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Portugal Situation Report Saturday24th October

Introduction

Good morning, Yesterday Parliament, as expected, passed into law the mandatory wearing for Facemasks outdoors in areas where social distancing cannot be achieved. This has been a recommendation by DGS for some time and we welcome this development in the interest of public safety.Whereas this may seems sensible to most people to help prevent the transmission of the disease, there were, inevitable, several people on social media who clearly did not see the necessity; in fact a few trying to discourage people from doing so with misleading information. Those on our Facebook page have been removed.Clearly more awareness is required to understand that the close gathering of people who are not respecting social distancing and not wearing facemasks is one of the main reasons why the disease is spreading. The disease is spread through droplets, coughing and sneezing and the mask is there is help prevent this being transmitted to others. We welcome the statement from Government that there will be awareness campaigns on the importance of wearing Facemasks in accordance with the new law, we hope with more details on the circumstances it should be worn to help with compliance and enforcement where necessary.

The other measure approved by the Council of Ministers is prohibiting, with certain exemptions, of travel between municipalities from 00.01 hrs on 30th October to 23.59 hrs on 3rd November.The aim of this is to avoid unnecessary travel and the gathering of people during All Saints Day as well as the 2nd November, which has been set aside to pay homage to those who have died as a result of Covid-19.We have not seen the law concerning this yet, but the President of the Council of Ministers stated yesterday that it will be similar to that which was in place over the Easter holidays, with various exemptions for travelling for business purpose etc. In this respect a letter will be required to be carried stating that purpose. As soon as the law is published we will share it.

Lastly I would like to remind people visiting our Facebook page that it is there to promote public safety and that includes the publication of various laws and announcement made by government officials with the aim of keeping it that way. This is a responsibility which we have to undertake in a professional manner, and misleading statements or comments that detract from this work and could even put others at risk is totally unacceptable. In these cases we will delete such statements in the interest of the vast majority of our readers and I hope everyone can understand the reasons for this.This is especially saddening at a time when daily deaths are the highest since April, and the number of infections and hospitalisations is the highest since the start of the pandemic these types of remarks. We all need to pull together.

Let’s end with some good news, however – It has just been announced that diesel prices in September were the lowest for 3 months and both diesel and gasoline with decrease next week.

Have a great weekend especially those enjoying the Formula One in Portimão

Covid-19 Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced in the daily bulletin this Friday that there are 31 more deaths and 2,899 new cases of Covid-19 in Portugal.The increase in daily deaths is the highest number of deaths in a single day since April 24, when 34 deaths were announced by the DGS.Of the 31 deaths, 14 occurred in the North, 9 in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, 5 in the Centro region, 2 in Alentejo and 1 in the Algarve.

1,418 people are in hospital, 53 more than on Thursday. This is the highest since the start of the pandemic. 198 patients are admitted to the intensive care units, two less than the previous day.With regard to new confirmed cases, 1,516 are in the North, 918 in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, 364 in the Centro region, 53 in the Alentejo, 38 in the Algarve, 8 in Madeira and two in the Azores.Under surveillance, 57,455 contacts remain, 1,646 more than on Thursday.The data released this Friday reveal even more 1,349 recovered cases, totalling 65,880. Taking into account the number of new cases those recovered and have sadly died over the last 24 hrs the number of active cases now stands at 44,284The number of infected people rose to 112,440 since the start of the pandemic.

Health

Mandatory use of Face Masks approved by Parliament

Parliament yesterday approved the mandatory use of masks in public places outdoors for 70 days. The date of commencement to be announced.The diploma determines that the use of a mask is mandatory for those over ten years of age for access, circulation or permanence in public spaces and roads “WHENEVER the physical distance recommended by health authorities proves to be impractical”.This obligation may be waived “in relation to people who are part of the same household, when they are not in the proximity of third parties” or by presenting a medical certificate of multipurpose disability or a medical declaration attesting that the clinical condition or cognitive impairment does not allow the use of masks.

Failure to do this may result in a fine from €100 – €500.

Government also indicated that an awareness campaign to remind people on the importance of wearing facemasks will be launched.Details to be published in Decree Law.

Covid-19: Occupancy rate in the highest ward in the North (76%)

The occupancy rate of beds in the infirmary for patients with covid-19 is 72% nationwide, with the highest figure in the North (76%), said State of Health.“In intensive care beds dedicated to covid-19, we registered an occupancy rate of 71%, with once again the highest value to be registered with the Northern Regional Health Administration (76%)”, added Diogo Serras Lopes, in Press conference.The national lethality rate for covid-19 currently stands at 2.1%, while over 70 years of age it is 11.7%, said the official, for whom the moment is “a great concern” with the evolution of the pandemic.”The increase in cases seen in recent weeks places, and will continue to place, significant pressure on the entire health system and, particularly at this stage, on public health,” said Diogo Serras Lopes, during the press conference aimed at update information on the pandemic caused by the new coronavirus.

The Secretary of State indicated that in view of the values ​​recorded in April, there are “lower proportional incidences” of hospitalization in the ward and also in Intensive Care Units, as well as a decrease in the average hospitalization time, in relation to April and May.Seven months after the first cases recorded in Portugal, the government considers that the health system is better prepared, both in terms of the reinforcement of professionals (more than 5,000) and equipment, and in the elaboration of the autumn / winter plan, who’s consolidated version should be available by the end of the week.

The National Health Service, he guaranteed, is prepared to continue to expand the offerings of nursing beds and intensive care units for patients with covid-19.“Serenity is, especially in times of crisis, essential for the response we are giving to be the best possible, given the uncertainty and concern that we all feel”, defended the Secretary of State.Distance, washing hands and wearing a mask remain the three essential rules in preventing the disease.

 

Covid-19: Minister of Health says that the entire North region has risk maps

The Minister of Health said today that the entire North region has risk maps at work and assessing the epidemiological situation.“The entire North region already has risk maps working and assessing the epidemiological situation. These risk maps are what guide our decisions” said Marta Temido at the press conference to update information on infection with the new coronavirus.The minister explained that the risk maps, which reflect the incidence of new cases of covid-19 and the speed of growth of the disease, is a recent process that was foreseen in the autumn-winter health plan.

The official stressed that all decisions taken in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, namely in the municipalities of Amadora, Loures, Odivelas, Sintra and Lisbon, in June and July, were based on the analysis of risk maps.However, the minister noted that this instrument should be used “with caution”.

“It can be a very important tool in adopting local and regional measures, it can help to define the borders of areas where there is a greater transmission, but they have an interpretive impact on people. We must not forget that mapping an area with a typology of colors can have some negative effect on the way we look at certain locations “, warned Marta Temido.The minister also said that risk maps “are an instrument”, but “not the only one for decision-making”.

Covid-19: DGS says there are 28 active outbreaks in hospitals

The director-general of Health said today that there are 28 active outbreaks of covid-19 in hospitals, with 326 cases involved, and situations of patients who were infected when they were hospitalized.”It does not mean that all are large-scale outbreaks”, because “two connected cases are enough to consider an outbreak”, explained Graça Freitas at the regular conference to update the covid-19 pandemic numbers in Portugal.Asked about the number of contagions of infection by the SARS-CoV-2 virus in a hospital environment, since there have been some case reports, namely of deaths, Graça Freitas said she was aware of “some situations”, but not concrete data.

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“We have to make options that are sometimes very critical,” he said, explaining that at the moment they are “all focused on identifying patients, accompanying and treating patients, identifying their contacts and breaking transmission chains”.”We cannot be overburdening doctors and nurses and people who have to provide data for these information systems and know everything by the millimetre”, he maintained.Graça Freitas noted that “the machines try to do the maths, but the people who enter the data are the people who are simultaneously treating the patients doing the epidemiological surveys”.But it will be information that will be known “in due course” because “it is very important” to take stock of patients who, being hospitalized for other causes, had a hospital infection due to covid-19, he assured.

Covid-19: Government invests another 7 million euros masks for the second term

The Minister of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, yesterday announced an additional investment of around seven million euros to guarantee masks and other personal protective equipment for schools in the second term.For the first period, the Government had already made a similar investment, ensuring at the time that additional appropriations would be given for the following periods, but without advancing values.“The information has already been sent to schools to reinforce the school budget by around seven million euros to ensure the purchases for the second period of everything that schools really need, namely masks, alcohol gel and all other materials they need in a timely manner ”, revealed today Tiago Brandão Rodrigues.

Covid-19: Santarém Hospital with 21 infected doctors and 50 in isolation

Hospital de Santarém has 21 doctors infected with the new coronavirus that causes the covid-19 disease and another 50 have been placed in prophylactic isolation, the chairman of the Board of Directors told Lusa today.Stressing that “the services are all insured for the time being”, Ana Infante added that the floor on which the “non-medical medicine” service was closed and disinfected, with 24 professionals in this area (including doctors, nurses and assistants) isolated in the their homes after having tested positive.The chairman of the HDS Board of Directors stated that all patients were transferred to other wards and that the nursing teams were reformulated and distributed, using elements from other services, “where they were less needed”.

“The rules of the Directorate-General for Health are being followed,” he said, stressing that it will be the Public Health entities that manage “who and when they return to work”.On Tuesday, the HDS released a statement reporting the existence of 15 professionals infected with the virus that causes covid-19: 10 nurses, three operational assistants, a doctor and a technical assistant.The cases were known following an examination of “all risk contacts”, carried out after a case of infection by a professional in the medical service was known, a situation that also led to “deep decontamination” of the spaces.

Covid-19: PSP confirms 107 infected professionals and 233 others in mandatory confinement

PSP announced yesterday that it records 107 confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus among its professionals and that another 233 are in mandatory confinement / active surveillance.”On the present date, we registered the confirmation of contagion of 107 professionals, with 233 other people in mandatory confinement / active surveillance,” says the PSP in a statement, noting, on the other hand, that 275 people have returned to the service after the authorities indicated of health.Among those infected in the PSP ranks is the national director, Magina da Silva.

PSP reiterates that in view of the current pandemic situation – Portugal today registered the record number of 3,720 new cases of infection – maintains the permanent distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to its professionals and maintains the daily practice of disinfecting workplaces and common use equipment, such as service vehicles.PSP stresses that it continues to count on the permanent support of the Hospital of the Portuguese Red Cross and the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) in carrying out tests for infection with the new coronavirus, which causes the covid-19 disease, to the staff with functions on the PSP.The PSP statement said that at Estremoz police station, Évora District Command, a positive case was detected on Wednesday among support staff.”Having analysed the risk matrix, the entire squad’s staff carried out the test, and are awaiting the respective result, and the squad’s facilities were subjected to profound disinfection, which took place this morning,” the police note said.

Economy

Covid-19: Brussels authorizes Portugal to allocate 1,000 Cohesion MEPs for economic recovery

The European Commission today authorized Portugal to redirect Community funds from cohesion policy funds and allocate 1 billion euros to the economic recovery from the crisis generated by the covid-19 pandemic, combating its “adverse effects”.In a statement, the community executive explains that “he approved the modification of 10 operational programs in Portugal, redirecting a total of more than one billion euros of European cohesion policy funds”, including the Cohesion Regional Development (ERDF) funds (FC) and European Social (ESF).”Along with a temporary increase in the EU co-financing rate to 100% for cohesion policy projects to combat the pandemic, these changes will allow the country to face the adverse effects of the coronavirus crisis on the economy, supporting its recovery”, maintains the institution in the press release.

According to Brussels, investments in health are at stake to, for example, acquire tests and personal protective equipment, and education, to allow the digitization of schools.This reallocation of community funds will also allow the country to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), the tourism sector and cultural activities.To this end, adjustments were made to Portugal’s operational programs for seven regions (Algarve, Azores, Centre, Lisbon, Madeira, North, Alentejo), as well as three national programs (such as those aimed at competitiveness – Compete; sustainability of resources – SEUR and technical assistance).

