He said, “The announcement that we have not heard and which worries us is the strengthening of the public health teams, because the vaccination plan took many people from the contact tracing teams to support the vaccination plan,” in an interview with reporters on the sidelines of the delivery. For Porto’s candidacy list headed by Sergio Ayres.
Catarina Martins noted that many primary health care professionals are “unable to do their usual work of non-viral disease surveillance and disease prevention because they were required for the vaccination programme.”
“We still believe that this basic measure is missing, which is the recruitment of people to public health teams, because at this moment, a part of the infected is not contacted during the first 24 hours and this is dangerous because it is not allowed to put people in isolation in time and therefore contain infection, adding that “this permanent declaration is not present in the government’s actions.”
In response to a question about the three-stage installment cancellation plan announced on Thursday by Prime Minister Antonio Costa, the coordinator of the Left Bloc (BE) defended that more important than imposing restrictions, “is to take measures that will promote the outdoors, and the lack of concentrations”.
“I think it is always good to hear the technical opinion as we are in transition. If we are certain that we are in a fourth pandemic wave, then it is also certain that the COVID-19 vaccination plan is progressing, and therefore, it does not make sense that the measures of this wave will be similar to the previous ones. waves,” he noted.
On the other hand, when asked about measures to support the sectors affected by the epidemic crisis, specifically the bars and clubs sector, Catarina Martins indicated that Portugal was the country that spent the least on economic support, a decision that prompted companies and families to resort to the moratorium.
“That’s why we said we need a plan to extend the moratorium, but we also need a plan to restructure these debts and support these companies and these families, because if this is not done, we will have a serious insolvency problem. Some families will lose some homes,” he concluded.
Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced, Thursday, three phases in the process of “liberating society and the economy” from the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, which lasted between August 1 and October.
The three phases are related to the proportion of the population that authorities estimate completed their COVID-19 vaccination on August 1 (57%), September 5 (71%) and October (85%).
On Thursday, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced that restrictions varying by province, reduced hours of commerce, restaurants and shows and a mandatory curfew across the country will end on August 1, measures that integrate the first of three phases in the government’s decontamination plan.
However, the requirements for a digital vaccination certificate or negative covid-19 test are maintained, among others, for travel, tourism and catering establishments, provided they are indoors and on weekends and holidays.
At this initial stage, discos are still closed, as well as “parties, pilgrimages and other festivities” are prohibited. The government has clarified that bars can open from Sunday, but are subject to the rules applied to restaurants in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among other measures, in the second stage, which should start in early September, the use of masks on public roads will not be mandatory, except in cases of gatherings and in the last stage, in October, the opening of discos and there are no longer maximum capacity limits.
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