PM denies that pandemic is growing in greater Lisbon region

  • Lusa
  • 15 June 2020

Portugal's prime minister denied that there is a lack of control of the situation or an increase in the pandemic in the greater Lisbon region.

Portugal’s prime minister, António Costa, on Monday rejected the idea that there is a growth of the Covid-19 pandemic in the greater Lisbon region, arguing that there are more known cases because more tests have been carried out.

“As far as the greater Lisbon region is concerned, if one compares the evolution of the number of tests carried out with the percentage of positive cases since the beginning of March until now, one can see that it is roughly on a stable line. There is no growth of the pandemic in the region. There are more known cases because there are more tests carried out,” Costa said.

Costa denied that there is a lack of control of the situation or an increase in the pandemic in the greater Lisbon region.

“It is rather the case that we have a better knowledge of the situation. We have a greater number of tests because three weeks ago the government decided to reorient its strategy in the region, due to the existence of some hot spots, to carry out extensive testing in some sectors, mainly construction workers and temporary employment companies,” he said.

In his perspective, this work has enabled people who might be infected to be isolated sooner.

In European terms, according to Costa, Portugal is the fourth country with the highest number of tests per million inhabitants.

When analysing the overall results of the Covid-19 pandemic per country, according to Costa, the number of tests carried out should also be analysed.

“If no tests are done, there are no positive results either. The more tests are done, then the greater the probability of getting positive results,” he said.