Nurses call five-day strike for November

The Democratic Union of Portuguese Nurses (Sindepor) called for a five-day general strike in November, justifying it with the wear and demotivation of these professionals.Speaking to Lusa, the president of Sindepor, Carlos Ramalho, said he was sure that the population will be on the side of nurses, who “have made many sacrifices over the years”“Users who have already resorted to the National Health Service (SNS) are well aware of the sacrifices that Portuguese nurses have always made and continue to make. With the pandemic out of control, they will also be the first to understand how nurses will feel” he said.

Carlos Ramalho said that nurses are “in a very critical situation”: “We are talking about a long process, of many years, in which nurses’ problems have not been solved”.“As much as the Government announces that it has hired more nurses, these contracts are highly precarious. The situation is more and more precarious and cannot continue to do so ”, said the official, stressing that Portugal is one of the countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) with the lowest number of nurses per 1,000 inhabitants.”In a phase like this [covid-19 pandemic] the burden is such that nurses can no longer take it anymore”, he added.

Seven doctors to face disciplinary proceedings for conveying misinformation about covid-19

A group founded in August is against the widespread use of masks and PCR tests for diagnosis. Complaints presented by the Ordem dos Médicos against this movement invoke the threat to public health due to disobedience of the norms of the Directorate-General for Health, having underlying scientific disinformation.The Order of Doctors (OM) referred to the disciplinary council complaints relating to clinicians who are part of the Doctors for the Truth movement, which devalues ​​the severity of covid-19 and has spoken out against the widespread use of face masks.In a reply sent this Thursday to the Lusa agency, OM says that it has received “information, complaints, documentation and complaints” related to the doctors that belong to that group and the ideas that it propagates and that “it decided to compile the dossier and send it to the respective Disciplinary Councils, for analysis and effects considered convenient “.The Order insists that “the fulfilment of the already known rules, such as hand hygiene, wearing a mask and physical distance, are crucial to combat the pandemic and must be welcomed by all citizens”.

Pharmacies hope to vaccinate nearly 400,000 people against influenza by the end of the week

Pharmacies should be able to vaccinate “almost 400 thousand people” by the end of the week, the pharmacist’s chairman said today about a process that he considered “complex and that should have been better coordinated”.Ana Paula Martins, who was received in audience today by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in Belém, said at the end of the meeting that the contingent of vaccines from pharmacies, which corresponds to 240 thousand doses, together with the 100 thousand doses of the National Health Service (SNS) contingent delivered to pharmacies, should be exhausted by the end of this week.”Next week more vaccines will arrive, we still don’t know what their distribution will be,” added the president of the Order of Pharmacists, stressing that the commitment that pharmacies have made is to vaccinate 700,000 people by the end of the vaccination campaign against the flu, which runs until December.For Ana Paula Martins, the distribution of the next doses has to correspond to “a balance” that the Ministry of Health will have to find between the needs and schedules already made by the health centres and the vaccination that has to be done by pharmacies.”It is a complex process, it is true that it could have been better coordinated, but at the moment we are on the ground and managing to respond with the vaccines we have”, said the president.

Covid-19: GNR Professional Association asks for screening for all military personnel

The Professional Association of Guarda (APG / GNR) said yesterday that the total number of GNR professionals infected since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic is unknown and asked for periodic screenings to be carried out.”The total number of GNR professionals infected since the beginning of the pandemic is unknown, which is why it is urgent to start efforts to promote periodic screening of these public security agents,” says a statement from APG.The association considers that the context in which we live is worrying and requires preventive measures and proactivity in the strategy to combat the spread of the disease and that in this sense the example “must come from above”.The association alludes to the commemorations of the day of the Coastal Control Unit that are currently taking place with the presence of the Minister of Internal Affairs, and that “could be marked with dignity, but with greater discretion in the number of participants”.In the note, the association also mentions the outbreak of covid-19 detected in Quartel do Carmo, in Porto, where 31 soldiers are infected recovering at home and 17 others in isolation awaiting the result of the test.

Other News

Overall crime decreases 10% compared to 2019

Violent and serious crime dropped 11.4% until September compared to the same period in 2019 and general crime dropped 10%, having contributed to these figures the covid-19 pandemic, announced today the Minister of Home Affairs.”In 2020, this special circumstance in which we live contributed to a reduction in general crime by about 10%, by the end of September, and a reduction in violent and serious crime by 11.4%,” said Eduardo Cabrita in parliament during the discussion of the 2019 Annual Internal Security Report (RASI).

Despite this decline, the minister said that there are crimes that are registering “significant growth” this year, such as computer scams, online phenomena and driving without legal authorization.The minister pointed out that, until September, there was a “significant reduction” in thefts in homes, “a slight downward trend” in domestic violence and a “very significant reduction” in forest fire crime.The annual internal security reports are delivered to the Assembly of the Republic until March 31, but this year due to the covid-19 health crisis, 2019 RASI was delivered on June 30, being only discussed today in the plenary of parliament.The 2019 RASI reported a 3% increase in violent and serious crime compared to 2018 and a 0.7% increase in general crime, with the downward trend recorded for several years being reversed last year.

Region Reports

Madeira Report 24th October by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 21 new Covid-19 cases and 13 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.On Wednesday, there were 8 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 who had arrived from Poland and 1 who had arrived from France) and 2 recoveries.On Thursday, there were 9 new Covid-19 cases (from 5 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 1 case of local transmission) and 3 recoveries. The case of local transmission is from a traveller who had stayed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira for a short period of time and who tested positive for Covid-19 after returning home.

And on Friday, there were 4 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany and 2 who had arrived from Northern Portugal) and 8 recoveries.There are currently 111 active cases, of which 102 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 9 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 358 cases and 247 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.There are currently 59 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 52 patients in isolation at their own accommodation. A patient who had at the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça was discharged and will be in isolation at home.

There are currently 31 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Friday, there had been 1818 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.There are 7,861 people under active monitoring and 9,358 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 90,734 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h00). Overall, 141,227 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 162 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 14,089.The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to people in Madeira has received 2,345 calls, with 193 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/21/madeira-tem-agora-109-casos-activos-de-covid-19-mais-15-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/22/mais-9-casos-activos-de-covid-19-3-recuperados-e-19-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/23/ram-tem-quatro-novos-casos-de-covid-19-8-recuperados-e-111-casos-activos/

Situation of Calamity extended and Covid-19 testing clarification

On Thursday, the Madeira Regional Government extended the State of Calamity in Madeira until the 30th of November. In addition, it clarified that healthcare, education, higher education, social and civil protection staff and higher education and Erasmus students must undertake a 2nd Covid PCR test between the 5th and 7th day following the arrival at Madeira Airport. https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107701/Governo_Regional_renova_estado_de_Calamidade_e_esclarece_sobre_testes_a_profissionais_e_estudantes

Madeira carrying out 2,000 Covid-19 tests per day

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, said that while Madeira carried out about 50 Covid-19 tests per day at the start of the pandemic in March, at the moment Madeira has been carrying out about 2,000 tests per day. This figure is consistent with the number of passengers landing at the archipelago’s airports.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107607/Covid-19_Madeira_realiza_2000_testes_por_dia_e_ja_processou_138671_amostras_desde_marco

Mandatory Covid-19 test for passengers of the first cruise ship docking in Madeira

Seadream I, carrying about 100 passengers will be the first cruise ship to dock in Madeira since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is due to dock today. Passengers who would like to disembark must present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test or be tested on arrival. Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, said the testing strategy will be similar to the one that was implemented at the Region’s airports. He finished by saying whoever would like to disembark in Funchal must be tested even if the ship will docked for less than 12 hours, which is the amount of time it usually takes for the test results to be announced.

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, reacted to the cruise ship arrival by saying the disembarking of cruise ship passengers in Madeira is not very worrying. However, he said it is concerning for the local economy because the passengers stay will be very limited. He reminded that 495,000 cruise ship passengers disembarked last year and generated €50M in revenue. Although this year’s figures will be lower, Madeira will not relinquish safe disembarking procedures.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107641/Cruzeiros_Miguel_Albuquerque_diz_que_desembarque_de_passageiros_na_Madeira_nao_traz_grandes_preocupacoes__

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107604/Teste_obrigatorio_para_passageiros_do_primeiro_navio_de_cruzeiro_a_atracar_na_Madeira

German tourist missing after falling into the sea

A German tourist is missing after falling into the sea on Thursday afternoon, next to the dock in São Jorge, in the Municipality of Santana. The National Maritime Authority (Autoridade Marítima Nacional) is cooperating with the Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Protecção Civil) in the coordination of the search operation.On Friday, the Maritime Police (Polícia Marítima), Santana Fire Service (Bombeiros Voluntários de Santana), Public Security Police (Polícia de Segurança Pública – PSP) and a drone were used for the search on land. A drone, a Funchal Lifeguard (Estação Salva-vidas do Funchal) vessel and a SANAS (Corpo Voluntário de Salvadores Náuticos – a sea rescue volunteer group) vessel were used for the search at sea. A Portuguese Air Force helicopter also provided assistance in the search operation.

The search operation will continue today and a Portuguese Air Force Merlin helicopter will likely provide assistance. Adverse sea conditions and high waves are preventing a wider search at sea. Despite this, the use of Civil Protection, Fire Service and PSP drones is ensuring the search continues.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/23/turista-desaparecido-no-mar-do-norte-da-ilha-ainda-nao-foi-encontrado/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/aconteceu/ver/107773/Continuam_as_buscas_por_jovem_alemao_desaparecido_no_mar_em_Sao_Jorge

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

26th & 27th October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho das Fontes (numbers 24, 26 and 59)

– Caminho da Ladeira (number 106)

– Vereda da Fonte do Jamboto

27th October – 09h00 to 12h00

– Rua Urbanização da Nazaré (number 13)

– Azinhaga da Nazaré (numbers 3 to 18)

 

28th October – 22h00 to 24h00

– Rua Dr. Pestana Júnior (BP Petrol Station)

28th & 29th October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada da Camacha (numbers 1 to 16)

– Vereda Dr. Falcão

– Travessa do Ribeiro Seco de Cima

29th October – 22h00 to 24h00

– Caminho do Trapiche

– Caminho da Barreira

– Vereda do Camacho

– Beco do Ribeiro Pereiro

30th October – 09h00 to 12h00

– Caminho do Pico da Cruz (next to the antennae )

PORTO MONIZ

26th October – 09h00 to 09h30 & 11h30 to 12h00

– Britadeira do GR

26th October – 09h00 to 12h00

– Mercado Abastecedor

– Zona Industrial

ACHADAS DA CRUZ

26th October – 09h00 to 09h30 & 11h30 to 12h00

– Achada Grande

– Cable Car

CAMPANÁRIO

27th October – 09h00 to 10h00

– Sítio da Longueira

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/24/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-81-2020/

 

Algarve

ARS Faro District Covid-19 Situation report

The District Civil Protection Commission of Faro today sent the usual assessment of the epidemiological situation in the region.In a statement sent and based on the data provided by the Regional Health Delegate, there are 831 active cases of covid.19 in the Algarve. So far, 2,391 infected people have been reported, plus 41 in the last 24 hours with 1,530 recovered (cumulative), equivalent to 63.99%. 29 people are hospitalized, 1 in the Intensive Care Unit. The same source reports 30 deaths in the region. Under active surveillance are 1,187 people and 133 (cumulative) were discharged.

Covid.19: Faro cemeteries limited to 50 visitors during All Saints’ Day

The Municipality of Faro informed that the municipality’s cemeteries will be open for visits on October 31 and November 1 (All Saints’ Day), between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm, with limited entries, and reinforced measures for the safety of all those who decide to pay tribute to loved ones.In a statement, the autarchy states that the municipal cemeteries will thus have a limit of 50 people simultaneously, in maximum groups of two to two people, who are obliged to wear a mask during the period of stay inside the space.

