The President of the Republic said today that he hopes that Portugal will integrate, by the end of August, the lists of countries without restrictions related to covid-19, in terms of the circulation of tourists, including the United Kingdom.
“I am hopeful that, as the days go on and until the end of the month, there will be a complete transition from the worst or intermediate lists to the best lists in terms of tourism,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Porto Santo, Madeira archipelago, where a short vacation ends today.
The head of state said that tourism is increasing, albeit slowly, and, on the other hand, said that the pandemic situation in Portugal has evolved positively, which favors the lifting of restrictions on the movement of people.
“This is very important for Madeira, it is very important for the Algarve, it is very important for Porto, it is very important in general for Portugal”, he declared, just before taking a dip in the sea of Porto Santo, despite the rain that today it is felt on the island.
“There is an evolution in the black lists – let’s call it that – in favor of Portugal”, he said, reinforcing: “Portugal, in fact, has been following a path opposite to that of many other European societies, which are experiencing aggravations, which some consider that it’s already a second wave “.
The President of the Republic underlined that the forecasts point to an increase in tourism in the country by the end of the month, so he expects the United Kingdom to change the restrictions it imposes on citizens traveling to Portugal.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 715,000 deaths and infected more than 19.1 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1,746 people died of the 52,351 confirmed to be infected, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.