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Here we follow all developments about the spread of the new coronavirus on an international scale. The number of fatalities due to the new coronavirus is 60, 17 more deaths than the previous day. The number of confirmed cases is now 3,544, 549 more than on Wednesday.

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3:10 pm – G20 gathered

G20 leaders say they are committed to present a united front against the coronavirus pandemic, an “absolute priority”, they say, to respond to health, social and economic impacts.

The G20 was meeting today on video conference.

They say they are ready to create a global financial safety net and have asked the private sector for more coordination.

“We will overcome this together,” they said.

“We are very concerned about the risks posed to all countries, particularly the least developed, such as Africa and small island states,” they said.

14h49 – Field hospital in Lisbon

The Lisbon field hospital, under construction at the University Stadium, with 500 beds, will host only mild cases of infection with the new coronavirus.

In a visit to the site, the Mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina, pointed out that this complex “will function as a rear hospital, supporting the hospitals of Santa Maria, São Francisco Xavier and São José”.

This infrastructure represents a monthly investment by the municipality in the order of 300 thousand euros.

“This is a response that we want to be of a preventive scope, of tranquility and of support to the National Health System, in which it is allowed from this infrastructure to free resources, free means, which have to be focused on supporting patients who are in more critical and more difficult situation that will be monitored in the buildings of the central hospitals “, reinforced the Mayor of Lisbon.

14h38 – Affluence to hospital emergencies plummets

Due to the imposed social isolation and the fear of many users of being infected, the number of hospital emergencies has plummeted. There are units that went from 700 emergencies per day to just 200.

According to the National Health Service portal, since the past 11th there have been fewer than 10,500 daily visits, when the normal would be 15 to 20 thousand.

Last Monday, the emergency room attended only 6,500 patients.

In health centers, turnout also declined. Minus 90%, almost everything done by phone.

However, among patients who have stopped going to hospitals, some are severe cases, with symptoms of stroke and stroke, for example.

14h32 – Bolsonaro authorizes religious services

In a decree published this Thursday, Jair Bolsonaro considered religious activities and bookmakers as essential services.

These services can be offered and are now outside the quarantine decreed in some states and cities in Brazil due to Covid-19.

The functioning of religious activities was being limited by measures to combat the new coronavirus in Brazil to avoid agglomerations and reduce the possibility of contagion.

In the two largest cities in Brazil, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, where a quarantine has been in place since the beginning of the week, religious services were suspended, but were authorized after judicial decisions in this regard.

14h22 – Unemployment benefit claims in the US skyrocket

In the United States, an unprecedented 3.28 million people applied for unemployment benefits last week. In the previous week, 282 thousand requests had been registered.

According to the Department of Labor, the increase, due to the closure of numerous activities in response to the Covid-19 pandemic, surpassed the historical record of 695,000 orders in 1982.

14h13 – BdP predicts unemployment above 10%

With regard to the labor market, Banco de Portugal estimates that there is “a 3.5 percent drop in employment and a rising unemployment rate to 10.1 percent in 2020“.

However, the unemployment rate is projected to gradually decrease, to 9.5 in 2021 and to 8.0 percent in 2022, considering that this projected evolution for unemployment “depends crucially on the configuration and magnitude of the policy measures that can be implemented immediately “.

1:56 pm – Half a million tests per week in Germany

Germany has increased the number of screening tests for the new coronavirus to 500,000 a week, considering that early detection helps to reduce mortality.

“The reason why Germany has so few deaths in relation to the number of infected people can be explained by the fact that we make many diagnoses in the laboratory,” explained Christian Drosten, director of the Virology Institute at the Berlin university hospital Charité, in a conference of press in Berlin.

“We do half a million tests every week in Germany,” he added.

Germany, despite being hit hard by the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus, with 36,508 diagnosed cases, has fewer fatal cases of covid-19 than many other countries: 198.