The sharing of hand tools such as shovels, spoons or other equipment is prohibited, and disinfection of the hands of visitors with the application of alcohol gel available in dispensers at the entrance is mandatory.The Municipality will also apply waiting distance markings outside the city’s cemeteries, having recommended the same procedure to the parish councils for the others. The municipality also calls for respect for the rules of social distance and hygiene, as well as for the recommendations and recommendations of the authorities, inside, outside and when accessing cemeteries.

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 24th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Government is keen to point out that taking into account the data known, as of today, on the situation of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the Region, the measures determined for the continental territory, in the scope of the calamity situation, namely those related to the prohibitions of movement between municipalities or circulation in public spaces and roads, do not apply to the Autonomous Region of the Azores. The current regulations as of today, are:-

Government Council Resolution No. 275/2020 of October 23rd, 2020 

Government Presidency 

Summary 

Extends the declaration of the situation of public calamity in the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial.

Government Council Resolution No. 275/2020 of October 23rd, 2020 

Following the permanent monitoring of the situation of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, as of today, there are a total of sixty-nine positive positive cases, of which forty-six on the island of São Miguel, eleven on the island Third, one on Graciosa Island, four on Pico Island, four on Faial Island, two on Santa Maria Island and one on Flores Island. Furthermore, in view of developments at national and international level, and taking into account the air connections from abroad to the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, the extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity continues to be justified on these islands, as well as the extension of the alert situation in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo Islands.

Thus, under the terms of paragraphs c) of no. 2 of article 59 and b) of no. 2 of article 66 and a), b), d), e) and l) of no. article 90, all of the Political-Administrative Statute of the Autonomous Region of the Azores, of paragraph 2 of article 2 of the Basic Law of Civil Protection, of Base 34 of the Basic Law of Health, Chapters IV and V of the International Health Regulations, approved for ratification by Decree-Law no. 299/71, of 13 July, in conjunction with articles 6, 7, 11 and 12 of Regional Legislative Decree no. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, with article 45 of Regional Legislative Decree no. 28/99 / A, of 31 July, in its current wording, and with points a), e) and f ) of no. 1 of article 4 and c), d) g) and l) of article 7, all of the Regional Regulatory Decree no. 11/2001 / A, of 10 September, in its current wording ,after hearing the Association of Municipalities of the Autonomous Region of the Azores and the Regional Delegation of the Azores of the National Association of Parishes, the Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held today, by videoconference, resolves:

1 – Determine, in terms of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores:

  1. a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity, in the Islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, until midnight, on the 6th of November;
  2. b) The extension of the declaration of the alert situation, in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo Islands, until midnight, on the 6th of November.

2 – To determine that, after the reopening of the national maritime space to cruise ships and yachts, coming from international ports, the normalization of the mooring of these ships should be promoted, in the ports and marinas of the Archipelago, and provided that the respective passengers test the arrival, unless the regional health authority dispenses so in view of the nonstop travel time and the absence of symptoms.

3 – To determine, for the entire Azores Archipelago, the maintenance, until 24:00 hours, on November 6, of the following measures:

  1. a) Suspension of all missions by workers of the Regional Administration, including public institutes and public companies, outside the archipelago;
  2. b) Suspension of all travel to the Archipelago by external entities requested by the Regional Administration, including public institutes and public companies, unless absolutely essential, provided they are authorized by the Regional Health Authority;
  3. c) Recommendation to other public and private entities in the Region to adopt the same procedure regarding the movement of their workers abroad in the Region.

4 – To determine that the execution of the provisions of paragraph 1 of this Resolution is coordinated, under the terms of Regional Legislative Decree No. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, by the Regional Civil Protection and Fire Service of the Azores, even now authorized to request the collaboration of the security forces, as well as the use of human and material resources from the regional administration.

5 – The measures provided for in this Resolution may be reversed or cancelled, at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

6 – Extend the provisions of Government Council Resolution No. 207/2020, of July 31, until midnight on November 6th.

7 – Under the provisions of article 6 of Regional Legislative Decree No. 26/2019 / A, of 22 November, this resolution takes effect as of 00:00 hours on 24 October.

Approved by the Regional Government Council, in Ponta Delgada, on October 22, 2020. – The President of the Regional Government, Vasco Ilídio Alves Cordeiro.

 

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Wednesday 21st October

Introduction

Good morning. With the large figures being reported concerning Covid-19 and the passage of Depression Barbara, I would not wish to further dampen your day with bad news; so let’s start with something positive.

That is that the number of active cases of infection with the new coronavirus decreased yesterday for the first time since August, with a total of 39,625 cases reported, 71 less than on Monday.

According to data from the daily monitoring of the Covid-19 pandemic carried out by the Directorate-General for Health, the last time there was a decrease in the number of active cases in Portugal was on August 1th5, the day on which 12,621 were reported, minus 16 compared to the previous day. Since August 15th, the number has always been on the rise.

Without stating the obvious, however, the statement shows that active cases have increased by 27,000 since then, plus the fact that is that there are now 1237 people hospitalised, the 5th highest since the out beak.

This Thursday parliament will meet to decide whether to impose mandatory wearing of facemasks in certain circumstances outdoors. It now appears, however, the Government has asked the Assembly of the Republic to reschedule the discussion on the StayAway Covid App (previously scheduled for Thursday), and instead wants to speed up the mandatory use of masks. There was no theme, during the past week, more controversial than the Government’s proposal to make the StayAway Covid application mandatory.

Whereas a few days ago the Prime Minister gave the impression that unless these two measures were passed there may be a need to consider more stringent measures, including a return to a State of Emergency, it was pleasing to hear yesterday that this has now been dispelled and that the Situation of Calamity, which we are currently in, gives the government sufficient powers to deal with the situation in its current circumstances.

Depression Barbara has now passed through Portugal mainland causing over one thousand incidents, which required a response from the emergency services. The country was well prepared as far as warnings were concerned, with a total of eight Districts, including the Algarve, placed at the maximum Red level warning. I mention the Algarve as this is the first time, since November 2015, the Algarve has been at Red Level for rain, which is when there was extensive flooding in Albufeira, with considerable damage to property, injuries and one death.

However, I was rather surprised at one or two people on our Facebook page, who in the middle of the “Red alert” situation, commented that this was “normal” and one commenting “such a fuss over normal weather”.

When people perceive things as “normal”, when because of severity of the situation they are not, they can become blasé and it is often in these situations where tragedies occur.

We need to remind ourselves that in some of these storms in the past people have lost their lives, there have been injuries and of course considerable damage to property. The lack of understanding of the effects, illustrates the importance of reinforcing risk awareness.

The more we understand risk, the more aware we become and better prepared we are to deal with major incidents such as this.

Please have a Safe Day

Headlines

State of Emergency not on the table – Prime Minister

The Prime Minister said yesterday that the country’s return to a state of emergency is not on the table, stressing that this is a constitutional competence of the President of the Republic and that the previous confinement had “immense costs “.

This position was conveyed by António Costa in an interview with TVI, held at the Prime Minister’s official residence in São Bento, which lasted about an hour. After being questioned about a possible return of Portugal to a situation of emergency in the face of steady increase in the number of covid-19 cases in recent weeks, “It is not a scenario that is currently on the table,” replied the executive’s leader, on being asked if he had already discussed this matter with the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

At this point, António Costa stressed that the scenario adopted by the Government was to raise the state of alert to the level of calamity.

“Right now, this is the right level, but it all depends on a number of factors. It is true that we are going to have a greater number of new cases per day than in the worst phase of the pandemic last April. But, fortunately, now, with much less hospitalized than there was at the time and, above all, with much less hospitalized in intensive care, which is largely due to the fact that there was a significant change in the age group affected “, defended the Prime Minister.

Read more here https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/covid-19-prime-minister-return-to-state-of-emergency-not-on-the-table/

Covid-19

DGS COVID-19 SITUATION TUESDAY 20TH OCTOBER

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced in Tuesday’s daily bulletin that there are 15 more deaths and 1,876 new cases of Covid-19 in Portugal.

The data released this Tuesday show a further 1,932 recovered cases, now totalling 61,898.

Active cases are now 39,625, down 71 compared to the previous day.

1,237 people are in hospital, 63 more than on Monday and 176 patients are admitted to intensive care units, 11 more than the previous day. In hospitals, the number of Covid-19 patients is at the level of April and the fifth highest day since the pandemic began.

On review, 56,126 contacts remain, 701 more than on Monday.

Of the fatal victims, six lived in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region (RLVT) and five in the North Region. The centre of the country, according to the DGS organization, added two more deaths, for the same occurring in the Alentejo.

Of the 15 lives lost to Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, ten (five men and five women) were over 80 years old. Four of the deaths reported in the DGS bulletin this Tuesday were over 70 years old, and one over 60, all men.

Of the new infections, there were:  North region 1106; Lisbon and Tagus Valley 435; Central Region 199; Alentejo 87 and Algarve 35.

The death toll now stands at 2,213.

Situation of Calamity

Covid-19: Situation of Calamity is adequate in current circumstances – MAI

The Minister of Internal Administration today guaranteed that the situation of calamity decreed to deal with the pandemic “is adequate to the current circumstances”, adding that this allows us to enact health screening fences and “establish limitations to the operation of economic activities”.

At the press conference held after the meeting of the National Operational Coordination Centre, held at the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (Oeiras), the minister stated that the calamity situation allows civil protection structures at national, regional and local levels to be “fully activated”.

“It allows the ministers of Internal Affairs and Health to take, at any time and if necessary, measures of a territorial nature in the most affected areas or municipalities,” he said, stressing that the ‘sanitary fence’ is an instrument provided for in the Basic Law of Civil Protection.

Eduardo Cabrita, who chairs the monitoring structure that monitors the calamity situation, also said that the Government makes “a permanent assessment of the necessary measures to contain the pandemic”.

News item

Chinese province of Shaanxi with three cases of Covid imported via Portugal

Shaanxi province, in central China, registered three cases of Covid-19 on Friday, all Chinese citizens returned to the country through Lisbon airport.

According to the Shaanxi Provincial Health Commission, on Friday two Chinese, one 47 and the other 55, tested positive for the new coronavirus, which causes Covid-19, upon arriving in the provincial capital, Xi an.

One of the men came from Angola and the other from Cape Verde, both of whom passed through Lisbon, where they took a Beijing Capital Airlines flight to Xi’an.

On Sunday, the Commission revealed another Case of covid-19, this time asymptomatic, detected during the isolation period of a 40-year-old man. The Chinese left Bolivia and passed through São Paulo and Lisbon before landing in Xi’an on 4th October, having made a negative test on arrival.

Health

National Council for Public Health will meet this Friday

The National Council for Public Health will meet next Friday, at 3 pm, confirmed the Ministry of Health. This advisory body of the Government for the prevention and control of communicable diseases has not met since March. According to the newspaper Publico, the current epidemiological situation and the implementation of public health measures will be analysed at the meeting. The meeting will be held by videoconference.

The call comes a day after Catarina Martins, coordinator of the Left Block, proposed the creation of a permanent and independent scientific council to respond to the pandemic. The words were spoken after meeting with health professionals to discuss the evolution of the pandemic and discuss the State Budget for 2021. On the same occasion, Catarina Martins recalled that “the National Council for Public Health has not met since March”.

This Monday, before the statement, the spokesman for the National Council for Public Health, Jorge Torgal, said he saw no reason for this advisory body to meet more often. “We are not in an alarming situation. Worrying, yes, but not alarming. The evolution of the epidemic is taking its normal course. The response capacity of clinical services is in line with what was expected”, he told TSF radio.

The Council is chaired by epidemiologist Henrique Barros and has as its members, in addition to Jorge Torgal, other specialists in public health and epidemiology, as well as the Director-General of Health, Graça Freitas, the Chief of the Armed Forces General Staff and the presidents of the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection, National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge, National Health Council, Portuguese Red Cross and Union of Portuguese Mercies.

