“I felt that there was a need to shake society up” – Observer

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“I felt very clearly that there had to be a shake-up in society.” It was thus, with a sensation and the objective of “sending a clear signal” to the Portuguese for the need to “change behavior”, that António Costa justified the new restriction measures announced this Wednesday, in the scope of combating the pandemic and the state of calamity declared again.

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In an interview with the newspaper Público, which left the publication of the entire conversation for Friday, the Prime Minister again refused to accept the idea of ​​a new confinement and hit the “individual behavior” key, as he had already done at the conference Wednesday’s press conference after the Council of Ministers meeting – and many times before that.

Even so, it was not exhaustive, leaving in the air that, if the restriction measures are not followed and each one does not do their part to stop the pandemic, the Government can always resort to more drastic actions: “If I can swear on my feet together that dramatic steps will not be taken? I can not. It’s a question of common sense. But we have to avoid it ”.

Costa also guaranteed, it was not the new infection record set this Wednesday (2,072 in 24 hours) but the progressive increase that has been registered since August which led to the taking of new measures and the return to the state of calamity. “Time went by, people became saturated, they got used to the risk or devalued the risk because the age group [dos contágios] it was changing ”, he justified.

Then, the Prime Minister praised the National Health Service which, he considers, “is better prepared to deal with the disease”, and revealed that, as happened in Porto, in São João, also in Lisbon “they are being campaign extensions triggered ”. “The Armed Forces Hospital has already been reactivated and another field hospital is being prepared, in front of Santa Maria, in the University City”, he exemplified. “We have the capacity to respond. Hospitals operate in a network, it is possible to manage flows according to the varying needs from one hospital to another. ”

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