December 2, 2020
‘Unsurpassed civic spirit’
By trivial chapter| Immigration Visa
A study from the Nova University of Lisbon indicates the reproduction of COVID-19 in Portugal was the lowest in Europe during the first 25 days of the epidemic.
Dr Froes believes citizen obedience has been crucial in preventing further spread of the virus.
“Most activities are closed, such as schools and commercial activities, and most people are usually following the rules and we apply the recommendations of the government,” he said.
Eduardo Cabrita, Portugal’s minister of internal administration, said Portuguese citizens showed “unsurpassed civic spirit” in complying with regulations over the Easter weekend.
“Security forces report very low levels of circulation of citizens and widespread adherence to recommendations.”
On Friday, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa proposed extending the national lockdown beyond 17 April, until 1 May.
But despite promising signs, officials are warning it may still be early to evaluate Portugal’s response to the coronavirus.
“The area of housing in residential homes and their workers is identified as of particular concern and priority for action,” said Cabrita.
Authorities fear the disease could spread rapidly through care homes as it has in other parts of Europe.
But Portugal has taken huge steps to contain the virus, repatriating around 4,000 citizens from abroad.
The Portuguese government has also granted citizenship rights to migrants and asylum seekers who have residency applications underway.
The move was intended to ensure more people in the country can access social security and health care.