TVI24 commentator, Rui Moreira, confesses that he was not very surprised by the UK’s decision to remove Portugal from the green list of countries where it is safe to travel.
“What happened in the United Kingdom is that there was a sudden worsening of the pandemic situation with an increase of 40% in the number of covid-19 cases in the space of a week”, underlines the mayor of Porto, . This “throws the country into numbers that have not been known since March” and led to a reaction from conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson that Rui Moreira calls “a typically English attitude”, which is to say that “evil comes from outside” .
“The UK is invoking external risks, when the big risk is England.”
This “is another defensive position of what is a failure in the British fight against the pandemic”, considers Rui Moreira.
There is a setback in the English distrust and Portugal ended up with bean”, he says, noting that there were only two European countries on the UK’s green list: Portugal and Iceland.
Thus, Rui Moreira believes that this decision was taken “more for reasons endogenous to the English than because of what happens in Portugal” and argues that neither the prime minister nor the minister of foreign affairs could have prevented it. “The English don’t care about Portuguese diplomacy
Will Porto celebrate São João?
In his weekly commentary space on TVI24, Rui Moreira also addressed the controversy surrounding the festivities of popular saints in Porto.
The mayor explains that what is happening in the city has no comparison with the usual celebrations of popular saints: “The City Council does not promote fireworks, concerts or dances”, ensures.
However, about two and a half months ago, entertainment associations asked for authorization to hold some events in the city, which was allowed on condition that there was a security plan authorized by the General Directorate of Health.
Once the authorization of the DGS was granted, the municipal executive made three spaces available in the city and granted support of 200 thousand euros – which was unanimously approved.
The event is already underway and will last throughout the month of June. According to Rui Moreira, the spaces work “between 12 and 22.30, in an absolutely calm way” and complying with all the rules: the spaces are sealed, alcohol gel, temperature measurement, maximum capacity, use of masks, frequent cleaning.