The current numbers regarding the state of the pandemic in Portugal clearly show that the initial wave of transmission has passed its peak.
This is the result of timely and balanced public health measures, namely the imposition of strong confinement rules alongside other health and safety measures, which have allowed a good control over the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak since the beginning.
Fortunately, the fatality rate has remained lower than that of most other European countries (3.7 per cent and 154 deaths per million inhabitants) and has been consistently on the decline in recent weeks.
Currently, only 3.9 per cent of the active cases remain in hospital and of these merely 0.6 per cent are in intensive care units.
Portugal’s National Health Service is competent, well-prepared and has well-equipped and trained staff in our intensive care units (ICU). My eldest daughter is an ICU doctor and I have heard from her about the fantastic job they have been doing.
Furthermore, Portugal tests intensively: it has, per million people, the fifth highest number of Covid-19 tests in the EU.
Portugal is on the third phase of its deconfinement. Like most other European countries, we have been gradually lifting restrictive measures, based on strict scientific assessment. Our industry and services have resumed full activity, while the majority of shops are open, as are hotels and restaurants.
Public transport is fully functioning, and social distancing and the use of protective masks are mandatory in enclosed spaces.