"The sanitary fence is taking effect, because since last week Odemira has had much less than 50 percent of cases of infection than it had on the day the fence come into force", said Eduardo Cabrita, specifying that "there are 46 active cases yesterday [Wednesday], when a week ago it was 123".
The minister defended that "this is the path for the right to health, for the right to life, but that right is for everyone, it is for those who born in Odemira and it is for the 10,000 citizens born in other lands, from Germany to Nepal, all the same, all with rights who live there with the right of permanent residence".
The parishes of Longueira-Almograve and São Teotónio, in the municipality of Odemira, have been in a sanitary fence since last week because of the high incidence of covid-19.
"This debate that is being held here today is in fact a debate on human rights, it is a debate on the right to life, it is a debate on the right to health, it is a debate on the right to work with rights, it is a debate on the right to housing, and in fact the Government did not discover Odemira this week", said Eduardo Cabrita in the intervention at the end of the urgent debate required by the PAN on the situation of immigrants working on farms in the Odemira area, which took place at the Assembly of the Republic, in Lisbon.
And he guaranteed that, "with the same straightforwardness" with which he has "coordinated the application of state of emergency measures and now the coordination of measures in a calamity situation that place Portugal as the country with the best pandemic incidence results in the whole of European Union", he does not hide "the real problems".
The Minister of Home Affairs also advocated that the Government wants "that businesspeople take on the commitment of social responsibility here, which means that there is only a future for the economy with work with rights, with the right to housing".
"And for that we will do everything, for Portugal and for the residents in Odemira", he highlighted.