This figure corresponds to a 0.5 percent mortality rate for Covid-19, against nine percent in Italy, seven percent in Spain or 5.2 in France.

13h54 – Spain returns to China unreliable tests

The Spanish authorities decided to return to China rapid tests to detect people infected with the new coronavirus, after finding that the quality did not match what was announced – the sensitivity was 30 percent when it should be 80.

“This batch sent does not correspond to the one that came with the CE quality certificates. We had to return them,” said Fernando Simón, director of the Center for the Coordination of Alerts and Sanitary Emergency at the Spanish Ministry of Health.

13h52 – Cape Verdean government asks for declaration of emergency situation

The Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Ulisses Correia e Silva, urged this Thursday that the emergency situation in the country be declared immediately, a scenario already discussed with the President of the Republic, Jorge Carlos Fonseca.

13h47 – Azores with 24 positive cases in five islands

The Azores Health Authority updated this Thursday from 22 to 24 the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the region. They are spread over five islands.

In a press release, the official points out that the two new cases between Wednesday and today, in Pico, refer to women aged 24 and 51, who had contact with the case diagnosed on the island on March 23.

“Both have a stable clinical situation and are currently at home”, the text reads.

The geographical distribution of the cases is as follows: six on Terceira Island, three on Faial, seven on São Jorge, five on São Miguel and three on Pico.

There are no deaths in the Azores caused by Covid-19.

13h43 – Union of bank staff demands remuneration for school holidays

The National Union of Cadres and Banking Technicians defends the right to justified absences and workers’ remuneration during Easter school holidays, having even sent a letter with this requirement to the Ministry of Labor.

13h40 -Marcelo admits state of emergency renewed until April 16

Regarding a possible renewal of the state of emergency, until April 16, the President of the Republic recalled that a new meeting of “political leaders with specialists, epidemiologists” will be held and that a “dialogue” will also be considered between Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and António Costa and the Parliament.

In addition to the decision to “renew the state of emergency”, according to the Head of State, “it will add another point or the other or not”.

“All the analysis that will support the decision will be made based on the known results until the beginning of next week”.

13h38 – President of the Republic explains decision on June 10

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa met with the president of the Ordem dos Médicos and at the end, he spoke to journalists. He started by explaining that Portugal Day will still be celebrated, even without the ceremonies that were planned, in Madeira and South Africa.

The Head of State explained that this decision is due to the huge movement of people in the preparation of the ceremonies, a preparation that should begin soon.

“There will be no celebration planned in Madeira and South Africa, for a very simple reason. The decision had to be made now because the organization had to take off and would involve the movement of hundreds of soldiers and civilians to Madeira, and the presence of thousands of our Madeiran compatriots ”, explained the President of the Republic.

“South Africa is currently experiencing a very restrictive regime until the end of April”.

“It seemed prudent to do what has been done by all countries in situations of agglomeration. Therefore, there will be the celebration of the 10th of June in Lisbon, but with the care imposed by the circumstances, and I hope that there will be the 10th of June in Madeira and South Africa next year “, he added.

1:30 pm – Chronic drug withdrawal

Regarding the complaints of chronically ill people who say they do not have medication, and since they can no longer go to the hospital, Graça Freitas says that there may be a period of adaptation of the health units that “we ask you to understand”.

1:25 pm – “Used the entire therapeutic arsenal” available

Graça Freitas guarantees that all possible drugs are being used, namely those against malaria and ebola, which, apart from being drugs against this new coronavirus, have some effect against infection.

13h25 – Banco de Portugal expects recession of 3.7% in 2020

The institution assumes, nonetheless, that “the economic impact of the pandemic is relatively limited, which partly stems from the hypothesis that the measures adopted by economic authorities are successful in containing damage to the economy”.

13h24 – Reinforced equipment

The Secretary of State for Health assured that several pieces of equipment were distributed in the last days and that this distribution will be reinforced in the near future.

