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Borders with Spain closed as long as it is "strictly necessary"

By TPN/Lusa, In News, COVID-19 · 06 Apr 2021, 15:06 · 0 Comments
Borders with Spain closed as long as it is "strictly necessary"

The Minister of Internal Affairs said today that the control of people on the borders between Portugal and Spain will be kept as long as it is "strictly necessary", due to the pandemic of covid-19, without advancing dates.

Asked if it was already possible to point out a date for the lifting of controls, the governor preferred not to say, referring to a new assessment of the epidemiological situation in both countries. "We all want us to be able to regain normality, but what we do is a fortnightly evaluation and here too we will not be reckless, which is to be making a projection that is belied by reality," he explained. The borders with Spain have been closed since 31 January due to the covid-19 pandemic, and only movement between the two countries is allowed in the 18 authorized crossing points (PPA).

According to MAI, the limitations do not prevent the entry into Portugal of nationals and holders of residence permits in Portugal, but those from the United Kingdom, Brazil, South Africa and countries with an incidence rate of covid-19 equal to or greater than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, who enter Portugal by land, have to comply with a prophylactic isolation period of 14 days at home or in a place indicated by the health authorities.

Speaking to journalists, Eduardo Cabrita also commented on the balance taken by the Public Security Police of operation #Páscoa at home, in which 370 people were arrested between 26 March and 5 April. "The security forces did not record particularly significant occurrences during this period and contributed decisively to the compliance with traffic restrictions between municipalities and to respect for health rules," he said. According to the minister, on Wednesday there will be a new meeting of the Monitoring Structure of the situation of covid-19 and then the Government will have "a more global view" of the work carried out in recent days. Still regarding Easter, Eduardo Cabrita added: "The feeling that exists is that there was a widespread perception on the part of the population that we are at a decisive moment and that it is essential to continue a path that has led us to results that are encouraging."


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