England’s masks fall and a new covid-19 nightmare may begin | Coronavirus

This Monday, the use of masks and other measures of social distancing because of covid-19 are no longer mandatory in England, despite the country being experiencing a new wave of infections caused by the Delta variant, which causes there to be about 50,000 cases and 500 daily admissions. Health Minister Sajid Javid admits that during the summer there could be more than 100,000 or even 200,000 cases a day – which will be much higher than at the peak of the covid-19 January crisis. And as if to illustrate the risks, the minister himself announced that he was with covid-19 on Saturday, wreaking havoc on the government.


Johnson forced to self-isolate on eve of lifting of restrictions in England

published on Sunday, July 18, 2021 at 7:39 p.m.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, contact case and in isolation, called on Sunday for “caution” on the eve of the lifting of restrictions linked to the pandemic in England, in the midst of the outbreak of contaminations.

The Covid-19 has killed more than 128,600 people in the United Kingdom where contamination has skyrocketed for weeks, with a total of more than 585,000 cases recorded since July 1. The country is the most affected in Europe in number of cases, exceeding the threshold of 50,000 new daily contaminations on Friday and Saturday.

Boris Johnson nevertheless assured Sunday that it was the “right time” to proceed with this major step in deconfinement, renamed “Freedom Day”, while calling on the population to be vigilant.

“Please be careful,” he pleaded in a video posted to his Twitter account in which he points to the “extreme contagiousness” of the Delta variant of the virus.

The Prime Minister is forced to self-isolate until July 26 after being in contact with Minister of Health Sajid Javid, who announced on Saturday that he was positive for Covid-19.

Boris Johnson “will continue to conduct meetings with ministers remotely” from Checkers, the country residence of heads of government, north-west London, the Downing Street spokesman said.

This spokesperson had initially indicated that Boris Johnson and his Minister of Finance Rishi Sunak, also contact case, would escape complete isolation because of their participation in a “pilot program of daily screening” which “allows them to continue to work from Downing Street “.

However, in the face of the outrage over the announcement, with the opposition denouncing a government “above the law”, Downing Street backed down and finally announced that the two men will observe their period of isolation.

Labor Party leader Keir Starmer on Twitter denounced a government in “chaos”, sending conflicting messages on the eve of the lifting of almost all remaining restrictions in England, including the requirement to wear masks or social distancing.

From Monday, teleworking will no longer be the norm. Performance halls and stadiums will reopen at full capacity, discotheques will once again be able to accommodate the public, bar service will again be possible in pubs and the number of people allowed to assemble will no longer be limited.

The mask will no longer be compulsory but recommended in transport and shops.

– “Undermining the efforts” –

This great relaxation is considered “reckless” by the Labor opposition, faced with the rise in contaminations due to the Delta variant, which is particularly contagious. The number of daily contaminations could reach 100,000 within a few weeks, by the admission of the Minister of Health.

A group of influential international scientists on Friday called on the government to reverse its decision which “risks undermining efforts to control the pandemic not only in the United Kingdom, but also in other countries”.

In addition to the infected people, millions of people, in case of contact, were asked to stay at home for ten days.

Pressure from business circles is mounting for the application used by the public health service to be revised due to the large number of people contacted, which raises fears of staff shortages preventing certain services from functioning. On Saturday, a London Underground line had to be interrupted for lack of sufficient staff in the control room.

At the borders, an easing comes into effect Monday for certain destinations.

People fully vaccinated in the UK and coming from countries classified as “orange”, including many tourist destinations like Italy or Spain, will no longer need to observe quarantine on arrival in England.

The arrivals from France will have to continue to observe a quarantine because of the “persistent presence” of cases of the Beta variant, which worries the government because of its resistance to the AstraZeneca vaccine, widely used in the United Kingdom.


Corona in SH: Incidence rises to 7.9 | NDR.de – News – Schleswig-Holstein

Status: 07/18/2021 11:08 am

The seven-day incidence in Schleswig-Holstein is currently 7.9 (data as of July 17). 32 new corona cases were reported in the country within 24 hours.

The number of people in Schleswig-Holstein who has been proven to have been infected with the coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic is now 64,310. According to an estimate by the RKI, around 62,400 Schleswig-Holsteiners are considered recovered. According to the current Statistics from the state registration office have not reported any new deaths in connection with the viral disease Covid-19 – the total number remains at 1,628.

