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World Covid-19: Portugal will reconfine itself to contain the epidemic

04:00  14 january  2021
04:00  14 january  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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The COVID - 19 pandemic, also known as the coronavirus pandemic, is an ongoing pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2

As a result of the COVID - 19 pandemic, many countries and regions have imposed quarantines, entry bans, or other restrictions for citizens of or recent travelers to the most

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Portugal will be subject from Friday, January 15 to a second "generalized" confinement to curb the Covid-19 epidemic, which has reached new records in the country, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced on Wednesday.

The new sanitary restrictions will correspond "essentially" to those which had been in force in March and April. But this time, schools will remain open, as will courts and churches, said Portuguese head of government Antonio Costa after an extraordinary Council of Ministers. "The rule is simple: each of us must stay at home," he said, confirming the closure of non-essential businesses, cafes and restaurants.

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In response to the COVID - 19 pandemic, national responses have been varied, and have included containment measures such as lockdowns, quarantines, and curfews.

‘ Covid - 19 is a false pandemic created for political purposes. This is a world dictatorship with a sanitary excuse. We urge doctors, the media and political authorities to stop this criminal operation, by spreading the truth.’ Therefore it was named COVID - 19 which is an acronym for Corona Virus Disease 2019.

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156 deaths and 10 556 cases in one day

To stem the second wave of the pandemic, the Portuguese authorities had imposed in November, partial containments and curfews in the most affected regions. But, after easing these restrictions for the Christmas holidays, the transmission of the virus has accelerated, and the country of 10 million people reached new records on Wednesday, with 156 dead and 10,556 cases detected in a single day.

"We are living simultaneously the most dangerous moment but also that of the greatest hope", declared the Socialist Prime Minister, alluding to the heavy toll of the pandemic and to the vaccination campaign launched at the end of December across Europe.

(With AFP)

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