Yesterday, the Government approved a 50% reduction in tolls for the former SCUT roads, namely the A22-Algarve (Via do Infante), A23 – IP, A23 – Beira Interior, A24 - North Interior, A25 – Beiras Litoral and Alta, A28 – Norte Litoral, Grande Porto (A41, A42) as of July 1st.
The measure, proposed by the PSD, was approved by parliament under the State Budget Law for 2021, providing 50% discounts on toll fees for all combustion vehicles and 75% for electric and non-polluting vehicles, from July 1st.
Minister of Territorial Cohesion, Ana Abrunhosa, highlighted that she has always been "an advocate of reducing tolls", but gradually, "because the impacts are high".
She then pointed out that the 50% reduction in tolls in the former SCUT also "implies complex contractual issues" with concessions and sub-concessions, with whom it is necessary to "negotiate financial balances", considering that a large part of the concessions ends in 2023.
The Government estimated an impact of 160 million euros annually due to this reduction in tolls.
Reductions currently in force, at the initiative of the Government, since January 11th this year, provide reductions between 25% and 55%, depending on the vehicle class and the day or night period, and have had a financial impact on the infrastructure of Portugal in excess of 2.6 million euros.
At the end of May, the Platform for the Replacement of SCUT A23 and A25 stated that, even if this discount enters into force, they will maintain the fight for the abolition of tolls and defended the need for more steps to be taken in the path of "progressive reductions ", until the total abolition of payments.
At the end of the meeting of the Council of Ministers yesterday, the Government announced the changes to be made in the country after updating the data on the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are two councils in the Algarve, out of a total of ten, that retreat into confinement: Albufeira, Arruda dos Vinhos, Braga, Cascais, Lisbon, Loulé, Odemira, Sertã, Sintra. Measures such as the closing of restaurants at 10.30 pm are to return.
There is also the municipality of Sesimbra, which will have stricter rules: restaurants and establishments will close at 3:30 pm on weekends.
Twenty municipalities have 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants or 240 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. They are: Alcochete, Águeda, Almada, Amadora, Barreiro, Grândola, Lagos, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Sardoal, Seixal, Setúbal, Sines, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Vila Franca de Xira.
Alcanena, Paredes de Coura, Santarém and Vale de Cambra are the four municipalities to recover, "despite the deterioration at national level".
The Government have decided to resume the ban on circulation to and from the Lisbon Metropolitan Area too, during the weekend from 15:00 on Friday.
Regarding circulation restrictions in Lisbon, Mariana Vieira da Silva confirms that they apply from 3 pm tomorrow with the purpose that the "high incidence of the pandemic does not pass outside the AML".
Mariana Vieira da Silva says that the "prevalence of the Delta variant" may explain the high values of Covid-19 in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo.
Regarding the tests for holding events, the minister considers them an "essential instrument to control the pandemic".
The situation is "more worrying throughout the country", with the transmissibility index - the R(t) - "already clearly above 1", said Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva.
Mariana Vieira da Silva says that the country is between yellow and red in the risk matrix, with conditions not suitable to evolve within the deconfinement plan at this time.
Next week, when a new phase of deconfinement was expected, "we are not in a position to move forward", says the government official, stressing that the ban on circulation to and from the AML at the weekend is not a new rule.
He also admitted that the measure will not contribute to reducing the number of infections in the region, being another "protection measure" for the rest of the country, so as not to "extend the phenomenon in Lisbon" to other regions.
Yesterday, the municipality of São Brás de Alportel and the Portuguese Army formalised their agreement that allows for patrolling, surveillance and prevention of rural fires in the mountainous area of the municipality, between 1st July and 30th September.
This is the eighth consecutive year that the municipality of São Brás de Alportel has had Army patrols that are part of the Municipal Strategy for the Prevention of Rural Fires of São Brás and Alportel, complementing the whole set of actions that are on the ground.
The presence of the military team deployed by the Army complements the fire prevention actions, providing an essential aid in this priority mission, in the defense of the forest and the populations of the mountainous area of the municipality.
