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Coronavirus: Portugal to treat migrants as residents during pandemic

on Saturday, will ensure foreigners who are still in the middle of applying for official documentation can still access life-saving public services.

They will need only to provide evidence of an ongoing residency request before they can use the country’s health service, welfare system, bank accounts, and work and rental contracts.

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Claudio Veloso, spokesperson for the Ministry of Internal Affairs, said the new rules would apply from Monday.

“People should not be deprived of their rights to health and public service just because their application has not yet been processed,” he told the Reuters news agency. “In these exceptional times, the rights of migrants must be guaranteed.”

The policy is not purely philanthropic: if implemented correctly, officials hope it will help prevent contagion by reducing contract between border control staff and applicants.

The announcement comes as neighbouring Spain became the country with the second highest death toll from Covid-19 – just behind Italy – with some 5,690 people now having succumbing to the virus there.

Portugal, by contrast, has reported just 5,170 cases of the virus with only 100 deaths.

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1/50 3 April 2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and NHS staff stand on marks on the ground, put in place to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel centre in London, a temporary hospital with 4000 beds which has been set up for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2020. Split into more than 80 wards containing 42 beds each, the facility will be used to treat Covid-19 patients who have been transferred from other intensive care units across London.
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2/50 2 April 2020

A child at Westlands Primary School paints a poster in support of the NHS in Newcastle-under-Lyme
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3/50 1 April 2020

Staff wearing PPE of gloves and face masks, as a preactionary measure against Covid-19, disinfect an ambulance after it arrived with a patient at St Thomas’ Hospital in north London
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4/50 31 March 2020

Llandudno Pier remains closed and deserted of tourists during the pandemic lockdown in Wales
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5/50 30 March 2020

Waves break against the pier at Tynemouth, on the North East coast
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6/50 29 March 2020

Waves crash over a car on the seafront during windy conditions in Broadstairs, Kent
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7/50 28 March 2020

Derbyshire Police dye the “blue lagoon” in Harpur Hill, Buxton black, as gatherings there are “dangerous” and are “in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government”
PA

8/50 27 March 2020

A road sign advising drivers to ‘stay home protect NHS saves lives’ is visible on the M80 near Banknock as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus
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9/50 26 March 2020

A postman wears a mask and gloves to deliver letters in Broadstairs, Kent, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put the UK in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2020. The UK’s coronavirus death toll reached 463 on Wednesday.
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10/50 25 March 2020

Members of the public out exercising on Brighton beach at sunset
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11/50 24 March 2020

Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital
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12/50 23 March 2020

Commuters travel on the London underground during the Coronavirus pandemic
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13/50 22 March 2020

People walk on the seafront after recent incidents of members of the public ignoring government advice on social distancing on in Hove
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14/50 21 March 2020

A general view of an empty Trafalgar Square in London. There have as of now been 3,983 diagnosed coronavirus cases in the UK and 177 deaths
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15/50 20 March 2020

Swans swim on the banks of the River Severn in Worcester
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16/50 19 March 2020

A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss
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17/50 18 March 2020

Students tend to Spring Lambs at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire
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18/50 17 March 2020

Caerphilly Castle in South Wales joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greenings campaign to mark St Patrick’s Day
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19/50 16 March 2020

Shoppers form long queues ahead of the opening of a Costco wholesale store in Chingford
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20/50 15 March 2020

Players sing songs in the changing room after their game of football at Hackney Marshes in London
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21/50 14 March 2020

Empty shelves in the laundry aisle of an Asda store in London
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22/50 13 March 2020

Runners and riders compete in the JCB Triumph Hurdle during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Thousands of people attended where Gold Cup day amid great uncertainty as sports events up and down the United Kingdom are postponed and cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak
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23/50 12 March 2020

A worker makes her way along rows of daffodils, removing any rogue varieties, at Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. The fourth generation family company plant over 35 million bulbs every year, and have held The Royal Warrant as Bulb Growers to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985
PA

24/50 11 March 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak poses for pictures with the Budget Box outside 11 Downing Street ahead of Britain’s first post-Brexit budget
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25/50 10 March 2020

A Tate Modern gallery assistant interacts with the ‘Silver Clouds’ installation, at a press view of major new Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern, which features classic pop art pieces and works never shown before in the UK
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26/50 9 March 2020

