coronavirus Portugal in ‘terrible’ phase of COVID-19 pandemic

Portugal in ‘terrible’ phase of COVID-19 pandemic


LISBON: Portugal is in a terrible phase of the coronavirus pandemic and can hope for only limited help from abroad, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said, as hospital staff warned they were being overwhelmed.

With a total of 668,951 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 11,305 deaths, including a record 293 dead on Wednesday, Portugal has the world’s highest seven-day average of new daily cases and deaths per million inhabitants.

“There is no point in feeding the illusion that we are not facing the worst moment,” he told TVI broadcaster overnight. The situation was not bad but terrible, he said, “and we’ll face this worst moment for a few more weeks, that is for sure.”

Some hospitals are running out of beds, others see dwindling oxygen supplies, and doctors and nurses are over-stretched. Staff at the Cascais Hospital, near Lisbon, told Reuters they were exhausted and sometimes struggled to stay motivated. “There is no end in sight,” one nurse said.

Germany said on Wednesday that it was willing to help and had sent military medical experts to Portugal to assess what kind of support it could bring.

But Costa warned there was only so much Germany and other European partners could do. “One should be cautious” about the idea of sending patients abroad from Portugal, which, standing at the southwestern tip of the continent, only has a land border with already over-stretched Spain.

Regarding possible German aid, he said: “In everything Portugal has asked for, unfortunately they have no availability, namely doctors, nurses.”

Costa said the situation had worsened partly because his government relaxed restrictive measures between Christmas and the end of the year, but also because of the virulence of a new variant of the virus first detected in Britain.

“There were certainly errors: often the way I transmitted the message to the Portuguese … and, when the recipient of the message did not understand the message, then it is the messenger’s fault, I have no doubt about it,” he said.

In a rare note of hope, he did add that the lockdown measures decided last week should, in principle, start having an impact on contagion numbers next week.

More than 20 ambulances with COVID-19 patients queued outside Portugal’s largest hospital, the Santa Maria in Lisbon late on Wednesday as they waited for beds to become available, in an illustration of how stretched hospitals are.

Three major doctors’ unions said in a statement that thousands of its members had not yet been fully vaccinated and feared exposure to the virus.

The government is due to provide an update on the vaccination plan on Thursday afternoon.



Source link


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest news

جوبائیڈن نے ٹرمپ کے ایک اور فیصلے کو منسوخ کردیا

واشنگٹن : امریکی صدر جو بائیڈن نے گرین کارڈ جاری کرنے پر پابندی کا فیصلہ واپس لے لیا،...

Coinbase listing filing shows surge in revenue amid bitcoin boom

Coinbase, the biggest US cryptocurrency exchange, moved a step closer to listing on the Nasdaq with a filing...

نورا فتیحی بالی ووڈ میں شیطان صفت انسانوں کا ذکر کرتے رو پڑیں

 ممبئی: بھارتی اداکارہ نورا فتیحی بالی ووڈ میں شیطان صفت انسانوں کا ذکر کرتے رو پڑیں۔ ایک انٹرویو کے دوران...

لاہور، قبضہ مافیا کا سرپرست پولیس افسر گرفتار

بزرگ شہری پر جھوٹا مقدمہ بھی درج کیا Source link

This thaal of ‘gold biryani’ costs Rs43,275

Dubai’s Bombay Borough restaurant has introduced its most expensive biryani. “The dish of the season has arrived,” the restaurant...

Remove officials negligent in Daska by-polls, ECP tells authorities

The Election Commission of Pakistan has ordered the authorities to remove officials who were negligent in the February...

Must read

Lidocaine-lipids Mixtures: Thermal and Spectroscopic Characterisation

Introduction insoluble in water but very soluble in...

لیڈی گاگا اور کارڈڈی بی گرائمیس میں ملتے ہیں

اس سے جس چیز کی توقع کی جارہی تھی...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you