Portugal lifts its state of emergency with 1,023 deaths and 25,190 infections



Portugal concludes its state of emergency at midnight with a balance of 1,023 deaths and 25,190 infected with coronaviruses, data that allows them to face with optimism the de-escalation that begins on Monday, although the authorities insist that the risk has not disappeared.

Compared to this Friday, there have been 16 more deaths and 203 new infections in the last 24 hours, reaching a total number of 25,190 cases.

There are fewer cases than those reported on Friday (25,351) because there was a "duplication of data" in the Northern region, a situation that has already occurred at least one other time since the state of emergency began on March 19.

855 people remain hospitalized, of whom 150 are in intensive care.

With these numbers the country is living today its last day of the state of emergency, which will give way from this midnight to the "state of calamity", under which the progressive de-escalation will take place with the opening on Monday of small shops, hairdressers, barber shops and dealers.

A situation that will cause an increase in contact between people, so that "the probability and risk (of contagion) will be greater," the director of the General Directorate of Health, Graça Freitas, warned at the daily press conference.

Along with her, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, appeared, who was asked about the controversy raised by the commemoration of May 1 in Lisbon, which brought together about 800 people called by the General Confederation of Portuguese Workers (CGTP ).

The union marked on the ground the position of each attendee to comply with the rules of social distance, but aerial images of the Plaza de Alameda in which the date was commemorated have provoked numerous criticisms on social networks of citizens and the leader of the opposition, Rui Rio (PSD, center-right) for the risk of contagion.

For the minister, Portugal was a good example, and the May 1 celebrations took place "in an organized and peaceful way."

In addition, he stressed that "in other countries" there were even clashes with security agents during the Workers' Day celebrations.

Apart from this issue, the Government has announced that it will give support of up to 5,000 euros to small and micro-enterprises so that they can make the "investments" necessary to reopen with security measures.

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