13h22 – Situation in Amadora-Sintra

Asked by journalists about the situation at Hospital Amadora-Sintra and a possible outbreak of infection, the Secretary of State for Health, António Sales, confirmed that there are seven health professionals who have already tested positive and that there are 30 patients with Covid-19 admitted to that hospital. hospital.

The government official also guarantees that all necessary health professionals and patients will be tested.

13h18 – New way of proposing collective containment measures

Local health authorities analyze the risk for applying collective measures and then have to propose this to the national health authority. “It’s a new way of doing things,” says Graça Freitas.

Then, the measures are equated with the Minister of Health and other Ministries that may have to be called upon to implement the measures.

Graça Freitas guarantees that the decision on a single person, a patient, remains unilaterally with the local health authority.

The changes aim to create greater national harmony when measures are taken, for example as a sanitary siege.

The measures that were imposed by local authorities were temporarily revoked, “for a few hours”, says the director, in a process of transition to the new rules.

1:15 pm – Rapid tests failed

The press conference today will be attended by Fernando Almeida, president of the board of directors Ricardo Ricardo.

The manager explained in detail the various types of tests available. In addition to the “real-time PCR” tests, the other types of “rapid” tests have not yet obtained a positive opinion from Infarmed and Instituto Ricardo Jorge.

Fernando Almeida explained that the choice of tests to use is made according to the circumstances and that there is a “very careful” choice in their use.

This is because there are some tests that only detect the virus more than seven days after the infection, which is not appropriate considering the current phase of mitigation and community transmission.

Without mentioning companies or pharmaceutical companies, the official said that many of these tests have “sensitivity problems”. In other cases, the tests, although efficient, will only be useful in a subsequent phase of the epidemic.

13h11 – Will the ability to take a test increase?

Graça Freitas says that with the growth of the epidemiological curve, the number of suspects will increase and, as such, the number of tests to be increased, but all suspects will be tested, as has been the case so far, he says.

13h06 – “Check” to take the test

“It is natural for the number of tests to increase,” says Graça Freitas, whether by public or private service and even at home.

The SNS24 will be able to pass an automatic request for a test, a kind of “check” to go and perform a test, if the line assesses that there is a possibility of being infected with covid-19.

The goal is to detect positive cases early in order to quickly isolate them, says the head of the DGS.

1 pm – Earlier symptom is cough

“We are not concerned with an epidemiological link,” says the director. Now, in the mitigation phase, the criterion is to have symptoms to call SNS 24 and not to have traveled or to have contacted someone else.

The earliest symptom, says Graça Freitas, is cough. Then there is fever and then breathing difficulties.

“No panic”, they should call the line, says Graça Freitas.

“It is natural for the number of tests to increase,” says Graça Freitas, whether by public or private service and even at home.

The goal is to detect positive cases early in order to quickly isolate them, says the head of the DGS.

12h53 – Lethality rate in Portugal is 1.1%

The Director-General of Health says that the general lethality rate in Portugal is around 1.1 and that of the elderly is slightly higher.

“We are within what was expected,” says Graça Freitas.

12h45 – DGS asks for “tranquility” for patients accompanied at home

Graça Freitas, director-general of Health, highlighted that most of the confirmed cases will be followed from home in this new phase of mitigation.

A “good sign” that the symptoms are less severe. Graça Freitas stresses that these people must be “calm”.

“Staying at home is a good option in case of mild to moderate, especially mild, illness,” said the official. He also assured that people who get worse will have another level of care.

12:40 pm – Press conference. Five thousand tests have arrived

At the press conference after the data was updated, the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales, began by stressing that there is community transmission in Portugal, which translates into the new phase of mitigation.

In this new phase, the entire NHS “is ready to respond to patients with Covid-19”. All hospitals are operational and have created the necessary circuits to deal with the epidemic, said the Secretary of State.

“We are obliged to use these services carefully,” stressed António Lacerda Sales.

