At this point in time, the preparations for all tournaments organised by Move Sports, due to take place in Lisbon during 2020, are in no way affected by the COVID-19 ("coronavirus") outbreak. The events will take place in Lisbon on the announced dates as planned. We currently have no plans to postpone or cancel any of the tournaments.
These tournaments are:
- Portugal Rugby Youth Festival: April 4 & 5
- Portugal Legends Handball Cup: June 5, 6 & 7
- Lisbon Basketball Youth Cup: June 13 & 14
- Lisbon Handball Youth Cup: June 20 & 21
- Lisbon Football Youth Cup: October 24 & 25
As of March 4, 2020, Portugal registered five confirmed cases of infection by COVID-19. Three of these patients have contracted the disease in Italy or Spain, after having visited those countries. Two other contracted the disease from one of those imported cases. All are now under medical supervision in public hospitals in the Porto area (four of them) and Lisbon (one of them).
There are no active areas of community transmission of the disease in Portugal and the national health authorities consider the risk to be "moderate to high", mainly due to the possibility of the disease being imported from such areas.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared a pandemic and the known cases are still under the control of the respective national authorities, with a focus on containment measures.
That is the case in Portugal: the national health authorities have containment measures in place and a contingency plan is ready to kick-in, should the situation worsen. Portugal has a public health system which encompasses 100% of the territory, readily available to both national and foreigner citizens. The tournament's venue is located close to some of Lisbon's best healthcare facilities.
Thus, at this point in time, given the extremely low extent of the outbreak in Portugal and given the fact that we won't be hosting any teams from the countries most affected (namely China or Italy), we consider it to be perfectly safe to go on with our great tournaments and we are very happy to welcome every team coming to Lisbon.
As Gloria Guevara, President and CEO of the World Travel & Tourism Council, said, “containing the spread of unnecessary panic is as important as stopping the virus itself”.
We will continue to monitor the situation and we will update this page if needed. Please return to this website or follow us on social media for updates.
Meanwhile, take a few minutes to read the WHO's advice on avoiding infection with the COVID-19:
Medical information and recommendations
There is evidence that COVID-19 is transmitted in the same way as seasonal flu and colds, through sneezing and coughing. This means that staying within one meter of an infected person for more than an hour implies a higher risk situation. There is no evidence of other routes of infection. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness and a dry cough. Some patients may experience pain, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea. These symptoms are usually mild.
Most infected people have very mild symptoms and recover quickly. Individuals in a situation of greater weakness or the elderly are at greater risk of serious infection.
Below are some important recommendations:
Wash your hands frequently
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.
Why? When someone coughs or sneezes they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person coughing has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.
Practice respiratory hygiene
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.
[When in Portugal, call 808 24 24 24.]
Stay home if you feel unwell
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.
[When in Portugal, call 808 24 24 24.]
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent the spread of viruses and other infections.
Stay informed and follow the advice given by your healthcare provider
Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow the advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on whether COVID-19 is spreading in your area. They are best placed to advise on what people in your area should be doing to protect themselves.
For further info, please visit:
Direção-Geral da Saude (Portuguese Public Health Services)
https://www.dgs.pt/corona-virus/home.aspx (in Portuguese)
World Health Organization
When in Portugal, call 808 24 24 24 for medical assistant.