Portugal will end the state of emergency on Friday, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced in a televised speech on Tuesday. It was introduced in November to contain the corona pandemic.
“I have decided not to renew the state of emergency,” said Rebelo de Sousa. “The stabilization and decrease in the number of deaths and hospital admissions have played a role in this decision,” said the president, who nevertheless called for caution.
The pandemic peaked in Portugal when the country registered up to 15,000 new infections every day. In recent days, however, the number of infections stabilized at less than 500 per day. For the first time since August, not a single corona was killed on Monday.
Portugal is also relaxing some corona restrictions. Public events are allowed again from Monday. Three million vaccines have now been administered. More than 800,000 people in the country, with more than 10 million inhabitants, have already received two doses.