Portugal extends restrictions against coronavirus due to high transmission of omicron

The Portuguese Government has announced this Thursday that it will extend restrictions such as the negative test to enter the country by air and the capacity limit in shops due to the high transmission of omicron and that it will maintain mandatory teleworking and the closure of the nightlife, scheduled until January 10.

As of January 14, to enter bars and discos, as well as residences and large events, the requirement to present a negative test for coronavirus is maintained, although those who have received the booster dose for at least 14 days are exempt before.

Those who access tourist establishments or local accommodation, events, shows or gyms must present a digital certificate in any of its modalities.

The start of the second school term does remain on Monday, as planned. On the other hand, the Executive has extended the requirement of a test with a negative result to enter the country by air until February 9 and the prohibition of consumption of alcoholic beverages on public roads is maintained.

These measures are in addition to those announced this Wednesday by the Portuguese Directorate General of Health, which has reduced the isolation time for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms and has changed the parameters to confine close contacts in the population.

Prime Minister António Costa explained at a press conference that the country will face a “significant growth” in coronavirus infections in the coming weeks to record numbers, for which he has defended that these measures are announced responding at the beginning of “caution”.

Thus, he has ensured that Portugal has a “good rhythm” of vaccination which, added to the high number of tests carried out, has made it possible to protect the population against the virus, although it has not prevented the expansion of the omicron variant, which is already close to 90% of the cases in the country.

Portugal, which faces the fifth wave of infections and accumulates 1,539,050 infections and 19,054 deaths from coronavirus, has been registering numbers never seen in positive since the pandemic began in the country for days, with peaks that have reached 39,000 cases in one day .

Source: ElDiario.es – ElDiario.es by www.eldiario.es.

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