Portugal’s State of Calamity to run for four months

Portugal’s State of Calamity arriving at midnight tonight is set to continue to March 20, 2022.

The date was not announced last week when PM Costa laid out the new measures to combat the rising tide of Covid infections. It was only published on Sunday, in State newspaper Diário da República.

RadioValeMinho reports that “the resolution of the Council of Ministers that declares the situation of calamity under the Covid-19 pandemic, published this Sunday in Diário da República, explains that the entirety of continental territory will remain at this level of intervention for four months, until 23.59 hours on March 20, 2022”.

The station cites Jornal de Notícias’ background information that this is the 4th situation of calamity to have been declared since the start of the pandemic.

It allows for “maintaining the state of readiness of security forces and services, emergency medical services and all civil protection agents, with reinforcement of resources for any support operations in the area of public health” as well as “maintaining the functioning of the Covid-19 sub-commitee, within the scope of the National Civil Protection Commission, on a permanent basis” and the “use, when necessary of the system of notices to the population by the National Emergency and Civil Protection authority”.

The document also states that the Council of Ministers has decided to activate “territorially competent political coordination structures”. These comprise “five regional coordinators in the fight against the pandemic: corresponding to the North, the Centre, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, Alentejo and Algarve regions”.