Our map shows the incidence values ​​of the districts in SH. To see the respective values, move the mouse over the circles (desktop) or tap the corresponding circle (smartphone and tablet):

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) usually updates its data in the morning, but sometimes not until the afternoon. Due to the delay in reporting, the RKI values ​​usually do not correspond to the infection rate, but are too low. As a second number, we therefore give an estimate of how high the seven-day incidence could be without delay in reporting. This value comes closer to the actual development of the pandemic. You can see it when you click on one of the circles. Read more about the incidence values ​​here.

Neumünster has the highest incidence

With an incidence of 22.4 (previous day: 24.9), Neumünster continues to have the highest value in Schleswig-Holstein. In second place is the Pinneberg district with 12.3 (previous day: 12.7). Lübeck has the third highest value with 12.0 (previous day: 12.5). In the Steinburg district the incidence is now 2.3 (previous day: 0.8), in Flensburg it is 3.3.

Development of the number of corona cases in Schleswig-Holstein

Further easing throughout SH

The state government has relaxed the corona rules in view of the low number of infections. The The guideline for many events has been in effect since June 28th: ​​1,250 people are possible inside, 2,500 outside. This applies, for example, to concerts, the theater or cinema as well as church services, flea markets and trade fairs. In retail, as well as in cultural and leisure facilities, the square meter limit does not apply. There is no mask requirement in outdoor areas.

Vaccinations against the coronavirus

People in Schleswig-Holstein have been vaccinated against the coronavirus since December 27, 2020. The vaccination rate shows what percentage of northern Germans have already received the first vaccination dose.

11 corona patients in clinics

11 people who tested positive for Corona are currently being treated in the country’s hospitals – that’s just as many as the day before. 5 of the Covid patients are in intensive therapy (+/- 0), 3 have to be ventilated (+/- 0).

What these numbers say – and what not

The state government’s statistics show how many confirmed corona infections are known to the authorities in the country and were reported in the intended way. What the statistics cannot clearly show, let alone the current day, is the speed at which the virus is spreading. Because the number of people who have newly tested positive usually also includes post-reported cases from several days. There are delays in the reporting chain, especially around weekends and public holidays.

Regional corona data on the infection process

Some administrations publish a regional evaluation of the corona numbers, but mostly not up-to-date. A selection:

Corona: Infections according to circles in SH

Corona information for your region

Are the number of infections falling further? How high is the vaccination rate in your home? You can now access the current corona numbers for your region via the NDR.de website. Just enter your zip code and see what it looks like in your county.

additional Information

In theory, everyone is eligible to get a vaccination. Where this can be done quickly: questions, answers and figures about the vaccination campaign in SH. more

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Constraints and fear revived memories of the colonial war

The pandemic revived memories of Colonial War combatants and increased the use of psychological support services, despite the difficulty in holding face-to-face sessions, when “the solidarity of peers is essential”.

For Manuel Diogo, a former Colonial War fighter residing in Guarda, the pandemic brought a rekindling of memories in very specific situations, such as when he started seeing people in the street wearing masks, watching a an atmosphere of mistrust and fear that he also felt in Angola, in war.

“In Africa, during the war, we used to go for a walk in Luanda and we were looking from one side to the other to see who was chasing us. Here, now, the same thing happens,” he told Lusa.

The president of the Association for the Disabled of the Armed Forces (ADFA), Manuel Lopes Dias, said that the isolation that the pandemic had forced has revived memories of times of war, which aggravated the difficulties already felt by the disabled military.

“The pandemic brought us experiences of war, such as loneliness and remoteness of our families, society and friends, who we passed as young people in the Colonial War. Many of us are psychologically affected because no one comes back like that from war. Every human being who is subjected to a war situation has serious psychological consequences, there are always traumatic effects. And this we live again,” he said, in an interview with Lusa.

According to ADFA data provided to Lusa agency, in a year of pandemic there was an increase in requests for help from disabled military personnel and in the psychological support provided. In 2020, the association supported 82 people at a psychological level, by telephone or in person, when necessary, at the Lisbon and Porto hubs, 8 more than in 2019, when 74 disabled military personnel were accompanied.

“We have cases already referenced by our multidisciplinary teams, of psychologists and psychiatrists, because the pandemic, in fact, is affecting quite a few of our military disabled people affected by the stress of war and more affected by psychological problems. They have resorted and called more”, said Colonel Lopes Dias.

Although important, psychological support did not solve the problem of lack of contact between the disabled military who suffered the marks of the Colonial War and who were forced to isolate themselves from each other, he said.

