The most vaccinated country in the EU recovers masks, covid certificates and mandatory tests in closed spaces
Portugal, the most vaccinated country in Europe – its immunization rate against covid is one of the highest in the world – announced this Thursday severe measures to stop the outbreak of infections, including a week of restrictions after the Christmas holidays. “We are seeing a worsening of the health situation,” warned Prime Minister António Costa during a press conference after the Council of Ministers.
“It is the right time to adopt new measures,” he argued, because “we are entering a phase of high risk.” As of December 1, the Government recommends teleworking, the mask will once again be mandatory indoors and the health pass will be required to cross the doors of restaurants and hotels.
In addition, a negative test for the virus will be required to attend cultural or sporting events, visit nursing homes or go to bars and discos. Regarding travel, a PCR test will also be required for all flights to Portugal. An anticipation of even tougher limitations because, after the end of the year, from January 2 to 9, teleworking will become mandatory, school holidays will be long and bars and discos will have to close.
Despite having 87% of its population fully vaccinated, Portugal is experiencing a sharp increase in infections. This Thursday, health authorities reported 3,150 new cases in 24 hours, the highest level in almost four months.
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