The Secretary of State for Health adds that it is “crucial that people social contacts should be kept to a minimum, more than ever”.

He highlights that the epidemic has tested all health systems in several countries around the world and that Portugal must ensure that there are fewer people to get sick.

António Lacerda Sales also confirmed that 5,000 tests have already arrived in Portugal, out of the 80 thousand that had been ordered, with the rest arriving “at the beginning of next week”.

12h32 – MAI strengthens resources in prisons

In a note sent to the social communication, the Ministry of Internal Administration informs that this Thursday it made available 20 tents and 260 beds to install in prisons.

The measure comes within the scope of the mitigation phase of the contagion of the Covid-19 epidemic among the prison population.

Through the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC), 14 tents with the capacity to install 200 beds and six more inflatable tents with capacity for another 60 beds were provided.

260 field beds and a total of 520 blankets were also made available, informs the Ministry of Internal Administration.

12:28 pm – Nearly 22,000 dead worldwide

Almost 22,000 people died worldwide infected by Covid-19, according to a balance sheet by the agency France Presse, made available at 11 am, even before the latest figures from Portugal were known.

According to France Presse’s balance sheet, the new coronavirus killed 21,867 people worldwide. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 481,230 cases of infection have been reported in 182 countries.

The number of fatalities due to the new coronavirus is 60, 17 more deaths than the previous day.

As for the number of confirmed cases, there are currently 3,544 confirmed cases in Portugal, 549 more than the numbers advanced by Wednesday’s bulletin.

There are now 43 recovered cases (almost double what had been recorded until yesterday) and 2,145 people who are awaiting laboratory results at this time.

The number of fatalities and cases continues to be higher in the North, with 28 registered deaths and 1,858 confirmed cases. This is followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with a record of 18 fatalities and 1,082 cases.

The Center region counts 13 fatalities and 435 confirmed cases. There is also a fatal victim in the Algarve and 89 confirmed cases.

The Alentejo has 20 cases of infection. Highlight for the Azores, which now have 24 confirmed cases, and Madeira, with 15 cases of infection.

Abroad, there are 21 Portuguese infected with the new coronavirus.

The DGS bulletin also indicates that there are 330 cases imported from 29 countries.

Among the confirmed cases, 191 people are hospitalized, of which 61 are in intensive care units. There was a significant reduction in the number of hospitalized patients – 276 yesterday – and the number of patients in the ICU did not change.

As for the age group, the largest number of infected people continues to be between 40 and 49 years old, followed by the group 50 to 59 years old and by the group from 30 to 39 years old.

Regarding the number of deaths, most of the fatalities were older, especially above 80 years old (33 dead). It follows the age group between 70 and 79 years old (15 fatalities) and between 60 and 59 years old (eight dead).

There are still four fatalities in the group between 50 and 59 years old.

12h03 – Baby who was born today at S. João hospital had a negative test

RTP knows the baby that was born today in the hospital of São João, in Porto – the second baby son of a woman infected with Covid-19 – tested negative.

The boy was born by caesarean section, this morning, and both the mother and son “are doing well”.

On March 17, the first baby – a girl – was born to a woman with the new coronavirus in the country and the two tests that were carried out gave her negative for the infection.

12:01 pm – June 10 ceremonies canceled due to pandemic

11:55 am – Early return of the Portuguese military to Iraq

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, 33 Portuguese military personnel who are in Iraq and finished their mission in April, will return to Portugal early, with arrival scheduled for the end of this month, the Ministry of National Defense reports this Thursday.

“As there were no conditions to fully ensure the health of the forces on the ground, the Iraqi authorities decided to suspend all training and training activities for their Armed and Security Forces until the second half of May. For this reason, it was decided to return the 31 soldiers stationed in the Besmayah Range Complex, 50 kilometers from Baghdad and the two soldiers placed in the diplomatic corps of the mission “, he adds.

