Nearly 1,000 people have been detained by the PSP and GNR since the pandemic began in March 2020, a third of which for disobeying mandatory confinement, according to data from the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MAI).

The data were sent to the Lusa agency on the day that the President of the Republic decided not to renew the state of emergency, which was initially enacted on November 8, 2020 to combat the covid-19 pandemic and then successively renewed for periods of 15 days. .

According to the MAI, the 979 arrests for disobedience were made between March 19, 2020, when the first period of state of emergency came into force, and April 15 of this year, with the PSP and GNR still closed during that period. 3,980 commercial establishments.

The MAI data also reveals that the Republican National Guard and the Public Security Police applied, between June 27, 2020 and April 15 this year, 52,173 administrative offenses, 46,010 (about 88%) of which since January 15, when the country entered the second confinement.

The case records have been registered since June 27 last year because it was when the decree-law that established the regime of administrative offenses to deal with the pandemic came into force.

Most of the offenses are related to non-compliance with the general duty of home collection (27,089) and limitation of movement between municipalities (7,751).

The security forces also accounted for 5,121 administrative offenses for alcohol consumption on the street, 3,512 for not wearing a mask on the street and public spaces, 1,192 for non-compliance with opening hours and 1,297 for non-compliance with the mandatory use of a mask in theaters or public establishments. .

In addition, 846 documents were collected for failure to comply with the mandatory use of a mask in public transport and 57 for refusing to perform the SARS-CoV-2 test.

Since the pandemic began in Portugal in March 2020, the state of emergency has been renewed 15 times and, between May and early November 2020, the calamity situation has been in force three times, the contingency situation has been in force three times and twice the alert situation, in some cases only in some regions.

In the first three periods of state of emergency, which corresponded to the first confinement, between March 19 and May 2, 2020, 125 people were detained for disobedience to mandatory confinement and 2,418 establishments were closed.

Since January 15 of this year, when the second confinement began and the highest number of deaths and daily cases of covid-19 were registered, 266 people have been detained for disobedience to mandatory confinement and 563 establishments have been closed.

The current state of emergency period ends on Friday.

Initially, restrictive measures, such as the curfew at night and at the weekend, were limited to the municipalities that were most at risk, but on January 15, new rules emerged, such as general confinement.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has recorded 834,991 confirmed cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and 16,970 deaths related to covid-19, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

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