Yesterday, the Portuguese Government warned that next week, if the epidemiological situation continues, “another 16 municipalities” will be at a very high risk level of incidence of Covid-19, as Albufeira, Lisbon and Sesimbra are now.
"I would like to draw attention to the fact that, given the data for this week, next week, if they continue, we will have 16 more councils in this situation [of very high level of risk], mostly in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon and Algarve regions" , said the Minister of State and Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, at a press conference, after the meeting of the Council of Ministers, in Lisbon.
There are also another 25 municipalities at high risk, which are: Alcochete, Almada, Amadora, Arruda dos Vinhos, Barreiro, Braga, Cascais, Grândola, Lagos, Loulé, Loures, Mafra, Moita, Montijo, Odemira, Odivelas, Oeiras, Palmela, Sardoal, Seixal, Setúbal, Sines, Sintra, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Vila Franca de Xira.
Of the 278 municipalities in mainland Portugal, 250 are in the new phase of the decontamination plan, in force since June 10th, able to further alleviate restrictions to control the pandemic. But of these 250, there are also 19 municipalities in a state of alert, because they have registered for the first time. an incidence rate above the defined thresholds - 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days (or above 240 if they are municipalities with low population density).
The councils on a state of alert, close to reaching the high risk level are: Alenquer, Avis, Castelo de Vide, Castro Daire, Chamusca, Constance, Faro , Lagoa , Mira, Olhão , Paredes de Coura, Portimão, Porto, Rio Maior, Santarém, São Brás de Alportel , Silves , Sousel and Torres Vedras.
The rules are: mandatory teleworking when activities allow; restaurants, cafes and patisseries can be open until 22:30 during the week and until 15:30 on weekends and holidays (indoor with a maximum of four people per group and on terraces with a maximum of six people per group) ; cultural shows until 22:30; weddings and baptisms with 25% of the capacity; food retail until 21:00 during the week and until 19:00 at weekends and holidays and non-food retail until 21:00 during the week and until 15:30 at weekends and holidays.
Should these councils retreat in to the high risk category, the rules applicable are: mandatory telework when activities allow; restaurants, cafes and patisseries can be open until 22:30 (indoors with a maximum of six people per group and on the terrace with 10 people per group); cultural shows until 22:30; weddings and baptisms with 50% of the capacity; food and non-food retail trade until 21:00; permission to practice all sports, without public; permission to practice physical activity outdoors and in gyms; events abroad with reduced capacity, to be defined by the General Directorate of Health (DGS) and Citizen Shops with face-to-face service by appointment.
For those councils not on alert or not at a level of high risk, the new phase of the deconfinement plan which came into force on June 10th, telework is recommended in activities that allow it; commerce can operate according to the respective licensing schedule; restaurants, cafes and patisseries (maximum of six people inside or 10 people on terraces) can be open until midnight for admission of customers and 01:00 for closing and cultural facilities can be open until 01:00 (excluded access, for entrance purposes, from 00:00), with the concert halls limited to a capacity of 50%. Other rules that apply in this new stage are that public transport can circulate with a capacity of two-thirds, or with the entire capacity if they have only seating positions (taxis and transport vehicles in uncharacterized vehicles from electronic platforms - TVDE - with limited capacity for the rear seats); capacity for weddings and baptisms remains limited to 50% of the space; and amateur sports events can now have spectators, with reserved seats and capacity restricted to 33% of the space.
The Judiciary Policy have detained a man and a woman, aged 27 and 30, respectively, on suspicion of committing the crimes of aggravated homicide and robbery using a bladed weapon, according to a statement released earlier today.
The statement released by the PJ's National Directorate says “the facts took place inside public toilets”, in the municipality of Albufeira, Faro district, where “the victim was taken through a fraudulent artifice”.
The suspects allegedly assaulted the victim with a bladed weapon, then hit her over the head with a fire extinguisher, while trying to rob her.
The Algarve region registered 127 new cases this Wednesday, which corresponds to the highest number in four months, more specifically since February 11th 2021, when 148 new positives were reported.
