The land borders between Portugal and Spain will remain closed, at least until next May 15, the Minister of Internal Administration announced today.
“In coordination with the Government of Spain, we approved the extension of border controls and the limitation to nine exclusive crossing points on our land border with Spain for another month, until May 15”, said Eduardo Cabrita, in a press conference held after the seventh meeting of the state of emergency monitoring framework.
The control of land borders with Spain has been carried out since 23:00 on 16 March at nine authorized crossing points.
The operating border points are Valença-Tuy, in Minho, Vila Verde da Raia-Verín, Quintanilha-San Vitero, Vilar Formoso-Fuentes de Oñoro, Monfortinho-Cilleros Thermal Springs, Marvão-Valencia de Alcântara, Caia-Badajoz, Vila Green of Ficalho-Rosal de la Frontera and Vila Real de Santo António-Ayamonte.
Within the scope of border control, tourist and leisure travel between the two countries is prevented, and only the transport of goods and cross-border workers is permitted.
At the press conference, Eduardo Cabrita stressed that the Government is in line with the position expressed by the President of the Republic in the sense that the state of emergency be extended for a third period, from the 18th to the beginning of May.
The minister also considered essential the assessment that will be made this week by epidemiologists, stressing that “it is essential to continue this effort” and participate in the European debate that is underway for a gradual and coordinated strategy for the return of some economic activities.
“Any gradual return to activities requires that there be great respect for the obligations of social distance, protection of the most vulnerable, and that sustained steps are taken in the country and interconnection with all countries on a European scale,” he said.
The monitoring structure, chaired by the Minister of Internal Administration, monitors and produces regular information on the state of emergency.
This structure includes representatives of the security forces and services and State secretaries from the governmental areas of Economy, Foreign Affairs, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, National Defense, Public Administration, Health, Environment, Infrastructure and Housing and Agriculture.
In Portugal, according to the balance made today by the Directorate-General for Health, 535 deaths were registered, 31 more than on Sunday (+ 6.2%), and 16,934 confirmed cases of infection, which represents an increase of 349 ( + 2.1%).
Of those infected, 1,187 are hospitalized, 188 of whom are in intensive care units, and there are 277 patients who have recovered.
Portugal, where the first confirmed cases were registered on March 2nd, has been in a state of emergency since March 19th and until the end of April 17th.