11h51 – The criteria in Madrid to decide who is hospitalized

The newspaper El Pais had access to a Community protocol for
Madrid for the assessment of who should be hospitalized before the
countless cases of infections in the homes of the elderly.

A group of 22 geriatricians analyze each case and are based on criteria that assess the years of useful life.

They have four criteria, which are based on years of expected life for each patient and the state of hospital emergencies.
Those who present advanced dementias are excluded from treatments,
dependents, terminally ill and cancer patients

11:35 am – British public hospitals face “tsunami”

London public hospitals are facing a “continuous tsunami” of critically ill patients with Covid-19. At the same time, these hospitals are suffering from an “unprecedented” proportion of infected or isolated staff.

NHS Providers executive director Chris Hopson told BBC Radio 4 that he has been in contact with hospital directors and what they are reporting is that the additional capacity created in the past few weeks is being quickly taken up.

“What they told us is that they spent two weeks massively increasing the capacity of intensive care, between five to seven times more,” he reported, but that in recent days they have seen an “explosion of demand” for critically ill patients. , says the person in charge.

Another major problem has been the low number of employees – between 30 and 50% in some regions – because they are infected or because they belong to the group of people vulnerable to the disease.

11:25 am – “Encouraging signs” in Europe

The World Health Organization’s regional director for Europe, Hans Kluge, said on Thursday that there are “encouraging signs” of a slowdown in the new coronavirus on the European continent, even though the situation remains serious.

“Although the situation remains very worrying, we are beginning to see encouraging signs,” said the official, quoted by France Presse.

Italy “has only experienced a slightly lower rate of increase, although it is still too early to say that the pandemic has peaked in this country,” he said.

11:20 am – Ebola and malaria drugs can be used

According to the new DGS standard, patients hospitalized in Portugal with Covid-19 can be treated with malaria and ebola drugs still under investigation for use in the new coronavirus.

The rule went into effect at midnight today. DGS points out that there are currently no authorized drugs for the treatment of Covid-19, nor are any vaccines authorized, but that there are several molecules identified as “possible therapeutic candidates”.

“To date, considering current scientific knowledge and WHO recommendations, the following therapeutic strategies are under investigation, among others: Remdesivir [usado para tratamento do ébola], Lopinavir / Ritonavir [usado no tratamento do HIV], and Chloroquine [malária] or hydroxychloroquine [malária]”, indicates the note.

11:10 am – 50,000 infected in the Community of Madrid?

Madrid health advisor Enrique Ruiz Escudero admitted that the actual number of infected people could be around 50,000 in that region, although the balance is currently 17,000.

In an interview with the television channel Antena3, Escudero said that the total number of infections did not include patients who were diagnosed at home.

He added that in Spain the number of positive cases should be multiplied by three. The official also considers that to this number should be added the three diagnostic profiles: those that were detected as positive cases through the test, those that were clinically diagnosed by the Primary Care teams and the asymptomatic contagions.

“We are facing a transmission scenario, there are many patients who have no diagnosis, but who are certainly positive”, he warned.

11 am – France. TGV used to transport patients

The French state used the high-speed train (TGV) for the first time to transfer patients from Alsace with the new coronavirus.

According to the agency France-Presse, during the night the ambulances transported the patients to the railway station in Strasbourg, the main city in Alsace, a region particularly affected by the pandemic of the new coronavirus.

The first patients were shipped at 8:30 am (less than one hour in Lisbon).

These 20 patients, in serious condition, will be transferred to hospitals in the cities of Angers, Le Mans, Nantes and Roche-sur-Yon.

10h55 – TAP prepares repatriation flights to Praia and Luanda

Portuguese airline TAP is preparing two Portuguese repatriation flights on Friday, one to Praia, in Cape Verde, and another to Luanda, in Angola.

