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Portugal is further reducing its health system

At the start of next week, restaurants, shopping centers, high schools and universities will reopen their doors, the government announced on Thursday. With the exception, however, of ten municipalities.

At the start of next week, restaurants, shopping centers, high schools and universities will reopen their doors, the government announced on Thursday. With the exception, however, of ten municipalities.

(AFP) – Portugal is starting to see the end of the tunnel. With the exception of a dozen municipalities, the country will continue its deconfinement plan as planned, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced Thursday after a cabinet meeting. With from Monday, the reopening of restaurants, shopping centers, theaters, high schools and universities.

This is the third step out of four in a gradual lifting of health restrictions that began in mid-March, after two months of general confinement which had made it possible to stem a violent third wave of the coronavirus epidemic. The reopening of primary schools a month ago was followed at the beginning of April by that of colleges, outdoor cafes and restaurants and street shops.

The reinstatement of controls at the Spanish border will be maintained for at least 15 additional days, as will the obligation for travelers arriving in Portugal to present a negative test, or even to observe a quarantine, said Costa.

Since the start of deconfinement, the number of new cases detected every day in Portugal has stabilized around 500 daily contagions, against a peak of nearly 13,000 at the end of January, and the number of people hospitalized for Covid has fallen. under 500 patients for the first time since September.

However, out of a total of more than 300 municipalities, eleven municipalities have levels of incidence that are too high to benefit from further reduction in health measures.

Seven of them will remain subject to the restrictions currently in force, and four of them will even be downgraded to the level of the measures that were applied until the Easter weekend, ten days ago.


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