On Thursday, Prime Minister Antonio Costa announced as the country begins to ease its COVID-19 lockdown to kick-start an ailing economy. The final 10 rounds of Portugal’s top-flight Primeira Liga soccer season could be played from May 30 after an ease in lockdown.
Costa said that the league will need permission from the health ministry to get back underway, and that matches would be played behind closed doors. He declared that individual sports such as golf and tennis could resume from Monday. Those games who can play individual will resume again.
On March 12, the league was suspended with the FC portfolio due to the pandemic situation. In the last season, porto, runner up have 60 points, one more than their Lisbon-based rivals, with Sporting Braga a distant third on 46.
France and the Netherlands having already cancelled their seasons. Portugal would be one of the first major European leagues to resume action amid the COVID-19 pandemic situation across the world.
Belgium announced thay they would do likewise, though that decision still needs to be granted by the clubs and a final vote will be taken on Monday. They are waiting for more clarity on a possible easing of lockdown rules.
Portugal has reported 25,045 coronavirus cases and 989 deaths. It’s a comparatively low toll backed up by one of the highest testing rates worldwide at 37,000 per million people. Portugal have low cases and low deaths as compare to another countries.
The country’s health system has remained below 65% of hospital bed capacity throughout the pandemic, with nine out of 10 cases treated at home and just 1% needing intensive care. Testing are going as usual in the country.