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Coronavirus in Europe: Portugal eliminates the mandatory use of the chinstrap on the street but not in classrooms

Wearing the chinstrap on the street will no longer be mandatory in Portugal as of this Monday, after the advance of vaccination has allowed some measures to be eased in a country that, however, will maintain restrictions before the school year that will begin in the coming days.

The mask in public spaces it was mandatory from the end of October 2020 provided that it is not possible to maintain the recommended social distance, according to a law approved by Parliament and renewed on several occasions.

However, no party in the House proposed a new extension of the measure beyond this Sunday, the last day in force, so its use will no longer be mandatory in Public spaces since tomorrow.

Even so, the General Directorate of Health (DGS) continues to recommend its use in certain situations where the risk of contagion of coronavirus is greater, such as events, crowds or at school recesses.

In class, yeah

The mask will remain mandatory indoors, talso for the nearly 1.2 million students that start the school year from next Tuesday.

According to the DGS guidelines for this new school year, its use is mandatory from the second cycle of basic education (10 years) and “strongly recommended” for first cycle students (between 6 and 9 years old).

Compared to the previous year, only the rules to apply in the case of low-risk contacts have been made more flexible, to prevent entire classes from are forced to stay home when there is a positive case.

Students considered low-risk contacts may leave quarantine if they test negative for COVID-19, but close contacts are required to isolate yourself for 14 days.

Vaccination

Portugal keeps the pandemic stabilized, with the incidence at 14 days in 240.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and the Rt index, which measures the number of people infected by an infected person, in 0.87.

In the last week, the country registered an average close to 10 kills daily and chains nine consecutive days below 2,000 infections.

Since the pandemic began, Portugal, with 10 million inhabitants, has added 1,054,673 confirmed cases and 17,853 deaths.

The latest DGS vaccination report, with data up to last Sunday, states that 78% of the population has the complete pattern and 85% have received at least one dose.

In recent weekends, minors between 12 and 17 years old have been vaccinated, to increase protection before the start of the school year.

No quarantine

Passengers from the UK and Brazil They are no longer required to serve quarantine due to coronavirus restrictions upon arrival in Portugal, the Portuguese government announced.

“Flight passengers from Brazil and the United Kingdom they will no longer be subjected to a period of isolation“upon arrival in Portugal, indicates a statement from the Ministry of the Interior.

Brazil is now part of the list of countries where “non-essential travel is authorized,” such as the European Union, the United States, the United Kingdom and Israel, the statement said.

In the case of other countries, Only trips that are considered essential will be authorized, in particular trips for professional reasons, studies, family reunification or health reasons.

To travel to Portugal by plane, passengers must present a sanitary pass or a negative result of a PCR or antigen test.

With about three-quarters of the population fully vaccinated against covid-19, Portugal expects to reach 85% “between the penultimate and the last week of September,” according to Henrique Gouveia e Melo, coordinator of the national vaccination program against covid -19.

This objective, reached ahead of schedule, has allowed the government to anticipate the lifting of some restrictions, increasing, in particular, the reception capacity of the public in restaurants, auditoriums and stadiums.

Source: EFE and AFP

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