Sales of accommodation in the metropolitan area of Lisbon and in the Algarve were, in March, above the national reference, but fell, respectively, 2.1% and 0.9% compared to the same period, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced today. .
In the month in question, around six households were sold for every thousand classic family dwellings in the country, a value that compares with 6.15 March 2019 and 6.6 February 2020, according to an INE highlight released today.
With the exception of the metropolitan area of Lisbon and the Algarve, the remaining regions had numbers below the national average, with the Center (4.49) and Alentejo (4.70) standing out.
However, despite the metropolitan area of Lisbon and the Algarve having a sales value per thousand classic family dwellings above the national reference, in March, there was a respective decrease of 2.1% and 0.9%, in comparison with the same period last year.
In addition, the Center (-3.7%) and the North (-3.3%) also experienced, in March, a decrease in the number of sales compared to the same period last year.
In March, for every thousand classic family dwellings, 2.2 new lease agreements were registered.
However, in the period in question, with the exception of the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and the Algarve, the remaining NUTS II regions (North, Center, Lisbon, Alentejo, Algarve, Azores and Madeira) registered a number of new lease agreements below the national reference .
“In 14 of the 25 Portuguese NUTS III sub-regions, the number of sales of family housing in March 2020 was lower compared to the same period last year. Of this group, the sub-regions of Baixo Alentejo (0.76) and Beiras and Serra da Estrela (0.85) stood out, for presenting the lowest ratios ”, revealed the INE.
Globally, according to a report by the AFP news agency, the covid-19 pandemic has already claimed almost 330,000 deaths and infected more than 5.1 million people in 196 countries and territories.
More than 1.9 million patients were considered cured.
Portugal accounts for 1,289 deaths associated with covid-19 in 30,200 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest daily bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the pandemic.
In relation to the previous day, there are 12 more deaths (+ 0.9%) and 288 more cases of infection (+ 1%).
Portugal entered on May 3 in a calamity situation due to the pandemic, after three consecutive periods in a state of emergency since March 19.
This new phase of combating covid-19 provides for mandatory confinement for sick people and under active surveillance, the general duty of home collection and the mandatory use of masks or visors in public transport, public attendance services, schools and commercial establishments.
The Government approved new measures that came into force on Monday, including the resumption of visits to nursing home users, the reopening of daycare centers, face-to-face classes for the 11th and 12th year and the reopening of some street shops, cafes, restaurants, museums, monuments and palaces.
The return of the community religious ceremonies is scheduled for May 30 and the opening of the bathing season for June 6.
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