The Minister of State, Economy and Digital Transformation, Pedro Sisa Vieira, said that the measures taken by the government in the Cabinet to combat the epidemic are aimed at avoiding the closure of institutions.
What is important? It is the realization that, nowadays, we have much more tools to manage the pandemic than we have in a while. It is not only the issue of vaccination that is making its way, but also the fact that we now have a Covid certificate.Minister said.
“If we can use a covid certificate to move to another country, it also makes sense that we can use a covid certificate to attend some places and some activities that might otherwise be closed”, He said.
Pedro Siza Vieira was speaking to reporters today in Fuzuela, in the Viseu region, on the sidelines of the inauguration of Carbon Team, which produces carbon frames and other carbon-fibre bicycle components, which has invested eight million euros in Fuzilla to assemble this plant and create 120 jobs.
The government official said the “growth in the number of very large infections” of SARS-CoV-2, which currently causes covid-19, “is related to the delta variant, which is highly contagious and is, above all, to reach those segments of the population that have not been Immunize it after.
He stressed that this issue is “serious”, and therefore, this “serious issue, which does not only occur in Portugal”, must be confronted.
The alternative to not extending the recovery covid certificate was to close the rollback‘, he confirmed.
“I think the effort we made yesterday [quinta-feira] And what we will continue to do in the coming weeks is to manage infection risks in a way that allows us, at the same time, to reconcile the safe performance of activities, because we are looking at the concrete situation of each person seeking to attend a restaurant or access to a hotel facility in a way that represents a lower risk to others,” he said.
Pedro Siza Vieira acknowledged that “in the end, there will be some difficulties in starting up, it is normal”, however, the government preferred “to make a decision to immediately allow restoration in high-risk boards to operate on the weekend, already at the end of this week , with these capabilities, the alternative was to remain closed.”
In this sense, he said, it would be necessary, “obviously, some time to adapt,” but that this “will be resolved, it will be easier and easier, as more people are vaccinated, it will be easier, as the tests, and the self-tests, are distributed in abundance, For example, in supermarkets to sell them.
“This will tend to normalize. We are not yet in control of the epidemic, and we are still facing a grave danger to the health of many of our fellow citizens and we have to take this seriously, so this is an attempt to maintain the alert that we must maintain our care in terms of individual and societal protection, try to allow as much as possible to do activities, always for the same purpose, with maximum protection and with minimum restrictions”, is over.
The COVID-19 pandemic has killed at least 4013,756 people worldwide, resulting from more than 185.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus, according to the latest assessment by Agence France-Presse.
In Portugal, since the beginning of the epidemic, in March 2020, 17,142 people died and 902,489 cases of infection were recorded, according to the Directorate General of Health.
The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which was discovered in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India or South Africa.