STATE OF EMERGENCY ENDS 2ND MAY MIDNIGHT.
The President of the Republic said that the state of emergency will no longer be renewed on May 2nd. “It is hoped that it will not be necessary to resort to a state of emergency in the future; if it is, it will be considered,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, at the end of the meeting with public health specialists at Infarmed.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said, this Tuesday, that the country will enter a third phase of combating the Covid-19 pandemic, in which “closure” is no longer a focus. However, the resumption of activity “in small steps” will have to be accompanied by the control of the situation, with permanent assessment of the data.”
Regarding the confinement in the first phase of the fight against Covid-19, Marcelo praised the population’s adherence and stated that it had an effect on the control of the pandemic, “lowering the numbers that had to go down: hospitalised, hospitalised in an intensive care unit and deaths”, according to the data he received during this morning’s meeting, which also included the Prime Minister, the Director-General for Health and the leaders of the various parties with parliamentary seats.
“After the second phase, which corresponds to the month of April, which runs until the end of the state of emergency, ends, the third phase, which is to control the situation, cannot be seen as normal,” he said, adding that there will be “resumption” or “reopening by small steps”, a phase that “is no longer closing” but the use of “other instruments” to control the outbreak.
“And so the state of emergency will cease to be in force on the 2nd midnight” he declared.
NOTE MORE CONCRETE MEASURE WILL BE ANNOUNCED AFTER THE COUNCIL OF MINISTERS MEETING ON 30TH APRIL, SO PLEASE DO NOT SPECULATE UNTIL THESE ARE KNOWN