Portugal: Those in quarantine will be able to “break” it to vote

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In Portugal, the government has ensured that voters will be in quarantine due coronavirus to be able to vote early Parliamentary Elections of 30 January.

The announcement comes at a time when the country, which has nearly 90% of its population of 10 million fully vaccinated, records more than 40,000 cases of Covid-19 on a daily basis, a number that is growing from Omicron variant which spreads rapidly.

Hospital admissions and mortality remain well below the levels seen in previous peaks.

In order to prevent those infected with Covid-19 or considered to be a case of spreading the virus, they will be asked to go to the polls at a set time, first one hour before the polls close, from 18:00 to 19:00. : 00, announced in a press conference the Minister of the Interior and Justice Francisco Van Dunem.

Recommendation is optional. Voters must wear a mask, keep a distance, and can leave home only to vote. The staff working in the polling stations will be provided with protective equipment.

“We need a social contract that allows everyone to vote safely,” she said, urging those in self-isolation not to use public transport to get to polling stations, but to go on foot or in their own vehicle.

In the September municipal elections or in the voting for the presidential elections last January, which was organized during a period of severe quarantine and while the country was plagued by the pandemic, this possibility had not been opened.

“The problem we had in the previous elections was alleviated as we now have a lot more people infected,” she said. Van Dunem.

The country has nearly 600,000 quarantined people, two-thirds of whom are potential voters out of a total of 9.3 million registered voters in its territory Portugal.

The country currently holds the 5th place in European Union in terms of the number of new cases detected in the past two weeks but, thanks to a record rate of vaccination coverage, it ranks 17th in the number of deaths relative to its population.

More than 200,000 voters, including the outgoing prime minister Antonio Costa, have already registered to be able to vote before the vote on Sunday (23/1), ie one week before the official date of the elections.

New negative case record

THE Portugal announced on Wednesday (19/1) 52,549 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number recorded in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.

The Iberian country has a total of 2,003,169 infections, according to its epidemiological report. Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

Authorities also announced that 33 patients had died in the last 24 hours from complications of Covid-19, bringing the total death toll to 19,143 as of March 2020.

Covid-19 treats 1,959 patients throughout the country, of which 153 are in intensive care units.

According to official figures, 4,004,961 people have taken the boost of Covid-19 vaccine to date.

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