In a statement released by the airline, TAP informs that “it has asked the Government of Angola and Cape Verde for authorization to carry out two extra flights that aim to continue bringing more than 400 Portuguese people back home and their families, as well as transporting medical and humanitarian cargo “.

“The flights, to and from Praia, in Cape Verde, and from Luanda, in Angola, to Lisbon, are scheduled for Friday, March 27,” adds the document.

10h49 – Iran registers 157 more dead

Iran has recorded an additional 157 deaths from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours, for a total of 2,234 fatalities in that country, which is one of the most affected by the pandemic worldwide.

The number of new confirmed cases is 2,389. The total number of infected people in the country is now 29,406 people.

On Wednesday, Iranian authorities began to ban traffic between cities in the country due to the progression of the pandemic.

10:44 – Spain. 655 dead in 24 hours

The death toll in Spain has risen to 4,089 in the past 24 hours, with an additional 655 deaths recorded.

On Wednesday, the death toll in Spain exceeded the numbers that had been recorded in China. Today, the number of fatalities has exceeded the barrier of 4,000.

At this time, the number of confirmed infected in the country is 56,188, with the registration of new 8,578 cases of infection.

10:40 – The second baby born to an infected mother

The second baby born to a woman infected with Covid-19 was born in São João hospital, in Porto.

The boy was born by cesarean section, this morning, and both mother and son “are doing well”, added the same source from the Centro Hospitalar e Universitário São João, in statements to the Lusa agency.

On March 17, the first baby – a girl – was born to a woman with the new coronavirus in the country and the two tests that were carried out gave her negative for the infection.

10:30 am – 198 dead in Germany

Germany has recorded 44 more casualties from Covid-19 in the past 24 hours. Since the beginning of the epidemic, 198 people have died. Still, the country has a low lethality when compared to other European countries.

According to data from the official website of the Robert Koch Institute, the entity responsible for disease prevention and control, the country confirms 36,508 infected individuals, with an increase of 4,954 compared to the previous day.

The Bundestag (lower house of the German parliament) approved this Wednesday a package of measures to support the economy, the largest since World War II, with a total volume of 750 billion euros to help face the effects of the pandemic.

10h22 – Grupo Lusíadas provides more than 200 beds and 50 fans

The Lusíadas group is one of the private groups that starts to support the National Health Service in fighting the epidemic with the beginning of the mitigation phase.

Luís Drummond Borges, administrator of the Lusíadas Saúde group, points out, in statements to RTP, that the group will provide 231 beds for patients with Covid-19 and also 54 ventilators.

10h18 – Africa with 72 deaths and 2,700 cases

The number of deaths from Covid-19 in Africa has risen to 72, with the cumulative number of cases exceeding 2,700 in 46 countries.

So far deaths have been recorded in 16 African countries: Algeria, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Mauritius, Morocco, Nigeria, Sudan, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde and Niger.

North Africa – especially Egypt and Algeria – is the region with the highest number of cases and deaths associated with the disease, accounting for 1,159 infections, 53 deaths and 180 recovered patients.

10 am – WHO thanks “sacrifice” in postponing the Olympic Games

“I thank Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the members of the IOC for making this sacrifice to protect the health of athletes, spectators and members of the organization,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, at a press conference.

While welcoming the “difficult but wise” decision, the WHO director general said he was “looking forward to next year’s Olympic Games and Paralympic Games” which will be, in his words, “one of the biggest and most beautiful celebrations of our shared unity ”.

9h54 – Mitigation phase includes private hospitals and health centers

In this new phase of the fight against Covid-19, health centers and private hospitals are also at the forefront of combating the pandemic.

As of now, all groupings of health centers in the country must create at least one restricted area for suspects and patients Covid-19.

Private hospitals now support the National Health Service, and also receive patients with covid-19.

This private support means 450 more beds in intensive care and 250 fans

It also predicts that most patients will recover at home and only the most critical, about 5%, will be hospitalized.

