Lisbon Covid-19 cases not linked to tourism

By TPN/Lusa, in COVID-19, Lisbon · 28-05-2021 01:00:00 · 2 Comments

Prime Minister, António Costa, has called for prudence in the Lisbon region to avoid a further increase in cases while also stressing “there is no correlation” with the reopening of tourism or Sporting fans celebrations.

“The message of caution is a message that we have to reiterate permanently because it is very clear to everyone that the pandemic has not disappeared yet. Fortunately, vaccination has been evolving at a good pace, but we are far from covering the entire population,” said António Costa.

Asked at the time about the situation in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, where there has been an increase in the number of infections, the Prime Minister added: “We will have to continue to be cautious until the pandemic is eradicated and the municipality of Lisbon is no different from the other 277 counties on the continent and therefore the rules that apply to the 278 counties also apply to Lisbon”.

“The situation in Lisbon [in terms of infections] has been increasing, although the information that has been possible to collect […] is explained mainly by a set of outbreaks that are quite localised in one part, the other part has a very defined location in a geographical point of view ”, justified the Head of Government.

When asked whether this increase could be related to the reopening of tourism in the country, namely for British tourists, António Costa stressed that “there is no correlation established at this moment between this reopening” and the rise in infections.

“The cases are more associated with family celebrations and housing conditions than with British tourists,” he said.

Already confronted about whether the celebrations of Sporting fans may have led to the increase in the number of cases, António Costa also said that “there doesn’t seem to be much evidence”.

“There are some cases of people who, unfortunately, are infected and participating in the celebrations, but based on the images I saw on television of the people who were taking part in the celebrations and the number of cases verified, I would say that there is not a strong correlation there”, he added.

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Stop worrying about healthier then average people with a relatively normal body weight, they are not the group of people among the 1 in 10 most sick individuals that provably cause all the infections to spread. 9 out of 10 do not spread the disease even if they get it, because it only accumulates strongly enough in to the lungs of people with specifically bad lungs, like those people who suffer from d- vitamin deficiency and bad lungs due to morbid obesity. Look at the statistics and think, don't just listen to the propaganda but think about the facts behind the numbers and you'll realize all this panicking and lock-downs is for no effect at all. Sick people tend to refrain from movement and spread the disease hen they have an essential reason to move around, they will move when absolutely have a need to do so or not move regardless of weather there is or is not a lock-down or social distancing or whatever.

By K. Lehto from Other on 09-06-2021 12:09

Channel 4 news item 29/5 showed people indoors in Lisbon without masks. People in crowded street too. Some were obviously tourists. There will be a new wave, because the vaccination programme is not sufficiently well advanced to allow these relaxations.

By David Littlewood from Algarve on 28-05-2021 12:53
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