Covid-19: Portugal update

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March 10, 2020

The number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease has risen to 41, two more than those recorded on Monday, the Directorate-General for Health announced today ( DGS).

According to the bulletin released today, there are 375 suspected cases, of which 83 are awaiting laboratory results.

According to DGS, there are still 667 contacts under surveillance by health authorities.

The North region has the largest number of confirmed cases (27), followed by Greater Lisbon (10) and the Central and Algarve regions, both with two confirmed cases of the disease.

According to the map provided by DGS, there are no cases registered in the Alentejo and Autonomous Regions of the Azores and Madeira.

DGS data show that five cases result from the importation of the virus from Italy, two from Spain and one is under investigation regarding the origin of Germany or Austria.

According to the Directorate-General for Health, “there are six active transmission chains”.

Regarding the characterization of inpatients, 23 are men and 18 are women, the majority (seven men and seven women) are aged between 40 and 49 years.

Cough is the most common symptom (29), followed by fever (23), muscle pain (21), headache (19) and generalized weakness (17).

About 114,000 people have been infected in more than a hundred countries, and more than 63,000 have recovered.

The Portuguese Government has decided to suspend all flights to or from the most affected areas in Italy, and is also recommending the suspension of events in open spaces with more than 5,000 people.

Updated information

Here is a list of services and spaces closed or with restricted access in Portugal, according to public announcements made until the early afternoon of today.

Scroll down for information regarding to education, health, culture, justice, authorities and sport.


- The Directorate-General for Health announced on Sunday the closure of all schools in the municipalities of Lousada and Felgueiras, in the district of Porto.

- The Higher School of Technology and Management of the Polytechnic of Porto closed on Monday for an indefinite period “all facilities where classes take place”, including Amarante and Penafiel, in the district of Porto, in addition to Felgueiras and Lousada.

- Classes at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto are suspended and all students are prohibited from circulating in the building of Hospital de São João. Training activities - classes, internships and study visits - were also suspended with the participation of professionals from the Centro Hospitalar Universitário de São João.

- The shared facilities of the Abel Salazar Institute of Biomedical Sciences and the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Porto will remain closed until 20 March.

- The Polytechnic and University Higher Education Cooperative (CESPU) suspended all classes at its educational establishments and closed most spaces, preventively.

- In Portimão (Faro district), two schools are closed: the Manuel Teixeira Gomes Secondary School, where a student was diagnosed with Covid-19, and the Professor José Buisel Basic School, where the mother of the sick student is a teacher.

- The University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, in Vila Real, decided to suspend sports events and activities under the responsibility of the academy, as well as missions to countries affected by the Covid-19 outbreak.

- The Amadora Secondary School, in the district of Lisbon, and the Basic School 2.3 Roque Gameiro, in the same municipality, are closed until March 20, after two new cases of Covid-19 have been identified.

- About 90 students from the University of Minho are in voluntary prophylactic quarantine at the academy's residences in Braga, for having been in contact with a student infected with the new coronavirus.

- The University of the Azores (with hubs in São Miguel, Terceira and Faial) decided on Monday to postpone for "indefinite time or cancel" the "congresses, 'workshops', seminars or other public scientific or cultural events" in the institution's spaces . The academy forbade entry to university residences to anyone who moves to the archipelago from other countries and regions without having completed a quarantine period.

- The Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo suspended the 2020 edition of the IPVC Summit event and postponed the job fair, which was taking place simultaneously, on the 18th, and which expected the participation of more than 10,000 visitors.

- The Fafe Institute of Higher Studies closed the premises on Monday and suspended face-to-face activities for at least two weeks, for preventive reasons, in a measure that covers 900 students.

- Universidade Nova de Lisboa suspended the clinical practical teaching of medicine that takes students to hospitals, as well as any non-scientific public events within the perimeter of the university. The academy will start replacing classes (theoretical and practical), whenever possible, with content 'e-learning' and minimize trips abroad.

- Universidade Lusíada-Norte announced on Monday that it will suspend classes and public attendance on the Famalicão campus until Friday, and that on the Porto campus it will cancel all university extension activities.

- The Escola Superior de Saúde de Leiria will suspend, as of Tuesday, the clinical internships of all courses. Some private institutions of social solidarity and city councils that receive these interns from the various health courses have also suspended the clinical education aspect.

- The University of Évora decided to postpone all events scheduled for the academy spaces, such as debates or conferences, until the 22nd of this month.

- The Polytechnic Institute of Beja has decided to suspend all activities in addition to the mandatory classes, as well as events of its initiative or responsibility in closed places or open to the public.

- The University of Coimbra on Monday suspended all classroom activities, all scientific, cultural and sporting events and professional or academic trips in the country and abroad. Canteens will “transition to an exclusive 'take-away' service”.