In an interview with RTP, Óscar Gaspar, president of the Private Hospitalization Association, explained how the combat plan will be carried out in conjunction with the NHS.

9h25 – Infarmed warns of counterfeit drugs

O Infarmed alerta para a possibilidade da existência de medicamentos falsificados na internet no âmbito da pandemia da Covid-19. A Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde apela aos consumidores para comprarem apenas em sites autorizados.

Para adquirir medicamentos de forma segura, o Infarmed aconselha a verificar a autenticidade da página clicando no logótipo e confirmando se está registada em www.infarmed.pt

O Infarmed lembra ainda que “não existem medicamentos autorizados para prevenir ou tratar a Covid-19” e recomenda a quem apresentar sintomas para contactar a Linha SNS 24 (808 24 24 24).

9h22 – Rússia suspende voos internacionais

A Rússia vai suspender todos os voos internacionais a partir da meia-noite de sexta-feira. O decreto aplica-se a todos os voos de entrada e saída do território russo, com exceção dos aparelhos fretados e que realizam ligações especiais de repatriamento de cidadãos russos no estrangeiro.

Até ao momento a Rússia já tinha reduzido de forma gradual as ligações aéreas internacionais.

O balanço oficial de Moscovo indica que no país 658 pessoas estão infetadas com o novo coronavírus e que dois pacientes morreram da doença, um deles tinha 73 anos e o outro 88 anos de idade.

9h08 – Conselho Europeu procura resposta concertada à pandemia

Neste encontro de chefes de Estado e de Governo, vão estar em cima da mesa os chamados eurobonds, títulos de dívida conjunta para colocar em pé de igualdade os países europeus, no momento de procurar financiamento nos mercados.

Os 27 chefes de Estado e de Governo reúnem-se pela terceira vez em três semanas para procurar respostas concertadas à pandemia. O encontro por videoconferência começa às 15h00.

8h30 – Ordens profissionais de Saúde pedem mais testes e equipamentos de proteção individual

In carta aberta ao primeiro-ministro, a Ordem dos Médicos, a Ordem dos Enfermeiros e a Ordem dos Farmacêuticos acusam o Governo e, em particular, o Ministério da Saúde, de não estar “a acautelar medidas básicas e que podem comprometer todo o esforço de combate a este surto”.

Lembram também que a falta de equipamentos individuais de proteção está a contribuir para que “entre o número de infetados, ou de pessoas colocadas em quarentena por contacto com caso positivo, estejam muitos profissionais de saúde”.

“Neste momento são várias as falhas de segurança, faltando desde máscaras, a luvas, fatos de proteção e desinfetantes alcoólicos, o que é extensível à rede de farmácias”, assinalam.

Por fim, as três ordens opõem-se ainda à “aplicação conservadora dos testes”, tanto nos profissionais como nos casos suspeitos entre cidadãos, tendo em conta a orientação em vigor desde a semana passada, que estabelece que só em caso de febre ou de sintomas respiratórios compatíveis com a Covid-19 é que os médicos são testados.

As associações profissionais referem ainda que esta orientação “vai em sentido contrário ao que se tem feito em países que têm publicado alguns artigos com os bons resultados no controlo do surto”, como a Coreia do Sul ou a Alemanha.

8h24 – Mais de mil mortos nos EUA

Até quarta-feira, os Estados Unidos registaram 1.031 vítimas mortais provocadas pelo novo coronavírus. De acordo com a contagem da Universidade Johns Hopkins, há 68.572 casos de infeção, o que coloca o país em terceiro lugar, logo atrás da Itália e da China, em relação ao número de infetados.

Nova Iorque é um dos estados mais atingidos, tendo-se registado 280 mortos só na cidade de Nova Iorque.

8h12 – China com 67 casos importados

A China anunciou esta quinta-feira 67 novos casos da Covid-19, todos vindos do exterior. Nas últimas 24 horas morreram mais seis pessoas no país devido ao novo coronavírus.