“The solidarity of peers is essential, in addition to technical support and support from families”, explained Manuel Lopes Dias. “And at this moment, the pandemic has cut, in some cases almost completely, this possibility for the disabled in the Armed Forces to participate, collaborate, meet together. This has been a serious situation that we are witnessing.”

According to Dr. Luísa Sales, a psychiatrist who is part of the Scientific Committee of the Center for Stress Resources in Military Context (CRSCM), in general, “the populations reacted with a increased expressions of stress, from adaptation or trauma processes” to the pandemic. Former combatants who were in the Colonial War between 1961 and 1974, and in particular those who developed pathologies as a result of this experience, were no exception.

Among these is post-traumatic stress, but also “depression, anxiety, phobic and somatization, loss of contact with reality and addictive behaviors that are extremely frequent in these contexts of rupture” and that make former combatants a vulnerable population, explains the psychiatrist, also responsible for the Psychiatry Service of the Hospital Militar de Coimbra and coordinator of the Observatório do Trauma/CES.

“The frailty of people over 70 was extremely marked and all ex-combatants of the Colonial War are generally over 70 years old, so that was reasonably disturbing. And the fact that they were more imprisoned – for example, in my therapeutic groups we had to take periods off – it doesn’t make things easier”, said the professional, in an interview with Lusa.

Contacted by Lusa, Anabela Oliveira, member of the Board of the Association for Support to Ex-Combatants Victims of War Stress (APOIAR) said that the association received more requests for assistance in 2020 and that psychologists provided support by telephone, existing twice per month face-to-face psychiatry consultation.

According to Luísa Sales, the group therapy is the most indicated in the treatment of ex-combatants, since the existence of a “social support network is very important in the prevention of traumatic conditions and the development of post-trauma disease”, he explains.

But despite the fact that group consultations were interrupted during the confinement, the ex-combatants he accompanies maintained telephone contact with each other almost daily. For the psychiatrist, it was this mutual support that allowed them to overcome the constraints posed by the pandemic.

Luísa Sales admitted that she initially hoped that the pandemic, a situation she classified as “very violent”, would constitute a “kind of trauma activation”. However, in his clinical practice this has not been the case, he said.


Constraints and fear revived memories of the colonial war

Manuel Diogo is a former Colonial War fighter, lives in Guarda and says that the pandemic brought him a rekindling of memories in very specific situations, such as when he started seeing people in the street wearing masks, observing an atmosphere of mistrust and fear that also felt in Angola, in the war.

“In Africa, during the war, we used to go for a walk in Luanda and we were looking from one side to the other to see who was chasing us. Here, now, the same thing happens,” he told Lusa.

The president of the Association for the Disabled of the Armed Forces (ADFA), Manuel Lopes Dias, said that the isolation that the pandemic had forced has revived memories of times of war, which aggravated the difficulties already felt by the disabled military.

“The pandemic brought us experiences of war, such as loneliness and distance from our families, society and friends, which we experienced as young people in the Colonial War. We are very much affected psychologically because no one returns from the war like this. the human being who is subject to a situation of war has serious psychological consequences, there are always traumatic effects. And this we live again,” he said, in an interview with Lusa.

In 2020, the association supported 82 people at a psychological level, by telephone or in person, when necessary, at the Lisbon and Porto hubs, 8 more than in 2019, when 74 disabled military personnel were accompanied.

According to ADFA data provided to Lusa agency, in a year of pandemic there was an increase in requests for help from disabled military personnel and in the psychological support provided. In 2020, the association supported 82 people at a psychological level, by telephone or in person, when necessary, at the Lisbon and Porto hubs, 8 more than in 2019, when 74 disabled military personnel were accompanied.


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What is it like to live in a Protected City against the coronavirus | Luján is one of the 39 districts that have the entire population registered with a dose of the vaccine

By the entrance to Luján from Route 6 you can see stalls: “potato chips”, oranges “at a good price”. Already with the domes of its emblematic Basilica in the background, the city shows an atypical movement. Its open businesses, many people in the streets – all with chinstraps – and moderate traffic, speak of the new status: Since Tuesday 13 Luján is a “protected city” against the coronavirus pandemic. There are already 31 localities with that rank in the province of Buenos Aires.

“Here 98 percent of those enrolled in the vaccination plan are immunized with the first dose, and 83 percent of the target population has already been vaccinated, “explains Mayor Leonardo Boto in the interview with Page 12. It refers to those over 18 years of age with risk factors, plus teachers, health and security personnel.

