Rules learned in the last few weeks will remain for "a long time"

in News · 26-04-2020 13:44:00 · 0 Comments

The rules of social distance and hygiene applied since the emergence of the new coronavirus in Portugal will have to remain for "a long time" when the country leaves the state of emergency, said the director-general of health.

"When the state of emergency ends and we resume our activities and our lives, we have to do it differently, keeping many rules that we have learned and applied in the last three weeks," said Graça Freitas at the daily press conference to monitor the pandemic of covid-19 in Portugal.

If the population fails to observe these rules when they return to work and reopen economic activities, the epidemic curve in the country “will rise because the virus continues to circulate in Portugal, Europe and the World and the health system will be subjected under great pressure”.

"In the coming weeks and for a long time" it will be necessary to maintain "the balance between the epidemic and the capacity of the health system" as the population returns to the street and to work, she stressed.

Portugal has managed to contain a “rapid rise” in the number of cases and maintain the capacity of the health system to treat sick people with “millions of people who have acquired a new way of life”.

Even "restoring social relations and reviving the economic fabric", it will be the citizens' task to "observe measures of social distance, hand and surface hygiene, respiratory etiquette and, when justified, the use of a barrier method" such as masks, she defended.


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