The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, has acknowledged that the government is concerned with limiting the effect of Covid-19 on the most helpless, mainly the elderly, due to a rise in cases and fatalities.

“Currently we are concerned with limiting the disease’s effect on the most vulnerable, which is why we began providing a booster dose to those above 80 years old and persons living in elderly care homes.” She went on to explain that this stage has already been completed.

According to the government, immunization will be given to persons over the age of 80 in an outpatient clinic in the month of June.

The vaccination campaign will also have an impact on the most vulnerable Marta Temido emphasized.

On the issue of reconsidering “relief measures,” the Health Minister stated that Portugal’s choice is in line with similar choice by governments across the world, both in terms of response and management.

“The difference between the Portugual’s situation and what we have now was a sub-lineage of a known variant. Ninety-eight percent of the individuals with the BA.5 sublineage [of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus] were found to have it,” according to a report released yesterday by Ricardo Jorge National Institute of Health.

According to Marta Temido, this study suggests that Portugal will have the “most severe incidence of omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 sub-lineage within Europe.”

“This explains, in addition to a variety of other circumstances, these astounding figures. We must continue to bet on our own responsibility, I am sure we are all in agreement on that” she concluded.

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