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Since the Portuguese were unable to take the problem into their own hands, they can only hope that a Government that has so far been zigzagging will have the courage to make a total 'lockdown'.

At the time of the first confinement, in March 2020, we were worried about the fact that we have hundreds of people infected every day and that there are already some fatalities. After 10 months, the situation is much more dramatic, seeming to be heading towards the precipice.

The number of infected people per day consistently exceeds ten thousand, and the daily number of deaths has been climbing in an impressive way, reaching over 200. In addition, hospitals are in a disrupted situation, with the number of hospitalizations exceeding 5.400 and intensive care patients exceeding 680.

The second confinement, despite the Prime Minister's vows that it would not occur, under penalty of liquidating our economy, even came to be decreed. It was, however, late and in an erratic and poorly sustained way, with almost daily adjustments that close the tap as fatalities persist in increasing.

But, as much as we want to blame the Government for the calamitous situation that now lives, it is only partly its responsibility. Certain that he acted late, certain that the example given by senior officials was far from ideal, certain that the measures adopted were known to droppers, certain that the overly generous interpretations that he made of the exceptions made a greater awareness about the seriousness of the problem on the part of citizens.

All of this is true, but the main people responsible for this catastrophe are the Portuguese themselves, unable to understand that the disease does not just knock at the neighbor's door and always willing to use their ingenuity to find a way to take shelter in any type of regime. exception that might allow them to evade confinement.

The images collected daily by television reporters are clearly demonstrative of the folly of a people who are not able to contribute to the fight against this plague that decided to transform the planet we inhabit overnight. The crowded beaches, the streets full of people who huddle under the pretext of exercising or walking animals, the extended gatherings, the non-use of a mask in public places, will make it difficult to stop this impressive climb in the number of infected and dead.

Unable to take the resolution of the problem in their hands, it remains for the Portuguese to hope that a Government until now zigzagging has the courage to make a lockdown total, closing the Portuguese in their homes and preventing the SNS from collapsing definitively. Thus, we will be dependent on a vaccination program, which is still taking its first steps, so that we can dream of an eradication of a disease that, in a few months, was able to turn the world inside out.


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