Tuesday, February 23, 2021

What is the best day to suspect (without suffering any heartbreak)? – Present


This is “The question”: when can we suspect?

The answer is vague and leans towards uncertainty. The Government has not yet defined a date for the reopening of the country, Marta Temido said this Monday at the end of the Infarmed meeting.

Speaking to journalists after the meeting that brought together epidemiologists, public health experts and politicians at Infarmed’s headquarters in Lisbon, Marta Temido said that “none of this has been acquired and everything depends on each one of us and the combined measures”, resulting from that the concern with “some relaxation without any legislative alternation”. There is only one certainty: schools are the first to open (as Mariana Vieira da Silva had already said).

But could it be already in March?

When he spoke to the country, after the last renewal of the State of Emergency, the President of the Republic called for the general confinement to remain “March out”, without “wrong signs for Easter”, to avoid a setback in containing the virus. Marcelo also set as a goal that the number of new daily cases of infection would decrease “to less than two thousand”, so that “hospitalizations and intensive care drop from more than five thousand and more than eight hundred now to close to a quarter of these values ​​”.

In addition to the goals of the President of the Republic are the experts’ projections. Epidemiologist Baltazar Nunes estimated today that the number of patients with Covid-19 hospitalized in intensive care may be below 300 in mid-March and below 200 by the end of the month.

However, he also stressed that “nothing that is projected is acquired, will depend on being able to maintain the current trend of decreasing new cases and this trend depends on the measures currently implemented, on their adoption by the population as well as on the preventive behaviors of the population and the control of transmission of the new variants of SARS-CoV-2 that they still represent are very prevalent in the population “.

Regarding the number of daily infections, this trend seems to start to be seen since the end of last week (Wednesday, February 17, it was the last day to exceed two thousand cases). Furthermore, and according to André Peralta Santos, from the Directorate-General for Health, Portugal has recorded a “very significant decrease in the incidence” of Covid-19 in the last 14 days and already has “vast areas of the territory” with less than 240 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.

This good news, yes, but for now it is to continue to confine – to suspect without suffering any disgust.



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