Minister of State and of the Presidency, announcement at end of the Council of Ministers meeting 17th June 2021


“The epidemiological situation in the country has been deteriorating.

An incidence of 1.5 and an R(t) of 1.13”, announced Mariana Vieira da Silva, Minister of State and of the Presidency, at the end of the weekly meeting of the Council of Ministers this Thursday, 17 June, to report on the update of the municipalities that advance and retreat in the levels of confinement.

“Apparently, there is a greater prevalence of the Delta variant in this territory and also in the Alentejo region. We await more data and the sequencing work that the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge does.

The high number of cases in Lisbon has led the Government to decide to apply an extraordinary measure to the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML – Alcochete; Almada; Amadora; Barreiro; Cascais; Lisboa; Loures; Mafra; Moita; Montijo; Odivelas; Oeiras; Palmela; Seixal; Sesimbra; Setúbal; Sintra; Vila Franca de Xira) in restricting mobility, prohibiting circulation both in and out of the AML throughout the weekend.

The traffic restrictions apply only to circulation to and from the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon. In other words, circulation between municipalities within the Metropolitan Area will continue to be permitted. The travel restrictions will start at 15h00 this Friday, 18th June and will finish at 6 am Monday 21st June.

It is difficult to take these measures, but it is a condition that we believe is essential at this time to avoid spreading the situation in Lisbon to the whole country.

Based on data on incidence by municipality as of June 16, changes were introduced with regard to the municipalities covered by each of the decontamination phases:

The municipalities of Albufeira, Arruda dos Vinhos, Braga, Cascais, Lisbon, Loulé, Odemira, Sertã and Sintra are subject to the high risk measures of 1 May.

The municipality of Sesimbra applies the very high risk measures, dated 19 April;

The rules of phase 1, of June 10, apply to all other municipalities, namely the municipality of Vale de Cambra, which is moving towards decontamination.

Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva says there is a “very large number” of municipalities on alert compared to those recorded in last week’s assessment. Most of these municipalities are in the Lisbon region:

  • Alcochete
  • Águeda
  • Almada
  • Amadora
  • Barreiro
  • Grândola
  • Lagos
  • Loures
  • Mafra
  • Moita
  • Montijo
  • Odivelas
  • Oeiras
  • Palmela
  • Sardoal
  • Seixal
  • Setúbal
  • Sines
  • Sobral de Monte Agraço
  • Vila Franca de Xira

The restriction on circulation “is not a measure to control the pandemic”, says Mariana Vieira, adding that it will not be this decision that will bring the numbers down in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon (AML). “It is an attempt to contain in this territory, not spreading to the rest of the country what is happening in Lisbon,” she says. “It is much more a measure to protect the rest of the country, than a measure to contain the pandemic in the AML,” she says.

Depending on the evolution, the situation now may mean, warns Vieira da Silva, that the country will not move forward in the deconfinement plan next week, as was foreseen in the plan announced by the government at the beginning of the month.

The minister also announced that the Council of Ministers has decided that the digital certificate can replace the presentation of tests in events where tests are mandatory. “There is a diversity of tests at lower prices,” recalled the minister, praising the possibility of there being events with tests, so that otherwise would have been banned.



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



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”.

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.

It is the health services that will issue a vaccination