The Portuguese government agreed this Thursday to extend the country-wide emergency state until mid-October, implying a series of restrictive measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
On September 15, António Costa’s executive branch extended to the whole country the exceptional regime it had previously only maintained in the Lisbon region, claiming that returning to teaching and increasing mobility added risks to the spread of the Virus brought with them.
The Council of Ministers this Thursday approved the measure to be in force until at least October 14th. The government plans to investigate the epidemiological situation within two weeks to see if there is a need to further expand the emergency status, reports the RTP chain.
Portugal, like other European countries, has seen an increase in the number of infections in recent weeks, which now stands at 71,156 on Portuguese territory. The Portuguese Ministry of Health reported 691 new positive results and three more deaths on Thursday, a total of 1,931 since the pandemic began.