Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced Thursday evening that the country will be declared a natural disaster in connection with the escalation of the Covid-19 epidemic. Under the new restrictions, which will take effect on December 1, only people with a valid negative SARS-CoV-2 test result will be allowed to enter Portugal.
Specify that breach of this rule will be restricted A fine of 20,000 will be imposed on the airlines. € per passenger arriving in Portugal without a valid test.
The head of government explained that due to the emergence of the fifth wave of Covid-19 in this country, it is necessary to limit social interactions in the run-up to the Christmas period, as well as in the first days of January 2022.
Costa recommended meeting with other people in public in the lead up to the holiday season after testing to confirm the absence of Covid-19.
The Prime Minister called on employers to direct their employees to work remotely from December 1. As confirmed by Remote work will be mandatory across the country in the first week of 2022 and schools will be closed between January 1 and 10 and will transition to distance learning.
Guests are only allowed to enter Portuguese restaurants, gyms and hotels on the basis of a Covid-19 passport.
In contrast, only people who have a current negative test for SARS-CoV-2 will be allowed into the premises of bars, discos, stadiums, as well as hospitals and retirement homes.
In the past 24 hours, Portugal was diagnosed with the highest number of new infections since July – 3150. Fifteen people with Covid-19 have died. These rates are still significantly lower than during the winter wave at the end of last year. The full dose is 86% of those vaccinated. population.
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