Covid-19 in Portugal

On November 25, 2021, people wearing protective masks due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic are walking in the center of Lisbon, Portugal. REUTERS/Pedro Nunes
Reuters, Lisbon, November 25-Portugal, one of the countries with the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the world, announced that it will re-implement restrictions to prevent the surge in cases and require all passengers flying to the country to present a negative test certificate. Time.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa said at a press conference on Thursday: “No matter how successful the vaccination is, we must realize that we are entering a stage of greater risk.”
Portugal reported 3,773 new cases on Wednesday, the highest daily number in four months, before dropping to 3,150 on Thursday. However, the death toll is still well below the level in January, when the country faced the toughest battle against COVID-19.
About 87% of Portugal’s population of just over 10 million have been fully vaccinated with the coronavirus, and the country’s rapid introduction of the vaccine has been widely praised. This allows it to lift most of the pandemic restrictions.
However, as another wave of pandemics swept across Europe, the government reintroduced some old rules and announced new rules to limit spread before the holidays. These measures will take effect next Wednesday, December 1.
Speaking of the new travel rules, Costa said that if the airline transports anyone who does not carry a COVID-19 test certificate, including those who are fully vaccinated, they will be fined 20,000 Euros (22,416 USD) per passenger.
Passengers can perform PCR or rapid antigen detection 72 hours or 48 hours before departure, respectively.
Costa also announced that those who are fully vaccinated must also show proof of a negative coronavirus test in order to enter nightclubs, bars, large-scale event venues and nursing homes, and require EU digital certificates to stay in hotels, go to the gym or eat indoors. In the restaurant.
It is now recommended to work remotely when possible, and it will be enforced in the first week of January, and students will return to school one week later than usual to control the spread of the virus after the holiday celebrations.
Costa said Portugal must continue to bet on vaccination to control the pandemic. The health authorities hope to provide COVID-19 booster injections to a quarter of the country’s population by the end of January.
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Post time: Nov-26-2021