The Sub Dean and Canon Paster of Southwark, Canon Michael Rawson, left, blesses the statue of Santa Barbara and workers on one of the sites of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in London. Santa Barbara is the patron saint of tunnellers and by tradition a statue and shrine to her is placed at tunnel portals and the entrance to long tunnel headings to keep workers safe while underground. The 16 mile-long Thames Tideway Tunnel will prevent tens of millions of tonnes of sewage and rainwater run-off entering the river every year
PA

27/50 8 March 2020

An Afghan Hound dog is prepared for show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show
PA

28/50 7 March 2020

People taking part in the Million Women Rise march through central London, to demand an end to male violence against women and girls in all its forms
PA

29/50 6 March 2020

Crew members take a selfie beside the cab of The Flying Scotswoman, the LNER Edinburgh to London rail service which has an all-female crew to celebrate International Women’s Day, before it departs Edinburgh Waverley station
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30/50 5 March 2020

A poodle arrives for the first day of Crufts 2020 in Birmingham
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31/50 4 March 2020

An Emergency Department Nurse during a demonstration of the Coronavirus pod and Covid-19 virus testing procedures set-up beside the Emergency Department of Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland
PA

32/50 3 March 2020

A pedestrian wears a protective facemask while taking a bus in Westminster, London, on the day that Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK has risen to 51
PA

33/50 2 March 2020

An artist at Madame Tussauds in London fits the museum’s waxwork of Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a baby carrier, following the recent announcement that he is expecting a baby with partner Carrie Symonds
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34/50 1 March 2020

A man dressed as Dewi Sant leads the St David’s day parade in Cardiff, where hundreds of people march through the city in celebration of the patron saint of Wales. Dewi Sant (Saint David in English) was the Welsh bishop of Mynyw (now St Davids) during the 6th century
PA

35/50 29 February 2020

A home flooded after the River Aire burst its banks in East Cowick, East Yorkshire
Getty

36/50 28 February 2020

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a “Youth Strike 4 Climate” protest march in Bristol, south west England. “Activism works, so I ask you to act,” she said
AFP/Getty

37/50 27 February 2020

Campaigners cheer outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after they won a Court of Appeal challenge against controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow
PA

38/50 26 February 2020

Temporary barriers have been overwhelmed by flood water in Bewdley, Shropshire
Getty

39/50 25 February 2020

Players take part in the Atherstone Ball Game in Warwickshire. The game honours a match played between Leicestershire and Warwickshire in 1199, when teams used a bag of gold as a ball, and which was won by Warwickshire
PA

40/50 24 February 2020

A couple shelter from waves crashing over the promenade in Folkestone, Kent, as bad weather continues to cause problems across the country
PA

41/50 23 February 2020

Viking re-enactors during the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe
PA

42/50 22 February 2020

Former Greek Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and editor in chief of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsonn attend a protest against the extradition of Julian Assange outside the Australian High Commission in London
Reuters

43/50 21 February 2020

A worker recovers stranded vehicles from flood water on the A761 in Paisley, Scotland
Getty

44/50 20 February 2020

Police officers outside Regents Park mosque in central London after a man was reportedly been stabbed in the neck. Footage from the scene showed a young white man in a red hooded top being led from the mosque by police
Reuters

45/50 19 February 2020

Floodwaters surround Upton upon Seven following Storm Dennis
Getty Images

46/50 18 February 2020

Models on the catwalk during the Bobby Abley show at London Fashion Week
PA

47/50 17 February 2020

Rachel Cox inspecting flood damage in her kitchen in Nantgarw, south Wales, where residents are returning to their homes to survey and repair the damage in the aftermath of Storm Dennis
PA

48/50 16 February 2020

Teme Street in Tenbury Wells is seen under floodwater from the overflowing River Teme, after Storm Dennis caused flooding across large swathes of Britain
AFP via Getty

49/50 15 February 2020

Models present creations at the Richard Quinn catwalk show during London Fashion Week in London
Reuters

50/50 14 February 2020

Climate change protesters march through Whitehall, London
PA

1/50 3 April 2020

Health Secretary Matt Hancock and NHS staff stand on marks on the ground, put in place to ensure social distancing guidelines are adhered to, at the opening of the NHS Nightingale Hospital at the ExCel centre in London, a temporary hospital with 4000 beds which has been set up for the treatment of Covid-19 patients. PA Photo. Picture date: Friday April 3, 2020. Split into more than 80 wards containing 42 beds each, the facility will be used to treat Covid-19 patients who have been transferred from other intensive care units across London.
PA

