The President of the Republic defended this Wednesday that, despite the rise in new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, a “fundamentalist alarmist speech” is not justified, taking into account the numbers of deaths and intensive care.
Speaking to journalists at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in Lisbon, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa wanted to leave “a note on today’s numbers” on the evolution of covid-19 in Portugal, to “once again” ask for a “cool head” .
The head of state stated that “the number of infected people rose above two thousand and, therefore, this can lead people to suddenly enter into an alarmist discourse and, for that very reason, an alarmism, let’s say fundamentalist”.
“I draw attention to the fact that, despite everything, the death toll has gone down from yesterday [terça-feira] for today, it’s still too low. The number of intensive care has risen and is at values of 120, far from the values that determined difficult and most critical periods between us”, he added.
The President of the Republic also stressed that the number of people interned with covid-19 “is slightly above 500, but that also means a number very far from the numbers already experienced in Portugal”.
“That is, it’s not that there isn’t everyone’s duty, namely the younger ones, to be aware of their behavior in terms of their relationship in society. Another thing is to enter into the fundamentalist alarmist discourse that is not justified”, he considered.
In the last 24 hours there were 2,362 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus in Portugal and four sick people with covid-19 died, 504 people are now hospitalized with covid-19 and 120 in intensive care, according to the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).