Portugal will end its current state of emergency on Saturday, the country’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa announced on Tuesday.

“It is expected that it won’t be necessary in the future to again resort to the state of emergency – if it is, it will be weighted,” Rebelo de Sousa told journalists during a press conference on Tuesday.

“The Portuguese need to be aware that containment is still important, that controlling the situation is still important and that’s why we’re taking small steps and evaluating them constantly as well,” he added.