Lisbon, 22 November (IANS). Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa has announced a ban on free movement between municipalities before the upcoming 2 public holidays due to the Kovid-19 epidemic.
According to the report of the news agency Xinhua, these restrictions will remain in force in the country during Independence Day on December 1 and on December 8 during the conception of Mary’s conception.
Costa on Saturday called the 2-phase ban from November 28 to December 2 and December 4-9 as part of the government’s new rules to curb the epidemic under the State of Emergency. According to the proposals approved by the Council of Ministers, the new measures will come into effect from Tuesday.
Costa has also ordered suspension of teaching activities on the eve of both public holidays on November 30 and December 7, and for mandatory masks on workplaces. In his address to the country, he said, masks protect against viruses during work. We still have a lot to do to get the desired results.
The announcement comes a day after President Maserlo Rebelo de Susa announced the renewal of the State of Emergency in the country by 8 December to curb the epidemic. The President had warned of a possible third wave of the pandemic, saying a third wave is likely to come between January and February, which would be worse.
A total of 2,49,498 coronavirus cases and 3,762 deaths have been reported in Portugal so far.