President of the Republic took for granted the renewal of this legal framework during this week: “I will decree the renewal of the state of emergency”.
Portugal currently registers fewer cases of covid-19 and began a week ago a process of deconfinement. Today, to take stock of this first week of ‘controlled opening’ and to outline the future, there is a meeting at Infarmed, in Lisbon, from 10 am. However, the President of the Republic said yesterday that will renew once again the state of emergency and considered very likely that this legal framework extends until May, while there are still closed activities, because it legitimizes the restrictions.
“Having a deconfinement plan until May means that there are partially confined activities until May. And, therefore, it is very likely that there will be state of emergency to accompany this reality, because the state of emergency legitimizes what, to a greater or lesser extent, are restrictions on the lives of the Portuguese”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
President of the Republic, Prime Minister, President of Parliament and parties meet with epidemiologists this Tuesday, again by videoconference, and as has happened since February, will only be present the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, and most epidemiologists.
After this meeting between politicians and experts on the evolution of the epidemiological situation in Portugal, on Thursday, Parliament will debate and vote on the draft presidential decree for the renewal of the state of emergency for a new period of 15 days, effective April 1 and covering the Easter period.
However, the President of the Republic took for granted the renewal of this legal framework during this week: “I will decree the renewal of the state of emergency and then speak to the country”, he said.
No extreme risk
Portugal yesterday no longer has counties at extreme risk of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus, with the descent of the municipality of Funchal to the risk category “very high”, according to the latest epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate General of Health (DGS).
The bulletin warns, however, that the data for the Autonomous Region of Madeira should be interpreted taking into account the delay between diagnosis and notification in the period under review, between 3 and 16 March.
The extreme risk of infection occurs when a county has a cumulative incidence at 14 days above 960 cases of infection per 100 thousand inhabitants. According to the DGS, and given this caveat, Funchal now recorded a cumulative incidence of 915 cases, when in last week’s bulletin had an incidence of 1.118 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
At very high risk, i.e. with an incidence of between 480 and 959.9 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, are also the councils of Machico (606), Ponta do Sol (570) and Santa Cruz (548) and also the municipality of Alcoutim in the Alentejo (556).
In the last analysis, Portugal had one municipality at extreme risk of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and four at very high risk.