The Portuguese government will expand the state of contingency in the Lisbon region in mid-September and expect a tightening of the restrictions with which the executive of António Costa wants to curb the spread of the coronavirus at the beginning of the school year.
The capital and its environs are considered to be the epicenter of COVID-19 cases, which is why the government kept this area in a state of contingency higher than the alert that has been in effect in most cases over the past few weeks in Portugal.
The Portuguese Council of Ministers approved a review this Thursday, so the current status will only be maintained in the first half of September. From the 15th, the whole country will be in a state of need, the Presidency Minister Mariana Vieira da Silva told the media. The executive plans to detail possible measures from day 7.
The government sees no reason to adopt these changes immediately as it believes “the numbers are stable” and the pressures on the public health system are “controlled”. Vieira da Silva has admitted that the side effects of returning to class and the progressive end of teleworking are worrying, reports Publico.