Mayors of six municipalities in the Alentejo and Algarve regions have asked for the “postponement” of the process of transferring powers to the National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP), from which they demand a “more prominent” intervention in the defense of local power.
The president of Turismo do Algarve has announced that the tourist occupancy rate for June in the Algarve is expected to be around 80%, with around 17,000 passengers to be disembarking at Faro airport.
The Director-General of Health has announced that unless a new variant of Covid-19 emerges, which causes more serious disease, from now on the Covid vaccine will only be given to the elderly, patients at risk and pregnant women.
National airports will have a reinforcement of 238 SEF and PSP staff during the summer months, 82% more than the current staff at border posts, with Faro airport increasing from 59 to 104 SEF and PSP staff this Thursday.
Taxi fares across Portugal will rise by more than 8% on average from today, according to the agreement signed between the Directorate-General for Economic Activities, ANTRAL and the Portuguese Taxi Federation and already approved by the Government.
At a ceremony hosted by Portimão Câmara President, Isilda Gomes, on Friday 27th May, Christopher Ireland, the ex-President of the Foreign Residents’ Association AFPOP, was awarded the British Empire Medal by the British Ambassador to Portugal, Mr Chris Sainty.
A crew member of a fishing vessel who was suffering severe chest pain was rescued earlier this morning by the Sagres Lifeguard Station, about three nautical miles (approximately five kilometres) from Cabo de São Vicente, in Vila do Bispo.
Portugal has so far granted more than 39,000 temporary protections to people who fled the war in Ukraine, of which about a third were minors, according to the latest update made by the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF).
According to Portuguese newspaper, Público, regarding the recent peak in cases of Covid-19, the government has decided not to tighten any new pandemic restrictions, saying the peak has pretty much already passed.
Domestic violence figures in Portugal show it is the second most reported crime, amounting to 8% of all crimes. Around 84% of victims are female, 16% male, with 78% of perpetrators being current or former partners.
Portugal now has 37 cases of Monkeypox reported, most cases continue to be in young men, with the concentration starting in the Lisbon region, but patients now being reported across the Algarve and the North.
The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) have announced that elderly people over 80 and those living in nursing homes will be vaccinated with the second booster dose of the vaccine against covid-19, starting on Monday 16th May.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have announced today that from Monday 16th May they will no longer recommend mandatory masks in airports and on European flights.
Catholic pilgrims from around the world will gatherer in the Sanctuary of Fatima in central Portugal on Friday, for the 105th anniversary of the apparitions of the Virgin Mary reported by three shepherd children.