Due to the pandemic, 120 tons of materials including 337 thousand 100 masks, 134 thousand 840 pairs of gloves, 67 thousand 120 face protection masks, 101 thousand 842 packages of hygienic hand gel were distributed to the voting centers.
In Portugal, where the presidential election was held, the number of deaths from the new type of coronavirus (Covid-19) was announced as 275, while this figure was the highest number detected in the country since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the Covid-19 data updated by the General Directorate of Health, the number of people who lost their lives due to the virus in the last 24 hours in the country increased by 275 to 10 469.
In Covid-19, the number of new cases detected in the last 24 hours in Portugal, where the highest data has been reported in the last two weeks in the number of cases and deaths, was 11 thousand 721. The total number of cases in the country reached 636 thousand 190.
In the meantime, the voting process, which started at 08:00 (11:00 local time) at the more than 2 thousand ballot box centers established for the presidential election, will end at 19:00 (22:00 local time).
The government, which took health measures against Covid-19 during voting, distributed 120 tons of materials including 337 thousand 100 masks, 134 thousand 840 pairs of gloves, 67 thousand 120 face protection masks, 101 thousand 842 hygienic hand gel packages.
The incumbent president of Portugal and 72-year-old Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, who was shown as a favorite in the elections, asked the public to go to the polls and comply with the mask, social distance and hygiene rules against Covid-19.
The state of emergency implemented in Portugal, which started Covid-19 vaccines on December 27, since November 9, was expanded due to the increase in new cases.
In the current situation in the country, restriction of free movement in places where the pandemic is intense, prohibition of travel between cities on weekends, reduction of the working hours of bars, restaurants and shopping centers, two weeks of face-to-face education in all schools except primary schools are implemented, and the public is asked not to go out on the streets unless it is compulsory.