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Portugal: Authorities impose partial lockdown in several regions November 4 /update 27

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Portuguese authorities announce partial COVID-19 lockdown in several regions from November 4; follow government directives

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/1/2020, 12:00 AM until 11/15/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Lisbon). COUNTRY/REGION Portugal

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Event

Portuguese authorities have announced that a partial lockdown would be implemented in several regions, including Lisbon and Porto, from Wednesday, November 4, following an increase in coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases. Approximately 70 percent of Portugal's population will now be affected by the restrictions. A list of the 121 municipalities affected, as well as the new measures, can be found here. As part of the restrictions, people must remain at home except to leave for shopping, work, education, or exercise, and companies must switch to remote working if possible. Shops must close by 22:00 (local time), with the exception of pharmacies, clinics, veterinary surgeries, funeral agents, car rental agencies, and service stations. All markets and fairs are banned, and the visiting of care homes is suspended. The restrictions are to be reviewed every 15 days. Movement between Portugal's municipalities was previously banned until Tuesday, November 3.

Face masks remain obligatory in all indoor public spaces and outdoor public spaces where it is not possible to maintain a social distance of at least two meters (6 ft); masks are also mandatory on public transport.

As of Saturday, October 31, there have been 141,279 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Portugal with 2507 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is to be expected in the near term.

Context

The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Since then, human-to-human transmission of the virus has been confirmed.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic. Virus-screening and quarantining measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions.

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may experience other symptoms such as body pains, nasal congestion, headache, conjunctivitis, sore throat, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or a rash on skin or discoloration of fingers or toes. These symptoms (in most cases mild) appear gradually. Generally, most patients (around 80 percent) recover from the disease without being hospitalized.

Advice

Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.

 

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