We are all aware that until there is a vaccine available on the market and accessible to all of us, or until there is a treatment, we will have to continue to live without our normal life.
In the extreme west of the European continent, and thus far from the main source of the outbreak in northern Italy, the authorities quickly used Portugal's location to their advantage. As early as mid-March, they restricted movement across the border with Spain, their only land neighbor, even though Portugal only had a hundred cases at the time. Furthermore, the relative isolation of inland regions such as the Alentejo also played a role in curbing the spread of the epidemic. With a population density below the national average (111 inhabitants per km2) and less populated than the coastal strip between Lisbon and Porto, of which these two large metropolitan areas account for 58% of the population, the Alentejo went several weeks without any deaths from COVID-19.