Costa calls on experts to keep schools open in new confinement

Costa calls on experts to keep schools open in new confinement


The Prime Minister said today that, among the experts, the most consolidated position points towards keeping educational establishments open in a new confinement and added that this is also the Government's will.

At the press conference, António Costa refused to anticipate the content of the final decisions "to be taken by the Government on Wednesday, within the scope of the regulation of the new presidential decree extending the state of emergency in Portugal.

"But the more consolidated position on the part of the experts does not point to the need for the closure of school establishments. The Government's wish is that school activity can continue to run smoothly," said the executive's leader.

Already questioned whether the Government intends to move towards the civil requisition of private health workers, with a view to removing pressure from public hospitals in the hospitalization of covid-19 patients, the Prime Minister spoke only in "negotiations" between the State and the private sector.

"There are already several agreements signed, especially in the North and Center regions. These agreements have been in use", he pointed out.

Also according to the Prime Minister, "negotiations are underway regarding the use of new capacities in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Region".

"I speak of private capacity from the hospital point of view. There are other areas in which work with the private sector has been excellent, such as in terms of testing capacity. Even in recent weeks, we have reached a record 52 thousand tests in a single day. it was possible to combine the testing capacity of the public and private sectors, but also with universities and polytechnics ", he added.

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