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Twenty-six counties in Portugal are above the Covid-19 incidence risk threshold, and may not advance in the deconfinement plan if the situation remains, according to the epidemiological bulletin released yesterday.
According to the bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health, in the last 14 days these counties registered more than 120 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, seven of which are even above the 240 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
Machico, in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, is the county in the country with the highest incidence, registering 500 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days, ranking at a very high risk, that is, with an incidence between 480 and 959.9 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.
On March 11th, at the presentation of the deconfinement plan, the Prime Minister, António Costa, warned that the reopening measures will be revised whenever Portugal exceeds the “120 new cases per day per 100 thousand inhabitants in 14 days” or whenever the Rt - the average number of secondary cases that result from a case infected by the virus - exceeds 1.
According to the DGS epidemiological bulletin, the transmissibility index (Rt) of the new coronavirus in Portugal has yesterday risen to 1 on the continent, but the incidence has dropped to 60.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
António Costa stressed that the experts heard by the Government proposed that, "if in two successive assessments, the same counties are above the risk threshold, in these counties the measures of deconfinement must not advance".
Yesterday's bulletin reveals that the Algarve municipalities at risk are Albufeira (161), Lagoa (141), Portimão (308) and Vila do Bispo (213).
This Thursday, at 11 am, Jonathan Silva, activist and member of the DiEM25 movement, will, along wth other Lagos citizens, deliver an open letter signed by more than 300 citizens and people of relevance to the city to the Lagos Chamber, requesting the Mayor to prevent the development of private construction projects near the cliffs of Ponta da Piedade, and to conduct a public consultation.
The document is signed by lawyers, businessmen, investors, teachers and university professors, dentists, psychologists, sociologists, architects, researchers, environmental engineers, agronomists, retired members of the City Council, as well as celebrities such as singer Dino D'Santiago.
Jonathan's campaign to protect the cliffs at Ponta de Piedade has three requirements: secure access to the cliffs by removing the fences; withdrawal of any current development plans for the cliffs, or building permits and a public consultation so that the community can decide with the municipality what should happen to the area.
Subscribers argue that "the community must have the right to vote on different project proposals on the best way to use or develop the area".
The DiEM25 is a movement pan-European democrats, united in the conviction that the European Union will only survive if it is radically transformed .
The environmental, economic and coronavirus crisis have shown that real solutions for the majority and not for the minority can only arise if we join forces across borders. This is the mission of DiEM25: to make a coordinated effort across Europe to bring citizens together and create enough energy to save the EU from itself .
The EU will unite or disappear. We must act quickly, before it is too late: that is why we are the Democracy in Europe 2025 movement (DiEM25).
Earlier this week, renovations began on the auction house building in Portimão, with a municipal investment of 960,000 euros and is due to be completed within 6 months.
"The works include the replacement of the roof and the reinforcement of the walls and of the entire structure, with respect for the original design of the property, with the ground floor having a large multifunction room, prepared to receive cultural and recreational events, while in the the back of the building a cafeteria area is planned", explains the Portimonense local authority.
The works in this historical building, which marks the landscape of the riverside area of Portimão, also include "the modernisation of water, electricity and telecommunications networks, the creation of several office type rooms on the ground floor and the first floor, as well as sanitary facilities" .
This fundraising intervention, which had been planned for some time, finally received approval a few weeks ago via approval from the Court of Auditors and intends to transform the old auction house into a building for public use, to host cultural projects, festivities, celebrations and events linked to local and regional traditions, mainly related to gastronomy, handicrafts and other popular events.
Located right at the entrance to the city by the so-called “old bridge”, the building was built in 1916 to house the first power plant of the then Vila Nova de Portimão, starting to function as a auction house between the 1950s and 1980s, also housing several roasted sardine restaurants, before being identified in the Municipal Master Plan as a property of municipal interest.
Yesterday, Portugal registered more than 602 cases of infection with the new coronavirus and nine deaths attributed to Covid-19, together with a slight increase in hospitalisations, including in intensive care.
According to the epidemiological bulletin released by the Directorate-General for Health, there are records of nine more people with Covid-19 and seven more hospitalised, bringing the total to 495.
Of those hospitalizations, 122 are in intensive care units, six more than on Wednesday.
The total number of new infections this Thursday is below the last two days (874 and 663), but above the average of the last seven days (474.1) and the last 30 (477.6).
Regarding the risk matrix, the values revealed on Wednesday are maintained: the incidence rate (refers to the number of new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days) of the virus is 64.3 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the entire national territory and 62.5 on the continent, while the transmissibility index, known as R (t), is 1.02 in mainland Portugal and 1.01 in the entire national territory.
In Portugal, only 1,969,036 doses of vaccine against Covid have already been administered (61,848 more than on Wednesday), 1,397,726 first doses and only 571,310 second doses.
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