More than 60 people are infected with the covid-19 virus in the homes of elderly people in Póvoa de Varzim, a situation that the local council says it is “watching carefully”, being “prepared to provide the necessary support”.
According to the councilor for Social Cohesion of the municipality, Andrea Silva, the Câmara poveira, in the district of Porto, has, since April, a space with about 60 beds, installed in the Agricultural School of Rates “ready to welcome users of the nursing homes of the municipality if required ”, but assured that, until now,“ it was not necessary to activate this infrastructure ”.
“We follow the situation very carefully and are prepared to provide necessary support to Misericórdia. Fortunately, the institution told us that the situation is under control and that measures have already been taken in its contingency plan, according to the instructions of the health authorities, ”councilor Andrea Silva told Lusa.
The Lusa agency tried several times, but without success, to make a point with the provider of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia of Póvoa de Varzim, which on Friday, in statements to the local radio Onda Viva, confirmed that 62 users of the institution are infected with the new coronavirus.
“In both homes, testing 98 users, done three days ago, revealed 57 infected, while in the boarding house five people out of the 21 who live there also tested positive. Some are asymptomatic, others have mild symptoms, but our clinical team is in control of the situation ”, said Virgílio Ferreira.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, this is the first time that the Póvoa de Varzim Misericórdia has been affected by an outbreak of covid-19.
Portugal accounts for at least 3,824 deaths associated with covid-19 in 255,970 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
The country has been in a state of emergency since November 9 and until November 23, a period during which there is a mandatory curfew in counties with the highest risk of contagion and neighboring municipalities. The measure covers 191 counties.
During the week, the curfew must be respected between 23:00 and 05:00, as well as between 13:00 on Saturday and 05:00 on Sunday and between 13:00 on Sunday and 05: 00 on Monday.