Government extends alert situation until May 31

Measures still in force

The Government extended the alert situation due to the covid-19 pandemic until May 31, maintaining the measures currently in force, announced this Thursday the Minister of State and the Presidency.

Mariana Vieira da Silva, at the press conference after today's Council of Ministers, announced that "the declaration of the alert situation throughout mainland Portugal had been extended, until 23:59 pm on 31 May, with the measures currently unchanged. in force»

The alert situation, the lowest level of response to disaster situations, ended today at 23:59.

At the same press conference, the Minister of Health admitted that there was “an increase in transmission” of Covid-19, namely of the “Omicron lineage, which is not more serious, but is more transmissible”.

Marta Temido added that the prevalence of the Omicron lineage is currently at 20%, but underlined the “decrease in mortality” by Covid-19, which justifies the reduced number of restrictions in force.

A few weeks ago, the Government decided to end the reimbursement of tests for Covid-19 and, even in the face of an increase in cases, the Minister of Health defended that the “epidemiological situation is different”, with people having “means [of testing] different».

According to the official, the co-payment “was no longer appropriate”, since there were also no longer any measures that required tests to be carried out to access certain spaces. In addition, Marta Temido said that “there are alternatives with equal effectiveness and validity” to the pharmacy tests.