Portugal is advancing today towards a new phase of disarray, where teleworking will no longer be mandatory and catering establishments may open until one in the morningAlthough four councils in the country, including Lisbon and Braga, do not go to the next phase. The country’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said that, in relation to the lack of refinement, “we will no longer go back.”
With this, Portugal joins other European countries that have decided to lift some restrictions to improve the epidemiological situation and advance vaccination. This is the case of France, which will lift the obligation to wear a mask outdoors on July 1. An opposite situation lives in the United Kingdom, where the end of the restrictions could be delayed by the advance of the Indian strain of the coronavirus. The relaxation of the measures was scheduled for June 21 but the rebound in infections could postpone them.
In Portugal, the most worrying situation in the country is the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, which in recent weeks has accounted for around 60% of daily positives and it is above 120 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last fourteen days.
Except for the regions of Lisbon, Braga, Odemira and Vale de Cambra, the other 274 Portuguese councils go to the fifth phase of deconfinement, which will allow them to have the cultural venues open and restaurants until one in the morning and where teleworking will no longer be mandatory.
From today Monday, In all these areas that pass phase, the shops return to the old normality: there will be no restrictions, except for the opening and closing regulations of each city. In addition, public transport can reach a capacity of two thirds and can fill its total capacity if all its seats are seats.
Since the pandemic broke out, Portugal has counted 857,447 infected with covid, of which 17,047 have died. The incidence per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days is 79.3 people, while the Rt index, which measures the number of people that each infected person infects, is 1.07.