According to the president of the association of the Home of the People of Santo António das Areias, Cristina Novo, “all users” of the residential structure for the elderly and 10 of the 27 employees are infected.

The official also explained that the outbreak was detected on Saturday, following the visit of a patient to the hospital in Portalegre, having tested positive for covid-19 carried out in that hospital unit.

“We have three inpatients [hospital] and the rest are stable and isolated at home. We have been running tests,” she added.

The Chamber of Marvão has also announced that until Friday it will carry out free testing with the population, upon prior registration.

This testing campaign covers all age groups, taking place at the Municipal Pavilion of Santo António das Areias, every day of the week, between 18:00 and 20:00.