9th November to 23:59 on 23rd November. (This means starting midnight tonight 8th Nov)

The Council of Ministers approved on Saturday the mandatory curfew for the 121 municipalities that were subject to the civic duty of withdrawal as a measure to halt the exponential growth of the covid-19 pandemic. The measure goes into effect on Monday, the 9th, under the state of emergency

During working days, the curfew takes effect between 11 pm and 5 am and at the weekend between 1 pm and 5 am, but only for the next two weekends: 14/15 and 21/22 And it is applied in 121 municipalities that register more than 240 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days with the objective of curbing the contamination during the month of November, stressed the prime minister.

During the mandatory pick-up period, the restaurants in the 121 counties must be closed, but may be served as a take-away. In the question period of journalists, António Costa clarified that take-away from restaurants “is available”. “Restaurants are working, people may not go there, but [establishments] can deliver meals,” he said.

In comparison with the previous state of emergency, the Prime Minister said that the current “has more intensive measures on Saturday and Sunday and less during the week to preserve that the academic year runs smoothly, and that there is no discontinuity of economic activity. and work during the week ”.

Public sector workers who are ‘at home’ for reasons of prophylactic isolation or because they are in ‘at risk groups’ will be mobilised to support health professionals in efforts of contact tracing, and ‘the accompaniment and vigilance of people in confinement’. The idea here being that this ‘relieve pressure on health systems’. Among these ‘public sector workers’ will be Armed Forces military and non-assigned teachers.

“The most restrictive measure of freedoms foreseen in the decree is the limiting circulation in the 121 counties”, said the Prime Minister, António Costa, at the end of the Council of Ministers. “There will be a ban on driving on public roads between 11 pm and 5 am, with the exception of situations of people who have to go to work, people who return from work to their home and people who have to leave due to urgency, be it to go to a health establishment, to a pharmacy or to help a family member who is sick”, he added.

“We have the clear notion that social interaction has a very important contribution to contagious situations and that this interaction occurs in the after-work hours”, he justified.

Our professionals are excellent but they will not be able to do the job without our help and the help we can give them is to control the way we relate in society,” he said, underlining the “extraordinary effort” of health professionals. “We have the right to do everything in our power to help them to have the conditions to be able to treat those who need treatment and avoid at all costs being one more that they have to treat”, he reinforced.

The evolution of cases from two thousand a day to six thousand daily cases in a month “means that the measures adopted since October have not been sufficient to contain the pandemic,” said the prime minister.

Asked about the biweekly review of restrictive measures at the municipality level, António Costa said that the international criterion of 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants was adopted in the previous 14 days, adding that this assessment will be made next Thursday. “As a result of this reassessment, there will be counties of 121 who will be removed from the list and others who should be included. It may be justified that next Thursday the Council of Ministers may adopt more restrictive measures ”, he said, pointing to the example of Paços de Ferreira as a municipality that has a high level of incidence of covid-19.

 

 

 

 

 

Elderly people in isolation situations referenced by GNR rises to over 42 thousand

Saturday, November 7th, 2020

Portugal has more than 42,000 elderly people in isolation, with the district of Vila Real concentrating the largest number of cases, according to the figures of Operation Censos Sénior 2020, released today by GNR .

The Operation carried out during the month of October with the objective of “identifying the elderly population, who live alone, isolated, or alone and isolated”, signaled 42,439 elderly people to live alone or in a vulnerable situation in the 18 districts of the country.

In the 2019 edition of the “Senior Censuses” operation, GNR signaled 41,868 elderly people who live alone and / or isolated, or in a situation of vulnerability, due to their physical, psychological, or other condition that may jeopardize their safety.

The Vila Real district leads the table, with 5,065 elderly people living alone or isolated, followed by Guarda (4,585), Viseu (3,402), Beja (3,403), Faro (3,313), Bragança (3,285) and Portalegre (3,104), today refers to GNR.

Lisbon, with 767 signposts, and Porto, with 857, are, on the other hand, the districts of the country where the military registered less vulnerable elderly people.

In the remaining districts in Évora (2,654) and Santarém (2,035), more than two thousand situations were signaled, followed by Castelo Branco (1,842), Setúbal (1,734), Braga (1,543), Aveiro (1,383), Coimbra (1,334) , Viana do Castelo (1,043) and Leiria, with 1,090.

In a statement, GNR informs that, during the operation, 34 actions were carried out in the classroom and 3,652 actions door to door, covering a total of 20,747 elderly people.

Along with the survey of these situations, the operation served to alert the elderly “to the adoption of safety behaviors that reduce the risk of becoming victims of crimes, namely in situations of violence, fraud or theft”, as well as preventing risk behaviors and raise awareness of the adoption of preventive measures for the spread of the covid-19 pandemic.

The “Senior Censuses” Operation has been carried out since 2011, with the geographic database being periodically updated and the GNR being signaled to the elderly accompanied by regular visits to their homes, the statement concludes.