Experts and politicians meet today at the beginning of the second week of lockdown easing

By TPN/Lusa, in News, COVID-19 · 23-03-2021 09:27:00 · 0 Comments

The President of the Republic, the Prime Minister and representatives of the parties meet today with public health experts from various institutions, at the beginning of the second week of the country's decofinment process.

As has been common in recent weeks, the meeting on the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, in which the President of the Assembly of the Republic also participates, will take place by videoconference from 10:00 am.

The session begins with a presentation by André Peralta Santos, from the Directorate-General for Health, on the epidemiological situation, following the perspective of the evolution of the incidence and transmissibility of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, in charge of Baltazar Nunes and Ricardo Mexia, from the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

João Paulo Gomes, also from INSA, will update the virus variants in the country, with Henrique de Barros, from the Public Health Institute of the University of Porto, giving a presentation on a year of learning from covid-19 in Portugal.

The meeting continues with the presentation of the social perceptions of the pandemic in the country, in charge of Carla Nunes, from the National School of Public Health of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa, and with the status of vaccination by the task force’s coordinator Henrique Gouveia e Melo.

At the beginning of the second week of the country's reopening, Portugal had, on 22 March, an incidence of 81.3 new cases of infection with SARS-CoV-2 per 100 thousand inhabitants and a transmissibility index (Rt) of 0.89 , according to the joint bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health and INSA.

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