Lisbon, Portugal, the most vaccinated country in Europe, today approved a package of measures to stop the fifth wave of covid-19 that recovers the certificates and / or mandatory tests to access different establishments and tightens the restrictions in the first week of 2022 to contain infections after the Christmas holidays.
We are better than most European countries, but we are not as good as we would like. That is why it is the right time to adopt new measures, “said Prime Minister António Costa at a press conference after the Council of Ministers.
Portugal has been registering for a month and a half a rise in infections and of hospitalizations, in maximums of several months, which has led the Executive to decree from December 1 the state of calamity – one notch below the emergency – in order to take more restrictive measures.
Among these measures, the use of the digital certificate and negative tests to access certain services and establishments will be recovered.
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The digital certificate will be mandatory for restaurants, tourist accommodation, events with marked seats and gyms, while to visit residences and hospitals, access large events or sports venues and discos and bars, a negative test will also be requested, also from vaccinated people.
GREATER BORDER CONTROL
The same will happen with entries to the country by air: the vaccination certificate will no longer be enough and a negative test will also be required.
The Government will toughen sanctions on airlines to let people who do not comply with these rules board, which will reach 20 thousand euros per passenger or even the suspension of flight licenses in some cases.
“We found that, unfortunately, the aviation companies have not fulfilled their obligation,” said Costa, who pointed out that all passengers will be controlled systematically, and not randomly, at airports, for which security companies will be used. private.
At airports there will be a designated area to direct passengers who arrive without a test and the airlines will be responsible for the costs of food and accommodation if they test positive and have to remain confined.
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Teleworking will be recommended whenever possible and masks mandatory in all enclosed spaces.
“CONTAINMENT” AFTER CHRISTMAS
The Portuguese Socialist Executive has also prepared a “contagion containment week” after the Christmas holidays to prevent family gatherings from causing an escalation in the spread of the virus, as happened the previous year.
Therefore, between January 2 and 9 teleworking will be mandatory and the clubs will close.
The start of the school term, which was scheduled for the 3rd, is delayed until the 10th.
“We all want a safe Christmas and, after that, we want to resume life safely,” said the prime minister, who asked that contacts outside the family universe be limited during that week.
Portugal notified this Thursday for the second consecutive day more than 3,000 infections, which are at a maximum of four months, and the incidence at 14 days is 251 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Costa recalled that, despite recent increases, Portugal is in a “much better” situation than a year ago, thanks to its high rates of immunization.
“The vaccination is worth it,” he insisted.
The country has begun to inoculate booster doses to those over 65, to health workers and firefighters, to those vaccinated with Janssen and to those who only received one dose because they passed the coronavirus.
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The prime minister assured that all those over 65 with a full schedule for more than five months and those over 50 who received the Janssen vaccine will have the booster dose before December 19.
It is expected that next week the National Vaccination Commission will rule on the immunization of children between 5 and 11 years old, and Portugal has already contracted with Pfizer several lots of pediatric vaccines.
On January 20, 300 thousand doses will arrive and in January another 462 thousand.