Health Minister warns of worsening of Covid-19 in Portugal – Society


The alert situation in mainland Portugal due to Covid-19 will be extended until November 30, the Government announced this Thursday, on the same day that the Health Minister, Marta Temido, warned of a worsening of the epidemiological situation in the last week. The alert situation – the lowest level of disaster response predicted by Civil Protection – started on October 1 and ended on Sunday.

According to the official, the worsening of the situation was expected and follows the European situation, “although in a context in which a large majority of the population is vaccinated”, she said after the Council of Ministers that prolonged the state of alert.

The Health Minister said that vaccination against influenza and the third dose against Covid-19 is proceeding normally and practically concluded in nursing homes, advancing that the process in this population group should be completed “by the end of December “. The government official also said that 384,754 flu vaccines had been administered since the beginning of the vaccination campaign, on September 27th.

This Thursday, over 888 cases and five deaths were registered, with the forecasts of the Ricardo Jorge Institute pointing to 1300 cases on November 7, according to the minister. Marta Temido warns that “there are several worrying contextual factors, such as the European situation, cold temperatures ahead, circulation of respiratory diseases associated with cold weather and a greater tendency for people to concentrate in less airy spaces”. The incidence was 94 cases per 100,000 people in the last week, below the 120 defined as risk threshold. The transmission risk (Rt) is already above 1.

In another area, Vice Admiral Gouveia e Melo Thursday revealed secrets on the basis of successful vaccination, highlighting communication, leadership and organization. At a lunch-debate in Lisbon, the former coordinator of the task force said that he had found a “party” National Health Service, so he had to create a “central nervous system”. The military criticized “all the crazy people who think the virus doesn’t hurt” and recalled the decision to face a group in Odivelas when they advised him to go out the back. “I’m going to pass like a ship, with its bow, pushing everyone,” he said, drawing applause. Asked about the use of his name in the pre-electoral campaign (Paulo Rangel, candidate for PSD leader, attributed to the vice-admiral and not the Government the credit for the successful vaccination), Gouveia e Melo replied that he has “nothing to do with it”. with pre-electoral campaigns”, attributing the merit “to the Portuguese people”. And he again ruled out a political future: “If that happens, give me a rope to hang me on.”

Portugal is an example of the effectiveness of the vaccine against Covid-19
The technical head of the World Health Organization (WHO) for the pandemic, Maria Van Kerkhove, said Thursday that the number of cases and mortality in Portugal demonstrate the effectiveness of vaccines against Covid-19, but warned that only immunization “is not enough to end the pandemic.”

Setúbal Hospital Center lacks 70 doctors
Four doctors resigning from the Setúbal Hospital Center (CHS) Thursday defended in Parliament the urgent reclassification of that hospital unit, and warned of the shortage of about 70 doctors and the reform of 20 to 25% of clinicians in the next five years .

The four CHS doctors – Isabelle Cremers, José Poças, Luís Cortez and Carlos Ribeiro – were heard in the Parliamentary Health Commission in the Assembly of the Republic, and considered the hospital’s reclassification essential [do grupo C para o D], as it would be financed otherwise.


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