PAN: "State of Emergency does not necessarily mean that there must be confinement"

Speaking to Jornal Económico, Inês Sousa-Real points out that “what matters at the moment is to understand where the transmission chains are”, arguing that proportionality and adequacy of measures according to localities and regions.

The parliamentary leader of the PAN (People – Animals – Nature party), Inês Sousa-Real, admits “some concern” with the possible decree of a new State of Emergency, but recalls that this does not necessarily imply an equal confinement to that registered in March.

“It is obviously with some concern that we look at the possibility of a decree of a State of Emergency, because we know the consequences that this brings from the social and economic point of view to the country and, therefore, what we hope is that more than measures like mandatory withdrawal, which seems to us to be almost a placebo effect rather than a measure that is in fact effective in preventing contagion, what matters now is to understand where the transmission chains are, ”said parliamentarian speaking to Jornal Económico this Thursday, on the eve of the prime minister receiving the parties to debate the current situation in the country.

However, he admits that "the state of emergency does not necessarily mean that there must be confinement as there was when it practically paralyzed the country when it was enacted".

An extraordinary Council of Ministers is scheduled for Saturday in which new measures will be defined to contain the spread of Covid-19. Before that, on Friday, the Prime Minister heard the parties in São Bento on the subject.

“In this first moment, it will be fundamental to hear not only what the Government's idea is also about restricting liberties, rights and guarantees, obviously not forgetting the concern we have with the fact that these same restrictions are proportional and appropriate not only to the context from a more local point of view ”, vinca Inês Sousa Real. The deputy also considers it essential to resume Infarmed meetings, as well as “to have a finer reading of the data”, in order to adapt the measures to the state of coronavirus contagion in each location and region.

“It seems to us that there must be an adequacy of proportionality so that we do not have to cross a second wave with the socio-economic problems that we had in the first. The country is not prepared for this ”, he said, arguing that it is essential to ensure that any measure is“ very well planned from the point of view of articulation with public transport, with travel, the time difference ”.

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