Schools may close again in communities where the pandemic is worsening due to coronavirus

The deconfiguration plan presented by the Prime Minister on Thursday follows a logic: in order for the country to move towards deconfiguration, it is considered as a whole and the indicators are analyzed at the continental level (excluding Madeira and the Azores). To stop or return, the regional indicators count. The rule also applies to schools.

The idea, however, is to avoid a complete closure as much as possible. Close attention is paid to the road to stop in time if necessary without colliding with a reality forcing you to return to where you started. In this case, temporary or local setbacks like a hole in the road can be bypassed, which will delay the delay but not force you to return. It is therefore intended that it is possible, at least not to leave the stage we are in, even if the Rt rises a little above 1 or the incidence is far 120 cases per 100,000 people in a given place and at a given point in time exceeded entered Monday. The one who has schools open up to the 1st cycle, hairdressers, bookstores and shops on the working wicket.

The plan was summarized in a four-color picture – green, yellow / orange and red – and it was no accident. “It is not a black and white plan to close or open,” a government source tells the PUBLIC. In the executive branch, the four squares are viewed as a kind of beacon showing a trend and leading the country to lack of definition. And from the restriction when it is necessary to resort to the measures.

“The logic for deflation is national while the logic for restriction is regional,” explains the same source. This means that when assessing the transition to the next stage of deflation, the decisive factor is whether the continental country has an RT below 1 and whether the incidence is below 120 cases per 100,000 people. If so, move on to the next stage. If not, freeze. “In the beginning it is not about tightening the measures, but always about not relieving them.”

Of course, when there are more serious cases, schools may close again or not open at all. Again, the opening will be decided at the national level and the closing at the local level. “If the RT rises above 1 and there are areas of higher risk, with very high incidences, deflation may not progress in those areas and in the adjacent areas.” By zones, we mean municipalities because the health authorities have access to Rt’s municipal data. “That happened before in Felgueiras, Ovar, Odivelas or Loures, for example,” the executive’s source recalls.

It is not mandatory that all communities in an area classified as vulnerable stop or withdraw when others move to the next stage and remain suspicious. “There are many indicators to evaluate: if it is a localized outbreak, in a house or in a factory, nothing can happen, even if the incidence is high.” Vaccination rate, tests performed, and screenings are other factors that can play a role in decision-making.

“It must be remembered that deflation does not advance if a community is a day or two above the ideal indicators. It has to be sustainable logic. That is why the evaluation takes place every two weeks, ”the source says. Lisbon, with a Rt of 0.8 and 125 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, is nothing to worry about. It’s like it’s green. What matters is the trend and that is why the government works with the help of specialists who look at the numbers and make forecasts.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa was the one who soon seemed to understand the logic of the model put forward by the government. On Friday he said from the Vatican that this was a “flexible plan” and “prudent” and praised him for it. “The plan is to go through May, which is good, not too long, flexible in the indicators chosen and the way they are linked to ensure that Easter is limited, which is important “praised the President and also acknowledged this. The” plan is more cautious than at any point in time at which it was approved. “

At spectacles with an audience, be it at the Moto GP and the Formula 1 main prizes or at the Festa do Avante! We now turn to the regime that existed before the general restriction, ie “it is up to the health authorities and the DGS to evaluate and express their opinions based on indicators, space, conditions”.

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