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Government prolongs disaster situation for another 30 days

The Government has prolonged the public calamity situation for another 30 days, maintaining the current rules in force, announced the Minister of State and Chief of Staff of the President of the Republic, Adão de Almeida.

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In the announcement, the minister highlighted the positive epidemiological evolution of covid-19, given the time when the previous decree came into force, on October 23, when the disease showed a "marked growth".

According to the minister, the assessment made indicates that, after some growth, the measures seem to be paying off, with a "decrease in the number of infections".

However, the period that has elapsed is "insufficient to draw conclusions", so the Government has adopted a "continuity approach, in view of the data assessment" and the "trend that appears to be positive", renewing the current measures for an additional period 30 days.

The new period starts this Monday and runs until 23 December, "with the possibility of revising the measures", which may go "in order to reinforce or relieve depending on the epidemiological evolution", said Adão de Almeida.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 1,360,914 deaths resulting from more than 56.8 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.