New lockdown approved

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 13-01-2021 12:20:00 · 1 Comments

President of the Republic decrees renewal of state of emergency until 30 January, although details of the restrictions are yet to be announced.

The President of the Republic decreed today (13 January) to modify the state of emergency in force from Thursday (14 January) and to renew it for a further fifteen days, until 30 January, to allow measures to contain Covid-19.

"The renewal of the state of emergency until 23:59 on 30 January, which I have just signed, once made possible, given the seriousness of the situation, by more than 90 percent of MPs, has a very urgent and precise end: to try to contain and reverse the rapid growth of the pandemic, visible in recent days in cases, admissions, intensive care and, even more so, in deaths", says Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in a note published on the Presidency of the Republic's website.

The Assembly of the Republic authorised today this declaration of a state of emergency with votes in favour by PS, PSD, CDS-PP and PAN, an enlarged majority compared to previous votes in November, December and early this month, in which only socialists and social democrats had voted in favour.

Non-attached MP Cristina Rodrigues also voted in favour, BE abstained again, while PCP, ENP, Chega, Iniciativa Liberal and non-attached MP Joacine Katar Moreira voted against once again.

This is the ninth state of emergency decree in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the Constitution, it is up to the Head of State to decree the state of emergency, which allows the suspension of the exercise of some rights, freedoms and guarantees, but to do so he must listen to the Government and have the authorisation of the Assembly of the Republic.

This decree modifies the state of emergency currently in force, with new rules that apply in the last two days of the previous decree, which ends at 23:59 on 15 January, and renews it for a further fifteen days, from 00:00 on Saturday 16 January until 23:59 on the 30 January.

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Here is a message from the future. We have been in the lockdown for over 8 years now. Life with a curfew. During the day we are allowed to go back and forth to the supermarket. The supermarket is now the only store where you can still buy something. If you have food stamps, of course. Yesterday there was a protest march against the eternal lockdown but it has been shattered. (something with no distance or something). In addition to the many mutations of Corona, the government is now mainly concerned about the new viruses that seem to be arriving. There are still many people who do not suffer from the viruses, but also people who become ill. Sometimes even death. But if we didn't have a lockdown it would have been a lot more. I am now going to teach the children, walk in the garden and then Skype with grandma and grandpa.

By Pedro from Lisbon on 13-01-2021 04:05
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