Covid-19: Average time between symptom onset and diagnosis is three days – DGS

The average period between the onset of symptoms of Covid-19 and the diagnosis of the disease in Portugal is about three days, said today the director-general of Health, who considered that this is very positive data.

“For several months now, the number of days between the onset of symptoms and the diagnosis has been systematically in the order of three days, which is very good,” said Graça Freitas during the regular press conference on the pandemic of Covid-19 in Portugal.

In the opinion of the director-general, this is a positive number which means that “people do not walk for a long time infecting others.

Tests surpass three million

Portugal has carried out more than three million tests for Covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales said on Monday, also highlighting the hospital capacity and medical equipment, individual protection (PPE).

“The National Health Service (SNS), despite the difficulties and the burden that this moment represents, is prepared to continue to respond. We have already performed more than three million tests for Covid-19 in Portugal and today we have 798 beds in intensive care units, 250 of which are dedicated to Covid, with a 66% occupancy, that is, 165 patients.

“The national EPI reserve is now 29 million items”, said the minister at the conference on the evolution of the epidemiological situation.

In view of the worsening of the pandemic in Portugal and in Europe, “public health is being reinforced through the use of links with schools, namely medical and nursing students,” according to the Secretary of State, who stressed that these young people will support the respective units in carrying out “epidemiological surveys and in tracking bags”.

“There remains a need for responsibility in our individual actions in minimizing collective risk. Everyone’s tiredness is legitimate, but it cannot legitimize our failure. We continue to depend on everyone”, added Lacerda Sales.

Covid-19: Portuguese Bar Association indicates “serious violation” of rights in the care home of Matosinhos

The Human Rights Commission of the Bar Association (CDHOA) detected signs of “serious violation” of human rights at Lar do Comércio, in Matosinhos, and the “repeated failure to comply” with the guidelines received in surveys, indicates a report released today.

This year, Lar do Comércio had more than 100 elderly people infected with Covid-19, 24 of whom died, according to the report “investigating the outbreak of Covid-19”, a 23-page document consulted by the Lusa agency.

The report states that the evidence includes violation of Human Rights and the Rights to Freedom and Guarantees, namely the Right to Life (Article 24 of the Constitution), Personal Integrity (25), Freedom and Security (27) and Health (64).

In addition to the “repeated failure to comply” with the non-conformities verified in the joint inspections of Civil Protection, Social Service of the City Council, Local Unit of Public Health and Social Security, the report highlights the “lack of information about the health status of residents to their families” .

There was also, in Lar do Comércio, a “deficient general functioning” (organization of spaces, organization and sanitation of sanitary facilities), an “alleged delay in testing” of all users and workers, as well as obtaining results, as well as “flaws in the procedures for dealing with a suspected case”.

In addition, the contingency plan existing on April 8th, 2020 had “numerous non-conformities, not respecting the most basic rules” of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The Public Ministry (MP) launched an investigation into the situation at home and a family member of a patient who died with Covid-19 filed a complaint, for allegedly committing several crimes, demanding the suspension of functions of the governing bodies.

DGS – Opening of Schools did not contribute to the increase of cases

“No relationship was found between the opening of schools and the increase in cases,” added Graça Freitas.

“We continue to have a transmission pattern that is eminently family and social,” said the director-general of Health, ruling out the existence of a relationship between the opening of schools and the increase in the number of infected people.

The number of cases in schools is relatively limited, Graça Freitas said, and “they are often isolated cases”. “It is thought that most of the times they were contracted in the community and not the other way around,” he added.

Covid-19: Fenprof says there are already more than 330 schools with positive cases

The National Federation of Teachers (Fenprof) announced yesterday that there are already more than 330 schools in which it confirmed the existence of cases of Covid-19 and accused the Ministry of Education of “hiding information” requested from this purpose.

The procedures, according to Fenprof, “continue to vary a lot” from school to school and the tests continue “not to be a generalized option”, while the numbers of students and professionals in quarantine are growing.

“In just over a week, the number of schools that Fenprof confirmed as having had (in the vast majority, still active) case (s) of Covid-19 almost tripled,” says the union structure, revealing a list of establishments, which it is updating regularly.

According to the federation, there is still a significant number in the confirmation phase, following information that it is constantly receiving.

In view of the growing number of cases, teachers are being allowed to work in teleworking, which for Fenprof is not the ideal solution, but it is justified in the current context.

Fenprof also claimed, in a statement, that for the increase in cases in schools, which also has repercussions in the community, it is contributing to “the failure to carry out tests” in most schools where infections are detected.

Enforcement

Covid-19: GNR closes in Felgueiras nightlife establishment with 108 people

GNR closed on Friday a night entertainment establishment in the town of Pombeiro, municipality of Felgueiras, in the district of Porto, because it featured live music, gathering 108 people, it was announced today.

In a statement, the GNR refers that the police operation took place as part of an inspection action to comply with the rules related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The police authority adds that two men, aged 36 and 49, were arrested for crimes of disobedience and driving under the influence of alcohol, respectively.

The military recorded several offenses, for non-compliance with the measures imposed by the calamity situation.

The action had the reinforcement of the Detachment of Intervention of Porto.

The detainees were made defendants and the owner of the 46-year-old nightlife establishment was identified.

Survey: 60% of Portuguese believe that SNS worsened with the Covid-19

A survey carried out for the “Jornal de Negócios” found that that 66.5% of those surveyed do not think that the DGS plan for the winter will be enough to contain the virus

More than 60% of respondents believe that the response of the country’s health services is now worse than it was before the Covid-19 pandemic began. In addition, 66.5% are convinced that the Directorate-General for Health’s plan for autumn and winter will not be sufficient to meet all the anticipated requests.

These are the conclusions of a survey carried out by Intercampus for the “Jornal de Negócios” and for CMTV CM . Regarding the state of the SNS, the company notes that there are doubts about whether the answers are based only on the personal experiences of the respondents, or whether the perception that they may have created from news about the SNS also contributed to them.

The survey was carried out between 6th and 11th October, at a time when the number of new cases of the disease was already starting to rise significantly, as well as doubts about the capacity of the NHS to respond to the influx of patients. Only 25.5% of respondents say that health care is the same, and only 11.3% of people say that the NHS is now better than before the arrival of covid-19. On the other hand, 15% say that the measures set out in the DGS plan will be sufficient and 18.4% did not respond and prefer to wait and see.

Regional Reports

Madeira Situation report 21st October by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 27 new Covid-19 cases and 30 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy, 1 who had arrived from the Netherlands and 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region) and 12 recoveries.

On Sunday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 who had arrived from the South of Portugal and 3 as a result of local transmission) and 3 recoveries.

On Monday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 11 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from the Netherlands and 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region) and 9 recoveries.

And on Tuesday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany and 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region) and 6 recoveries.

There are currently 103 active cases, of which 95 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 8 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 337 cases and 234 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 51 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 52 patients in isolation at their own accommodation,

There are currently 17 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Tuesday, there had been 1797 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 8,892 people under active monitoring and 10,429 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 88,738 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). Overall, 138,671 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 181 calls from Friday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 13,927.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to people in Madeira has received 2,333 calls, with 192 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/17/3-novos-casos-de-covid-19-uma-duzia-de-recuperados-uma-duzia-de-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107313/Mais_sete_novos_casos_de_covid-19_na_Regiao

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107442/Mais_14_novos_casos_de_covid-19_na_Madeira

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/20/tres-novos-casos-de-covid-19-dois-da-alemanha-e-1-de-lisboa-ha-103-activos/

Mandatory Covid-19 testing after trips lasting less than 72 hours

From Thursday onwards, every person who leaves the Region, even if for a period of less than 72 hours, must be tested for Covid-19 on arrival at Madeira’s airports. Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, announced this decision yesterday.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107442/Mais_14_novos_casos_de_covid-19_na_Madeira

Municipality of Funchal activated contingency plan after employee tested positive for Covid-19

An employee from Sociohabita (belonging to the Municipality of Funchal) tested positive for Covid-19 after 2 negative tests had been carried out since his return from holidays. The employee had been in self-isolation at his home since Saturday, the day when he started showing symptoms. He was tested once again on Monday evening. The Municipality of Funchal activated its contingency plan as soon as it was informed of the employee’s positive test result. It is currently cooperating with the health authorities to identify all possible contacts. The floor where Sociohabita’s office is located and where the employee works has been cordoned off and will be disinfected today. This Covid-19 case is one of the 3 new cases that were announced on Tuesday.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107520/Funcionario_da_Sociohabita_infetado_ja_tinha_feito_dois_testes_negativos

First Covid-19 case at a Madeira school

On Sunday, a pupil from Escola Bartolomeu Perestrelo tested positive for Covid-19. His case is linked to that of a relative who had arrived from Porto and who had not complied with the isolation requirement while waiting for the result of a Covid-19 test that had been carried out on arrival at the airport. In accordance with the contingency plan and the guidance from the regional health authorities, 40 pupils were identified and are currently in quarantine. The pupils are from 2 different classes, with 1 being the pupil’s class and the other linked to 3 pupils who had direct contact with the infected pupil. The remaining pupils carried on with the normal school activities while complying with safety guidelines. So far, there are not any teachers in isolation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107312/Ha_um_caso_de_covid-19_na_Escola_Bartolomeu_Perestrelo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107367/Bartolomeu_Perestrelo_Pelo_menos_17_alunos_realizaram_teste_a_covid-19

79 positive Covid-19 test results on Madeira-bound travellers

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, informed that 35,000 Covid-19 tests have been carried at laboratories in the Portuguese mainland since the 1st of July. These tests were carried out on passengers who had planned to travel to Madeira. The Madeira Regional Government paid for the tests, which were carried out at laboratories it had signed contracts with. A total of 79 tests came back positive and as a result such passengers did not travel to the Madeira archipelago. Pedro Ramos used this data to reinforce the importance of Covid-19 tests being carried out at the point of departure, rather than on arrival in Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107480/Dos_35_mil_testes_feitos_a_covid-19_no_continente_79_deram_positivo_

Municipality of São Vicente will distribute reusable face masks

The Municipality of São Vicente informed it will once again distribute reusable face masks in the Municipality’s schools. All students aged 6 or older and all teaching and non-teaching staff from primary and secondary schools will receive a package containing 2 face masks and an instruction booklet. As part of its Covid-19 pandemic and mitigation strategy, the Municipality had decided to produce its own face masks with the assistance of workers from Programa Municipal de Formação e Ocupação em Contexto de Trabalho (a municipal work scheme). This is another contribution from the Municipality in providing assistance to the community.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107422/Sao_Vicente_distribui_mascaras_reutilizaveis

Plenty of work for the fire service and municipal workers in Câmara de Lobos due to heavy wind

Heavy wind on Tuesday forced the fire service and municipal employees to spend hours removing big branches from several streets in the Câmara de Lobos town centre. As a result, traffic was disrupted in some areas due to the big size of the branches. Despite the situation, there have not been of any victims or material damage.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/aconteceu/ver/107491/Bombeiros_e_funcionarios_da_Camara_sem_maos_a_medir_por_causa_do_vento_forte_em_Camara_de_Lobos

Flooding at Praia Formosa

The heavy rain that fell on Sunday evening and in the early hours of Monday caught the local population and drivers by surprise in some areas near Praia Formosa, in Funchal. There were reports of flooding, falling rocks, landslides, flooded streets, floods and flight disruptions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/aconteceu/ver/107383/Chuva_inundou__ruas_da_Praia_Formosa_com_fotos

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

PRAZERES

22nd October – 13h00 to 16h00

– Sítio Vale dos Prazeres (Pedreira-AFA)

ESTREITO DA CALHETA

22nd October – 13h00 to 16h00

– Ribeira Funda e Atalinho (including iGA)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

Algarve

Registered unemployment in the Algarve rose 157.5% in September

The number of unemployed registered in September, in the employment centres of the Algarve, rose 157.5% in relation to the same month of last year, according to data released today, October 20, by the Institute of Employment and Professional Training (IEFP).

