The Council of Ministers, meeting this Thursday, approved a draft law that will exempt from restrictions the municipalities that are in the Municipal Support Fund (FAM), including Vila Real de Santo António, in the context of combating the Covid pandemic. -19.
The proposal, to be submitted to the Assembly of the Republic, establishes an exceptional regime, applicable until June 30, 2020, for compliance with the measures provided for in the Municipal Adjustment Programs (PAM).
The municipalities that are part of the Municipal Support Fund will thus be able to pay social support expenses to citizens affected by Covid-19, purchase of medical equipment and other expenses associated with combating the effects of the pandemic.
With a view to expanding the provision of support to their populations, by all municipalities, the indebtedness resulting from these expenses will also not be considered to assess their compliance with the limits on indebtedness.
Remember, AMAL took, on Tuesday, a series of measures regarding the exemption from fees and rents and the granting of payment of water bills, but the municipality of Vila Real was excluded for being part of the FAM.
The Covid-19 pandemic has already infected around 510,000 people in more than 190 countries and regions, causing more than 23,000 deaths.
In Portugal, which has been in a state of emergency since March 19, the Directorate-General for Health recorded, until 11:59 pm on Wednesday, 25, 3,544 cases of infection (89 in the Algarve) and 60 deaths (one in the Algarve region).