The state of emergency will remain in force in Portugal at least until April 2 and may be extended.
Portuguese President Marcello Rebelo di Souza declared a state of emergency in the country on March 18 due to the coronavirus pandemic, according to the Portuguese public broadcaster RTP.
During a televised address, di Souza called the state of emergency “an exceptional solution at an exceptional time.” In his opinion, the situation with the spread of coronavirus is a “real war.”
“This was and will be a test that our healthcare system and our society have never experienced. This will be a huge problem for our lifestyle and our economy,” the SAPO agency quotes the president.
The state of emergency will be valid until April 2. Depending on the development of the situation, it may be extended for a longer period.
During a state of emergency, all enterprises should, if possible, switch to remote work, and citizens should limit social activity. The authorities of Portugal decided to close all libraries, cinemas, theaters, amusement parks, gyms, clubs, bars and other institutions. Catering establishments can continue to work only in the mode of food delivery and preparation of take-away dishes.
The issue of curfews and forced hospitalization or isolation of patients with suspected coronavirus is also being considered.
An outbreak of coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in late 2019 in China. March 11, the World Health Organization announced the spread of coronavirus pandemic. According to the American Johns Hopkins University, by March 19, 222,642 people were infected with the coronavirus in the world, 9115 people died. The largest number of cases – in China, Italy, Iran, Spain and Germany. These five countries account for 163.8 thousand cases of the disease.
According to RTP, as of March 19, 785 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed in Portugal, three people died.