The Algarve, as it has been happening since March, was again, in September, by a large margin, the region of the country with the highest year-on-year increase in registered unemployed.

Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, the region that had the second largest increase, stood at + 54.7%. Alentejo registered an increase of 27.3%. At the national level, the increase was 36.1%.

According to the IEFP statistical bulletin, at the end of September, there were 21,310 registered in the employment centres in the Algarve, 13,034, more than in the same month of 2019.

In relation to August of this year, there are more 885 unemployed people registered (+ 4.3%), a number that grew slightly due to the drop in tourism activity.

1st cycle teacher infected with COVID-19 in São Brás de Alportel

The municipality of São Brás de Alportel announced that a positive case of COVID-19 was detected in a primary school in the municipality, namely a teacher.

All families of students in this teacher’s class have been duly informed and the children are under surveillance in their homes.

All people in this teacher’s network are also under surveillance, and duly monitored by the Local Health Authority.

The Delegate of Local Health is once again, from the first moment, to monitor and intervene in this situation, in close articulation with the School Group, the City Council and other local and regional entities.

“We further inform you that at the moment the situation is under control and all people are well”, says a source from the municipality.

The municipality wishes the teacher “quick improvements and thanks the families and the whole educational community for understanding”.

Tavira holds information session aimed at UK nationals living in Portugal

The International Organization for Migration (IOM), through the UKNSF – British Citizens Support Fund, will hold, on the 4th of November, at 11:00 am, in Tavira, an information session for UK nationals and family members about rights and procedures of residence in Portugal.

According to the Tavira municipality, the program includes the opening and welcome at 11 am, presentation of the project – UKNSF – Support Fund for British Citizens at 11.05 am, general information on residence rights in Portugal, 11.15 am, questions and answers at 11.25 am and closing scheduled for 11:45 am

This action comes from the project, developed by IOM, to support British citizens to finalize their residence requests, in Portugal, at the moment when the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. The project has the collaboration of the British Embassy and the partnership of the High Commissioner for Migration (ACM).

Interested parties must pre-register by October 30, using the form: https://bit.ly/2Ih1fdV

More information through 913 590 456, anfernandes@iom.int, https://unitedkingdom.iom.int/uknsf-portugal, https://www.facebook.com/oimportugal.

Albufeira event United Kingdom Nationals Support

OM, in collaboration with the municipality of Albufeira, is promoting an Info Session about the UKNSF –United Kingdom Nationals Support Fund, 29th October at 11 am in Albufeira.

The Agenda for the Information Session is the following:

11h00 – 11h05 | Opening and Welcome Remarks

11h05 – 11h15 | UKNSF – United Kingdom Nationals Support Fund – Project Presentation

11h15 – 11h25 | General Information on Residency Rights in Portugal

11h25 – 11h45 | Questions Answers

11h45 – 11h50 | Check Out

To participate it is mandatory to register until the 23th October through the form: https://bit.ly/33Sjq1R

The location will be sent by email following registration.

If you wish to schedule an individual appointment for support with UKNSF team please provide that information on the registration form.

For further information contact us: +351 913590456 or anfernandes@iom.int

We look forward to meeting you!

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 21st October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3892 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 17th of October, 13 positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

There have been 7 recoveries, 5 on the island of São Miguel, one on Terceira and one on Faial.

So far, 355 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 65 active positive cases currently, of which 42 on the island of São Miguel, 11 on Terceira island, one on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, four on Faial island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: //www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

The Government of the Azores also makes available the Azores Non-Medical Clarification Line COVID-19, with the number 800 29 29 29, which can be used between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm, on working days, and the RIAC Line 800 500 501, which works from Monday to Saturday, from 9 am to 10:30 pm, and on Sundays, from 10 am to 10:30 pm.

It is also available at the internet address esclarecimentocovid19@azores.gov.pt for clarification on measures taken in the region to cope with the new coronavirus pandemic.

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 17th October 2020

Introduction

Good morning. It seems difficult to believe that just 4 weeks ago today we were reporting 425 positive cases a day with 4 deaths and now it has reached 2686 with 21 deaths. We are now experiencing a dramatic escalation in the situation, with those testing positive exceeding over two thousand a day for the last three days. The Minister of Health has indicated that this could reach three thousand if this is not contained. The main affected areas continue to be the north of Portugal, followed by Lisbon and Tejo Valley. This is not surprising as this is the most concentrated area in terms of population.

The Algarve continues to be the lowest area on the mainland both in terms of active cases and deaths. Government officials including the Prime Minister are indicating that the increase in the number of cases in the last few days is due to a “lesser perception of risk” and the consequence of more “relaxed” behaviour of people. This was echoed in the Algarve by the President of the District Civil Protection Commission of Faro, who went further by saying people are “not behaving well”.

With the new State of Calamity in place, there is much controversy over the proposal to make mandatory the use of facemasks outdoors and the use of the StayAway Covid App – which so far has around 1.7 million users. The President of the Republic said yesterday that the mandatory use of face masks did not violate the constitution. However, some political parties have opposed the mandatory use of the App, and have questioned this move as regards the constitutionality of the law. You will see from our headlines how the President of the Republic and Prime Minister have reacted to this, but it seems clear that unless these measure are adopted by parliament at a debate scheduled for 23rd October, there could be far more stringent measures put in place. Amnesty International Portugal added to the debate by stating that making the ‘StayAway Covid’ application mandatory “jeopardizes fundamental freedoms and individual rights”, also questioning the direction and “governance models” that are to be followed.

The President later yesterday mentioned the option of curfews among other measures, perhaps having in mind the decision of the Belgium government yesterday, to adopt a curfew between 00:00 and 05:00, the ban on the sale of alcohol after 20:00, and the closing of bars and cafes during the period of one month. With the trend in Europe to impose far stricter measures, our only protection here in Portugal at present is to follow the current rules in place – like it or not. If we do not, then we can expect far more stringent measures in one form or another. There must be no relaxation, and any political divisions at this crucial time could delay or impede the important decisions that need to be taken.

With that please have a Safe weekend.

Headlines

Costa’s “serious warning” to justify mandatory mask and app: “We hope we don’t have to go back to the state of emergency”

The Prime Minister, António Costa, reiterated today that he does not like the mandatory preventive measures against the Covid-19 he proposes, but he warned that the alternative could be adoption, within a few weeks or months, others that are even more restrictive.“Of course I don’t like the measures [mandatory use of a protective mask and the StayAway Covid application].  “The question that I ask again is that, with this rate of growth of the pandemic that we are having, if we do not adopt measures of this nature now, perhaps we will have to take much more constricting measures such as the right from the freedom of movement, as we adopted at the beginning of this pandemic”, he emphasized.

The President, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, admitted yesterday that “more restrictive” measures can be taken to prevent the spread of Covid-19, in case there is “a brutal worsening” of the situation, and asked the Portuguese to respect what is decided. He added, that although he does not intend to tighten the measures to stop the increase in the number of infected with Covid-19, all the hypotheses may come to be considered.  The President of the Republic, like the Prime Minister, asked for discipline and said that Belém and S. Bento may come to consider restrictions similar to those to be adopted in other countries: curfews, time constraints on the operation of commerce and services, “mini-confinements per parish” and, at the limit, the return to total confinement, as happened during the state of emergency.

COVID–19 DGS Situation Report

This Friday, Portugal registered another 21 deaths related to Covid-19 and 2,608 new cases of infection with Covid-19, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The latest DGS data points to the highest number of deaths since the end of April, as well as a new high in the number of daily cases.

  • There are now 37,697 active cases, 1,602 more than on Thursday.
  • It is the third consecutive day that Portugal has more than two thousand new cases, after 2,072 registered on Wednesday and 2,101 on Thursday.
  • Regarding hospital admissions, the bulletin reveals that since Thursday, there are 22 more people hospitalized, totalling 1,015, of whom 144 are in intensive care (5 more compared to Thursday).
  • Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has recorded 2,149 deaths and 95,902 cases of infection, with 37,697 cases being active, 1,602 more than on Thursday.
  • In the north there were 1350 new cases and in Lisbon and Tagus Valley 725. The remaining regions of the country, according to the organization of the DGS bulletin, recorded no fatalities. In the Alentejo, 150 more cases were recorded, bringing the total to 1914 positive, with 26 deaths in total.
  • In the Algarve there are 44 more cases of Covid-19 the number of deaths remaining the same at 21.

Health

Covid-19. 40% of deaths since the start of the pandemic have been recorded in nursing homes

Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, 860 people living in nursing homes have died, representing almost 40% of the total deaths in the country, according to data released by the Director-General of Health. Of the total of 860 victims, 349 lived in the North, 333 in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley, 152 in the Centro region, 20 in the Alentejo and six in the Algarve, Graça Freitas said at a press conference. This Friday, Portugal counted another 21 deaths related to Covid-19 and 2,608 new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS). The latest figures released point to the highest number of deaths since the end of April, as well as a new high in the number of daily cases.

Covid-19. Intensive care occupancy at 67% and triple testing capacity

The bed occupancy rate in intensive care units is 67%, despite the worsening evolution of the covid-19 pandemic, revealed this Friday the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes. “Of the specific total national number of intensive care beds, of the current 569 active beds of the multipurpose adult category, the occupancy rate up until yesterday [Thursday] is 67% and in no region of the country is it above 70%. These 569 beds already represent an increase in response to the normal official capacity of hospitals, without pandemic issues, which is 511 beds “, explained the minister at the press conference to update the pandemic data. The current capacity of the National Health Service (SNS) was enhanced compared to what existed in March, with Diogo Serras Lopes ensuring that these numbers can be expanded almost twice as much, although this may imply a suspension of non-urgent care activity.

“In view of these 511 beds, we have the ability to quickly reach – and without impacting the activity scheduled in hospitals – 704 beds, that is, 38% more capacity. If we are forced, by the evolution of the pandemic, to suspend non-urgent activity , that number of beds available in the ICU may increase to 944, that is, 85% more capacity “, he stressed, while explaining that the expansion is” programmed “by hospitals. In the regional health administrations (ARS) of the North and Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, the most pressured by the increase in the number of infections by the new coronavirus, the Government member said that the two regions represent 11,800 of the 21,000 existing nursing beds in the SNS and that only 1,000 are currently allocated to covid patients, with a current occupancy rate of 69%.

Covid-19: Fifty-eight home users in Beja transferred to air base

Of the 97 users of the Mansão de São José home in Beja, infected with the new coronavirus, 58 will be transferred on Saturday to Air Base 11 (BA11) in Beja, the president revealed today of the City Council. Speaking to Agência Lusa, the mayor, Paulo Arsenio, explained that the transfer of the institution’s 58 users was decided by the local Health authorities and aims to “decongest the space” of the home, “which apparently has too many people”.

To decongest the space, they will remove the 58 people who are in better physical and mobility conditions, keeping them in the unit, located in the historic area of ​​the city of Beja the remaining 27 users “who have more mobility and autonomy difficulties”. The mayor of the Alentejo municipality stated that the 58 users of the Mansão de São José home transferred to BA11 will be installed in a building “which has been being prepared since April for precisely this purpose”.”A space was adapted in BA11 with 70 beds precisely so that when a major emergency situation occurred in a home in the district, people could go there in the best conditions,” he added. Paulo Arsénio stressed that this “is the best solution” that exists in the municipality “to be used in these circumstances” and that the 58 users will remain at BA11 “until the group is fully recovered”.

Number of infections of Erasmus students increases to 147

The number of Erasmus students infected with the new coronavirus in Porto rose to 147. Most are students from the University of Porto, but there are also cases at the Catholic University and the Polytechnic. The first cases were detected last week and, since then, the numbers have been rising. At the moment, 101 Erasmus students are already infected with the new coronavirus at the University of Porto. The University of Porto and the Catholic University are convinced that the contagion will have happened outside the context of classes, or other activities within the campus.

