Portuguese PM says recovering economy to be "a long way"

LISBON, July 4 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said Saturday that the highest priority of his government at the moment is "to recover the economy" of Portugal, but it will be "a long way."

"If in the emergency phase it's essential to control the pandemic without killing the economy, now we have to recover the economy without letting the pandemic go out of control," he said in his opening speech at an event of the ruling Socialist Party (PS).

Portugal tightens Lisbon lockdown with fines on illegal gatherings

LISBON, June 24 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Portugal’s government has tightened the lockdown in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area in an effort to bring a series of coronavirus outbreaks under control.

From today the limit on outdoor gatherings is back down to 10, from the national maximum of 20.

All shops must close by 20:00 and restaurants may not serve alcohol after that hour, while drinking in all other public places is banned.

The measures were approved at an online cabinet meeting last night, after a meeting between the Prime Minister António Costa and Lisbon area mayors.

Portuguese PM Announces Resumption Of Air Traffic From June 15

LISBON, June 6 (NNN-XINHUA) – Portuguese Prime Minister, Antonio Costa, announced, air traffic routes will be resumed from June 15, with all the hygiene and safety rules guaranteed by Portuguese airports.

In a visit to Lisbon Airport, Costa said, “It is very important to be prepared, as from June 15, routes will be reactivated, borders will be opened and a joint effort will be made in the European Union, so that tourism can resume its activity in full.”

Portuguese leaders encourage industries to reopen under strict conditions amid pandemic

LISBON, May 13 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa and Prime Minister Antonio Costa on Wednesday encouraged all industries to restart under strict conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Lusa News Agency reported.

After their joint visit to automotive assembly plant Autoeuropa, the two leaders expressed their confidence in the resumption of production of the car producer.

After a six-week break, Autoeuropa, the largest national exporter last year, resumed its car production last week with two shifts.

Portugal to take up to 60 unaccompanied migrant children from Greek camps

LISBON, May 10 (NNN-AGENCIES) — Portugal is to take up to 60 unaccompanied children from Greek refugee camps as concern mounts over the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the vulnerable group.

The children are expected to arrive in Portugal within the next few weeks, Socialist Party lawmaker Isabel Santos said during an online conference to celebrate Europe Day. The member of the European Parliament did not specify a date.

At least 5,200 unaccompanied minors live in Greece, many of them under harsh conditions in camps on islands in the Aegean.

Portuguese president receives phone call from Trump on pandemic

LISBON, May 1 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President Donald Trump has called his Portuguese counterpart Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, praising the country's efforts in controlling the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement from the website of the Portuguese Presidency on Friday.

Trump also offered "any help that was considered useful and necessary," said the statement.

Trump highlighted the participation of Portuguese researchers in scientific tests carried out in the United States to develop a drug against COVID-19, it said.

Portuguese leaders sees May as transitional month for economic recovery

LISBON, April 16 (NNN-Xinhua) — Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that the country will see a transition from the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic to a return to economic and social activities in May.

The president made the remark after meeting with economists, entrepreneurs, specialists, politicians and union members.

“If April goes well, this will make May start to be progressively different,” he said.

“It is necessary to win in May,” he reiterated, saying that it will be a cautious return.

Portuguese president calls for national unity in fight of "biggest challenge in 100 years"

LISBON, April 6 (Xinhua) -- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa on Monday called for national unity to overcome the ongoing public health crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which he described as the biggest challenge in the past 100 years.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, attending a debate program on the national television RTP via a video conference, said that the crisis caused by the pandemic of the new coronavirus "is the biggest challenge in the field of life and health in the last 100 years."

Over 1,300 Health Professionals Infected In Portugal

LISBON, Apr 6 (NNN-LNA) – Portuguese Minister of Health, Marta Temido, admitted that, there are 1,332 health professionals infected by COVID-19 in the country.

The minister said, the infected professionals include 231 doctors, 339 nurses and 762 from other areas, who work within hospitals, adding, the government hired 500 nurses to reinforce the fight against the pandemic.

Temido revealed that, her ministry is working to identify whether there are “possible weaknesses” in the protection of these professionals.

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