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Safe Communities Portugal activated its response to Covid-19 on 26th January 2020. Currently it remains an ongoing incident . The following and attached tabs should be read in conjunction with the official advice given by the Director General of Health in Portuguese. All information you need to know can be found the tabs to the right.
Portugal declared a State of Emergency on 18th March 2020 and this was extended twice, finishing on 2nd May 2020. After a period of a Situation of Calamity, Portugal entered a new State of Emergency in November 2020, which was renewed every 15 days by the President of the Republic, the last one commencing 16th April 2021 finishing 23.59 hrs 30th April 2021.
In its place there is now a Situation of Calamity, with lesser restrictions. Current legislation can be found on the Emergency Legislation page here.
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 deaths 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 was declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization (WHO) , as the outbreak continued to spread outside China.
On 11th February the WHO announced the official name of the coronavirus: “Covid-19“. It was the first decision made by the scientific community that is meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, to analyse and share information about the disease.
On the 2nd March 20 DGS confirmed that there were two confirmed cases in Portugal.
On 11th March 2020 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.
As of 18th May 2021 the total number of cases worldwide has reached 164,929,390 cases with 143,915,491 recoveries with 3,419,966 deaths.
In Portugal 842,767 people have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic and the number of active cases currently stands at 21,997. The number of deaths stands at 17,011.