The President of the Republic even started the country’s renewal of the state of emergency to reiterate the main arguments in favor of accelerated deflation, but then looked at the “other balance” – the number of internees per person covid-19, delays on vaccines and inadequate screening – and said that this is impossible.
After Marcelo hit Rebelo de Sousa on the accelerator, he braked hard, making it clear that he is going to be tough with the government on the pandemic management strategy. The restriction is really meant to stay in place until Easter – “a risky time for confused or contradicting messages,” he said. “It is a matter of caution and security,” he added after considering that “opening without criteria before Easter, closing immediately, and then opening afterwards” would be wrong: “Who would take Easter strictness seriously? ” ?? “
“Does this mean that the state will have to make heavy sacrifices for a few more weeks and that the state will have to go further in emergencies and future start-up measures? That implies, ”said the President. The alternative, he argued, could be “having to multiply it by two or three later”.
Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa had initially said that suspicion “is really the most seductive as soon as possible, given the weariness of these demanding weeks,” and he even agreed that the opening should begin with the schools.
He reiterated the arguments of those who defended him – the economic and social crisis, mental health, the sophomore year, the belief that the country will not go back to the black by the end of January. However, he later countered that “it can never be said that there is no relapse or withdrawal”, recalling that “the numbers that replace the worst in Europe and the world are from a month ago are less than a month ago. The ambulance lines are outside the hospitals for a month. “
Marcelo also understands the proposal to vaccinate the school population earlier to expedite the opening, but recalled that “due to the delay in vaccine delivery, there will likely be no vaccination in the next month and a half to guarantee everything that guarantees wants, directly from the schools ”.
He insists, as he did 15 days ago, that “more extensive and urgent tests and reviews are needed”, which in the case of schools “could be possible with simple, quick, but reliable tests”. However, he understands that “testing and tracking in a matter of weeks to ensure the required level of safety can be complicated, even for schools”.
In addition, “the number of hospital occupants is still almost twice as high as reported by the intensive care doctors” and the number of patients in the intensive care unit is “more than twice as high as recommended in order to avoid the risk of further suffocation”.
Given all of these “opposing reasons”, how do you make up your mind? Quite simply, says Marcelo: “The decision must be based on the conscience of those who decide, and not on the need to follow the opinion of every moment. Sometimes he wants to close it out of fear, now he wants to open it out of tiredness. “
And to make a conscious decision “to be based on objective and clear criteria, such as For example, to give the indicators for the severity of the pandemic and the pressure on the health structures, vaccinations, tests and preventive examinations ”and to give the Portuguese“ the right signals ”. Above all, however, the President said, “the decision in this pandemic presupposes institutional and strategic solidarity between the President of the Republic, the Assembly of the Republic and the Government”. With a single goal he underlined: “To meet the common cause together. It was like that. It will continue to be so. “
Just like 15 days ago, Marcelo insisted on the need for a reopening plan, but without rushing: “Planning for the future is important, but the mistrust of running due to the number of days will be as tempting as it is frivolous.
The president, who again insisted that he was “primarily responsible for the nature of things” for the country’s response to the pandemic, recalled well what happened at Christmas and quoted an “almost classic” to support the prolongation of imprisonment: “A people who do not know their history are doomed to repeat it. We know this year’s pandemic story well. We will not make the same mistakes.”