Portugal is back in COVID restrictions despite high heart rate
Lisbon – Portugal has reinstated some of the strict restrictions related to the pandemic, less than two months after repealing most of them when the goal of vaccinating 86% of the population against COVID-19 was reached.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa said, on Thursday, that the recent rise in the number of coronavirus infections forced the government to take action, although he indicated that his country had not seen a boom on the scale seen elsewhere in Europe.
From December 1, wearing a face mask will again be mandatory in enclosed spaces; A digital certificate proving vaccination or recovery from the Coronavirus must be shown to enter restaurants, cinemas and hotels; Even vaccinated people must test negative to visit hospitals, nursing homes, sporting events, bars and discos.
Furthermore, every person arriving on a flight from abroad must submit a negative test result.
The government has also recommended regular self-exams and work from home whenever possible.
Costa said the release of enhanced footage is being intensified.
These measures are necessary due to the significant increase in cases in some other EU countries, because approaching winter usually brings more respiratory infections, and because families will be in close contact at Christmas, Costa said.
Authorities say there is currently no need for another lockdown in Portugal, as hospitals adjust.
The General Directorate of Health officially announced 3,150 new cases Thursday, of which 691 people are in hospital, 103 are in intensive care units, and 15 deaths. The number of patients requiring hospitalization was the highest since September.
On November 1, Portugal reported less than 500 new infections, 360 people were hospitalized, 60 are in intensive care and five deaths. These numbers were similar to those a month ago.
Nearly 18,400 people have died from COVID-19 in the country of about 10.3 million.
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