The director-general of Health, Graça Freitas, assumes “some concern” regarding the high number of contagions in Portugal, especially among the elderly. In statements on the Forum TSFGraça Freitas reveals, however, that at this moment “we have reached a plateau”.
“I look at these with caution and with some concern, but not with alarm. It is true that we have a very high number over 80 years old and also in the age group of 70 to 79. But at the moment, despite everything, we have achieved in terms of new cases a day, a plateau.”
Despite the situation, Graça Freitas explains that the fact that the R value is on a plateau “does not mean that we are rested with this situation. , made an inflection and in the meantime the sixth wave originates”.
The director-general of Health says that the population “must be aware” of the high number of infected people because “the lethality and severity are low, if there are many cases in the population, we will obviously have more hospitalizations and more deaths”.
“We have to look at this with respect, humility, attention and counter, which is our role, the expansionist tendency of the virus”, he warns.
That’s why Graça Freitas recommends the main rules we’ve learned in the last two years. Assess individual risk, wear a mask when participating in larger gatherings and air out indoor spaces.
“Right now, there is such a large load of virus in circulation that it is our obligation, as a community, as services, as doctors, as the Ministry of Health, to do whatever is in our hands of protection measures”, he appeals.
June, month of parties and risk
The month of June will bring popular festivals and Graça Freitas does not hide her “concern”. “It is obvious that we are going to approach a period, the period of the Santos Populares parties, which in itself is a period of risk. I am really worried”, she warns.
“With the approach of the Saints, we will have more opportunities for the transmission to take place. The appeal is an appeal to everyone to act in accordance with this risk. Obviously it is impossible to stop the movement of Santos Populares and the parties and gatherings But at least until then it doesn’t increase the disease burden, not increase the amount of virus that still circulates among us and reach these days in a more comfortable situation”, underlines Graça Freitas.