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President Marcelo rules out possibility of new State of Emergency

Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa has ruled out the possibility of a new State of Emergency being implemented in Portugal due to the country’s rising number of Covid-19 cases.

Speaking to reporters COTEC Europa summit in Málaga (Spain) on Wednesday, President Marcelo said that the possibility is “not on the table.”

His statements came ahead of today’s pivotal meeting between government officials and specialists at INFARMED in Lisbon, which is expected to result in new restrictions to keep the pandemic under control (click here).

Said the president, Portugal’s pandemic numbers “are very, very, very far” from what they were when the country was under a State of Emergency, both in terms of the number of people in hospital and intensive care.

In fact, virologist Pedro Simas has said that he does not believe further restrictions are necessary thanks to the country’s successful vaccine roll-out (click here