Return of border control, return of digital certificate requirement for access to restaurants, mandatory mask at major events (soccer games, for example) and commercial spaces, reinforcement of testing needs, reinforcement of the vaccination operation – and reinforced recommendation to return from telecommuting.
In light of the rising numbers of the covid-19 pandemic, the Council of Ministers will today announce new mitigation measures. Yesterday, the prime minister completed the round of meetings with the parliamentary parties that he had started on Tuesday.
Who spoke of the return of border control was the assistant secretary general of the PS, José Luís Carneiro, after meeting with António Costa.
“Recourse to telework for the purposes of protection and family support, if deemed necessary, is certainly one of the resources that we should have at hand.”
It is very important that we are all aware of our individual and collective responsibility, and that we are prepared for reinforcement measures, namely in relation to the use of a mask, testing access to closed spaces and interior spaces, the need to make a vaccination certificate and testing a regular procedure in our lives and also to be prepared for the need to reinforce the entrances and exits of the country, therefore, of border control.”
According to the socialist, this issue of borders is linked to the fact that Portugal is “a country open to the world”, which makes it exposed “to the risks that come from regions where vaccination has not yet reached levels” as that of the country.
“Recourse to telework for the purposes of protection and family support, if deemed necessary, is certainly one of the resources that we must have at our fingertips, not jeopardizing the essential functioning of services and the provision of essential public goods “, he added.
Asked about the model, José Luís Carneiro replied that it is a “recommendation of teleworking as it has already occurred in certain periods of the pandemic”, having to be evaluated “the terms, scope and intensity”. The socialist leader also underlined the importance of continuing “to reinforce this vaccination effort” that Portugal has made. “This vaccination effort is an effort to which we all have a duty to compete because it has been proven that vaccination is really the best and highest priority,” he said.
Yesterday, through the Secretary of State and Health, the Government announced that it will authorize the hiring of all professionals who may be needed with the reinforcement of vaccination against covid-19
“Indications will be given, through a rule, so that all human resources can be hired, whether doctors, nurses, technical assistants, operational assistants, those that are needed in vaccination centers”, said António Lacerda Sales, at a press conference . The boosting of vaccination in Portugal will be accelerated until the end of the year, and it is expected that in January 2.5 million people will have been vaccinated, including those over 50 who have received a single dose of Jassen.
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Pandemic escalation forces new restrictive measures