The British government decided on Thursday to remove Portugal from the list of countries considered safe in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, except the regions of Madeira and Azores.
Portugal’s president, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, reacted to the British government’s decision to once again exclude mainland Portugal from the so-called air corridor, declaring that it causes a sense of injustice.
In response to questions from journalists, at the end of the inauguration of the new Auchan Retail Portugal headquarters in Paço de Arcos, on Thursday, De Sousa pointed out the Algarve, in particular, as being unfairly punished for this decision.
“But we must continue, look ahead. What is needed in these critical situations – and I will have meetings this week with the hotel management – is resilience, resistance,” he said.
The British government decided on Thursday to remove Portugal from the list of countries considered safe in the current context of the Covid-19 pandemic, except the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, and from Saturday it will again force anyone returning from the Portuguese mainland to quarantine for two weeks.
Portugal had been included in the list of countries in the so-called British air corridor for three weeks.