"There are happy coincidences. When we landed in Porto today, it was a coincidence that I caught the exact moment when thousands of personal protective equipment, protective suits and masks were unloaded," wrote António Costa in his personal Twitter social account. .

In the same message, the Prime Minister states that Portugal is "reinforcing purchases and receiving more donations".

"Soon, all of this equipment, which is so necessary, will be distributed where it is most needed," he adds.

Government source told the Lusa agency that 4.6 million type 2 masks, 56,000 suits and 20,000 covers boots arrived in Portugal today.

In the north of the country, the prime minister is today visiting industrial centers in Famalicão and Matosinhos that have adapted their activity to produce medical equipment considered essential to combat covid-19, such as ventilators.

This morning, the executive's leader is at Citeve - Technological Center of the Textile and Clothing Industries of Portugal, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, in the district of Braga, and then, in the early afternoon, to the Center for Excellence and Innovation in Industry Automobile (CEIIA) of Matosinhos, in the district of Porto.

With these visits, according to a note from the Prime Minister's office, the intention is to "give visibility to the initiative and voluntarism of organizations that have adapted their activity to the production of goods essential to combat the pandemic covid-19, namely fans and equipment hospital textiles ".

"Being products with high technical requirements, the work of CEIIA and Citeve, in collaboration with the Government, is essential to allow for an efficient response and coordination of the individual efforts of the various companies, as well as their adaptation to the actual needs", read if on the same note.