The pressure grew throughout the day and the decision was made at night, in a meeting of AntÃ³nio Costa with the ministers of Education, Health, Presidency and Higher Education. From preschool to universities, the school system stops all from Friday, found JN.
The announcement will be made today, after the meeting of the Cabinet.
The alarming numbers, on the day Portugal hit new covid case highs (14 647) and deaths (219), increased the tone of calls for closure. But the main factor to weigh in the Government's decision was the growth in circulation of the British variant, more aggressive towards children. This information was transmitted by experts in a meeting held with the ministers of health and the presidency, in which the Government sought to substantiate, with epidemiological data, defining the way forward.