COVID19 – General Update

Welcome to the IWP Newsletter, where you can find the latest IWP news and events so you can make the most of your time in Portugal.

Dear IWP members,  we are sorry to inform you that due to the increasing number of infections by COVID19 in the past few days in Portugal, we are suspending all group activities which involve physical presence, including the weekly coffee mornings and the outdoor walks.

The Executive Board cares too much about you and does not want to put you at risk, unnecessarily!

So, we are encouraging you to move all IWP regular meetings, such as book clubs, knitting clubs, etc onto virtual; We are using “Google Meet” at the moment and it seems to be very easy indeed;
We are also looking for ideas for other activities we could organize online, such as cooking classes, or computer classes, etc that will keep us amused and increase our technical skills. Do you have any ideas? If so, please send them over to designatemember.iwp@gmail.com

On another note, we know you are all concerned with the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in Portugal.  Your IWP Executive Board has assembled a list of sources where you can get up-to-date information in English.  Stay safe, stay informed, stay in touch.
https://www.portugalresident.com/
https://covid19.min-saude.pt/#
www.theportugalnews.com

Application to combat the pandemic is now available.

The StayAway Covid app that aims to identify potential exposures to people infected with Covid-19 is now available for download on iOS and Android. The use of the  app  launched by the Government is voluntary, free and anonymous, and intends to function as a complementary tool to contain the expansion of the Covid-19 pandemic. 
How does the  StayAway Covid  app  work?

The operation is simple: each user who has tested positive can enter the test code in the app. After validation by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the application will alert other users who have been close to the infected user – for 15 minutes or more – always without revealing their identity, their contacts or those of other users.When there is no record of proximity contacts with a high risk of contagion, the  app’s  homepage displays a green color that will change to yellow whenever the user has been close to someone who has been diagnosed with Covid-19. For more information:  https://www.sns.gov.pt/noticias/2020/09/01/stayaway-covid-2/

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