The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, today recognized the effort made by the population of Ovar, during the sanitary fence, and praised the way the country has been dealing with the pandemic of the covid-19.
“Coming to Ovar is like thanking the whole country here and coming with us all over the country thanking Ovar, because it was an example,” said Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.
The Head of State spoke to journalists after a visit to the company Flex2000, in Ovar, in the district of Aveiro, accompanied by the Prime Minister, António Costa.
Marcelo said that Ovar “is special”, not only because it was the first sanitary fence, but also “the most dramatic situation”, recalling the calls he received from people who had infected people in the family.
The President of the Republic also emphasized the different way in which Portugal is dealing with the pandemic, in relation to other countries, adding that this difference “will be valid for tourism, for investment, but, it will be especially for the consideration of people, there outside and inside ”.
The Head of State also underlined that the country “never let go of its arms”, reminding entrepreneurs, managers and hundreds of thousands of workers who “fought and worked in particularly difficult conditions”, but stressed that “we are still going less than halfway through way”.
“In health we are already more advanced, but it is not over yet. In the economy and in society there is still a long way to go. And in doing so we leave the Portuguese example in the world ”, he said.
Asked about the possibility of a second wave, the President of the Republic said that “it is quite possible” that it could happen at the end of the year, but underlined that the country is “much better prepared”.
“Heads of state and heads of government admit it, experts admit it. None of us is sure. Now, what we know is that we are much better prepared for a second outbreak, ”he said.
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