Cascais Chamber supports the elderly and creates centres for homeless people

in News · 22-03-2020 12:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Cascais Chamber has announced a set of pandemic prevention measures, which includes support for the elderly, spaces for the temporary reception of homeless people and two centres for screening covid-19.

In a note, the municipality of Lisbon pointed out that it already has a support network for the elderly, with the transport of food and medication to their home, in addition to psychological support lines, with the collaboration of the parish councils.

Two temporary reception centres for homeless people, open 24 hours a day, with beds, food and showers, have been in operation since Wednesday, he added.

For these centres, located in the secondary schools Cidadela and Fernando Lopes Graça, people can take their pets, which will be seen by veterinarians, added the municipality.

In addition to these measures to support the most vulnerable population, the Câmara de Cascais plans to open next Monday, 23 March, two screening centres for covid-19, one at the Estoril Congress Centre and another in São Domingos de Rana.

Both centres require prior appointment and are intended "for laboratory diagnosis to track, if necessary, the entire population of the municipality".

The tests are "free for the population (the costs are borne by the National Health Service and the municipality)", after a screening that "will allow to understand if you have symptoms of the disease and if you have been in contact with someone infected".

"Only in these cases will the laboratory diagnosis be carried out", he stressed.

The municipality also stressed that it was in the process of ordering material for health professionals, namely masks, suits and fans, in addition to providing free accommodation in hotels for health professionals.

It also increased the number of beds available for infected people from 1,000 to 1,300.

Cascais also decided to create an emergency fund of five million Euros, "so that over the public health crisis there will not be an economic financial crisis" in the municipality.

On the other hand, events were banned until at least 15 April, municipal works and parking metres were suspended throughout the municipality, beach concessions were closed, validation on buses will not be necessary until the end of May, fees are exempt for tour operators in the next six months and requests for licensing, fines, tax foreclosures and administrative documents were extended.


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