Portugal again requires the use of mask and covid-19 test for travelers – International

Less than two months after removing most restrictions by Covid-19, the government of Portugal stepped back and decided, on Thursday, 25, to re-impose a series of measures to contain the increase in infections in the country – following the trend of the European continent.

From December 1st, the use of mask will again be mandatory in closed spaces. It will also be required to present a digital certificate proving vaccination or recovery of covid-19 for entry into restaurants, cinemas and hotels, and even vaccinated people will need a negative test to visit hospitals, nursing homes, sporting events, bars and nightclubs.

In addition, all passengers entering the country by air will have to test negative for covid-19, even those who have already been immunized. Sanctions for airlines that let people on board without the test will also be toughened, with a fine of 20,000 euros (R$ 124,750.00) per passenger or even the suspension of a passenger’s license to fly in national territory.

To comply with the measure, the government said it would tighten controls at airports and use private security companies to systematically verify that all passengers comply with the rules. Currently, the procedure is done randomly.

With a vaccination rate of 86%, Portugal began lifting restrictions about two months ago. However, the recent increase in the number of covid-19 cases forced the government to act, according to the prime minister. António Costa.

Despite the re-imposition of restrictions, however, Costa said that the spread of the pandemic in the country does not keep pace with the scale of cases seen in other parts of the country. Europe.

Officially, 3,150 new cases were registered in the country on Thursday, with 691 people hospitalized, 103 of them in intensive care units, and fifteen deaths. The level is much higher than that registered at the beginning of November, when more than 500 new cases were registered per day, the number of hospitalized was just over 360 people – with 60 in intensive care – and five deaths. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 18,400 people have died from the disease in Portugal.

“We have to be permanently alert and monitor the evolution of the situation, and seek to anticipate it when possible to control the pandemic,” said Costa.

Also according to the prime minister, the measures are necessary due to some factors, such as the increase in cases in other countries of the European Union, the approach of winter – which brings more respiratory infections – and because families will be in close contact at Christmas.

The government has also recommended that the Portuguese take regular tests and work from home whenever possible, but officials deny the need for a national lockdown at this time./ AP and EFE