The city is the head of a district that has more than 130,000 inhabitants, among the towns of Carlos Keen, Jáuregui, Olivera, Open Door, Cortinez and Torres. It is part of the third cordon of the metropolitan area: “It is the end of the suburbs or the beginning of the interior of the country”, defines Boto. And the socioeconomic composition includes a high percentage of older adults, along with middle sectors and workers in agriculture, industry and commerce.

Along with the agricultural sector that consolidates its evolution in “400 years of history” is “tourism of faith.” Its most resonant feature, the engine that energizes its profile. Although the auto parts, textile and food industry continued to operate since the openings allowed it, “a third of the economy is driven by trade and faith tourism,” explains Boto. Around the Basilica there is a high level of informal economy: pochocleros and santeros that complement the circuit of restaurants and hotels. “A year without visitors was dramatic for Luján”Boto laments.

On San Martín street, the large square in front of the Basilica is empty. It appears larger, illuminated by the midday sun. Only a few people go through it. In front of the Basilica there are a dozen stalls of santeros. Very few compared to the 117 that were installed in times before the coronavirus. Romina takes care of her family’s stand. “The worst was when they all began to be infected, and people died, there were many cases,” he says. She didn’t get it, neither did her parents. “But they did not come to attend more. Although they already have the two doses,” he adds.

“In quarantine the Basilica was closed, then we returned. But we had to stop going out again, in the second wave,” Romina graphs about the measures. “And we came back again,” he is happy. He wears a uniform, white smock, blue bib. From the Society of Santeros. In addition to the 117 stalls for santeros, the square lacks another similar number of stalls with toys, flowers, hats, food. Romina misses them, but admits that given “the uncertainty of contagion”, the best are the measures.

Public health

Luján reported 650 infections per week, at the highest peak, this May. The protection strategy then adjusted the quarantine mechanisms: returned to confinement. But vaccination was intensified. “The flow of vaccines was assured a month ago,” they explain from the municipality. That allowed for 1,600 applications per day, district wide. And achieve the new status: have the entire population registered, vaccinated.

It works with a crisis committee that was expanded since April, to implement protocols that allow activities to be carried out safely. With a public health system strengthened since last year – from 8 therapy beds to 35 – and a high level of vaccination, the city of the patron virgin of Argentina, of the roads, of the countryside, of the railways, and the Federal Police, managed to control the second pandemic wave, lower the level of lethality and shorten the stay in therapy, especially in young people, who report the longest hospitalizations.

The health system is sustained by public management. “Nobody goes to the private here, everyone to the public” confirms Romina. He explains it “because of the human quality, which is needed these days.” From the mayor’s office they confirm that the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Luján imposed a strict discipline to control cases, carry out tests and monitor the devices in places far from the center. Neighborhood vaccination and case detection operations join two large vaccination centers. And they work for the whole party.

This Thursday, in the San Cayetano neighborhood square, the operation includes calendar vaccinations and health checks, as well as dog castration. The new status allows it. About thirty people are waiting to neuter their pets. They are more than in a flu vaccination trailer. Alma is 10 years old, wears a chinstrap and brought “Pepa’s puppies” to give up for adoption. His mother is in the castration trailer, with Pepa. In another sector of the square there is a Citizen’s Point to do paperwork: ANSES, PAMI, UPCN: the State, decentralized, in action.

Alma wears a chinstrap: “The virus scares me a little, see if you catch it!”. At school “the lady wears a mask.” They wear chinstraps, “less in gymnastics”. He likes to wear a chinstrap. “We are few, because of the bubble. We are afraid, but we take care of ourselves,” he says.

The response of the population to the health campaign “had to do with fear,” says Romina, the santera. “That’s why now people get vaccinated, and take care of themselves. It’s fine now,” he insists. “There was awareness in the people – says the mayor – it was understood that no one is anyone’s enemy.” It is in this spirit that the crisis committee worked. In dialogue with commerce – two thirds of the structure is moved by family businesses and SMEs – and with Civil Defense.

“Today in the isolation center we do not have people, thanks to the work that is carried out throughout the party,” says Adrián Feijo, head of Civil Defense. Last year, the area was in charge of closing and controlling the movement at the entrances of each town, in this party crossed by three national routes: 5, 6 and 7. Only Luján has more than twenty incomes. It was important for traffic control, explains Feijo, the communication network with industrial parks and shops. “The community gathered in their defense. They caught up with that idea. And the city protected itself,” Feijo sentenced.

