“The numbers from the last day and what we know from today's numbers show an increase in the number of cases and, therefore, despite this downward trend in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo and the relatively constant trend over the last fortnight, the Government considers that what should be done is to continue exactly with the same measures that existed until now in the next fortnight”, said the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva.

In the following fortnight, starting on 15 September, “the whole country will be in a state of contingency” so that the necessary measures can be defined “in each area to prepare the return to school and the return of many Portuguese to their place of work.” Added the Minister of the Presidency, who spoke at the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers.