"I believe that everything that is a lack of confinement and the possibility of breathing again without worry, of feeling good, the touch of a friend, a family member, getting back together… All of this is essential because lockdown has already caused great damage in relation to many people, who, for various reasons, have seen their lives go backwards,” he said.

The secretary general of the PCP praised the role of vaccination to reach this moment of considering lifting more restrictions.

However, the decision can only come from “sustained measures” and “protective norms must be maintained” to avoid setbacks, he noted.

Not wanting to anticipate a concrete opinion, until the most recent diagnosis of the pandemic in Portugal is known, Jerónimo de Sousa considered that the idea of ​​“returning to normal life” has now become “a precious asset”.