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Portugal reaches target of 70% of adult population vaccinated with one dose

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The goal of having 70% of the adult population vaccinated against covid-19 with at least one dose was reached this Friday, anticipating the commitment made by the Government to have this goal fulfilled by the summer.

“As of yesterday [Friday], 9,504,206 vaccines had already been administered in mainland Portugal. These made it possible to vaccinate, with at least one dose, more than 5.8 million people aged 18 or over, who, in the limit of one month, they will have the complete vaccination schedule. At the moment, almost four million are fully vaccinated”, revealed this Saturday the Ministry of Health, in a note sent to the media.

The evolution of Portugal in the fight against the covid-19 pandemic fits in this Saturday’s announcement by the president of the European Commission, the German Ursula von der Leyen, that the European Union will receive enough doses until Sunday to vaccinate 70% of its adults.

“The country thus fulfills the second of the commitments made in January 2021. It should be remembered that, in March, Portugal had already reached the goal of vaccinating 80% of people over 80 and 80% of health professionals, also aligned with the goals of the European Commission”, the note emphasizes.

https://www.jornaldenegocios.pt/economia/coronavirus/detalhe/portugal-alcanca-meta-de-70-da-populacao-adulta-vacinada-com-uma-dose

Portugal: first day without COVID deaths since August 2nd 2020

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This Sunday, Portugal registered zero deaths and 196 new cases of covid-19 infection. There were no more deaths since 2 August . This is, in fact, the second time that there has been a day without deaths from covid-19 since the first death associated with the disease was reported in Portugal.

In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has totaled 834,638 confirmed cases and 16,965 fatalities, according to the epidemiological bulletin released this Monday by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

There are 17 more people hospitalized in Portuguese hospitals in relation to the last DGS report, in a total of 365 hospitalized patients. Of these, 91 are admitted to intensive care units in the country, seven fewer than the previous day.

https://www.publico.pt/2021/04/26/sociedade/noticia/dia-mortes-covid19-portugal-1960029

Airport Covid testing to be given go-ahead ‘within days’ says MP – which could end quarantine restrictions

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Airport coronavirus testing could be given the go-ahead within days – which may end or drastically reduce quarantine periods.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Barclay confirmed that decisions regarding new measures which include airport swabbing will be made in the “coming days”.

He also said it would be a similar procedure currently seen in Germany, where passengers arriving from high-risk countries are able to be tested, meaning they can leave the quarantine, according to the Times.

Speaking during a Conservative conference, Mr Barclay explained: ““I am expecting Grant Shapps and Matt Hancock to say more about this in the coming days.

“If we look, for example, at some of the German states, which are using testing to then release earlier from some of the restrictions.”

Brits currently have to quarantine for 14 days if returning from any countries deemed high risk, which includes Spain, France, parts of Portugal and Greece, the Netherlands and Turkey, which was added to the quarantine list last week.

https://www.thesun.co.uk/travel/12847172/airport-covid-testing-start-quarantine-rules-end/​

Portugal reports no coronavirus deaths for first time since March

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Portugal reported no coronavirus-related deaths on Monday from a day earlier for the first time since mid-March, when a lockdown was put in place, and the lowest number of new infections in almost three months.

“It has been very difficult in recent times – we are very happy this happened,” the secretary of state for health, Antonio Sales, said as he teared up during a news conference.

“I want to leave this message of hope to the Portuguese but I want to ask them to help us maintain these numbers,” he said.

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With Flights Banned, Son Sails Solo Across Atlantic to Reach Father, 90

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Days after Argentina canceled all international passenger flights to shield the country from the new coronavirus, Juan Manuel Ballestero began his journey home the only way possible: He stepped aboard his small sailboat for what turned out to be an 85-day odyssey across the Atlantic.

The 47-year-old sailor could have stayed put on the tiny Portuguese island of Porto Santo, to ride out the era of lockdowns and social distancing in a scenic place largely spared by the virus. But the idea of spending what he thought could be “the end of the world” away from his family, especially his father who was soon to turn 90, was unbearable.

So he said he loaded his 29-foot sailboat with canned tuna, fruit and rice and set sail in mid-March.

“I didn’t want to stay like a coward on an island where there were no cases,” Mr. Ballestero said. “I wanted to do everything possible to return home. The most important thing for me was to be with my family.”

Friends tried to dissuade Mr. Ballestero from embarking on the perilous journey, and the authorities in Portugal warned him he might not be allowed to re-enter if he ran into trouble and had to turn back. But he was resolute.

“I bought myself a one-way ticket and there was no going back,” he said.

His relatives, used to Mr. Ballestero’s itinerant lifestyle, knew better than to try to talk him out of it.

“The uncertainty of not knowing where he was for 50-some days was very rough,” said his father, Carlos Alberto Ballestero. “But we had no doubt this was going to turn out well.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/28/world/americas/coronavirus-argentina-sailor.html

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Spain’s overnight coronavirus death toll at 510, lowest in 19 days

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The number of coronavirus deaths in Spain fell for a third consecutive day on Saturday, with 510 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours — the smallest overnight increase since March 23.

Spain’s total death toll from COVID-19 disease rose to 16,353, the Health Ministry said in a statement, while the number of confirmed cases climbed to 161,852 from 157,022 a day earlier.

At the beginning of April, the overnight death tally rose as high as 950, overwhelming the national health service and forcing regional authorities to set up temporary mortuaries in an ice rink and disused public buildings.

But as the rate of new infections and deaths slows, the government has begun to contemplate a gradual unwinding of lockdown measures, which have kept most people confined to their homes since mid-March.

From Monday, workers in sectors such as construction and manufacturing will be allowed to return to work, though the government extended restrictions on movement across Spain’s land borders with France and Portugal for another two weeks.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-spain/spains-overnight-coronavirus-death-toll-at-510-lowest-in-19-days-idUSKCN21T0DJ?il=0