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      6 The Portugal News •  19 Sep 2020

      Portugal does not have to “choose between



      economy and health”




      Prime minister, António Costa, has assured that Portugal does not have to choose between the economy and health, but
      has warned that the country cannot risk locking down again because the cost will be “absolutely unbearable”.
                                                                 country and safeguarding the  significant increase in the  on controlling Covid-19, second
                                                                 future, these are the three  number of contagions. Holidays  on the country’s recovery and
                                                                 priorities of the Socialist Party”,  are by nature a moment of  third on the future.
                                                                 he said, stressing that the fight  relaxation, a moment of  “We must not be distracted or
                                                                 against the pandemic is also a  conviviality, but in this moment in  lose focus. What we have to focus
                                                                 fight for the eradication of poverty.  which we live we cannot relax,  on, what worries the Portuguese
                                                                 In the opening speech of the 19 th  we have to be very careful in the  most today, what distresses them
                                                                 Congress of the District     conviviality, as we have to be  and what the PS party has to
                                                                 Federation of Porto, in      when we go back to work, when  respond to, is the need to control
                                                                 Matosinhos, the socialist leader  we have to travel on public  the pandemic in order to limit the
                                                                 and prime minister, who again  transport, when we have to go  number of deaths and the
                                                                 called for the use of the    back to school because if we  number of infected people. It is
                                                                 ‘Stayaway Covid’ application,  have to stop the country again  the recovery of the country to save
                                                                 stressed that control of the Covid-  this would have an absolutely  companies that are threatened
                                                                 19 pandemic is fundamental if  unbearable cost for the lives of  with bankruptcy, to guarantee the
                                                                 the country wants to ensure the  families, for companies, for  protection of jobs that are
                                                                 protection of family income,  everyone in Portugal”, he   threatened and to create jobs
                                                                 guarantee employment and     defended, adding that it is a risk  again to employ those who have
                                                                 defend businesses.           that the country “cannot take”.  lost their jobs and those who are
                                                                 Recognising that the country is  The secretary general of the PS  leaving the education system
                                                                 now entering a “particularly  stressed that in order not to run  every year and to whom we have
      António Costa stressed that everyone needs to fulfil their role in :
      António Costa stressed that everyone needs to fulfil their role in :  critical” period, António Costa  that risk, everyone needs to fulfil  to open the doors and give the
      António Costa stressed that everyone needs to fulfil their role in :
      António Costa stressed that everyone needs to fulfil their role in :
      António Costa stressed that everyone needs to fulfil their role in :
      wearing a mask, social distancing and disinfecting their hands  recalled that in March and April,  their role: wearing a mask, social  guarantee that it is in Portugal
      wearing a mask, social distancing and disinfecting their hands
      wearing a mask, social distancing and disinfecting their hands
      wearing a mask, social distancing and disinfecting their hands
      wearing a mask, social distancing and disinfecting their hands
                                                                 pandemic control had enormous  distancing and disinfecting their  that they can build their future,”
           Contrary to what some    our families, for our neighbours,  social costs in terms of children’s  hands, he said, stressing that this  he said.
           people say, we don’t have  for our co-workers, for our fellow  learning, job losses, reduced  is the best way for the Portuguese  “We must make this fight against
           to choose between the    citizens. This is a battle that we  disposable income for families  to help health professionals.  Covid, a fight for the eradication
      “economy and health. We       must fight together and for this  and ‘lay-offs’, which must not be  He added that  during this critical  of poverty. Because with poverty
      all want a life that is healthy, but  there should be no distractions.  forgotten.      period when the country is   there cannot be better health and
      also with living conditions for  We need to focus on controlling  “We have to remain alert.  We  confronted with the pandemic,  without health we will not recover
      ourselves and our children, for  the pandemic, recovering the  have, in recent weeks, seen a  priorities must be focused, first  from poverty”, he concluded.
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