Many outlets focused on the spread of Covid and plans to allow people to self-test before being allowed to enter establishments until 2 January. Another story widely reported is the anticipated campaign spending by the main political parties, which is expected to be around €7 million in total.
Expresso and RTP report the health department is studying reducing the validity of tests for Omicron from 72 to 48 hours. Público reports that many public health clinics are currently unable to process Covid tests within 24 hours. LUSA notes that AstraZeneca is claiming a third dose of its vaccine “significantly” increases the number of Omicron antibodies. The Jornal de Notícias reports that sales of Covid self-tests are having to be rationed because of high demand and low stocks. CNN Portugal reports that the personal data of 11 children in intensive care with Covid has been shared on an anti-vaccine Facebook page. Jornal i notes that Miguel Guimarães, President of the Portuguese Medical Association, said the “reliability” of the self-tests to covid-19 “is very low”, noting that there are “many studies attesting to this”.
The Jornal de Notícias notes that there are more than 1,000 parties planned for New Year, all classified as cultural events and therefore not banned. Organisers of an electronic music festival for 3500 people said the event “will go ahead”.
Expresso reports that the PS has a €2.45m campaign fund, followed by the PSD with €1.95m. TSF has an interview with PS parliamentary leader Ana Catarina Mendes who defends the inclusion of cabinet members on PS lists for the forthcoming election, arguing they are “people with proven experience”. Público carries a story noting that Rui Rio has suffered his first defeat since being re-elected leader of PSD when his candidate for chairman of the party’s jurisdiction committee, Nuno Morais Sarmento, was defeated.
TSF quotes President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa speaking out about how mental health is the “poor relation” in the Portuguese health system. Diário de Notícias reports the president expressing his hopes the forthcoming election will result in a stable government that can serve a full term. Sol and Jornal i note that Rebelo de Sousa claims the pandemic has accentuated “inequalities” and allowed others to take advantage of the “fissures” and has led to a rise in populism.