Lisbon rejects mandatory tests for passengers arriving in Portugal

in Regional · 10-07-2020 01:00:00 · 4 Comments
Lisbon rejects mandatory tests for passengers arriving in Portugal

The Lisbon City Council on 9 July rejected a motion by the CDS-PP that required mandatory testing for passengers arriving in Portugal by air or sea borders, in the context of the covid-19 pandemic.

The document, discussed at a private meeting of the municipal executive, had votes against by the Socialists and BE - who have a city governance agreement -, the PCP abstained and the CDS-PP and PSD voted in favour.

The centrists emphasise in the motion that currently Portugal "is the second country in the European Union plus the United Kingdom to register the highest number of new cases of infection by covid-19 per million inhabitants", arguing that "the measurement of body temperature" in force at the capital's airport "it is a basic measure that does not allow the identification of asymptomatic cases" and "applied to any company, commercial establishment or public building".

"By absurdity, it can be admitted that the buildings of Lisbon City Hall are as safe as Lisbon Airport: in both cases, only the temperature at which it arrives is checked", the text reads.

In the view of the CDS-PP, the largest opposition party in the municipality, “more robust preventive measures at Portuguese airports and ports” are needed, at a time when the country's situation is “particularly worrying in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley” and in which there is a “need to reactivate key sectors of the national economy, such as tourism, which represents about 15 percent of GDP”.

The centrists wanted travellers to present a screening test for covid-19 with a negative result obtained in the country of origin in the 72 hours prior to the trip or to perform the test upon arrival in Portugal.


Comments:

Once again the Lisbon mostly socialist City Council shows with its asinine decision why it is made of imbeciles (i.e., weak mind people to avoid a closer and better definition) as they oppose an intelligent and rational proposal that certainly would save many lives! Let's keep chequing the John Hopkins Portugal's data and graph trends and later charge the responsible the Government and all responsible parties for his erroneous decision, gross negligence and lack of accountability!

by Tony Fernandes from Other on 14-07-2020 06:09:00

Once again the Lisbon mostly socialist City Council shows with its asinine decision why it is made of imbeciles (i.e., weak mind people to avoid a closer and better definition) as they oppose an intelligent and rational proposal that certainly would save many lives! Let's keep chequing the John Hopkins Portugal's data and graph trends and later charge the responsible the Government and all responsible parties for his erroneous decision, gross negligence and lack of accountability!

by Tony Fernandes from Other on 14-07-2020 04:00:00

Do you have to have the covid-19 test results if traveling to Portugal on July 16th from EU

by marisa pires from Lisbon on 10-07-2020 11:30:00

this is simply not true. if you check and compare the absolute numbers here, UK is the champ, followed by France, then Spain and Germany and lots of other countries, and numbers there are increasing rapidly. Portugal has to learn how to manage local clusters safely without shutting out resp. down the country and push clever strategies instead of strict measures such as this in order not to ruin the economy completely during a second wave.

by Felix from Lisbon on 10-07-2020 06:50:00
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