At the end of a meeting at Infarmed (National Authority for Medicine and Health Products) this afternoon 7th April, which brought together several political leaders and health specialists, the President of the Republic indicated that data in Portugal on the pandemic curve showed a sign of “positive steps”, both in terms of daily growth in the number of cases, as in reduction of spread.

A “slow but positive” trend, stressed Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The President drew attention to the importance of maintaining preventive measures in April: “If we want to gain back our freedom in May, we need to gain freedom in April”.

“In order to take steps in May towards a progressive return to normality, in economic and social activity and school activity, it is necessary to secure May while still in April”, he added.

Therefore, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa asked the Portuguese for “a supplement of effort beyond what they have been doing” so that one can “turn a page at the end of April”.

“We have good news here, but one that doesn’t leave out the need for a complementary effort in the weeks that follow,” he added.

For this reason, the President of the Republic anticipated what the Prime Minister will announce, the day after tomorrow, in the sense that schools should remain closed during this month of April, insisting that the good indicators do not “dispense with a complementary effort in weeks ahead.