“The municipality owes a lot to its business fabric, which is resilient, very competitive and, in a way, it has survived many, many families in Ovar over the past few decades,” said Salvador Malheiro.
The mayor pledged to “claim from the Government what is elementary justice” for companies that had to close due to the siege: “positive discrimination” in relation to the rest of the country’s business universe.
“We know that the Government is going to have to put a lot of money into the economy, but our companies now see their competitors outside Ovar working, which is not fair, so we have to get them to be treated differently and be the best. first to be helped “, he defended.
On March 17, the Government declared the state of public calamity in the municipality of Ovar, which as of the following day was subject to a sanitary siege with border control and suspension of all business activity does not affect essential goods. On Thursday, the measure was extended until April 17.
According to official information from the municipality, there were 364 people infected with covid-19 among the 55,400 inhabitants of the municipality tonight. Of the infected people, 32 are users of the Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Ovar home, with the municipality still registering 16 deaths and five recoveries.
The new coronavirus responsible for the covid-19 pandemic was detected in China in December 2019 and has already infected more than one million people worldwide, of whom nearly 55,000 have died. Still in this universe of patients, about 190,000 recovered.
In Portugal, where the first confirmed cases were registered on March 2, the latest report from the Directorate-General for Health indicated 9,886 confirmed infections. Of this universe of patients, 246 died, 1,058 are admitted to hospitals, 68 recovered and the rest recover at home or in other institutions.
The country has been in a state of emergency since 00:00 on 19 March, which will remain in effect until 23:59 on 17 April. The measure prohibits the entire population from moving outside their municipality of residence between April 9th and 13th, to discourage travel during the Easter period.