Portugal steps up measures to fight CoVid19 pandemic

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Portugal  announced new measures to fight the coronavirus pandemic, requesting all non-essential activity outdoors to be avoided and shutting down non-essential shops.

“This set of rules seeks to contribute in the best possible way to contain the pandemic and with less impact on people’s lives,” said Prime Minister António Costa.

The Portuguese leader requested that everyone stay at home and only go outside in case of an emergency or to do necessary shopping at grocery stores, pharmacies or to walk their pets. All other shops and restaurants should be closed and only provide takeaway services.

Mandatory isolation is imposed for people who are sick or are being monitored by health authorities.

The new measures are set to run until April 2, when they will be assessed. The announcement comes after President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa declared a nationwide state of emergency Wednesday evening, granting the government powers to implement far-reaching measures to fight the outbreak.


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