2/50 2 April 2020

A child at Westlands Primary School paints a poster in support of the NHS in Newcastle-under-Lyme
Reuters

3/50 1 April 2020

Staff wearing PPE of gloves and face masks, as a preactionary measure against Covid-19, disinfect an ambulance after it arrived with a patient at St Thomas’ Hospital in north London
AFP via Getty

4/50 31 March 2020

Llandudno Pier remains closed and deserted of tourists during the pandemic lockdown in Wales
Getty

5/50 30 March 2020

Waves break against the pier at Tynemouth, on the North East coast
PA

6/50 29 March 2020

Waves crash over a car on the seafront during windy conditions in Broadstairs, Kent
PA

7/50 28 March 2020

Derbyshire Police dye the “blue lagoon” in Harpur Hill, Buxton black, as gatherings there are “dangerous” and are “in contravention of the current instruction of the UK Government”
PA

8/50 27 March 2020

A road sign advising drivers to ‘stay home protect NHS saves lives’ is visible on the M80 near Banknock as the UK continues in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus
PA

9/50 26 March 2020

A postman wears a mask and gloves to deliver letters in Broadstairs, Kent, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson has put the UK in lockdown to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. PA Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2020. The UK’s coronavirus death toll reached 463 on Wednesday.
PA

10/50 25 March 2020

Members of the public out exercising on Brighton beach at sunset
Getty

11/50 24 March 2020

Military vehicles cross Westminster Bridge after members of the 101 Logistic Brigade delivered a consignment of medical masks to St Thomas’ hospital
Getty

12/50 23 March 2020

Commuters travel on the London underground during the Coronavirus pandemic
Getty

13/50 22 March 2020

People walk on the seafront after recent incidents of members of the public ignoring government advice on social distancing on in Hove
Getty

14/50 21 March 2020

A general view of an empty Trafalgar Square in London. There have as of now been 3,983 diagnosed coronavirus cases in the UK and 177 deaths
Getty

15/50 20 March 2020

Swans swim on the banks of the River Severn in Worcester
PA

16/50 19 March 2020

A piece of art by the artist, known as the Rebel Bear has appeared on a wall on Bank Street in Glasgow. The new addition to Glasgow’s street art is capturing the global Coronavirus crisis. The piece features a woman and a man pulling back to give each other a kiss
PA

17/50 18 March 2020

Students tend to Spring Lambs at Moreton Morrell College in Warwickshire
PA

18/50 17 March 2020

Caerphilly Castle in South Wales joins Tourism Ireland’s Global Greenings campaign to mark St Patrick’s Day
PA

19/50 16 March 2020

Shoppers form long queues ahead of the opening of a Costco wholesale store in Chingford
Getty

20/50 15 March 2020

Players sing songs in the changing room after their game of football at Hackney Marshes in London
Reuters

21/50 14 March 2020

Empty shelves in the laundry aisle of an Asda store in London
PA

22/50 13 March 2020

Runners and riders compete in the JCB Triumph Hurdle during day four of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse. Thousands of people attended where Gold Cup day amid great uncertainty as sports events up and down the United Kingdom are postponed and cancelled due to the Coronavirus outbreak
PA Images via Reuters Connect

23/50 12 March 2020

A worker makes her way along rows of daffodils, removing any rogue varieties, at Taylors Bulbs in Holbeach, Lincolnshire. The fourth generation family company plant over 35 million bulbs every year, and have held The Royal Warrant as Bulb Growers to Her Majesty The Queen since 1985
PA

24/50 11 March 2020

Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak poses for pictures with the Budget Box outside 11 Downing Street ahead of Britain’s first post-Brexit budget
AFP/Getty

25/50 10 March 2020

A Tate Modern gallery assistant interacts with the ‘Silver Clouds’ installation, at a press view of major new Andy Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern, which features classic pop art pieces and works never shown before in the UK
PA

26/50 9 March 2020

The Sub Dean and Canon Paster of Southwark, Canon Michael Rawson, left, blesses the statue of Santa Barbara and workers on one of the sites of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in London. Santa Barbara is the patron saint of tunnellers and by tradition a statue and shrine to her is placed at tunnel portals and the entrance to long tunnel headings to keep workers safe while underground. The 16 mile-long Thames Tideway Tunnel will prevent tens of millions of tonnes of sewage and rainwater run-off entering the river every year
PA

