Major incident page

Purpose of this page

The purpose of this page is to keep you, the community, informed of developing major incidents that may pose a risk to life and property, so people can take appropriate action as advised by the appropriate government authorities

Such incidents may include, severe weather conditions, rural fires, earthquakes, radiological disasters, viruses etc. These may also include incidents originating from overseas, such as in the case of viruses, which could pose a risk to the population in Portugal.

The information and advice given, is from government sources, and reliable established professional organisations both in Portugal and overseas, including in this case China.

This will be updated at least twice daily or at more frequently if the situation demands.

Please use the tabs on the right of this page to obtain more information

—————————————————————————————————————————

CORONAVIRUS Covid-19

Currently there is an ongoing incident – Last updated  Saturday 22st March 10.00 HRS

Incident name: Coronavirus Covid-19

The following and attached tabs should be read in conjunction with the official advice given by the Director General of Health in Portuguese

—————————————————————————————————————————

PORTUGAL – STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED 18TH MARCH

DECREE LAW SETTING OUT MEASURES TAKES EFFECT 00.00 HRS 22ND MARCH (MIDNIGHT 22nd) VALID 15DAYS

All information about State of Emergency here

Original Portuguese version here.

 

Click on the picture for a fresh update of the situation of Covid-19.

Portugal

World

 

Go directly to DGS here.

Development of Corvid-19

On 29 December 2019 Chinese authorities identified a cluster of similar cases of  pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in China. Wuhan is a city with 11 million inhabitants and capital of the Hubei Province.

These cases were soon determined to be caused by a novel coronavirus that was later named SARS-CoV-2.

Coronaviruses are a group of viruses that are common in humans and are responsible for up to 30% of common colds.

Two outbreaks of new diseases in recent history were also caused by coronaviruses – SARS in 2003 that resulted in around 1000 deaths5 and MERS in 2012 that resulted in 862 deaths.

The first cases of COVID-19 outside of China were identified on January 13 in Thailand and on January 16 in Japan. Since then COVID-19 has spread to many more countries – cases have been reported in all world regions.

On 30th January the new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) , as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

On 11th February the WHO announced  the official name of the coronavirus: “Covid-19“. It is the first decision made by the scientific community that is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to analyse and share information about the disease.

On 11th March the WHO  declared the worldwide outbreak of the new coronavirus a pandemic, with more than 118,000 cases in 114 countries and 4,291 deaths.

Preventive steps and reducing risk of transmission:

For residents and those travellers returning to Portugal from the affected areas, who show symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, during or after the trip, before attending a health clinic, they should call 808 24 24 24 (SNS24), informing them about their health condition and health history. following the guidelines that may be indicated. (More details see our “How does Portugal act to avoid spread of virus page”)

  • STATE OF EMERGENCY DECREE LAW EFFECTIVE 22nd MARCH 00.00 HRSDownload
  • Decree Law. 20-3 docxDownload

Latest News Covid-19

TAP flight restrictions between Lisbon, Madeira and Azores

31.03.2020

TAP will operate just five flights a week between Wednesday, April 1 and... Read More

Development of treatments to combat Covid 19

31.03.2020

Infarmed said today it is monitoring all national and international efforts... Read More

Presentation of the Epidemiological situation of Covid 19 in Portugal

31.03.2020

Fulfilling the duty to keep information open and cooperation between the... Read More

Exceptional and temporary rent payment scheme

31.03.2020

Exceptional and temporary rent payment scheme

 

Read... Read More