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COVID-19. Health minister says end of high alert has technical support

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The Minister of Health says the measure “has all the technical support and the support of the vast majority of specialists and the country as a whole.”

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The Minister of Health says the measure “has all the technical support and the support of the vast majority of specialists and the country as a whole.”

RODRRIGO ANTUNES/LUSA

Health Minister Manuel Pizarro this Monday rebutted criticism from public health doctors about ending the high alert due to Covid-19, ensuring that the decision receives technical backing and the support of a majority of healthcare professionals.

The stance of the National Association of Public Health Physicians (ANMSP), which deemed the decision to end the high alert “premature, not very cautious”, this Monday earned the Minister of Health “respect for the opinion of the people”, but the portfolio holder assured that the measure that was taken “he has all the technical support and enjoys the support of the vast majority of professionals and the country as a whole.”

In Caldas da Rainha, where he visited the district hospital, the minister reacted to criticism from ANMSP President Gustavo Tato Borges, after Manuel Pizarro’s statement that the pandemic situation allows “with full confidence to decide not to resume the high alert in the mainland.”

With this measure, masks are no longer mandatory, isolation of positive cases, support directed towards Covid-19, free tests that were available until this Monday, and 100% support for patients with Covid-19.-19.

From now on, it is a disease like any other, and at a time when we are entering a new wave, and we are still not sure what impact vaccination will have, we are taking a huge risk,” Gustavo warned. Tato Borges.

The High Alert Situation, the lowest emergency response level of the Basic Civil Protection Law, has been in place continuously since February, after Portugal went through disasters, catastrophes and emergencies since March 2020.

According to information published on the President’s website, on Thursday the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, issued a government decree repealing several published decree-laws in the context of the Covid-19 disease pandemic.

Source: Observador

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