The President of the Republic defended this Monday that life is not limited to the covid-19 pandemic, considering that the Portuguese athletes qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo2020 represent the “hope” in a life less conditioned by sanitary restrictions.

“Life doesn’t stop, it doesn’t end with the pandemic. There is more life beyond the pandemic, there is more sport, more solidarity, more hope beyond the pandemic”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa at the ceremony to present the greetings of the Portuguese mission to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, in Lisbon.

The position of the Head of State towards Portuguese athletes, which he considered a “symbol of hope beyond the pandemic”, comes almost a week after considering that an “alarmist fundamentalist speech” is not justified in view of the evolution of the epidemiological situation in the country and that it was necessary to have a “cool head” in the analysis and taking measures.

“It’s not that there isn’t everyone’s duty, namely the younger ones, to be aware of their behavior and what is their relationship in society. Another thing is to enter into the fundamentalist alarmist discourse that is not justified”, said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa last June 30, in statements to journalists at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, where he participated in the solemn closing session of the 150th anniversary celebrations. birth of Alfredo da Silva, founder of Companhia da União Fabril (CUF).

At the same time, at the end of May, the President of the Republic had already called for changes in the risk matrix that has served as the basis for the deconfinement process.

In Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 17,117 people have died and 890,571 cases of infection have been registered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

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