LISBON – Task force for non-COVID-19 patients

Portugal will set up a ‘Task Force’ to respond to non-COVID-19 patients in public health services as a measure of the government’s autumn/winter pandemic response strategy.

The aim is to ensure care of non-COVID-related patients, including the continuing surveillance of chronic patients, cancer screenings or other essential responses.

Prime Minister António Costa revealed on Friday (18 September) that the Directorate General of Health (DGS) would present this week a plan of measures against COVID-19 for the fall/winter period, and called for compliance with the prevention rules already in force.

Costa said that the country is following Europe’s trend and that the number of infections with the virus could, if things continue, reach 1,000 daily cases each day. (

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