Last weekend the Grand Prix of Portugal of the Formula 1 and there was a large audience in it. However, the number of entries was reduced by almost half due to the epidemiological situation in the European country. In the last hours, doctors who take risks every day against the coronavirus (COVID-19) could not bear the row.
The text was published on the afternoon of this Tuesday, and is signed by the Dr. Ricardo Mexia, who is the president of the National Association of Public Health Physicians. In the last hours, the number of cases in Portugal rose very quickly. In the last fifteen days, 35,311 new cases of COVID-19 were registered. Since the pandemic began, 124,432 have been counted.
In the letter that was released in the last hours, Mexia highlights his fanaticism for Formula 1, although he insists on the mistake that was having so many public in the stands. «With the proximity of an event, it is very difficult to prevent the spread of the disease. The probability of finding someone sick, although asymptomatic, ends up being higher than what we had two or three months ago, ”says Mexia.
The president of the College of Physicians of Portugal, Miguel Guimares placeholder image, was upset by the presence of more than 27,000 people in Portimao. The Portuguese doctor assured that you cannot have two rods to measure the number of people who entered, taking into account that social gatherings are allowed up to five people. “It is an insult to health professionals,” said Guimares.
On Saturday afternoon, the fans could be seen very close, without respecting the social distances allowed by the top health leaders and the World Health Organization. Therefore, in the next races, the entrance to the stands and the control by the volunteers will be intensified to respect the corresponding protocols.