Visits to nursing homes and activities in day care centers will be allowed in the new period of state of emergency starting at 00:00 on January 15, in an attempt to contain the progress of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Government decree, released on Wednesday, which regulates the new state of emergency, authorizes “the visit to users of residential structures for the elderly and people with disabilities, integrated continuous care units of the National Integrated Care Network and other responses dedicated to the elderly, as well as for activities carried out in day centers “.
In the first general confinement, in March, the ban on home visits was one of the first restrictive measures adopted and one of the last to be lifted.
The Government decree also provides that workers, professional users of therapeutic communities and social inclusion communities, as well as temporary reception centers and emergency accommodation centers, can be subjected to diagnostic tests of the new coronavirus, and, when applicable , visitors to residential structures for the elderly, integrated continuous care units of the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care and other structures and responses dedicated to the elderly, children, young people and people with disabilities, as well as applicants and beneficiaries of international protection and the reception of victims of domestic violence and human trafficking “.
It is up to the “top manager” of these institutions to determine whether diagnostic tests should be performed.
The clinical follow-up of Covid-19 patients in these residential and support structures is returned to the local health centers whenever there is no need for hospitalization.
At the press conference at the end of the Council of Ministers on Wednesday, which approved the decree regulating the state of emergency, Prime Minister António Costa also said that “measures to support the social sector will be reinforced” so that can “better cope” with the new phase of the pandemic.
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