Portugal moves into mitigation phase

in News · 25-03-2020 17:00:00 · 5 Comments

The covid-19 pandemic mitigation phase takes effect at 00:00 on Thursday and corresponds to the highest alert and response level, according to the National Preparedness and Response Plan.

This phase is activated when the transmission chains are established in the country, as this is an active epidemic situation.

The National Plan for Preparing and Responding to the disease by the new coronavirus establishes the response phases, which include three levels and six sub-levels, according to the risk assessment for covid-19 and its impact for Portugal.

According to the document of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the mitigation phase, red alert and response level three (the highest of a scale of three), corresponds to the presence of cases of infection with the covid-19 virus in national territory and is divided into the sub-levels of "transmission chains in closed environments" and "transmission chains in open environments".

In the mitigation phase, the transmission chains of the virus that causes the covid-19 disease are already established in Portugal, as this is an epidemic or active pandemic situation.

In this context, the measures to contain the disease are insufficient and the response is focused on mitigating the effects of covid-19 and reducing its spread, in order to minimize “morbidity and mortality [ratio between the number of deaths caused by a given disease, in a location and within a certain period of time], and / or until the emergence of a vaccine or new effective treatment”.

The plan also indicates that the mitigation phase is the last response phase before the recovery phase.

Starting next midnight, hospitals and health centres will have to adapt to new rules to respond to this phase of mitigation.

The general director of Health, Graça Freitas, admitted, in today's (25 March) daily press conference on the situation of the pandemic in the country, that Portugal has community transmission of the virus that causes the covid-19 disease, but assured that it is not uncontrolled.

"We have community transmission, not exuberant, not uncontrolled, but we do," she said.

Graça Freitas said that as of midnight today, the new model to address the response to covid-19 will come into operation.

"We are going to move from the measures of the containment phase to the measures of the mitigation phase. As with all changes, the transition phase may have some turbulence" because "one does not change the assistance paradigm overnight without turbulence".


The comments above are useless as mine is but with a purpose.

By DoYourResearch from Other on 27-03-2020 10:03

It would be useful to publish the measures that citizens and residents are supposed to respect during the mitigation phase.

By Danny da Rin from Algarve on 26-03-2020 01:02

There is no such time as 00:00 .....it s either 23:59 or 00:01..... Thursday 00:00 ??? Is that Wednesday 23:59 or Thursday 00:01...confusing!

By Graham from Lisbon on 26-03-2020 09:55

Well that article didn’t say anything!

By Colleen from Other on 26-03-2020 08:24

I wish the above was explained in plain english as nothing seems to make any sense to me

By Lynette Bednall from Algarve on 26-03-2020 12:18
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