“Without any changes.” The Government decree for the 12th state of emergency does not change, announced Prime Minister António Costa.
António Costa spoke to the country this Friday, from the National Palace of Ajuda, in Lisbon. At the press conference, the Prime Minister presented the decree of execution for the state of emergency, which starts next Tuesday, and announced that there is no change.
“The Council of Ministers approved, without any change, the renewal of the decree law of the state of emergency ”, said the head of government, adding that the measures currently in force are having effects in reducing the rate of transmission of the disease and in reducing the daily number of new cases of infection.
Despite this, “this is not yet the time for the lack of definition, because we have improvements, but all the improvements are relative”, justified António Costa, to immediately compare the current situation with the data on the lack of definition of the first wave.
“We are four times worse than the day we started the deflation last May, “said the Prime Minister, adding that Portugal still has” an extremely high number of patients hospitalized “with covid-19 in hospitals.
The second reason cited by the governor for maintaining the measures currently in force is the presence of the British variant in Portugal, since the percentage of positive cases “exceeds 49%”.
In relation to vaccination, Costa said that “we can confirm the goal of having 80% of people over 80 years of age vaccinated in March, as well as full vaccination of those over 50 years of age with butterfly diseases”.
However, as the Astrazeneca vaccine is not recommended for people over 65, “we won’t be able to do it until the end of March vaccinate all people aged 65 to 79 with comorbidities – so the groups at greatest risk will not yet be vaccinated ”.
For the next 15 days, “what we are strongly committed to is that we have more significant advances to put ourselves in a safe situation that allows us to make another assessment of the level of measures that should be included in the next state of emergency”.
“I hope that we can quickly reach the day when we can resume some normality,” concluded the prime minister.
In addition to confirming that the restrictions will remain at least for the next few weeks, António Costa put forward a date for the presentation of the country’s deconfinition plan: March 11.
“It will be gradual, will cover successive activities and will be guided by a set of objective criteria”, detailed the Prime Minister. Recalling that “the Government resisted as long as it can” to the closure of educational establishments, “it is natural that the lack of definition by schools“He declared.
Liliana Malainho, ZAP //