Marcelo admits to possible stricter lockdown measures

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 08-01-2021 17:20:00 · 6 Comments

The President of the Republic on 8 January anticipated two scenarios in relation to measures to combat the pandemic of covid-19, admitting that if infections remain at the most recent values, it will be necessary to consider a "much stricter lockdown".

In the debate with Vitorino Silva, in the scope of the presidential elections, broadcast on RTP3, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who is also re-nominated for the post of head of state, stated that, in view of the possible worsening of the pandemic crisis, with an increase in contagions due to the new coronavirus, "there are two scenarios on the table".

"The first scenario is to return to four thousand, five thousand, six thousand cases per day", which translates into a "reduction in the number of cases over the past two days" (in which the new daily contagions were around 10,000), and that "would mean returning to what was the regime in force until now", pointed out the President.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stressed that, even with a worsening of the measures, the electoral campaign will not be in question, because "political activity is safeguarded by law, and must be safeguarded in any case by the presidential decree and by its execution".

Also, the lack of definition to allow people to travel to the polling stations will be "obviously" taken into account, he guaranteed, anticipating that on 24 January "there will be freedom of movement, of movement, allowing the exercise of the right to vote".

The President of the Republic, as candidate, also said that, before setting the date for the presidential elections, he had doubts about a possible postponement, so he heard the parties with parliamentary representation, who refused this postponement.

"Unlike the other elections, as for the presidential elections, the Constitution itself sets the terms that determine the date, or the possible dates of the election, because the date is fixed according to the end of the previous term of the President, which means that for there to be a postponement", he explained.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa also said that he chose to call the elections "later", because the parliament passed new legislation, which came into force in November, and provides for the possibility of home voting for those who are in isolation due to the covid-19.

The head of state also appealed to citizens to make themselves available for the elections, which will require a "brutal electoral machine", and especially thanked those who go to the voters' house to collect the votes.

The state of emergency enacted on November 9 to combat the pandemic was renewed with effect from 00:00 on January 8, until the 15th.

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Indeed restrictions continue as do the rising numbers of infections using discredited PCR tests yet the charade continues destroying lives and livelihoods. Vulnerable people should shield if they are afraid of this virus and it is that simple and let life continue. If you are at risk or vulnerable, you are the one who should wear a mask and not be on the street not forcing people who are healthy to accomdoate unhealthy measures that kill.

By MS BC from Other on 13-01-2021 09:49

People are told not to touch a hot stove, but they touch it anyways and wonder why they get burned.

By William from Other on 12-01-2021 02:59

All these old farts are afraid of dying. The y would kill everybody around them to saty alive.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 09-01-2021 10:22

It's about time masks are worn 24 7 regardless of where you are outside of your home.Nobody is doing social distancing Nobody is following the rules in the shops and supermarkets so your achieving NOTHING . If people fail to follow this you need to get tougher with fines or ISOLATION for the person for 14 days.Also lockdown is just pushing loads more people out onto the streets prior to the 1pm period .

By Bobby S from Algarve on 08-01-2021 09:01

The Mandate : Ramp up the fear to an intolerable level so that you and I cannot function as law abiding citizens any longer.
Crimes of Humanity glaring at us in the eyes, yet we acquiesce each and every time like good sheep.
When we ever learn ? ?
Now ! Might be a good idea !

By Ricardo Santos from Lisbon on 08-01-2021 05:46

So since we've had more restrictions, curfews etc, cases went up to record highs. So what's the solution according to the all knowing politicians? More restrictions!!

By Fred Doe from Algarve on 08-01-2021 05:35
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