Covid-19. Ten professionals from the Garcia de Orta Hospital with a positive test

Ten health professionals at the Garcia de Orta Hospital, in Almada, in the district of Setúbal, tested positive for the new coronavirus, the hospital administration said on Friday, guaranteeing that it has activated all procedures for containment. In the same note, he explained that the cases were detected “following tests for the infection of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, after diagnosis in a patient who, for therapeutic reasons, had gone outside the hospital and tested positive in new test for SARS-CoV-2 “. The hospital said that the screening of all contacts with the original case “was promptly assured” and will continue “during the next few hours of the day”. In addition, he stressed that “so far, there is no evidence of infected patients” at the Medical Service I and that the 25 hospitalized people “are under surveillance and clinical evaluation of any symptoms”.

Nursing students will help to detect and monitor risk contacts

Recognizing this Friday that “there is enormous pressure on public health services”, the Director-General of Health announced that the teams will be reinforced with nursing students, who will help to carry out epidemiological surveys and detect risk contacts. On the day that Portugal registered, for the third consecutive day, a new maximum of new cases of infection (2608 cases), the Director-General of Health acknowledged that “there is an enormous pressure on public health services”. “We have a lot of patients and cases and the epidemiological investigation implies that from each diagnosed case we go looking for contacts”, who are divided into high risk – forced to remain in isolation – and low – they do not have to, have to comply with the rules of safety and distance.

Along these lines, “public health teams are being reinforced” with trainee students, following “a contact between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Higher Education so that, through nursing schools, students from the last years, accompanied with teachers, could do an internship in public health units, guided at an initial stage by DGS. These students will help conduct epidemiological surveys, detect contacts “as soon as possible” and monitor them”.

Vaccinations

European agency says first vaccines should arrive in spring 2021

The first vaccines against the coronavirus should arrive in the spring of next year, “if all goes well”, predicted this Friday the executive director of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Guido Rasi.

“It is very difficult, almost impossible, to have the vaccine by 2020. If all goes well, in the first months of 2021 there may be three vaccines approved by the EMA,” Rasi told the information television channel Skytg24, quoted by the Spanish news agency EFE.

Rasi clarified that “the first doses for populations at risk should arrive in the spring of 2021, with a significant start of vaccination” and that “the availability of doses will increase very quickly after approval. I believe that, if we are lucky, many of who wish to be vaccinated can do so by the summer of 2021”, he also predicted.

The director of the EMA stressed that “the arrival of the vaccine will be the beginning of the end of the pandemic, but not the end”, and “that only after one year of available vaccine, it will be known if the pandemic will decrease significantly”.

Asked whether masks can be dispensed when the vaccine arrives, Rasi said that “in principle, certainly not”, adding that it will only be possible to “dispense with distance and masks when the first data on the effectiveness of the vaccine exists”.

Enforcement

Covid-19: Twelve people detained and 258 charged in the first half of October

In the first half of October, PSP and GNR detained 12 people for disobedience and recorded 258 administrative offenses for violating the rules provided for in the contingency situation due to Covid-19, the Ministry of Health said today. According to data sent to the Lusa agency, during the last 15 days that the country was in a contingency situation, the security forces also closed 23 establishments and suspended the activity of three other establishments, due to non-compliance with operating rules; namely in terms of opening hours of operation or rules of occupation, permanence and physical distance.

The data from the Ministry, under the supervision of Eduardo Cabrita, also states that the Republican National Guard and the Public Security Police raised, between October 1st and 14th, 258 administrative offenses in mainland Portugal, the majority of which were for consumption of alcoholic beverages on the public road (89) and lack of masks in establishments, concert halls or public buildings (53). The two security forces also registered 32 records for non-compliance with the rules of occupation, permanence and physical distance in places open to the public, 13 for celebrations and other events with more than 10 people, and 15 for lack of wearing a mask in public transport. The Ministry of Internal Administration also states that, between 1st and 14th October, 12 arrests were made for disobeying the orders issued by the security forces.

Sporting events

DGS reviewing audience attendance and levels at sporting events nationwide

On September 3rd, Grace Freitas announced that the Directorate-General for Health had given the OK to the public presence in Formula 1. The decision that the Portimão circuit would host one of the events on the calendar had been confirmed and Graça Freitas said the following: “We gave Formula 1 a favourable opinion. There was even an event that served as a driver for Formula 1, the Superbike, on August 7th. It was a test to see how the public behaved in the stands”. At that time, Graça Freitas also stated that all of this could be rethought in the future, due to the evolution of the new coronavirus pandemic. Well, this Friday, the scenario has changed, warned the DGS. “In relation to the public at the events, it is being considered, depending on the area, whether or not there will be and the reduction that may exist.

We have always said that all the audience situations at the events had to do with the type of event. At the moment both issues are being addressed according to the region of the country and incidence of cases. DGS is reviewing programming in terms of audience at sporting events depending on the situation in each region of the country”. After an initial reduction, in a complex that allows 100 thousand people to watch a car race, about 38 thousand spectators were expected at the GP that will take place on October 25th.

StayAway Covid App

Nearly 1.7 million people have already downloaded StayAway Covid

1.63 million downloads have already been made of the StayAway Covid screening application and 179 codes have been inserted, relating to infected patients, said the Secretary of State for Health. The proposal on the mandatory installation of the application “was sent by the Government to the Assembly of the Republic and we believe that this debate should be held there “, added Diogo Serra Lopes, adding that the health authorities will wait for the decision to come out of Parliament.

Covid-19: Graça Freitas guarantees vaccines for the 2nd phase of influenza vaccination

The second phase of influenza vaccination starts on Monday and the Director-General for Health, Graça Freitas, ensured yesterday that there are enough doses to avoid confusion between flu cases and cases of Covid-19.”This year’s flu vaccination campaign aims at a very important thing, which is to avoid as much as possible flu cases so as not to create confusion with cases of Covid-19 and compel a differential diagnosis to be made between respiratory diseases”, he explained, stressing that with 785 thousand doses in the next week the number of 1.4 million vaccines will be reached, being that the total of vaccines acquired for 2020 is around two million doses.

Speaking at the press conference to update the evolution of the pandemic, Graça Freitas noted that the “first phase is still going on and is going well”, with a focus on “people who are in institutions – especially the elderly , but also those of the long-term care network – and professionals, both health and social sector ”.

Other news

Rain and strong winds to return due to passing depression

Persistent rain and strong wind will return to mainland Portugal from Monday afternoon, due to a depression that will be northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, meteorologist Ângela Lourenço from the IPMA told Lusa today. “For Monday, continuous, persistent, sometimes heavy precipitation and a gradual increase in wind intensity are expected. These are typical autumn situations with more severe characteristics, that is, strong precipitation and strong wind and probably also accompanied by strong maritime unrest”. She added “It is a severe situation in which we must be cautious. However, it is a typical autumn situation. In the fall, situations of heavy precipitation are already beginning to appear”.

According to the meteorologist, this situation is due to the passage of frontal surfaces and frontal undulations, associated with a depression that will be northwest of the Iberian Peninsula, which will cross the continent next week. For the weekend, and for Saturday, an increase in clouds is forecast, mainly in the north and central coast and light precipitation may occur. “Then on Sunday, it will look like a summer day. The change in the weather will start on Monday afternoon, she said. “On Sunday, in some places like Ribatejo, the maximum may approach 30 degrees. At the beginning of the week, temperatures return to around 20 to 22 degrees. Inland they will vary between 15 and 17 degrees and in the South they will be slightly higher around 23-24C”, she said.

Region Reports

Madeira Report 17th October by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

  • There were 20 new Covid-19 cases and 5 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.
  • On Wednesday, there were 5 new Covid-19 cases (from 5 passengers who arrived from the UK and  1 who had arrived from Spain).
  • On Thursday, there were 9 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from Poland, 2 who had arrived from Brazil, 1 who had arrived from Switzerland, 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 1 case of local transmission) and 5 recoveries.
  • And on Friday, there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from Venezuela and 1 who had arrived from Belgium) and 8 recoveries.
  • There are currently 106 active cases, of which 100 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 6 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 310 cases and 204 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.
  • There are currently 59 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 47 patients in isolation at their own accommodation, The patient who had been hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça was discharged from hospital.
  • There are currently 9 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. These were identified through screening at Madeira Airport. As of Friday, there had been 1770 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.
  • There are 8,983 people under active monitoring and 10,554 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.
  • As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 85,043 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h30). Overall, as of Friday, 132,643 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 147 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 13,743.The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,304 calls, with 190 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106962/5_novos_casos_na_Madeira_e_mais_18_em_estudo_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107073/Mais_9_casos_positivos_5_recuperados_e_21_em_estudo

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/16/6-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-regiao-8-recuperados-e-9-suspeitos/

Italian tourist in isolation after escaping from hotel before receiving Covid-19 test result

photo Madeira Island’s news

An Italian tourist is in isolation at a location chosen by the Madeira regional health authorities after escaping from her hotel while waiting for her Covid-19 test result. She had been tested for Covid-19 on Thursday at Funchal Airport and had been ordered to remain in her hotel while waiting for the test result. She had toured Funchal and a rapid test was carried out on her at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça to check if she is infected with Covid-19. The regional health authorities are urgently trying to determine if an epidemiological investigation is required on all people she came into contact with while touring Funchal. She is currently in isolation and under heavy surveillance by the regional health authorities.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107192/Cidada_italiana_em_confinamento_diz_Embaixada

No public festivities during Christmas

The Madeira Regional Government confirmed that this year there will only be the traditional Christmas lighting and New Year fireworks display. It also wants to do its utmost to prevent alcohol sales and consumption on the streets because they cause gatherings. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, joked that people start hugging and kissing each other after having 3 drinks and that this is not convenient.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107129/Governo_Regional_confirma_Natal_sem_festividades_publicas

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107024/Governo_Regional_quer_reduzir_ao_maximo_a_venda_de_alcool_na_rua

Miguel Albuquerque continues to call for Covid-19 testing before flights

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, once again called for all passengers, particularly those who travel through European airports, to be tested for Covid-19 before boarding their flights. He argues this is one way of improving safety and increasing the number of passengers moving around Europe.He was also asked if Madeira has to adapt to the measures the government approved. He replied that Madeira has been under a situation of calamity for a long period of time, the use of face masks is mandatory in public places and has been successful in preventing infections and the Region has already implemented the use of the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. Indeed, he said the Madeira Regional Government will ask the Portuguese Government to include the MadeiraSafetoDiscoverapp in the legislation because it has been used in the Region for a long time.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107120/Albuquerque_continua_a_defender_teste_a_todos_os_passageiros_antes_de_entrarem_nos_avioes

Free flu vaccine at Madeira health centres

The second phase of the flu vaccination campaign will start on the 19th of October. It will be aimed at all people aged 65 or older, people with chronic illnesses and other people who belong to at-risk groups. The aim is to vaccinate all people who belong to at-risk groups. The vaccination campaign started on the 28th of September. So far, many people, mostly pregnant women and healthcare, civil protection and social care professionals, have been vaccinated. The Madeira Regional Government has purchased 56,000 vaccine doses for a total cost of €460,000. This year there was a bigger investment on the purchase of more vaccine doses in order to ensure a larger proportion of the population is vaccinated against flu. The vaccine is free of charge and is available in the health centre that serves a person’s area of residence. All a person needs to do is to visit a health centre and the vaccine could be administered safely and quickly, on the same day. Teams of healthcare professionals will be available at health centres to administer the vaccine and there will be flexible opening hours to make it easier for the population to be vaccinated.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106983/Vacinas_contra_a_gripe_gratuitas_nos_Centros_de_Saude_da_RAM