"The objective is essentially a patrol of visibility and surveillance related to rural fires in order to warn or alert any inappropriate behavior and to prevent fires that may break out in the mountains of São Brás", explains the municipality in a statement, "two thirds of the municipality of São Brás de Alportel is made up of the Serra do Caldeirão, a natural heritage that is important to safeguard for its environmental importance, but also for being one of the main sources of economic wealth in the municipality".
The Mayor of São Brás de Alportel, Vitor Guerreiro, considers the partnership of "great importance for the surveillance of the most isolated areas and the increased safety of the populations residing there", and also reinforces the work carried out with the Voluntary Fire Department of São Brás de Alportel, which annually has a Permanent Intervention Team, whose performance is reinforced during the period of DESCIR (Special Device for Combating Rural Fires from 15 May to 15 October) by two additional fire fighting teams, one of which is in situ in the mountainous area of the municipality, in order to ensure greater speed of action in the event of an occurrence.
“We have made a significant and continuous investment in the execution of firebreaks, clearing of berms around urban centres, maintenance of paths in the Serra and Barrocal area and more recently the creation of a new water point in the area. south of Cabeça do Velho, which will certainly be an asset. Prevention is our best weapon in fighting rural fires, in a mission shared by the entire population”, says Vitor Guerreiro.
The City Council of São Brás de Alportel sees "the defense of the territory and the safety of the population as priorities" and with this measure it intends to "guarantee a face-to-face and effective response in the prevention and combat of rural fires".
People over 40 years of age can now request an appointment to be vaccinated against Covid-19, on the DGS online self-scheduling platform.
The `task force´ that coordinates the vaccination plan in Portugal had announced that this possibility would be available on Monday 14th, but only today the portal has started to allow scheduling for this age bracket.
The self-scheduling portal went into operation on April 23rd, after having been opened originally for people over 65, then 60, 55, 50 and 45 years old.
Portugal has now surpassed 6.5 million vaccines administered, from 4,330,244 first doses and 2,242,562 second doses.
If you are over 40 you can book your vaccination online HERE.
Portugal may cross the 'red lines' of the pandemic in two weeks' time, forcing the Government to review the country's deconfinement process, warn the General Directorate of Health and the Ricardo Jorge Institute.
The Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region is already the closest to the highest transmission risk zone.
The Delta variant has been detected in India and is already prevalent in the UK, with latest official data released last Friday confirming that the Delta variant is 60% more transferable.
The number of inpatients in intensive care has also been rising, especially on the mainland, with hospitals in Lisbon expected to exhaust their response capacity in the coming weeks.
With the growing number of detected cases of the Delta variant of the coronavirus, this variant could become dominant in Portugal by the end of June.
Until last Wednesday, 92 cases had been identified. Health authorities contacted the infected, one by one, looking for chains of transmission, but in many instances they found no link to any known cases of Covid-19. That is, they were infected in the community.
A study published yesterday by the General Health Directorate of England (Public Health England, PHE) indicates that the estimate is higher than the previous one, mentioned by Health Minister Matt Hancock earlier this week, of being 40% more contagious compared to the Alpha variant itself more transmissible than the early variants of the new coronavirus.
According to the PHE, 42,323 cases of this Delta variant first identified in India were identified, up from 29,892 a week ago, representing more than 90% of the total infections in the country.
The rise in the Transmissibility Index (Rt) between 1.2 and 1.4 in England reflects the impact of the Delta variant in the country, which had been experiencing a decline in the number of cases since January.
In the last seven days, between June 5th and 11th, the daily average was nine deaths and 6,556 cases in UK, which corresponds to an increase of 10.9% in the number of deaths and 58.1% in the number of infections in relation to seven days earlier.
The President of the Republic rejects the hypothesis of setbacks in the lack of confinement at the national level and says that hospitals are still far from the same pressure as in January.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa explains that the country will have to get used to the appearance of new variants and that periodic vaccination may be a reality.
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