Portugal Live Updates
- Portugal’s coronavirus curve has flattened but the good news is still not enough for the country to lift lockdown measures and reopen its tourism-dependent, export-oriented economy, government ministers said.
- Sales said told a news conference the curve flattened due to the “excellent behaviour and civism of the Portuguese people” who obeyed lockdown rules imposed by the government from March 18.
- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will extend the nationwide lockdown until May 1.
- Portugal’s flag carrier TAP will temporarily lay off around 90% of its employees because of the coronavirus crisis that led to a collapse in demand for travel.
- Portuguese President Marcelo Rebele de Sousa confirmed that he had placed himself under self-quarantine after coming into contact with an infected person while visiting a school.
- Portugal’s flagship airline, TAP Portugal, has cancelled 3,500 flights amid the COVID-19.
- The Portuguese government is granting citizenship rights to all migrants and asylum seekers who have residency applications underway.
- The move is intended to ensure everybody who needs it has access to social security and health care while the country battles the spread and effects of coronavirus.
- Those who are in the process of applying for citizenship will be granted citizenship rights until at least July 1, the government announced on Saturday.