Local Government response to Covid 19 in Portugal

Authors: Carlos Nunes Silva*, University of Lisbon
Topics: Political Geography, Urban and Regional Planning
Keywords: Covid-19, local government, policy response
Session Type: Virtual Paper
Day: 4/9/2021
Start / End Time: 9:35 AM / 10:50 AM
Room: Virtual 11
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In the first months of 2020 the world witnessed the quick spread of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. On 11 March the WHO informed that the COVID-19 could be characterized as a pandemic. On 4 April the WHO reported that over 1 million cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed worldwide. It spread at a much faster rate, and geographically more extensively, than two previous related coronavirus. It had so far and to a large extent an overwhelming urban incidence, since urban environments are more favourable to the spread of the virus. The pandemic impacted on public health, in the well-being of citizens, in the economy, on civic life, on the adoption of surveillance technologies in cities, in the provision of public services, in national and local public finance sustainability, and in the governance of cities and other human settlements, although in an uneven form across countries, cities and local communities. The resulting global crisis, is being dealt with by national policies, which have been implemented to a large extent by local / city governments, according to the different local conditions and varying levels of health, social and economic disruption. This oral presentation explores local government responses to the Covid-19 Pandemic. it does it with a particular focus on the local government response to COVID-19 in Portugal .

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