The Government is not currently considering banning smoking in the open air as enacted in Spain, but there are “many open issues” that will be monitored and analyzed “in more depth”, said the Minister of Health today.
The Spanish Government and the country’s regional authorities today approved a ban on smoking “outdoors, for example, on terraces” and whenever it is not possible to maintain a two-meter safety distance between people, a measure that is already in place. in force in two of the 17 Spanish autonomous regions.
Asked at the regular press conference on covid-19 about whether Portugal is considering adopting this measure, the Minister of Health said that “at this moment” the government “is not considering adopting a similar measure”.
“It is evident that I am not disregarding what I found to be the recommendations of my colleague, the Minister of Health of Spain, smoking is an activity that has health risks and, therefore, is avoidable in any context”, said Marta Temido .
But, he remarked, “as we have always said in this context of uncertainty about what are the best strategies to prevent contagion, there are still many open issues, and therefore. we will monitor and analyze in more depth and assess whether it will also be appropriate to our context ”.
“In any case, it is clear that smoking in yourself is a risk. And therefore, the advice is not to smoke ”, stressed Marta Temido.
The covid-19 pandemic has already claimed more than 754,000 deaths and infected almost 21 million people in 196 countries and territories, according to a report by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 1,772 people of the 53,783 confirmed as infected died, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December in Wuhan, a city in central China.
After Europe succeeded China as the center of the pandemic in February, the American continent is now the one with the most confirmed cases and the most deaths.