Portugal bans travel and closes schools because of Covid-19


Second wave of the coronavirus pandemic is a reality on the European continent and brings with it the closure of trade and non-essential activities in several countries edit

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Sputnik – The Portuguese government announced on Saturday (21) a series of restrictions to try to contain the progress of COVID-19. Among them, the closing of schools and the prohibition of intercity travel during holidays in early December.

The objective, according to Prime Minister António Costa, is to reduce the proliferation of coronavirus across the country.

During the two holidays, on December 1 and 8, the Portuguese government ordered the closure of several public offices. António Costa asked private companies to adopt the same policy for the respective dates.

Isolation policies

On Thursday (19), the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, had requested support from Parliament to expand, for another 15 days, the state of emergency imposed to face COVID-19, due to the record of new infections in the country. parents.

The national state of emergency, which came into effect on November 9, includes the night curfew and partial lockdowns on weekends in 191 of Portugal’s 308 municipalities.

In some of these locations, the movement of people from 11 pm to 5 am is prohibited, and shops are forced to close at 10 pm.

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