The Portuguese government has announced the lockdown of the more than 7 million inhabitants of 121 most affected municipalities in the country. After a long council of ministers, the prime minister, António Costa has reported that as of November 4, all citizens of these municipalities -which exceed a cumulative incidence of 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants- must remain at home except for justified cause and opt for teleworking whenever possible. Shops and restaurants may open until 10 p.m. and 10:30 p.m., respectively, and in the latter the groups may be of a maximum of 6 people.
The Executive has finally resigned to apply curfews or restrict mobility between municipalities – in force until next November 3 – and has appealed once again to individual responsibility. “We do not have the right to say that we are tired, we have a duty to mobilize to help. What solves the problem is individual responsibility & rdquor ;, Costa has assured. The prime minister has not wanted to reveal if he will ask for a state of emergency in the coming days, although he has announced that he will meet with the president of the republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, to assess the situation in the coming days.
Costa recalled that hospitals are suffering “unsustainable pressure & rdquor; and has announced that they will strengthen the health system with more beds and hiring more sanitary. The level of hospitalizations reached a new record this Saturday, with 1,972 people admitted, and also the number of income in ICUs, which now exceeds 80% of total capacity & rdquor ;. The country accumulates three days exceeding 4,000 daily infections, 4,007 in the last hours, and all forecasts indicate that cases will continue to increase in the coming weeks. To try to detect new infections, the Executive has reached an agreement with the Red Cross to carry out a rapid test campaign that will start from November 9.