Covid-10 tests on passengers from China extended to February 28

Portugal’s government has extended the Covid-19 control measures applied to flights from China until the end of February, including random but compulsory testing of passengers on arrival and the requirement of a negative test on boarding. The decision is contained in an order published today in Diário da República, which extends the period of validity of the previous order, of January 6 to 23:59 on February 28. As Lusa explains: “The adoption of these measures at the beginning of the year came after a recommendation by the European Union to that effect, following the unprecedented wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections in China when the authorities abandoned the so-called “covid zero” policy”, but as of now there appears to have been no marked increase in the severity of Covid infections in Europe.