On the day when hospitalizations rise again and the country registers 3,641 new cases and five deaths, the Government warns that the situation continues to deteriorate, but emphasizes that the current measures will only be changed after the next Infarmed meeting.
Mariana Vieira da Silva, Minister of State and Presidency, warns that “the situation continues to degrade”, adding that “the situation in the country remains at the red level”, and that “there is a “race against time” between the vaccination process and the evolution of the pandemic.
Still, he points out that there is an apparent “slowdown in growth rate” of the pandemic.
The measures applied by the Government last week are to maintain high risk and very high risk councils.
The number of municipalities at risk high covid-19 transmission rate increased to 43 (last week it was 27). Are they:
Figueira da Foz
Port of Mos
Póvoa do Varzim
Salvaterra de Magos
Santiago do Cacém
Viana do Alentejo
Vila do Bispo
Vila Nova de Famalicão
Vila Real de Santo António
In these councils, curfew at 11 pm and the requirement for a negative test or digital certificate to enter restaurants on the weekend remains.
Other rules pass by mandatory telecommuting, restaurants, cafes and patisseries open until 22:30 (inside, with a maximum of 6 people per group and on the terrace, 10 people per group), cultural shows with the same hours as restaurants and retail until 21:00.
In turn, the councils in very high risk are now 47:
Arruda dos Vinhos
Oliveira do Bairro
São Brás de Alportel
Sobral de Monte Agraço
Vila Franca de Xira
Vila Nova de Gaia
In these municipalities, the measures are even tighter.
In addition to the nightly curfew and obligatory teleworking, restaurants, cafes and patisseries can only have a maximum of 4 people per group inside and 6 people per group on the terrace.
Other rules include the prohibition of group classes in gyms, weddings and baptisms with 25% of the capacity, low and medium risk sports.
Retail trade is expected to operate during the week until 9 pm. At weekends and holidays, food retail up to 7 pm and non-food retail until 3:30 pm.
Lastly, on alert there are now 30 councils (the week before there were 34):
Marco de Canaveses
Santa Maria da Feira
São João da Madeira
Viana do Castelo
Vila do Conde
The Government revealed that it has approved a decree law that allows the sale of self-tests in supermarkets, announced the minister.
For now, the Executive still cannot predict when the peak of the fourth phase that the country is going through will be. It is only guaranteed that vaccination efforts are at their maximum and that, currently, there are 3,200,000 Portuguese with full vaccination.
Ana Isabel Moura, ZAP //