The Government approves this Wednesday the measures of general confinement under the draft presidential decree of State of Emergency and that should be in force for a month to stop the covid-19 epidemic in Portugal.
The Council of Ministers meeting will take place after the Assembly of the Republic debated and voted this morning on the draft presidential decree that modifies and renews the state of emergency in Portugal, taking effect from this Thursday until 30 January.
On Tuesday, at the end of yet another meeting with epidemiologists at Infarmed, in Lisbon, the prime minister classified as “alarming” the “very strong growth” dynamics of new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, which reached ten thousand per day earlier this week.
“In view of the pandemic’s growing trend, it is essential to adopt measures. These measures should have a horizon of one month and with a profile very similar to the one we adopted early in the pandemic, that is, in the period between March and April “, stressed the leader of the executive.
Regarding the measures that should be imposed by the Government, it is almost certain that the restoration and commerce in general will close again – the exception will be the food sector -, as happened in the first confinement, but the question remains whether, in the education, face-to-face classes will continue in the third cycle and in secondary education.
According to the Prime Minister, there is a consensus among experts on the reduced risks of continuing to operate education levels for children up to 12 years old, but there have been divergences in relation to the higher levels of education.
In view of this situation of disagreement among experts, according to António Costa, the political decision maker “will listen to the arguments of both and then have his own intelligence and perception capacity in order to make a decision in the face of different arguments”.
Asked about the economic and financial consequences of the new general confinement, the Prime Minister defended the thesis that the Government has a defined “hierarchy of values” and “above all” is the health of the people, placing support in the second place. economic sectors hardest hit by the covid-19 epidemic.
The draft presidential decree on a state of emergency, which was sent to parliament on Tuesday night – and under which the executive will take confinement measures – safeguards the free movement of citizens to exercise their vote in the presidential elections and provides for voting in nursing homes.
This diploma from the President of the Republic, among other novelties introduced, allows the imposition of diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus, or the compulsory confinement of people to enter Portugal, as well as admitting price control measures and the limitation of service fees and commissions charged by home delivery platforms.
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