Prime Minister announces new de-confinement phases for 14th and 28th June 2021

 

After the end of the Council of Ministers meeting this Wednesday, June 2, António Costa spoke about vaccination status and its impact on the deconfinement phases, saying that “as planned” a new phase of the de-confinement process will take place.

As advised by epidemiological experts at the Infarmed meeting, the Government is keeping the risk matrix model (contrary to what Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa suggested), confirmed the Prime Minister. The changes will concern the adjustment of the risk criteria for municipalities with low population density as well as the plan for new deconfinement phases that should come into force from 14 June.

The Prime Minister analysed the evolution of the pandemic since March 9, highlighting “the sustained reduction” of the incidence rate and an evolution of the transmissibility rate “that has varied” between green and yellow. Even so, the summary of the evolution is “positive”, considers the Prime Minister.

António Costa says that “there is no high pressure situation in the National Health Service” and that is why it is possible to move forward in de-confinement.

“As we know the pandemic is consequence of human contact and the greater the population density the greater the risk,” said the Prime Minister. Now is the time to adjust the criteria for for low-density territories, António Costa added.

“Restrictions will only be applied, in low density territories, when twice the thresholds of the other territories are reached,” he detailed.

According to the Prime Minister, conditions are in place to proceed with a new de-confinement in two phases:

From 14 June

  • Telework is no longer compulsory and is now only recommended;
  • Restaurants, cafés and pastry shops maintain their current capacity rules, but can receive clients until midnight and work until 01h00;
  • Commerce with the respective licensing schedule;
  • Public transport with only seated places: full capacity;
  • Public transport with seating and standing: 2/3 capacity
  • Cultural shows until midnight. Concert halls with a capacity of 50 percent.
  • Outdoor shows: Marked places and distance rules defined by the DGS;
  • Weddings continue at 50% capacity of the venue;
  • Training and amateur modalities can now have audiences in the stands as long as the seats are marked and following the distance rules defined by the DGS.
  • Sports grounds with 33 percent of the capacity. Outside venues apply rules to be defined by the DGS

The second phase of de- confinement starts on 28 June, 14 days later. Here is what changes:

From 28 June

  • Sports – professional levels or equivalent with new rules to be defined by the DGS
  • Lojas Cidadão will open without prior appointment;
  • Public transport without capacity restrictions

What remains closed?

  • Bars and nightclubs still have no date to reopen (remember that they have been closed for over a year);
  • Popular festivals and festivities also banned.

ALGARVE – Important

Now the numbers will take into account tourism in the Algarve: non-residents will be counted in the municipality of residence and not in the Algarve councils where they take the test. However, in relation to foreigners, it will be different — which will always end up penalizing the incidence rate in the Algarve.

 

Weekly risk evaluation and the two new different paces for the Municipalities:

Municipalities with an incidence rate of more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in high density municipalities or more than 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in low density municipalities will have these rules:

–   Mandatory teleworking when the work duties allow it;

–    Restaurants, cafés and pastry shops open until 22h30;

–     Cultural shows with the same opening hours as restaurants;

–     Retail trade open until 21h00.

 

When the cases are above 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants or 480 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants for the low density the rules are stricter:

–    Mandatory teleworking when the work duties allow it;

–    Restaurants, cafés and pastry shops open until 22h30 or open until 15h30 on weekends and public holidays;

–  Cultural shows with the same opening hours as restaurants;

–   Weddings and christenings with 25% of the venue’s capacity.

Meeting at Infarmed concerning evolution of Covid-19 -Live updates – 23 /03/ 2021

Today, another meeting is taking place at Infarmed, in which the Government and political figures meet with experts to analyze the epidemiological situation in Portugal.

At Infarmed, in Lisbon, from 10 am, as has been happening since February, only the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, and most epidemiologists will be present.

The remaining participants, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, António Costa and Ferro Rodrigues, party representatives, members of the Council of State and social partners, will follow the meeting by videoconference.

