Lisbon, April 6, 2021 (Lusa) – The prime minister announced today that the inspection by security forces in the municipalities with the highest incidence of cases of covid-19 will be reinforced and inspections of the health conditions of temporary housing intensified.

These measures were announced by António Costa after having met by videoconference with the mayors of the seven municipalities that register more than 240 cases of covid-19 per one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 15 days: Alandroal, Carregal do Sal, Moura, Odemira, Portimão, Ribeira de Pena and Rio Maior.

According to the prime minister, in relation to the covid-19 outbreaks that occur in these municipalities, there is the existence of “a common pattern”.

In most cases, the origin of the outbreaks lies in “the concentration of people, in precarious and temporary housing associated or in large public works, or even working in industrial units that use local housing”.

“We will articulate specific actions by the Authority for Working Conditions (ACT), together with the public health authorities, with a view to creating better sanitary conditions in these places of residence and, also, to develop massive testing actions in cases in which they are not in progress. It is necessary to detect infected people and break the transmission chains “, declared António Costa.

In the specific case of agriculture, the Prime Minister said that, in partnership with producer organizations, there will be preventive work, with the dissemination of “good practices and testing”, taking into account the harvest calendar, which is now starting and that will continue until the harvest period.

The Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, “stated that, in the next 15 days, there will be a reinforcement of the number of GNR or PSP in the 20 municipalities with more than 120 cases of covid-19 per hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 15 days. “Inspection actions will be reinforced”, stressed António Costa.

At the press conference, the Prime Minister left an appeal to employers to organize “the best possible way” working conditions, with testing of their workers and monitoring the health situation of each one.

“But I also appeal to workers to be extremely careful in the use of personal protective equipment. It is essential that when stopping, namely at meal times, distance safety rules are respected to avoid increased contamination risks”, he added.


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