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Portugal’s police force visited over 3,100 elderly people living alone over Christmas

Portugal’s police force visited over 3,100 elderly people spending Christmas alone in a bid to reduce their social isolation during the pandemic, Lusa news agency reported on Friday.

The GNR police said in a statement it visited the elderly between 18 and 24 December, and sought to be present especially on December 24, “the date when families traditionally gather.”

According to the statement, GNR has “reinforced actions with the elderly,” and intends to provide “social support” and raise awareness of “crimes of fraud, which mainly affect the most vulnerable population, such as the elderly, through regular visits to their homes.” The campaign is called “Christmas to KEEP our elderly people”.

The number of elderly people who spent Christmas alone is higher in the districts of Viseu, Vila Real, Leiria and Viana do Castelo, according to Lusa news agency.