- The University of Lisbon suspended on Monday all classroom activities and group activities developed in its museums and botanical gardens (which remain open to the public for individual visitors). Traveling on duty or for study is canceled and physical and sports activities carried out at the University Stadium or at the academy's schools are suspended or maintained with restrictions.

-Egas Moniz - Higher Education Cooperative, in Almada (Setúbal district), which integrates the Instituto Universitário Egas Moniz and the Escola Superior de Saúde Egas Moniz, “as an educational institution in the health area, decided to prevent and temporarily suspend only teaching activities ”.

- Instituto Superior Técnico (IST) suspended all classes and other face-to-face activities from Wednesday until March 27.

- The Higher Institute of Educational Sciences (ISCE) Douro, based in Penafiel (Porto district), decided to suspend classes until 23 March.

- The University of Minho decreed the suspension of classroom teaching activities in all centers, both in Braga and Guimarães, after a student was infected. Students at the Carlos Lloyd Braga and Santa Tecla residences “must remain in prophylactic quarantine”, with the conditions necessary for their stay in the residences, such as food, health care and hygiene.

- The French Lyceum in Lisbon today suspended classes until March 24, after a positive case of a student's infection was identified.

- The City Council of Paços de Ferreira, in the district of Porto, asked the Ministry of Education to stop teaching activities in the municipality, within the scope of preventive measures.

- In the municipality of Porto, all activities complementary to the educational action, such as study visits and tours organized in public schools, are canceled.

- Coimbra Business School today decided to suspend teaching activities indefinitely to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.

- The University of Beira Interior, based in Covilhã, Castelo Branco district, suspended until April 13 all sports, cultural and leisure activities that take place in its facilities.


- Visits to hospitals and homes in the Northern region were temporarily suspended, as announced on Saturday by the Minister of Health.

- The Integrated Support Program for the Community of Matosinhos ended on March 6, leaving the 19 health professionals who work there in home isolation.

- The Government suspended the Medical Disability Assessment Boards, allowing public health doctors to dedicate themselves to the Covid-19 outbreak.

- Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora has limited the number of visits to hospitalized patients and companions in urgent and outpatient visits: in addition to the companion, hospitalized patients "may receive a visit, for 30 minutes", every day between 3 pm and 16:30 and between 19:00 and 20:00. In obstetrics, the presence of the companion is allowed, but no visits are made.

- The Hospital and University Center of Coimbra already restricted the hours and accesses of visits to patients in February. Visiting time was restricted to the period between 15:00 and 16:00 and between 19:00 to 19:30 and limited to one visitor per patient.

- Centro Hospitalar Universitário Lisboa Norte, which integrates Santa Maria and Pulido Valente hospitals, limited the number of visits to patients and suspended the presence of students or interns in their care areas. Each patient will have a maximum of two visits per day, in two periods, and can only stay one visit at a time with the hospitalized person. It was also decided to cancel all scientific or training events for this month and April, to suspend the presence of medical information delegates on the premises and to prohibit the presence of students or interns in the assistance areas.

- The Portuguese Institute of Oncology in Lisbon decided to restrict, from Tuesday, the visiting hours and the number of visitors to hospitalized patients, for an indefinite period. Visits start to take place exclusively between 15:00 and 18:00 and only one person per patient is allowed, without the right to exchange an access card. The presence of companions at the clinic is also limited.

- The Entroncamento Senior Living Center will close from Tuesday and indefinitely, as a preventive measure.


- Visits to prisons in the Northern region were temporarily suspended due to the Covid-19 epidemic, as the Minister of Health announced on Saturday.

- The face-to-face training sessions in the scope of the internships in law in Porto and Guimarães, involving 488 law graduates, are suspended indefinitely for “merely preventive” reasons.

- The Comarca da Madeira asked citizens to go to the courts only if they are summoned for due diligence or for an “absolutely urgent” reason.

- The counties of Porto Este and Braga asked citizens summoned for procedural steps to inform the court in advance if in the previous two weeks they had been in areas at risk of contagion in Covid-19.

- The Directorate-General for the Administration of Justice ordered on Monday the suspension of the activity of the secretariats of the courts of Lousada and Felgueiras.


- The Directorate-General for Health announced on Sunday the suspension of activities in all leisure or cultural establishments in the municipalities of Lousada and Felgueiras, in the district of Porto.

- The University of Évora cancelled until the 30th, the tourist visits to the Colégio do Espírito Santo and to the Interactive Archeology Center.

- The Directorate-General for Cultural Heritage today gave guidelines to museums, monuments and palaces in their dependence to suspend all public activities in closed or open places. At stake are spaces such as the National Museum of Ancient Art or the Jerónimos Monastery, in Lisbon, the National Museum Grão Vasco, in Viseu, or the Convento de Cristo, in Tomar.


- The Municipality of Felgueiras decided to close the municipal public access services, except the Paços do Concelho, suspended the weekly fairs in Felgueiras and Lixa and cancelled all events for a month.

