The state of emergency in Portugal, put in place to contain the coronavirus pandemic, is coming to an end the night of May 2 to May 3, President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said April 28.
But Marcelo warned that we are far from the end of the coronavirus outbreak — the number of confirmed cases continues rising, after all — so many restrictions will remain in place.
The full plan will be announced on April 30. For now, small neighborhood shops are scheduled to reopen May 4. Students in grades 11 and 12 will return to classes on May 18. Creches are, for now, reopening June 1, according to Público.
Earlier this month, Costa put out several proposals to come back to something resembling normal life, and to give a boost to the economy, with so many people already laid off and missing paychecks. Among the proposals was one that allowed cultural events with reduced capacity, encouraged companies to stagger working hours to reduce the crowding on public transit, and more.
As of Wednesday afternoon, more than 24,500 people have tested positive for the virus in Portugal, and 975 of them have died — 25 in the past 24 hours, according to Direcção-Geral da Saúde. Of those infected, 980 are currently hospitalized, 169 of them in intensive care, and 1,470 have recovered. But there are still a further 243,655 suspected cases, according to DGS.
Around the world, more than 3 million people have contracted the virus and more than 217,000 of them have died. In the U.S., 58,351 people who tested positive for the virus have died — which is more than the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Vietnam, as many news outlets are pointing out.