Portugal enters calamity situation due to worsening pandemic – Coronavirus

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Covid cases grow and Portuguese government approves new restriction measures

A second wave
of the Covid-19 pandemic in Europe led Portugal to declare the status of “calamity situation”,
from midnight on Thursday (15). The country begins to adopt stricter social isolation measures to contain the advance of the new coronavirus (Sars-Cov-2) in its territory.

According to information from the newspaper “Público”, the Portuguese government will require mask on the street
and limit crowding to five people in stores, restaurants and public roads.

At weddings and other personal celebrations, up to 50 guests will be allowed. The calamity situation will be maintained for at least 15 days after Thursday.

“Unfortunately, Portugal is no exception, and we can classify the evolution of the pandemic in our country as a serious development”, declared Prime Minister António Costa, in Lisbon.

Until this Wednesday (14), Portugal registered 89,121 confirmed cases and 2,110 deaths, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). On Tuesday (13) there were 1,200 cases, and the record for confirmed cases occurred the previous week, when 1,646 cases were recorded.

Situation in Europe

The decision is not an isolated one: other European countries have also imposed new rules to try to contain a second wave of infections.

France announced the restoration of the state of emergency from Saturday (17). French President Emmanuel Macron announced on Wednesday (14) that nine cities in France will have an evening curfew starting on the 17th.

In the capital Paris, Marseille, Lyon, Lille, Aix-en-Provence, Rouen, Toulouse, Grenoble and Montpellier, essential departures are only allowed from 9 pm until 6 am the next day.

Restorers will close their doors and meetings at friends’ houses are prohibited. Still according to Macron, non-compliance with the curfew will lead to a € 135 (R $ 887) fine.

Italy tightens restrictions to contain Covid-19 hike

Italy reported on Wednesday (14) the highest number of cases of Sars-CoV-2 in 24 hours since the beginning of the pandemic. According to data from the country’s Ministry of Health, more than 7,300 people have been diagnosed with the disease in the past 24 hours.

The bulletin overcomes 6,557 infections confirmed on March 21, the highest mark so far.

On Tuesday (13), Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte imposed new restrictions on meetings, restaurants, sports and school activities in an attempt to slow the growing increase in infections by the new coronavirus.

The decree also advises the use of masks, which is already mandatory outdoors and in public buildings, also indoors, when members of outside the family are present. Restaurants and bars can stay open until midnight for table service.

Fine not UK

In the second wave of transmission of the new coronavirus, the United Kingdom announced on September 19 new control measures that seek to minimize the increase in cases of Covid-19.

Among the measures, there is the possibility of a fine of up to 10,000 pounds sterling for those who do not comply with self-confinement in case of infection by the virus. According to the current pound price, the fine can reach up to R $ 69.6 thousand.

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