Persistent rain and heavy winds in the Madeira archipelago

From the 18th until the 20th of October, heavy and persistent rain is forecast, particularly in mountain areas and on the 20th. There will be heavy winds, with gales between 70 and 90 km/h, which could even be over 100 km/h at higher altitude during the evening between the 19th and 20th of October. There will also be heavy seas from the 18th of October.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107193/Chuva_persistente_e_vento_forte_no__Arquipelago_da_Madeira

Porto Santo Line cancelled all Porto Santo ferry services on Sunday and on Monday

Porto Santo Line has cancelled all Porto Santo ferry services on Sunday and on Monday, due to bad weather that is forecast on the next days and that poses a risk to the safety of the ferry and its passengers. Passengers can rebook their tickets by visiting one of Porto Santo Line counters or calling (+351) 291 210 300 (on weekdays from 09h00 to 12h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00). Porto Santo Line apologised for any inconvenience caused by this situation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107155/Porto_Santo_Line_cancela_viagens_para_o_Porto_Santo_domingo_e_segunda_feira

Fares discount on Madeira-Canary Islands flights

Binter has reduced fares on flights between Madeira and the Canary Islands. The discount will apply to flights booked until the 31st of October, for travel between the 16th of December and the 15th of January 2021. Fares will start at €70,86 for flights between Madeira and the Canary Islands on Thursdays and on Sundays. These fares are valid per flight if a return flight is booked but the fare could be different, depending on the route. Checked luggage, seat selection and a high-quality in-flight service are included in this discount campaign. Flights can be booked online (www.binter.pt), by phone (291 290 129) or through travel agencies.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/economia/ver/107123/Binter_lanca_promocao_para_voar_entre_Madeira_e_Canarias

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

20th October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Caminho dos 3 Paus à Viana (number 41)
  • Vereda da Viana (numbers 41, 43 and 45)

21st October – 09h00 to 11h00

  • Rua Cidade Santos (numbers 29 to 42)

21st October – 09h00 to 12h00

  • Beco do Abrigo de Nossa Senhora de Fátima (number 16)
  • Travessa do Tanque (numbers 18 to 51)

22nd October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Caminhos do Curral Velho e do Trapiche (number 126)
  • Rua Professor Eleutério Gomes de Aguiar (numbers 49, 51, 63 and 75)
  • Veredas do Ribeiro Lavadouro, Trapiche (numbers 64 to 82) and 2ª Vereda do Corgo
  • Travessa do Curral Velho

SANTO DA SERRA (MACHICO)

19th October – 09h00 to 09h30

  • Ribeira de Machico de Cima

PORTO MONIZ

19th October – 09h00 to 09h30 & 11h30 to 12h00

  •  Britadeira do GR

19th October – 09h00 to 12h00

  • Mercado Abastecedor and Zona Industrial

ACHADAS DA CRUZ

19th October – 09h00 to 09h30 & 11h30 to 12h00

  • Achada Grande and Teleférico

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

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Algarve

Faro Airport recorded the largest decrease in the number of passengers handled between January and August

The movement in Portuguese airports maintained the recovery trend in August, but still with daily decreases of more than 50% in passengers, according to data released today by the National Statistics Institute (INE). Lisbon airport handled seven million passengers recording a decrease of 66.3%. Considering the three airports with the highest passenger traffic, Faro airport was the one that showed the greatest decrease in the number of passengers handled between January and August 2020 (-77.1%).

According to the INE’s fast statistics, in August 2020, at all airports, there was a movement of 2.2 million passengers, representing a decrease of 65.9% (-79.5% in July). The number of passengers disembarking at national airports on flights from the United Kingdom decreased by 69.1% (-85.5% in July). According to INE, the announcement of the inclusion of Portugal in the list of safe countries to travel (on August 20) contributed to a smaller reduction in the number of passengers disembarked between August 21 and 31 (-47.2%), when compared to that recorded between 01 and 20 August (-79.7%).

In August, according to the data released today, 12.4 thousand commercial aircraft landed at national airports, representing a year-on-year change of -46.4% (-62.0% in July and -86.6% in June). There was a movement of 2.2 million passengers (boardings, arrivals and direct transits), representing a year-on-year decrease of 65.9% (-79.5% in July and -94.6% in June).

President Marcelo visits Ribat da Arrifana, took selfies and debated with mayors

The President of the Republic made this Friday the 15th the penultimate visit to an Algarve municipality, to Aljezur, in a tour that started in July and that was intended to “pull through the Algarve”, as he said in his first visit, to the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António. Because, considering that the Algarve, depends so much on tourism, it has been the region most affected by the crisis created by the Covid-19 pandemic, the head of state promised that he would visit all the municipalities in the Algarve, to take his support to mayors and to talk more about the region.

Always with the Aljezurean mayor José Gonçalves as host, the President started by meeting, at Espaço, with people linked to associations and IPSS in the municipality, and then went up the street to Igreja Nova, where he entered and prayed. Then he ate on the outdoor terrace of a pastry shop in that area of ​​the village. After speaking with some of the journalists, the head of state headed to Ribat Arrifana, the ruins of an ancient Islamic monastery-fortress with nearly a thousand years of history, which is a national monument. After Aljezur, today (Saturday) Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa will be in Vila do Bispo, to get to know some of the problems and projects in the municipality and for his last dinner with the mayors of the Algarve.

Covid.19: António Pina does not believe that the numbers have gone up due to tourists but “because we are relapsing”

The President of the District Civil Protection Commission of Faro, spoke on Thursday at the usual press conference, regarding the situation of the pandemic in the region. António Pina, does not believe that it was tourists, who were responsible for the numbers that have been verified in the last days, “the problem here is us, and in the daily behaviour we have had, we are not going to try to put the problem on tourists now” and added “in the same way that the Portuguese and the Algarve behaved very well in the first phase before the summer, now they are not doing it”, he justified.

The president of the Intermunicipal Community of the Algarve warned that if people’s behaviour does not change, “the measures will have to be even harder”. The official drew the attention of the young people as they behave as if they do not think that the disease does not affect them, “so what about your parents and grandparents, do they not think about them?” he asked.

Covid-19 outbreaks at Faro Hospital affect 5 users and 3 professionals

There are five users and three health professionals infected with Covid-19, following outbreaks that emerged in the Orthopedics and Medicine Services 1 of Hospital de Faro, according to Regional health authority. The outbreak in Medicine 1 is the one with the most associated cases, those of the five users and those of two health professionals “in the field of nursing”, revealed today Ana Cristina Guerreiro, regional health delegate of the Algarve, during the fortnightly press conference of assessment of the epidemiological situation in the Algarve.

In this service, the origin is the employees, one of whom tested positive “on the 11th” and the other “on the 13th of October”. The cases in users, who have already been transferred to a Covid-19 wing of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve, “are subsequent”. In the case of orthopedics, “there is an infected health professional, a situation detected on 10th October”. Paulo Morgado, president of the Regional Health Administration (ARS), revealed that “there are 17 health professionals infected” with Covid-19, in the Algarve.

All tests carried out on users and employees of the Portimão care home were negative

All the tests done yesterday on the 98 users and employees of Lar Diogo Gonçalves, in Portimão, “gave a negative result” revealed to Sul Informação, the Mayor of Portico. The tests were carried out after the death on 14th October of a patient, a man “in his fifties and with many underlying health conditions”, who had been admitted to the hospital the day before and died in Faro hospital, a victim of Covid-19. In all, according to our newspaper, analysis of the disease caused by SARS-Cov-2 was carried out to 59 home users and 39 employees.

Mayor Isilda Gomes added that these negative tests demonstrate “that we have been doing a good job at home”. The residential structure in question, located in the city centre and belonging to the Portimão Elderly Support Centre network, had recently been tested in late August. According to data from the Regional Health Authority yesterday (the most recent), the municipality of Portimão this Thursday had 74 active cases of Covid-19, while 6 more people had recovered from the disease, with this new death still to be regretted.

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Azores

Situation Report Azores – 17th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Communiqué from the Government of the Azores 

Ponta Delgada, 15th October 2020

Following the permanent monitoring of the situation of the pandemic of COVID-19 in the Autonomous Region of the Azores, on October 14th, 2020, there are a total of 61 active positive cases, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on the island of Terceira , three on the island of Graciosa, four on the island of Pico, five on the island of Faial, one on the island of São Jorge, two on the island of Santa Maria and one on the island of Flores.

In addition, in view of developments at national and international level and taking into account the air connections from abroad to the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, the extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity in these regions continues to be justified. islands, as well as the extension of the alert situation in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Coro islands, decisions that should be re-evaluated in a shorter time frame, taking into account the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In view of this situation, the Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held on October 14, by videoconference, decided:

1 – Determine, in terms of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores:

  1. a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial until midnight on October 23rd, taking into account the epidemiological situation that is taking place at national and International.
  2. b) The extension of the declaration of the alert situation in the islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo until midnight on October 23rd, taking into account the epidemiological situation that is taking place at national and international level.

2- To determine that, after the reopening of the national maritime space to cruise ships and yachts coming from international ports, the normalization of the docking of these ships in the ports and marinas of the archipelago should be promoted, and provided that the respective passengers are tested on arrival, unless the Regional Health Authority dispenses so in view of the non-stop travel time and the absence of symptoms.

The measures provided for in this Resolution can be reversed or canceled at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

The Government of the Azores reiterates the need to comply with the guidelines regarding the use of a mask, physical distance and respiratory etiquette.

Vouchers 

The Government of the Azores, through the Regional Secretariat for Energy, Environment and Tourism has created a new initiative, “Voucher Destino Açores Seguro”, the platform can be accessed here  https://voucher.azores.gov.pt where information about this financial incentive for the taking of screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 prior to shipment to the Azores, usable exclusively for the acquisition of goods or services in the Region, in activities of the tourism sector.

An order was published today in the Official Journal setting out the conditions and the period for the companies to subscribe to the Network of Members, the conditions for the reimbursement for the acquisition of technological equipment, as well as the concession period and procedure for using this measure.With regard to the Network of Members, as of today, establishments with headquarters or with a permanent establishment in the Region, and that operate within the tourism sector, according to the published list of CAE, can make their membership by filling in an electronic form on the portal.

Regarding the entry into force of the Voucher, it will be awarded to passengers who complete the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire on the My Safe Azores tool at https://mysafeazores.com , starting on October 21st, when they present a negative screening test for SARS-CoV-2 on entry into the Region. The “Destination Insurance Azores Voucher”, with a global investment amount of 1.2 million euros, is a financial incentive of 35 euros, valid for two months and usable, exclusively, in the purchase of goods or services in the Region, in establishments of the Network of Members that develop their activity within the scope of the tourism sector.

Tourism 

According to data from the Regional Statistics Service of the Azores, in the month of August, overnight stays in the region in all the types of tourist accommodation: hotel establishments, rural tourism and local accommodation recorded a year-on-year decrease of 68.7 %. From January to August 2020, overnight stays registered a negative year-on-year change of 74.4%.
In August, hotel establishments recorded 79.2 thousand overnight stays, representing a year-on-year decrease of 70.4%.

Overnight stays by residents in Portugal decreased by 39.5% and overnight stays by residents abroad decreased by 87.5%. The monthly rate of change (relative to July) changed by 120.3%. Total income reached 4.6 million euros and room income 3.5 million euros, corresponding to negative year-on-year changes of 72.3% and 73.5%.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3918 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 13th of October, 10 positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel and Terceira have been diagnosed. Some of the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay, others have been detected as a result of close contact with a previously diagnosed case.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

6 recoveries have been recorded on the island of São Miguel, Terceira and São Jorge.

So far, 342 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 63 active positive cases, of which 36 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, three on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, five on Faial island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island. Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/

Portugal Situation Report 14th October 2020

Introduction

Good morning – There has been little news over the last few days concerning the extension of the Situation of Contingency, which is due to expire tonight 14th October at 23.59 hrs. Never has it been so quiet in the lead up to an extension, the situation undoubtedly being overshadowed by the State Budget for 2021, which was forwarded to parliament yesterday and will be debated on the 28th October, with the final vote on the document scheduled for 26th November.

