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Portugal reports having already done 302,000 tests, on a greater scale than Italy and Germany

Published on 23/04/2020

“There is no magic number” to start easing the measures and restrictions imposed to curb the spread of the virus. “Norway has adopted an R of 0.7. We have about [R] 1, some regions slightly above and some regions slightly below,” she said.

“We are at a point of balance”. This “is just an indicator of how the epidemic is going on”, but whether or not to decompress the measures and restrictions depends on the “epidemiological curve, the capacity of the health system and the capacity that countries have in monitoring both things”, she stressed. “We know that probably when we decompress the measures the curve will tend to rise,” warned Graça Freitas.

The Secretary of State for Health was again asked about consultations and surgeries postponed due to the pandemic, pointing out “a 6.6% decrease in face-to-face consultations” in primary health care in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the same quarter of 2019, but, he pointed out, “in non-face-to-face consultations there is an increase of 26.9%”.

“In hospitals, there are 5.7% less consultations and 5.3% less surgeries”, he said, reiterating: “we are making a recovery plan”, but without setting any date.

Regarding the manufacture of masks for the public, Graça Freitas stressed that there are “quality criteria”.

“A commission was set up with several institutions – it is Infarmed that coordinates this ‘task-force’ – to, with the Portuguese industry and the institution that regulates the quality of textiles in Portugal, to produce public use masks of good quality and filtration capacity “, said Graça Freitas.”The requirements were outlined to producers”.