Portugal as a whole recorded three deaths associated with Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, 1,497 new cases of confirmed infections, the highest number since February 24th 2021, and a decrease in admissions to wards and intensive care.
The weekly Directorate-General for Health (DGS) bulletin released yesterday shows Portugal is already clearly in the red zone of the risk matrix, now with 128.6 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants in the national territory and of 129.6 on the mainland. The values are the highest recorded since March 15th 2021, and are clearly above the red line of 120, indicating that further deconfinement is blocked in the national territory for the timebeing.
During the early hours of the morning, the Maritime Police of Lagos shut down an illegal party with more than 200 people at Praia dos Estudantes, in Lagos, having seized three loudspeakers and several alcoholic beverages.
According to a statement made by the Maritime Police, "the party was detected at 02:00, during a patrol action by the Maritime Police, which immediately moved to the scene and interrupted the party, with people dispersing from the site when the police arrived".
On site, the Maritime Police identified one of the presumed organizers, a German man, and also seized three column speakers and alcoholic beverages, as a precautionary measure.
José Carlos Rolo, Mayor of Albufeira, has demanded a review of the criteria for calculating the COVID-19 incidence, causing Albufeira to retreat in to the previous phase of confinement.
Following the government's recent decision of 17th June, "it is with deep sadness that Albufeira considers itself discriminated against by the criteria of a government that once again does not consider the current reality of region, especially in a municipality that depends so much on tourism".
The Mayor considers that the calculation per 100,000 inhabitants "is totally unfair for the municipality of Albufeira, taking into account that the that is used by the government is not adequate and should not be applied, as tourists are not considered as a population. but if a positive case occurs, it is included in the counts!"
“This artificially inflates a ratio that is so important for deciding our immediate future. This fact was addressed by me in one of the face-to-face conversations I had with the secretary of State for Tourism Rita Marques, as well as with the president of the Algarve Tourism Region João Fernandes and other regional authorities, in order to resolve the situation that is very damaging our region", wrote José Carlos Rolo in a statement sent to the newsrooms.
At the moment, "about twice as many residents may be in the municipality of Albufeira, who should be included in the DGS criteria. Therefore, the figures mentioned, at this moment, show that the county has a much higher number of residents/tourists than the number considered for the purpose of calculating the COVID-19 incidence".
"To better see the incongruity, we highlight the values collected by the municipality, namely the 30% increase in waste collection compared to May, the huge increase in water consumption and the large increase in the number of requests for services to Rádio Táxi de Albufeira", reads the statement.
The Municipal Council of Albufeira "requires a review of these criteria and points out that this evaluation applied by the government will generate a massive slowdown of the regional and local economy and will have serious consequences for the Algarve in general and the municipality of Albufeira, in particular".
The government “has to be diligent and take into account the specificities of the Algarve and the Algarve. It should be noted that at the Albufeira Testing Center, only about 25% of positive cases are identified, and this equipment is simultaneously testing the resident population and the tourists who visit us. We believe that this is an asset for the municipality, as tourists must take a certified test to return to their countries of origin and there is no response capacity for this at the private level".
Finally, José Carlos Rolo requests that "all merchants and the population in general are to strictly comply with the rules of the DGS, as well as the guidelines and advice determined by the Municipality of Albufeira, so that in a future assessment we can progress".
At the end of yesterday, Portugal again recorded a slight reduction in the number of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, with 941 cases, and three deaths associated with Covid-19, according to the Directorate-General for Health.
Today's epidemiological bulletin indicates that there are 16 more people in the hospital ward, now totalling 405, and two less in the intensive care units, where there are 97 sick people due to the disease.
More than half of the new cases of infection (641) continue to be registered in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, where one of the three deaths occurred. The other two deaths were registered in the central region.
The incidence of infection with SARS-CoV-2 in Portugal exceeded 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the national transmissibility index (Rt) rose from 1.12 to 1.14, according to official data released on Friday. ( R(t) and incidence data are updated on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.)
The number of contacts under surveillance increased to 1,189 in the last 24 hours and now reaches 38,890 people.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, 17,065 people have died in Portugal with Covid-19 and 865,050 cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2 have been registered.
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