Portugal Enters Coronavirus ‘State of Emergency’, 70% of Population Under Curfew
A tram driver waits for passengers at Gloria Tram in downtown Lisbon on November 7, 2020. - The Portuguese government is holding an extraordinary ministers' council to decide on concrete measures to fight the spread of the coronavirus, which could include a night curfew as it already exists in several …
LISBON, Portugal — Portugal has entered a state of emergency, with curfews imposed in the areas worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
From Monday and for at least two weeks, some 7 million people — around 70% of the country´s population — must remain at home on weekdays between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m.. At weekends, they cannot leave home after 1 p.m.
The government has warned that the state of emergency, which grants authorities special powers, may be prolonged and measures may be tightened if the spread of the new coronavirus does not slow.
The number of virus cases and hospital admissions in Portugal has climbed sharply in recent weeks. The country has seen 2,896 virus-related deaths.
"So let us be confident, let us not be unprepared, let us not be outflanked, let us be wise, vigilant, fighting against those who are trying to tear the faith out of our souls and morality out of our hearts, so that we may remain Catholics, remain united to the Blessed Virgin Mary, remain united to the Roman Catholic Church, remain faithful children of the Church."- Archbp. Lefebvre 1980