It is one of the eurozone’s poorer countries, and has the fewest critical care beds – so how did Portugal fight back against coronavirus?
Portugal is not a rich country. It doesn’t have Germany’s advanced pharmaceutical and manufacturing system, South Korea’s prior experience with Mers, Denmark and Switzerland’s money or the UK’s elite higher education system.
As the novel coronavirus ripped through Italy and neighbouring Spain there was genuine concern the Iberian nation with the fewest critical care beds in Europe would be next. So how does one of the eurozone’s poorer countries have a Covid-19 testing rate more than double almost every other nation in the world?
The answer is complex. But some of Portugal’s most respected medical experts say immense efforts from the private and university sector and a government that allowed them to act tell a big part of the story.
The Telegraph 26/05/20. Click here to read the full article.