(SPAIN/PORTUGAL) #COVID19 #Pandemic as PM’s launch a series of measures on Saturday to strengthen cr oss-border cooperation, including better access to health and social services for citizens living along thei r shared 1,200km (750-mile) border and introduction of new identity card #AceHealthDesk report

#AceHealthReport – Oct.10: Spain, Portugal announce cross-border access to health for citizens: Following an annual summit in Guarda, Portugal, the prime ministers of both countries said a new identity card would allow people working on the other side of the border to access health services there: The measures are aimed at helping 1.6 million Portuguese and 3.4 Spanish inhabitants along the border, which comprises some of the poorest districts in both countries:

Spain & Portugal PM’s Agree cross-border cooperation including better access to ‘ health & social services ‘ including a new identity card

Reuters Wire News, [Oct 10, 2020 at 16:47] https://t.me/reuters_news_agency/39591

At a press conference after the summit, Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa said ambulance services would operate across both countries so that patients could be served by the nearest vehicle, whether from Portugal or Spain: Other measures expected include bilingual schools and a joint centre for combating fires: A full package will be announced by the end of the day on Saturday.

The border has remained open to workers and transport of goods between mid-March to July 1, despite the #coronarivus #pandemic: But it was closed to tourists, hurting local businesses reliant on tourism. [L8N2E826K]

“ I am in Portugal every day ………………..Everyone knows me,” said Florencio Ramos Ramos from Spain who sells wild mushrooms in his shop in the tiny municipality of Salamanca: “But we’ve always been a disadvantaged zone – both the Portuguese side, and the Spanish,” he told Portuguese broadcaster RTP:

#AceHealthDesk report ……………Published: Oct.10: 2020: 15:43:15

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