This week the Assembly of the Republic is expected to debate and vote on the draft presidential decree for the renewal of the state of emergency for a new period of 15 days, with effect from April 1 and which will cover the Easter period.

The session begins with a presentation by André Peralta Santos, from the Directorate-General for Health, on the epidemiological situation , following the perspective of the evolution of the incidence and transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in charge of Baltazar Nunes and Ricardo Mexia, from the National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) .

João Paulo Gomes, also from INSA, will update the virus variants in the country, with Henrique de Barros, from the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, giving a presentation on a year of learning from covid-19 in Portugal .

The meeting continues with the presentation of the social perceptions of the pandemic in the country, in charge of Carla Nunes, from the National School of Public Health of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and with the status of vaccination by the coordinator of the vice-admiral task force Henrique Gouveia e Melo .

The meeting starts 10.08 hrs

André Santos Peralta, the DGS, says there was a “downward trend of maintaining” the incidence of the virus, with an average of 79 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. However, in Greater Lisbon, “there are already some municipalities” with a growing trend. The active population became the population with the highest incidence, but there was a “very expressive” decrease in hospitalizations in the infirmary and ICU.

The active population became the population with the highest incidence, but there was a “very expressive” decrease in hospitalizations in the infirmary and ICU. “in a scenario of great incidence, only the population from 40 to 60 is enough to exceed the indicator of 245 beds of hospitalizations in ICU”. That is, “To be completely safe, the age group to be vaccinated will have to go up to these ages”.

Lisbon and Tagus Valley has the highest incidence (more cases per 100 thousand inhabitants every 14 days).

Regarding hospitalizations, there is a maintenance of the decline in the +60 group. In the ICUs, there is a “very significant drop” in the group of 50, 60 and 70 years old.

As for the variants, that of the United Kingdom increased, reaching 73% in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and above 60% in the North.

The testing rate is “quite considerable” and the 4% positive ceiling is only found “in some municipalities”. There has been a greater speed in laboratory notification, revealed the expert.

English variant already represents more than 70% of the cases in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region. “There has been an increase”

A new fact about lethality: “In the week of March 1st to 7th, there was a decrease in lethality in the more than 80 years,” he says.

Regarding the virus variants, especially in the United Kingdom, there was an increase, with a prevalence of new variants in the order of 73.3% in the Lisbon region, and 60% / 65% in the North and Center, and in the rest of the country the estimate is more uncertain but it will be around 30% in the Alentejo and 70% in the Algarve.

People who leave home are the most difficult to avoid visiting family and friends

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LILIANA VALENTE

There are some measures that are easier to take, such as wearing a mask, but others that are more difficult, such as keeping your distance or teleworking. However, there were “critical indicators” that were analyzed such as “avoiding visiting family or friends” and “staying at home”
In these two indicators, there were 36.9% of people who admitted that it was difficult or very difficult not to visit family or friends and 35.2% to stay at home.
In a finer analysis, Carla Nunes says that “it is the people who naturally leave home, the ones who most report having more difficulty in avoiding visiting family members with friends”
Carla Nunes, from the National School of Public Health, presents the barometer data on the various public health indicators and notes that there are “slight” changes both in behaviour and in the perception of the global health status.
“46.3% of people saying they had reasonable, bad or very bad or overall health status” and “1 in 5 of people – felt agitated, anxious or sad” in the past few days.
In addition, says the professor at the National School of Public Health, there was a “slight increase in worse behaviors”.
Vaccinations

The coordinator of the vaccination plan against covid-19, Henrique Gouveia e Melo, revealed that, in April, “about 1.8 million vaccines” will arrive in Portugal. The 70% vaccinees are still expected “by the end of the summer” and, in the second quarter, the number of inoculations will reach between 95 thousand and 100 thousand per day.
1.8 million vaccines have already arrived in the country, 95,000 of which went to the archipelagos. Until Saturday 1.3 million vaccines had been administered and, this week, another 177 thousand will be administered.

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