Carlos Moedas' stance comes a day after the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira (Independent), cancelled the end-of-year festivities in the northern city due to the pandemic.

The Azores currently have 239 active, positive cases: 172 in Sao Miguel, 29 in Terceira, 16 in Sao Jorge, 14 in Faial, seven in Graciosa, and one in Corvo.