The Portuguese authorities implant the covid passport to access restaurants or gyms. A vaccination certificate will be required at land borders and a negative coronavirus test at airports
The rebound in coronavirus cases, the irruption of the new Omicron variant and the imminent parties in the coming weeks have pushed the Government to decree a state of calamity in Portugal. The decision resulted this Wednesday in the implementation of new sanitary restrictions and the warning of Prime Minister António Costa that, “if deemed necessary,” more forceful measures will be adopted in the face of Christmas.
Since last day, the mask is once again mandatory in all closed spaces. In addition, the covid passport will be required to access restaurants or gyms and controls are resumed at the land border, where the certificate will be required, while those arriving by air will have to present a negative coronavirus test. To this is added that in the first week of 2022 teleworking will be mandatory, as long as it is possible, and nightlife will remain closed.
The return of the restrictions is a clear symptom of the Portuguese government’s concern, despite being the country with the highest vaccination rate in the entire EU. However, the continuous rise in infections in recent weeks does not invite optimism and, for that reason, Costa urged this Wednesday to be “vigilant.” “If necessary, we will be here to adopt new measures,” he said, while it was announced that the country yesterday registered its worst infection data since February, with 4,670 new positives in 24 hours.
Germany, suffocated by the sixth wave of Covid-19, registered a record of 446 deaths, which is the worst figure since February 20 and is a direct consequence of the rise in infections. In any case, the lethality remains below the maximum peaks. This is due to the vaccination campaign, which the next Government intends to make it compulsory since less than 70% of the population has the complete guideline.
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