Unsurprisingly, the Portuguese parliament voted Thursday in favour of putting the country in another 15-day state of emergency — until February 14.
These measures were largely unexpected as the numbers have been steadily setting new record highs over the past three weeks both in the number of new cases and the number of deaths. Most residents have been made well aware of the dwindling resources of the health system as the country has steadily made its way to the top of the list of European countries with the most cases, and the direst of circumstances. Germany and Spain have promised support, but it's largely in our own hands at this stage.
Aside from the #stayhome (#ficaemcasa) mandate, now the Portuguese are discouraged from leaving to go abroad during this period. Multiple passport holders have a bit of wiggle room in this area, but travel is largely a no-no when it comes to general best practices. Most importantly, the government is asking that we all be vigilant, patient, and conscious of ourselves and our families over the coming weeks. We aren't likely going to be celebrating Valentine's Day in the way we are accustomed to, but there is a chance that if we work together, we will be able to pass along beijinhos (kisses) this time next year.
Wouldn't that be nice? Hang in there.