27/50 8 March 2020

An Afghan Hound dog is prepared for show at the Birmingham National Exhibition Centre (NEC) during the final day of the Crufts Dog Show
PA

28/50 7 March 2020

People taking part in the Million Women Rise march through central London, to demand an end to male violence against women and girls in all its forms
PA

29/50 6 March 2020

Crew members take a selfie beside the cab of The Flying Scotswoman, the LNER Edinburgh to London rail service which has an all-female crew to celebrate International Women’s Day, before it departs Edinburgh Waverley station
PA

30/50 5 March 2020

A poodle arrives for the first day of Crufts 2020 in Birmingham
Jason Skarratt/Flick.digital

31/50 4 March 2020

An Emergency Department Nurse during a demonstration of the Coronavirus pod and Covid-19 virus testing procedures set-up beside the Emergency Department of Antrim Area Hospital in Northern Ireland
PA

32/50 3 March 2020

A pedestrian wears a protective facemask while taking a bus in Westminster, London, on the day that Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that the number of people diagnosed with coronavirus in the UK has risen to 51
PA

33/50 2 March 2020

An artist at Madame Tussauds in London fits the museum’s waxwork of Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a baby carrier, following the recent announcement that he is expecting a baby with partner Carrie Symonds
PA

34/50 1 March 2020

A man dressed as Dewi Sant leads the St David’s day parade in Cardiff, where hundreds of people march through the city in celebration of the patron saint of Wales. Dewi Sant (Saint David in English) was the Welsh bishop of Mynyw (now St Davids) during the 6th century
PA

35/50 29 February 2020

A home flooded after the River Aire burst its banks in East Cowick, East Yorkshire
Getty

36/50 28 February 2020

Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in a “Youth Strike 4 Climate” protest march in Bristol, south west England. “Activism works, so I ask you to act,” she said
AFP/Getty

37/50 27 February 2020

Campaigners cheer outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London after they won a Court of Appeal challenge against controversial plans for a third runway at Heathrow
PA

38/50 26 February 2020

Temporary barriers have been overwhelmed by flood water in Bewdley, Shropshire
Getty

39/50 25 February 2020

Players take part in the Atherstone Ball Game in Warwickshire. The game honours a match played between Leicestershire and Warwickshire in 1199, when teams used a bag of gold as a ball, and which was won by Warwickshire
PA

40/50 24 February 2020

A couple shelter from waves crashing over the promenade in Folkestone, Kent, as bad weather continues to cause problems across the country
PA

41/50 23 February 2020

Viking re-enactors during the Jorvik Viking Festival in York, recognised as the largest event of its kind in Europe
PA

42/50 22 February 2020

Former Greek Finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and editor in chief of WikiLeaks Kristinn Hrafnsonn attend a protest against the extradition of Julian Assange outside the Australian High Commission in London
Reuters

43/50 21 February 2020

A worker recovers stranded vehicles from flood water on the A761 in Paisley, Scotland
Getty

44/50 20 February 2020

Police officers outside Regents Park mosque in central London after a man was reportedly been stabbed in the neck. Footage from the scene showed a young white man in a red hooded top being led from the mosque by police
Reuters

45/50 19 February 2020

Floodwaters surround Upton upon Seven following Storm Dennis
Getty Images

46/50 18 February 2020

Models on the catwalk during the Bobby Abley show at London Fashion Week
PA

47/50 17 February 2020

Rachel Cox inspecting flood damage in her kitchen in Nantgarw, south Wales, where residents are returning to their homes to survey and repair the damage in the aftermath of Storm Dennis
PA

48/50 16 February 2020

Teme Street in Tenbury Wells is seen under floodwater from the overflowing River Teme, after Storm Dennis caused flooding across large swathes of Britain
AFP via Getty

49/50 15 February 2020

Models present creations at the Richard Quinn catwalk show during London Fashion Week in London
Reuters

50/50 14 February 2020

Climate change protesters march through Whitehall, London
PA

It is not immediately clear how many people the new change in law there would effect but government statistics show that some 135,000 people – the majority of them Brazilians – were granted residency in 2019.

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