“The Portuguese Health System is close to its limit”, writes “The New York Times”


This Monday, Portugal appeared in the North American newspaper “New York Times” for the worst reasons. “Portuguese hospitals are about to be overloaded with cases of coronavirus, and there is fear that the country’s health system may collapse when faced with a steady increase in the number of infections,” the newspaper begins in its online edition of the 18th January, in a text dedicated to the current epidemiological situation in several countries in the world.

The New York Times recalls that “Portugal has one of the smallest intensive care units in Europe, with only 672 beds available”, and that, on Sunday, 647 people with covid-19 were already hospitalized in these places, according to detailed information by the Minister of Health.

In fact, Marta Temido is mentioned in the play: the country is “very close to the limit”, said the person in charge of health during a visit to “a hospital in Almada” this Sunday (Hospital Garcia Orta), adding that “all need to make sacrifices “, referring to the current restrictions imposed by the general confinement. The” New York Times “also quotes Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa during the same visit, recalling that the President of the Republic pointed out to the press that, in the near future, perhaps “much longer confinement” is needed.


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