Vila do Bispo may be at high risk for a long time

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The inclusion of non-residents for the calculation of those infected without being considered in the group of the total population distorts the reality of  Vila do Bispo.

The Municipality of Vila do Bispo today classified its inclusion in the list of the 191 municipalities at high risk of covid-19 transmission as “unjust”, which aggravates the restrictions imposed on the population.

In a statement, the mayor stated that “the inclusion of non-residents” for the calculation of those infected “without being considered in the total population group” undermines “the reality of Vila do Bispo” and could put the municipality “at high risk for a long time”.

“If the epidemiological situation continues and the government continues to include non-residents only in part of the calculation, we may reach the absurdity of having more infected people than the resident population,” says Adelino Soares.

According to the mayor, “it is incomprehensible why the exception regime provided for in the Council of Ministers’ Resolution of 2 November, which excludes “low-density territories” and those with an “epidemiologically well-determined outbreak,” has not been maintained.

Defending that Vila do Bispo is a “holiday destination” with “occasional transit of persons without any kind of screening at the entrance to the municipality” and that “positive cases concerning non-residents/tourists, without being contagious in the community” are counted, reinforces the “displeasure” and declares that the “respective grounds” have already been reported to the Government.

“We cannot accept that the numerator of the formula should promote the ‘naturalisation’ of positive cases concerning non-resident citizens, while the denominator of the same formula uses the resident population strictly, without taking into account the floating population”, he argues.

Adelino Soares ends by appealing to the sense of responsibility of the population of Vila do Bispo, who “knew and will know how to respect the established norms”.

The government announced on Thursday an update of the list of municipalities with a high risk of contagion, which rises from 121 to 191, including seven more in the Algarve – Faro, Albufeira, Portimão, Lagos, Tavira, Vila do Bispo and Vila Real de Santo António, which join São Brás de Alportel.

The president of the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve (AMAL) considered this Friday that the region is hampered by the counting of the population for the definition of municipalities with a high risk of covid-19 contagion, because not all foreign residents are included.

According to António Pina, the Algarve “can no longer be seen” as a region with a population of 450 thousand inhabitants, but with 600 thousand inhabitants, “because that is what actually exists”, alluding to foreign citizens who live in the Algarve but are not registered as residents.

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