Covid-19: Algarve authorities concerned about school holidays

There was information about a party that would bring together 200 people

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The Algarve authorities are concerned about school parties, at a time when the school year is drawing to a close, and demand responsibility from parents and young people, because everyone "must protect themselves" from Covid-19. 

This was one of the themes addressed at the press conference to assess the pandemic, held this Friday, 18 July, at the regional headquarters of Civil Protection, in Loulé.

António Pina, president of AMAL – Algarve Intermunicipal Community, revealed that he was aware that «normal meetings are being organized at the end of the cycle», asking «parents to be aware», because «young people don't leave home without authorization".

«We had news of organized parties, with 200 people. Some are known and what was asked is that the authorities act," said the official.

Jorge Botelho, secretary of state who coordinates the response to the pandemic in the Algarve, was also concerned “with these end-of-year festivities”. "Young and less young, everyone has to protect themselves," he stressed.

At this press conference, it was also revealed that the current rise in Covid-19 cases in the Algarve may be related to a 'most transmissible variant' (Delta) and that 34% of those infected registered in the region are foreigners.