Lockdown to continue until 14 February

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 28-01-2021 17:08:00 · 2 Comments

Parliament today approved the renewal of the state of emergency until February 14 to allow measures to continue to contain the covid-19 pandemic.

This vote was identical to that of January 13, in which CDS-PP and PAN voted in favour of the state of emergency, alongside PS and PSD, after opting for abstention in previous votes, held in November, December and earlier this month.

This was the tenth diploma of the state of emergency that the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, submitted to parliament in the current context of the 19-covid pandemic.

The diploma, which applies to the period between 31 January and 14 February, prohibits or limits face-to-face classes in educational establishments including schools and universities, restricts international travel and mobilises retired health professionals, reservists or graduates abroad.

According to the Constitution, the head of state must listen to the Government and have authorisation from the Assembly of the Republic to decree a state of emergency, which cannot last more than fifteen days, without prejudice to possible renewals.

Eleven days ago, at the end of a visit to Santa Maria Hospital, in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced that the state of emergency could potentially extend to the end of his presidential term, which ends on 9 March.

The current state of emergency period ends at 23:59 on 30 January.

Under the state of emergency, the Government has imposed a general lockdown with people to stay at some except when it is essential to leave alongside the suspension of a series of activities, which have been in effect since 15 January. It also established restrictions on circulation on weekends and later the closure of all educational establishments, with effect from last Friday.

In Portugal, more than 11,000 patients have died with Covid-19 and so far more than 668,000 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been reported since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the General Directorate of Health (DGS).

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I keep wondering just how this all works. Considering a Portuguese judge ruled the covid tests to be unreliable with their 3% success rate.

Nobody talks about that. Why? Would you buy a car where the sales person says 3 out of our 100 cars do not work? But I won't tell you which one? Do not respectfully think so.

By Robbert from Algarve on 08-02-2021 05:06

Whilst I support all measures to protect everyone in Portugal during the pandemic, I am concerned at other problems which are already emerging, namely increasing poverty through lack of work, increasing mental health issues for parents stuck at home with children and having to home school.
Regarding the mobilisation of Portuguese nationals here and abroad and retired professionals to help during pandemic, what about mobilising us, the experts with our wealth of skills? Nursing, teaching, medicine! I am ready to be called upon.

By Jane Linda M Bovey from Algarve on 29-01-2021 08:56
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