The state of health emergency in force in Portugal since November 9 was extended on Friday November 20, until December 8 inclusive, and should even extend beyond this date, while the government has yet to specify the measures that will apply from Tuesday.
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The President of the Republic, the conservative Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, announced on Friday evening that he had signed a new decree establishing the state of emergency for a period of 15 days, the maximum provided for by Portuguese law.
The state of emergency will last as long as it is necessary to fight against the pandemic
" of coronavirus, which could reach its peak in Portugal "
between the end of November and the beginning of December
" but which will "
" in January or February, he said in a televised address.
The socialist government met at the end of the day on Friday for an extraordinary council of ministers which was to decide on the health restrictions associated with the state of emergency.
The measures that will apply from next Tuesday will be unveiled on Saturday and could include a division of the country into several levels of restrictions depending on the severity of the epidemiological situation.
Since November 9, the most affected municipalities have been subject to a nighttime curfew on weekdays and from 1:00 p.m. on weekends.
Teleworking has been made compulsory but, unlike the spring confinement, schools remain open.
Two thirds of Portuguese municipalities and around 80% of the population are already affected by partial reconfinement.
But there are
very different situations
within these nearly 200 “
at increased risk
According to figures released on Wednesday by the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, the spread of the virus was 2.5 times greater in the north of Portugal than in the center of the country or in the Lisbon region, and four times greater than in the south.