Para impedir uma segunda vaga de contágios no país, o Governo chinês impôs na semana passada uma quarentena rigorosa de 14 dias a quem entrar na China.

Desde o início da epidemia na China morreram 3.287 pessoas. Houve 81.285 infetados durante a crise e 3.947 destes mantêm-se com a infeção ativa, 1.235 em estado grave.

Nesta altura, a China continental está a regressar gradualmente à normalidade, após dois meses de paralisia, sobretudo na província de Hubei.

7:43 am – Arrested

The number of people detained for disobedience to the rules imposed by the state of emergency increased to 39.

In a statement, the Ministry of Internal Affairs also informed that 649 establishments were closed for non-compliance.

At issue is the crime of disobedience in relation to mandatory confinement and other situations of disobedience or resistance.

The Ministry of Home Affairs reiterates the call to all citizens to comply with what is planned to contain the spread of the new coronavirus.

7:30 am – State of play

Portugal entered the mitigation phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. It is the third and highest planned by the Directorate-General for Health.

There are three districts on orange alert decreed by the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority: Lisbon, Porto and Braga.

The mitigation phase means that community transmission already exists and involves the entire health system: public and private

The action of health authorities is now based on reducing the spread of the new coronavirus in order to decrease the number of fatalities.

In details

In this new phase, health centers and private hospitals are also at the forefront of combating the pandemic.

Most foreigners have already been repatriated
who were on the cruise ship docked in Lisbon. Yesterday took place
flights to Germany and Italy. In the evening there was an air connection to

From now on, all groupings of health centers in the country must create at least one restricted area for suspects and patients Covid-19. There may even be health centers exclusive to these cases.

Private hospitals now support the National Health Service and also receive patients with Covid-19.

This support from the private sector means another 450 beds in intensive care and 250 fans.

Most patients are also expected to recover at home and only the most critical – about five percent – will be admitted.

In the mitigation phase, screening tests are planned for all suspected cases of infection, according to priorities.

First of all are patients with criteria for hospitalization. Newborns and pregnant women follow, and thirdly, health professionals with symptoms. Next on the list are people with less immunity and in a more vulnerable situation.

In the case of homes, there will be private laboratories to carry out the tests, as close as possible to the institution.
The latest numbers

The latest data from the Directorate-General for Health for Wednesday reported 43 deaths from infection with the new coronavirus – 10 more than the day before.

There are also 633 more cases of infection, for a total of 2995. It is a 21 percent increase.

Two hundred and seventy-six infected are hospitalized – 61 in intensive care units.

The European continent, with about 240 thousand infected, is the one where these days, the most expressive number of cases appears.

Italy is the country in the world with the most fatalities: 7503 killed in 74,386 cases recorded so far.
The situation in homes

Two elderly people from the senior residence O Amanhã da Criança, in Maia, died infected. Another three users had to be hospitalized, as they had acute symptoms.

Homes now have a place nearby to collect or deliver analyzes, whether private or from the National Health Service.

In that residence, nine elderly people remain in isolation; another 26 await test results.

There are also ten infected employees and 20 elderly people who have not yet taken the exams.

In Albergaria-a-Velha, Aveiro district, 25 elderly people and six employees are living indoors. An 89-year-old woman who was hospitalized has died.

There are at least three more infected: two elderly and an employee.

The home is closed as directed by the health authorities.

An elderly woman who was infected in a home in Resende ended up dying. The 94-year-old woman was admitted to the continuing care unit at Santa Casa de Misericórdia.

The Secretary of State for Health says that nursing homes are a major concern and stressed the importance of contingency plans. António Lacerda Sales said that specific responses are being articulated for these institutions.

Hundreds of Portuguese who wanted to return to Portugal because of the pandemic landed on Thursday in Lisbon. Many had to wait several days to get the trip.

There are reports of people who, even with a ticket, were unable to board.


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