The vaccination center

Lina is 20 years old. He leaves the sports center vaccination center with his certificate. It was Sputnik. He studies speech therapy at the UBA. “Now virtual”, you can do it from home, you like that. He also likes the response the city gave to “take care of yourself and the other,” he says. “I think there is a new consciousness, which emerged with this,” he reflects. However, on the same sidewalk, a married couple of elderly people, Celia and José, speak with Raúl, another neighbor. They are retired. They came to see when their second dose is due. They demand that young people be vaccinated and that young people do not take care of themselves. “Some drink mate one by one, but others … pass the mate!” Celia says, annoyed. But he admits: “we can still go out and come here to ask everything, this is important.”

“There is a little more conscience” already contributes in the queue of the entrance Gerónimo Otranto. He is a musician, he plays the guitar. Is happy. Today he is vaccinated. “Being protected is taking care of the other, that was encouraged and people took it seriously. At least in the bubbles where I am,” he says. Think of your parents and your grandparents. Evaluate the controls: “express PCR, the diffusion of care”. And he exclaims: “It’s a pandemic, it’s not bullshit!”

When Geronimo arrives at the table of the triageIt will be attended by Mariana Cáseres, coordinator of the center. From Monday to Monday and in shifts, 150 people are vaccinated per hour. “More spontaneous demand”, clarifies Cáseres. His favorite pubic is older adults: “all very grateful.” “Young people have more pressure, some faint, their pressure goes down,” he says.

With more than 100,000 people vaccinated, the Luján party remains in Phase 3: outdoor activities, shops until 8 pm, and 30 percent capacity for theaters and cinemas. Now the strategy is to reach the youngest, they explain in the municipality.

In the square of the Basilica, a young man walks his dog. He is 26 years old. He does not wear a chinstrap. “The thing is that I went out to walk the dog, and I thought I would not talk to anyone,” he tells this newspaper. His dog is called Ciro, he is Nicolás. “My whole family was vaccinated, I’m going to do it, but I’m not in a hurry. The pandemic made us stop,” he says, “made us see that we don’t control everything, we live day by day, it changed everything.” Say goodbye fast. She covers her nose and mouth with her scarf and adds: “It’s great to be a well-kept city.”

Susana and two friends come from the Basilica. They walk fast. They are the only three tourists visible this afternoon. “We came to show her,” he tells this newspaper, and points to one of his companions who wears a chinstrap. animal print. “Now we are going to eat nearby, there is a very nice traditional restaurant,” he says. It does not ignore the status of a protected city, and adds: “we are leaving immediately, we came for a little while, we must continue to take care of ourselves.”

“Awareness and respect for collective care”

The pandemic was hostile in Luján, the third cordon in the metropolitan area. “What happens in CABA affects here” explains Mayor Leonardo Boto. “The contagion peaks of last winter weigh on the memory of the locals. Also the second wave, which in April had its greatest impact in the region,” he refers to the epidemiological history that played in favor of the change in health status. “We went down the level of cases, hand in hand with vaccination,” says Boto, “and the decline was steep and rapid.”

The health system, which in Luján is municipal, gave an immediate response. There are primary care centers in each locality and a central hospital. “We seek to strengthen the Public Hospital and we went from 8 therapy beds to 36. There were 5 of our own respirators, today there are more than 35,” he points out. Due to the management between the health of the Province and the Nation, the municipality increased the care capacity and intensified vaccination and controls.

“There was conscience and respect. People accepted it, despite social fatigue, because those who suffered the most as time went by were the commercial sectors,” warns the mayor. To achieve this “we seek to be close to the neighbors, to cope with it, and learn to live with the virus – detail -. We put together a circuit of care for people that is linked to collective care. With Civil Defense, in dialogue with commerce and banks, and we define strategies to carry out activities safely “.

The recipe includes “an initial total closure, and from there plan openings, for everything, even in religious services. First in the open air, then with capacity.” In the city of the Virgin, from mass to confession “everything was respecting the health needs that we have as a community,” Boto shares. Acts such as the use of holy water or receiving communion were even modified: “Today the host is delivered in the hand,” he describes. In front of his desk, the image of Mary guards that office.


More than 110,000 protesters in France against the ‘health dictatorship’

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A total of 114,000 people, according to the Interior Ministry, demonstrated today in major cities across France against the “health dictatorship“, as they call the latest government measures to curb the coronavirus pandemic.

These measures, among which the obligatory nature of the health workers to be vaccinated and the requirement to have a health passport (complete vaccination or negative test) to access a significant number of social activities, will be approved on Monday by the Council of Ministers and the Wednesday they will be debated in the National Assembly.