- The Municipality of Lousada has since Monday the Town Halls operating under a minimum service regime and called on the population to only go to there in case of emergency.

- The Union of Parishes of Cedofeita, Santo Ildefonso, Sé, Miragaia, São Nicolau and Vitória, which covers the historical and nightlife area of ??Porto, closed all its services until next Thursday as a “proactive measure of prevention".

- The Municipality of Portimão announced on Monday the preventive closure of cultural and sports equipment under its management until March 31, at the indication of the delegate of public health. The measure covers the municipal theatre, museum and library, the Portimão Arena, the sports pavilions, the municipal swimming pools of Portimão, Alvor and Mexilhoeira Grande and the municipality's tennis courts.

- The Chamber of Viana do Castelo decided on Monday to suspend or postpone all the events planned for this month in the municipal facilities, organized by the city council or by other entities.

- The Municipality of Ponte de Lima, in the district of Viana do Castelo, decided on Monday to cancel the biweekly fairs and suspend all cultural activities organized and promoted by the municipality this month.

- The Vila Nova de Gaia Chamber determined the cancellation or suspension of mass municipal events "until further notice".

- The Municipality of São Brás de Alportel, in the district of Faro, announced on Monday the suspension of all travel on municipal buses outside the municipality.

- The Câmara de Valpaços, in the district of Vila Real, announced on Monday the temporary closure of the municipal swimming pools, the cancellation of the screening of films and the holding of sports events behind closed doors as precautionary measures.

- The Câmara de Paços de Ferreira, in the district of Porto, determined, at least until the end of the month, the closure of several municipal buildings, including swimming pools, pavilions, library and market, with only the Paços do Concelho functioning.

- The Câmara de Paredes, in the Porto district, temporarily closed municipal equipment for public use - swimming pools, gymnasiums, pavilions, library, interactive tourism store and house of culture - until the end of March.

- The Câmara de Ílhavo, in the district of Aveiro, suspended until the 22nd all cultural events promoted in the spaces managed by the municipal cultural project, as well as initiatives for children and young people, schools and the senior community.

- The Câmara de Boticas, in the district of Vila Real, today announced the closure, starting today and for an “indefinite period”, of the municipal swimming pools and multipurpose and gymnasium pavilions, as well as the suspension of the project “Bringing life to the aging years” ”.

- The Câmara de Monção, in the district of Viana do Castelo, closed the municipal swimming pool, frequented by “enough” users from municipalities in Galicia, Spain.

- The municipality of Miranda do Douro, in the district of Bragança, today announced the closure of the swimming pools and the municipal stadium.

- The Albergaria-a-Velha Chamber, in the district of Aveiro, decided to temporarily close the Queen D. Teresa Pilgrim Hostel and the Snoezelen and Sensory Integration Rooms for prevention.

- The Câmara do Porto decided today to close the municipal theatres, museums, libraries and swimming pools, the environmental education centers and the Water Pavilion.


- All the stadiums that will host the games of the 25th round of professional football competitions, next weekend, will be closed to the public, with the matches taking place behind closed doors.


Vary good is the medical center open at Parades de Coura ???

By TONY MATTHEWS from Other on 26-03-2020 07:18

We are due to play golf at Praia d’el Rey for a week from 16/5/20 do you think this is still ok

By david fulleylove from UK on 17-03-2020 11:27

To all the comments above, forget the money. Your health and wellbeing is priceless. Portugal will still be here and waiting to welcome you when this is over.
Stay safe

By Paul Domanski from Lisbon on 16-03-2020 06:48

I am a holiday makers, in a hotel complex in Cabanas. Tavira. Until April 9th.
Age 68. I think reasonably fit and strong. But I am on medication for Stroke.
Should I return to UK. Or is it safer in Portugal. .

By Frederick Cornell from UK on 15-03-2020 07:37

We are going on 4th April for holiday somewhere in Portimao, my husband has hypertension and my son has asthma, instead of excitement.. we are very scared to fly, we’d like to cancel it but they would not giving a refund, its a big amount. So its like we dont have a choice. If you update us the condition of the country, im wishing all the best for us.

By Vhim from UK on 14-03-2020 06:24

Zina...stay home. Already today they have closed all court proceeding in areas of portugal. Schools and historic buildings will be next. There are thousands of cases next door in Spain, it isn't safe to travel.

By LB from Porto on 12-03-2020 04:01

I’m from Canada, Toronto. Despite Coronavirus I'm still want to use mine tour package to Portugal: March 21, 22 and 23 in Lisbon and 2 days in Sao Miguel island. I wonder, what awaits me as a tourist: Are museum, art galleries, opera (Valkyrie) will be closed?
Please describe situation. Thank you,

By Zina from Other on 12-03-2020 03:31
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