Paulo Portas is permanent: the “pandemic situation is indeed worrying”. the commentator of TVI considers that there is no doubt that the numbers of covid-19 in Portugal have worsened again.
Right now, in the Portuguese case, the map that the INSA placed on Friday shows that the situation is indeed worrying. (…) The situation in Portugal, obviously, has worsened”, Explain.
However, the increase in the number of new infections has different contours from those that occurred in all previous covid-19 waves. Paulo Portas shows that the problem is now focused on citizens under 50 years old, something “that didn’t happen six months ago”.
It understands that the low rate of vaccination among younger age groups is one of the reasons for the new paradigm. However, he warns that “a communication from the authorities is miles away from knowing how to speak to younger people”. Something that still allies with “a perception, which is not correct, that they are immune to this phenomenon”.
The incidence in young people rose 4.7 times”, remember.
Paulo Portas analyzed data from the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) which show that, so far, they have already existed “19,596 cases of contagion” among people with one or two doses of the vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, which represents only 0.24% of all citizens already immunized in Portugal.
the commentator of TVI recapitulated what it says is the “national pandemic memory” and reiterated that you cannot make the same mistakes. Remembering that all the critical moments that the country went through were preceded by some kind of lapse or less orthodox approach.
A year ago, when we were confined for the first time, they forgot about the trackers. In the second wave, they thought it didn’t reach Portugal. In the third wave, the mistake of Christmas and the end of the year cost us what it did. Now, they forgot the sequences to allow us to check the variants and if we don’t sequence, we don’t catch the variants. The Germans and the English knew what was going on in Portugal first than we did.”, remembers Paulo Portas.
As for a new state of emergency, Paulo Portas believes that it is not necessary to re-enact the exception regime. The commentator considers that there are already worrying factors, at this time, such as “we have 13 district capitals above the limit of 100 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants (reference value in Europe), Portugal being the second worst case in Europe at the moment (along with Cyprus), Lisbon having surpassed 500 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants (a number that is considered to be the maximum admissible at European level) and there is positivity above 3%”.
Still, Portas remembers that “the situation is that of winter” because there are fewer deaths, fewer admissions and fewer admissions to intensive care units. Something he believes has not deterred the Prime Minister into thinking about the hypothesis.
It gives me the feeling that the prime minister was close to calling for another state of emergency and the President of the Republic was far from giving it.”, theorizes Paulo Portas.