The deputy general secretary of the PS, José Luís Carneiro, responded today implicitly to the statements of the PSD president, Rui Rio, stressing that it is necessary to “avoid attempts at party advantage” at this “especially difficult” time for the country.
"We have to avoid attempts to exploit the party in an especially difficult, dramatic circumstance in our collective life," the socialist leader told Lusa news agency, thus replying to Rui Rio, who today asked the Prime Minister, António Costa, to close schools starting on Thursday to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2.
"I appeal to you publicly to order the closure of schools" starting on Thursday, writes Rui Rio, in a statement, following the news that Costa "is going to rethink the question of face-to-face classes today".
The Deputy Secretary-General of the PS underlined that “at no time did the Government and the Prime Minister fail to take the decisions that it was necessary to take, and naturally that, in the first place, it will always be safeguarding people's lives and safeguarding people's health ”.
During the opening of the cycle of conferences “Recuperar Portugal”, whose first debate is dedicated to “Social Inequalities and Vulnerability”, José Luis Carneiro said that “it is necessary to avoid that one week we have political actors defending the enlargement and the streamlining of measures, namely in relation to commercial activities and economic activities, and in the following week they are demanding greater conditioning, taking advantage of what is also the unpredictability of this pandemic ”.