Council of Ministers discusses possible update of measures

After the 22nd session on the evolution of covid-19 in Portugal, at Infarmed, on Wednesday, the prime minister, António Costa, said that the Government is preparing the next steps in the process of opening up the country, seeking obtain as much scientific information as possible about the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic before deciding.

“We prepared the next steps by looking for as much information as possible for the decision-making process,” he wrote on the social network Twitter.

The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, said at the end of the meeting at Infarmed: “It has been essential to get more vaccines so that we can now prepare for this next Council of Ministers with a situation of some hope regarding a situation that we are still experiencing a pandemic, but in which we can envision how the return to our lives becomes ever closer”.

The experts consulted by the Government suggested at the meeting the evolution of the restriction measures according to the vaccination rate and insisted on the importance of border control and the ventilation of spaces to avoid retreats in the autumn/winter.

At the meeting, it was revealed that the incidence of new covid-19 cases in Portugal is on a “slightly increasing to stable” trend, with the rate of increase “declining”, according to the Director of Information and Analysis Services of the Directorate-General of Health (DGS).

According to the intervention of André Peralta Santos, a stabilization in the number of new cases has already been noted, although there is still an “increasing trend in hospitalizations and mortality” for covid-19.

At the meeting where she highlighted that the Delta variant represents 98.6% of cases in Portugal, researcher Andreia Leite, from the National School of Public Health (ENSP) of Universidade Nova de Lisboa, proposed updating the incidence threshold in risk assessment from covid-19 to 480 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (currently it is 240 per 100,000), as well as the definition of an occupancy limit in intensive care units (ICU) of 255 beds.

The issue of vaccination of young people under 18 will be addressed by the Council of Ministers, as revealed by the Minister of Health, also after the meeting at Infarmed, considering that the matter is clarified, although the final position of the Directorate is not yet known. General of Health.

“On the subject of vaccination in pediatric age, the decision to vaccinate between 18 and 16 years of age has already been clarified, and vaccination from 12 to 15 in cases of comorbidities has already been clarified, which will now be listed by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS )”, said Marta Feared.

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