New Portugal and Spain border closure ruled out by Atlantic Axis

in News · 17-09-2020 14:04:00 · 4 Comments

The secretary general of the Atlantic Axis, Xoan Mão, has stated that there are no reasons to justify a new closure of the borders between Portugal and Spain, advocating rather a reinforcement of preventive measures against covid-19 disease.

"I do not see that the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in both countries justifies the closure of borders. There is an increase in the number of cases of infection in both countries, but it is not putting hospitals or Care Units at risk. Intensive Care Units (ICU). On the other hand, there is also no increase in the number of deaths as occurred during the period of confinement, when the borders were restored ", said the official.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, regarding a possible new limitation on mobility between the two countries, as part of the assessment of the evolution of the covid-19 that the governments of the two countries will carry out in the coming days, the secretary general of the cross-border association explained that the evolution of the disease in Galicia "is being lived with normality".

"As far as I know, in Portugal this scenario is not on the table either. The increase in the number of cases of the disease is related to the holiday period, but the health situation is far from the one that motivated the confinement in March", he reinforced.

Xoan Mao defended the need to "strengthen measures to prevent the disease".

"Prevention measures, which were somewhat neglected during the holiday period, must be strengthened and strengthened, but I see no reason for the borders to be closed again. If that happened, it would be a real financial disaster", he reinforced.

On Tuesday, the Portuguese Foreign Minister said he would discuss the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal and Spain with his Spanish counterpart on Friday.

"I will be pleased to welcome my Spanish colleague [Arancha González Laya] next Friday, the 18th. We will then have the bilateral summit between the two countries, on the 2nd of October, and, of course, these are opportunities for us exchange information about how we are monitoring the evolution of the pandemic and the measures we are all taking to fight it, "Augusto Santos Silva told Lusa.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs added that there has been work "in a very coordinated manner with the Spanish authorities", exemplifying that the border between Portugal and Spain was closed, between 16 March and 30 June, "by joint a decision of the two States".

Asked about the need for a possible new limitation on mobility between the two countries, after the Spanish authorities announced, on Monday, 27,404 new cases since Friday, Augusto Santos Silva stressed that the decisions fall on the Internal administration ministers for Portugal and Spain.


The CURE cannot be worse than the DISEASE!! Closing borders and full lockdowns will just be a temporary bandaid, but in the long run, people will get sicker, more depressed and poorer. Not the solution to a virus no more deadly than the flu.

By Liora Oppenheimer from Other on 30-10-2020 02:57

A very sensible approach.

By Rachel Mar from UK on 18-09-2020 09:01

Who in the hell is Xoan Mao and his Atlantic Axis? Under which authority is he making these comments? Why is PN quoting him? Or are you just playing games?

By Tony Fernandes from Other on 18-09-2020 04:18

What the hell has it got to do with him.sorry this us just not right,the Borders need closing except for transport for food or neccessary supplies,also people where the cases are increasing need to be stopped from visiting other places in there own country tgey need to be made to say in there immediate area and not travel over the country.

By Margaret Stephenson from Beiras on 18-09-2020 09:55
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