Dramatic situation in Portugal – request for help for EU partners
According to Prime Minister Antonio Costa, Portugal is in the most difficult phase Coronavirus epidemic. “We have to make sure this will be the worst moment for a few more weeks,” Costa said On Thursday, T.V.I. Portugal is one of those countries Mutated form of a dangerous virus Is currently the most widespread. The federal government is therefore considering a ban on entry against passengers from the country and for Great Britain, Brazil and South Africa.
The Portuguese government has already sought help from its EU allies, including Germany. However, the country needs doctors and nursing staff above all. Costa said that Germany is currently not in a position to do so. Portugal recorded 668,951 positive tests so far. 11,305 people died who tested positive. On Wednesday, the previous daily high was reported with 293 new deaths. Major figures such as the seven-day event and the number of deaths per million people in Portugal are currently the highest in the world.
Some hospitals are already reporting a lack of free beds. Oxygen equipment is also scarce and medical staff is high. “There is no end in sight,” a nurse at Cascais Hospital near Lisbon told Reuters. In front of the country’s largest hospital, Santa Maria in the capital, more than 20 ambulances were jammed on Wednesday evening, waiting for free beds. Vaccination is also progressing slowly. Three medical unions said that thousands of medical professionals had not yet received adequate protection.
The government wanted to present its plan for further immunization strategy on Thursday. Costa said the situation worsened mainly because the government relaxed the conditions too much between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In addition, the mutant, which first appeared in Great Britain, spread very rapidly in Portugal. Costa admitted that he did not always communicate clearly enough during the crisis. (Reuters)
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