200 deaths and 9000 cases were recorded in Portugal Thursday April 2, 2020, against more than 10,000 deaths and 110,000 cases in neighboring Spain. Relative to the number of inhabitants of these two countries, this gives a mortality rate of 20 deaths per million inhabitants in Portugal, against almost 2400 deaths per million inhabitants in Spain, or 120 times more. A gap that never ceases to amaze in recent days.
Compared to the death toll of other western European countries (more than 13,000 dead in Italy, 4,000 in France, nearly 3,000 in the United Kingdom, 1,000 in Belgium, 900 in Germany, 500 in Switzerland), Portugal even seems to do “Exceptional figure”. So much so that some people evoke a Portuguese “miracle” … at the risk of going a little too quickly in work.
“There are no Portuguese exceptions”, sweeps entry Antonio Costa Pinto, political scientist at the University of Lisbon, who also recalls that the President of the Republic, Thursday, April 2, renewed the state of emergency and strengthened measures