Portugal Begins To Ease Its Coronavirus Lockdown

Portugal Begins To Ease Its Coronavirus Lockdown

From May 4 Portugal will begin to ease its lockdown imposed after the onset of the Covid-19 global pandemic.

A three-phase plan will see different sectors of the economy open every 15 days. In the first phase bookshops, hairdressers, car showrooms, and small shops will open.

Facemasks will have to be worn in certain public spaces.

So far, as of April 30th, Portugal has had 25,045 confirmed cases and 989 deaths. Figures much less deadly than in neighboring Spain.

The media reaction in Portugal has been wary. The Diario das Noticias reports that "The glass is half-full or half-empty, depending on what you want to see. The evolution in the number of cases is good: 1 to 2% per day. The rate of transmission (R0), in which each person only infects another (or even less, is 0.92%). This is remarkable as it guaranteed the response of the National Health Service (SNS). Still ... why didn't the government go further in April?

Portugal Begins To Ease Its Coronavirus Lockdown


Announcements

The Lisbon Metro (Metropolitano de Lisboa) will start controlling passenger capacity at key stations, with possible support from the PSP, and will increase the supply of trains to guarantee a safe distance between users, the company has announced.

Portugal has exceeded a thousand deaths associated with Covid-19 writes Jornal de Notícias, according to the epidemiological bulletin released this Friday by the Directorate-General for Health. There are a total of 1007 deaths associated with the new coronavirus, which represents an increase of 18 deaths compared to Thursday (989). They are distributed geographically thus:

578 in the North
201 in the Center region
202 in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region
1 in Alentejo
13 in the Algarve and 12 in the Azores

Update 6/22/2020

An 8 pm curfew was reimposed in Lisbon to tackle a small upsurge in confirmed cases in 15 districts of the capital.

Update 7/3/2020

Continental Portugal is omitted from a list of countries published by the UK government from where returning tourists do not have quarantine for 14 days on return, causing outrage in England's oldest ally. This ruling does not apply to Madeira or The Azores and hope is it will be lifted soon for Portugal as a whole. Borders with Spain are now fully open.

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