Portugal mulls new state of emergency

People on the streets of Porto. [Shutterstock/ Lena Si]

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa proposed on Thursday in a draft presidential decree a state of emergency – this time without a lockdown – that would run from 9 to 23 November.

Unlike the previous states of emergency imposed throughout the country, the president’s proposal does not make the lockdown mandatory, but instead allows access to certain spaces if a negative COVID-19 test is presented.

Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa has called an extraordinary cabinet meeting for Saturday to “put into practice” measures foreseen in the draft presidential decree, on which parliament will vote on Friday.

(Inês Escobar de Lima e Pedro Morais Fonseca, Lusa.pt)


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