Former Health Minister Correia de Campos warned this Tuesday of "difficult days, even more so than today", in the coming months, due to Covid-19 and the 1.5 million people who will walk through the country until September.
Speaking in the presentation of a manifesto that proposes several measures to “save” the National Health Service (SNS), which the former minister also signed, regarding the summer vacation period and the spread of the new coronavirus, which causes the disease Covid-19, warned: "Let us prepare for what is coming".
"I signed the manifesto because it has the most important points of what needs to be done in the NHS," he explained, speaking after the "complicated situation" in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, with many cases of new infections by Covid-19.
“Of the 600 or 700 thousand people who do not have a family doctor, 80% are in Lisbon. Lisbon was abandoned for decades. I also left Lisbon, ”said the former minister.
Questioned by Lusa on the sidelines of the ceremony, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido commented on Correia de Campos's warning about mobility during vacation time: “Not concerned with these movements in themselves, with some less awareness of the risks in which people yes people do ”.
Regarding this greater mobility on vacation, the minister stressed that people are responsible for their movements, decisions and behaviors.
“Because there is no way for a security force to control the movements of each individual and there is also no way to arrest people at home, until the end of the pandemic. We do not yet know when this pandemic will end. And therefore, people really have to have attitudes, behaviors, practices, that are of great caution, of great consideration, and this has not always been seen ”, warned the minister.
Marta Temido also recalled that the country will only return “to normal” when there is a treatment or vaccine for Covid-19 and that until such time people have to get used to “living with the disease and trying to avoid the situations of illness extreme and fatalities ”.
“And we also have to maintain a level of transmission of the infection that is manageable by the health system”, he added, recalling the situation of many new cases in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, where non-Covid-19 assistance is suspended, "Something that is emerging to resolve".
This Tuesday Portugal recorded eight more deaths caused by Covid-19 than on Monday and 229 more infected, about 82% of which in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) .