With shouts and posters denouncing what they consider to be a “health dictatorship”, asking “leave my body alone” or “freedom” or denouncing that “the covid kills democracy”, the protesters marched to show their discontent.

In Paris a demonstration gathered in the area of ​​the Place du Louvre and headed towards the Ministry of Health. Another rally was called in the capital by the small right-wing Los Patriotas party.

In many demonstrations, people with the yellow vests of the violent protests of 2018-19 against the Government, and although there were hardly any incidents, some, especially in the capital, were guarded by a strong riot squad from the Gendarmerie.

The only incidents occurred in the city of Lyon, where nine people were arrested when the Police intervened in an unauthorized concentration that brought together about 900 attendees, who threw glass bottles and other objects at them.

The demonstrations followed those that took place on the 14th, France’s national holiday, which brought together some 17,000 people.

“I understand the reluctants who are demonstrating, but I think it is necessary to convince, at all costs, all our fellow citizens to get vaccinated,” said French Prime Minister Jean Castex today on a trip to Anglet (Atlantic Pyrenees).

“The line is clear: we must get vaccinated,” reiterated the head of the Government.

The new measures, announced by the French president, Emmanuel Macron, on the 12th, they want to encourage vaccination to combat the expansion of the delta variant, which already accounts for more than 67% of all new infections detected in France.

The objective of the Government is to prevent a new wave of the pandemic from affecting the country and forcing new closures with the consequent negative consequences for the economy.

After Macron’s announcement, about two million appointments to receive vaccines were made in less than 24 hours throughout the country, and yesterday Friday the national record for doses inoculated in a single day was broken, almost 800,000.


Doctors and pharmacists against containment measures

Doctors and pharmacists spoke out in an open letter, released this Friday, against taking “extraordinary containment measures” to combat the pandemic, warning that they produce “more serious” effects for society than covid-19.

In the letter, released by some media, the 20 signatories make a picture of the current situation in the country, stating that in the last 14 days (until July 8th), the covid-19 mortality rate was 0.03 per 100,000 inhabitants, against a mortality rate from other diseases and causes of death of 2.7 per 100,000

“The average number of patients hospitalized for covid-19 was 528.7, in a total of about 21,000 NHS beds, of which 17,700 were dedicated to covid-19”, underline the signatories, including the President of the Order of Pharmacists, Ana Paula Martins, pathologist Germano de Sousa, public health physician Jorge Torgal.

They also note that the incidence of positive tests was 254.8/100 thousand, “but the true incidence of covid-19 is unknown.“, and that the “incidence” of infection among those who completed the vaccination plan is 0.01%.

In view of this situation, the subscribers affirm that “it is not reasonable to combat the current situation – no longer pandemic, but endemic – by resorting to ‘sanitary’ measures, the effectiveness of which has been called into question by several prestigious researchers”.

They also consider that these measures produce “more serious effects for society and the common good than the disease itself” and that some of them “may have contributed to the increase in the circulation of the virus”.

“The risk of dying from a disease other than covid-19 is actually increasing in Portugal”, they say.

In this sense, they appeal to the health authorities and the Government so that, before making decisions with “huge deleterious potential”, they consider the scientifically based opinions of scientists and health professionals who, not denying the importance of covid-19, whose answer must be “priority” they propose different strategies for their approach than those that have been followed.

For the signatories, it is possible to devise a strategy avoiding the use of the “wrong measures of general confinement”.

They point out as measures the “acceleration of vaccination”, simplifying the process, “excessively consuming human resources, which are lacking in health centers for the normal care of patients” and to involve civil society agents in the process, such as pharmacies, to “rapidly increase vaccination coverage”.

They also defend the improvement of epidemiological surveillance, which they consider “has been a failure in Portugal”, the cessation of “single weekend measures” and others of the same type, “which have already been shown to have no impact on the number of new cases”.

“We are at an endemic stage and only the lack of knowledge about what is really happening on the ground can once again postpone the need to install a real-time computerized and centralized monitoring system for hospital beds, a factor that, during the last year, led to a closure of the provision of health care to ‘non-covid-19’ patients”, they criticize.

In his view, this situation is having and will have in the future, “disastrous consequences in terms of morbidity and mortality.

This is a “determining aspect” to be taken into account in the “risk matrix”, because, they claim, “the risk of dying from a disease other than covid-19 is actually increasing in Portugal”.