Rather than what we know about the extension, the focus has been on what is unlikely to happen; namely that the heads of the governments of Portugal and Spain appear to have ruled out the possibility of a new closure of the borders between the two countries, and the Prime Minister has reiterated that it is not possible to repeat measures such as mandatory confinement. Both welcome news.

So, at this stage we do not know whether it will be a simple continuation without change, or with new measures. If there are changes it is likely they will focus on areas where contagion is highest and addressing the cause of the contagions – for instance family reunions.

We have seen again people calling for closure of borders or locking down Lisbon for instance. These were measures that were appropriate at the start of the pandemic, when the country (like others) was largely unprepared and little about the disease was unknown, but now the situation has changed. These sorts of measures cause tremendous hardship and clearly we cannot go through that again for the health of the nation in all senses.

Now much more is known about the disease, and the government, particularly the health service, is better prepared with more procedures in place, greater knowledge and experience and has more equipment such as ventilators, for example.  Today there is more capacity and preparation to deal with the response to people who have Covid-19 disease. 

The basics, however, remain the same and until there is a safe, reliable and effective vaccine in place we will need to rely on the basic tools: e.g. social distancing, hygiene and face masks.

We sense, however, that there is a growing sense of frustration particularly in some countries overseas, with more restrictive measures now being introduced compared to the start of the pandemic. In some countries, measures that have previously only been in the form of recommendations or advice, which many people have chosen not to follow, are now realising the consequences of this and are becoming mandatory with heavy fines in place. 

Portugal, on the other hand, went into a State of Emergency with mandatory measures virtually from the outset, which were generally complied with and which set the trend for the future as far as compliance is concerned. This in my view is the primary reason why, although we are now seeing increases which were expected, we are better able to withstand these challenges and that the situation is far less severe compared with many other countries in Europe.

We wait and see what the next few days bring.

Headlines

Facebook will ban ads that discourage vaccination

Facebook announced Tuesday that it will ban ads that discourage users from being vaccinated against flu, highlighting the “importance of preventive health measures” at a time when the world is facing the covid-19 pandemic.

“Even if public health experts believe that we will not have approved and widely available vaccines against Covid-19 anytime soon, there are things people can do to stay alive, such as taking the seasonal flu vaccine,” quoted an official.

The social network had previously banned false information identified by health institutions like the World Health Organization (WHO) or the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.

Social networks are regularly accused of allowing the development of anti-vaccine movements.

Covid-19

Since Monday, Portugal recorded 16 more fatalities and 1208 new cases of Covid-19.  549 more people recovered since then, bringing the total to 54,047.

There are, for the sixth consecutive day, more than a thousand new cases of Covid-19. After the 1278 contagions registered on Thursday, 1394 on Friday, 1646 on Saturday (record number since the start of the pandemic), 1090 on Sunday and 1249 on Monday, Portugal now has 1208 new cases.

There are a 643 active patients compared to yesterday, making a total of 32,964

The number of hospitalizations continues to increase: there are now 39 more people ‘on the ward’ (total of 916) and four more in intensive care units (132). 50,291 people are under surveillance, 1447 more than yesterday.

The North region has the most newly infected – 713, representing 59% of the most recent contagions. Lisbon and Vale do Tejo follow, with 340 more cases,  the Centre region, where there are 94 more infected;  Alentejo counts 32 more  and the Algarve 24 more. The Madeira archipelago has three more infected, with a total of 297, and in the Azores there are two more cases, bring the total to 300.

In total, 89,121 people are or have been infected with the virus – 48,555 women and 40,566 men since the beginning of the pandemic.

Health

More than 100 Erasmus students in Porto are infected

More than 100 students from the Erasmus mobility program studying in Porto are infected with Covid-19, 80 of whom are at the University of Porto (U. Porto) and 24 at the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP).

Speaking to the agency Lusa, the communication office of U. Porto said, this Tuesday that the number of active cases of students in the Erasmus program [of academic mobility among students from all over the world] rose to 80. Also, the office IPP’s communication network advised today that 10 more positive cases were detected among Erasmus students, increasing the number of infected people from the mobility program from 14 to 24.

Counting these two institutions, there are currently 104 infected Erasmus students studying in Porto, and at IPP, there are also seven national students with Covid-19.

On Friday, U. Porto confirmed the detection of 38 more positive cases, from 41 to 79 the number of infected students.

However, the data reported “accounting errors”, and on October 9th, 34 new cases were recorded, increasing to 75 the number of infected, which now represents an increase of five cases.

Covid-19: São João Hospital activates level three of the contingency plan “in the next hours”

The São João University Hospital Center (CHUSJ), in Porto, revealed yesterday that it will activate “in the next few hours” level three of its contingency plan for Covid-19, with part of it suspended programmed surgical activity.

To Lusa, the CHUSJ communication office explained that the activation of level three of the contingency plan (which has four levels) implies the allocation of the internal medicine service to Covid-19, “having a direct impact on limiting elective surgical activity” , that is, the suspension of part of the scheduled surgical activity.

The activation of this level comes in response to the need to “increase” the inpatient areas dedicated to Covid-19 and the flow in the emergency department.

“The reinforcement and mobilization of human resources from the various specialties, for the different areas, is already being implemented, according to the contingency plan,” he said.

 

Covid-19: Outbreak with 19 infected at home in Arruda dos Vinhos

Nineteen people, including residents and workers, are infected with Covid-19 in a home in Arruda dos Vinhos, in the district of Lisbon, the municipality and the health delegate confirmed on Monday.

Through social networks, the mayor, André Rijo, said that there are 19 infected, of which 13 are residents and six are employees, which was confirmed by the health delegate, Pompeu Balsa.

The official responsible for local public health said that most were “asymptomatic or with mild symptoms”.

All are recovering at the institution, three of which were seen in hospitals because they had “more acute symptoms”, said André Rijo.

The health delegate said that, of the six positive employees, two, who do not show symptoms, are working while they are quarantining, providing assistance to infected users.

At home, all 36 users and 20 of the 28 employees were tested on Friday.

The institution is being supported by six assistants provided by Social Security, as well as with individual protection equipment distributed by Civil Protection.

Arruda dos Vinhos accounts for 145 confirmed cumulative cases of Covid-19, of which 58 are active, 84 have recovered and three have resulted in deaths, according to the epidemiological bulletin released today by the municipality.

Covid-19: Positive cases at the Ota Air Force Center rise to 19

The outbreak of infection by the new coronavirus at the Military and Technical Training Center of the Portuguese Air Force of Ota (Alenquer) rose from 16 to 19 infected military personnel, a Portuguese Air Force source said today ( FAP) to the Lusa agency.

Lieutenant-Colonel Manuel Costa, responsible for FAP’s Public Relations, told the Lusa news agency that 19 military personnel were infected, after the results were released of all diagnostic tests carried out.

The 19 positive cases are undergoing prophylactic isolation in their homes.

In a population of half a thousand people from the base area of Ota, between military and students, 70 are in prophylactic isolation, through contacts maintained with the infected.

The same source added that “the situation is under control”.

The Military and Technical Training Centre of the Portuguese Air Force of Ota (Alenquer), in the Lisbon district, “continues to operate”, maintaining all functions related to air safety and face-to-face classes, explained the spokesman.

However, as there are close to a hundred people in prophylactic isolation, “there are some individuals taking distance classes”.

Covid-19: Three children infected in a day care center in Misericórdia da Maia

Three children from a day care center in Santa Casa da Misericórdia da Maia are infected with Covid-19 and the remaining 10 children in their room are already being tested, the institution’s provider revealed today.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Maria de Lurdes Maia, provider of Misericórdia da Maia, said today that there are three positive cases belonging to the one-year room at the Santa Maria de Avioso day care center, where seven employees tested positive last week.

These cases belong to the group of 35 children aged up to 36 months who are in prophylactic isolation after, on Wednesday, the three rooms of the institution’s day care centre were closed.

“The indication we have from the health authorities is that the children are doing well. The remaining 10 children in that room are already being tested”, revealed the provider of the institution, which on October 7th, closed the three rooms of the day care centre.

Despite this, the institution maintains three pre-school rooms, attended by about 65 children.

Maria de Lurdes Maia also said that the tests carried out on the remaining employees “were negative”.

Infarmed suspends marketing of surgical masks from LINEFORYOU

Infarmed has suspended the marketing of surgical masks by the manufacturer LINEFORYOU for improperly using the CE marking, revealed the National Authority for Medicines and Health Products.

In a statement, Infarmed said that the masks in question misused the CE marking because the technical documentation is incomplete compared to what is required by law.

“The manufacturer immediately and voluntarily initiated the suspension of commercialization of the medical devices under consideration and will begin the simplified process of placing on the national market” of these items under the law, “demonstrating compliance with the published regulatory requirements and specifications”.

According to data released earlier this month, since the beginning of the pandemic, the Food and Economic Security Authority (ASAE) has seized more than one million masks as part of the various inspection actions carried out across the country.

Covid-19: Foreign and Environment Ministers tested negative

The Minister of State and Foreign Affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, and the Minister of Environment and Climate Action, Matos Fernandes, tested negative for Covid-19, the government source told Lusa.

The tests on the ministers of the current government were carried out after it became known that the holder of the portfolio of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Manuel Heitor, is infected with Covid-19.

On Sunday, Prime Minister and all members of the Government that were tested had negative results, according to a press release from António Costa’s press office released this morning.

“During the morning [today] the Minister of State and Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Environment and Climate Action will be tested, and remain isolated until they know the results”, the statement added.

The same note adds that “by determination of the General Directorate of Health, they will be confined, despite testing negative, the Minister of Planning and the Minister of Labour Solidarity and Social Security who flank Manuel Heitor at the meeting of the Council of Ministers”, which was held on Thursday.

Covid-19: University of Aveiro with over 40 infected students

Health authorities yesterday registered 40 more students from the University of Aveiro (UA) infected with the new coronavirus, the highest number since the outbreak at that educational institution was detected five days ago, said a source academic.

“Of these 40 new cases, 38 are related to the previously identified contagion”, says a note from the AU rector, Paulo Jorge Ferreira, addressed to the academic community.

According to the rector, these results come from the 95 tests of at risk contacts, carried out in a joint action between the health authorities and the AU.

Currently, according to the Rectory, there are 72 positive cases in the AU, 68 of which resulted from the first contagion and four isolated cases.

The first cases of Covid-19 in the AU appeared on the 7th, one day after the beginning of classes at that educational institution.

At the time, the Rector reported that there were 15 infected Spanish nationals who were attending the AU under the Erasmus program.

According to the same source, the contagion occurred last week, in an event outside the University.

Stayaway Covid App

116 infected patients have already entered code in the StayAway Covid app

More than 1.4 million downloads of the StayAway Covid application have already been made and 116 people have entered the code as they were infected, to alert those who were in close contact.

At a time when the new cases of Covid-19 exceed the thousand daily, the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales, stresses that “the individual guard cannot be lowered ” and “each one is called to do his part” to control the evolution of the pandemic.

In this sense, he points out that the StayAway Covid application “is another tool” , since it allows to track the contagion networks of the new coronavirus that causes the Covid-19 disease. In a press conference, Lacerda Sales revealed that, with a month of operation, more than 1.4 million downloads have already been made, and 116 codes [of infected patients] have been inserted, giving rise to 137 calls” to the SNS24.

Luís Goes Pinheiro, president of the Shared Services of the Ministry of Health (SPMS), presented data from other countries to show that ” Portugal’s numbers are in line with Europe “, namely Austria with 900 thousand downloads and 56 codes inserted, Italy with 7 million downloads and 257 codes and Finland with 2.3 million downloads and 158 codes inserted.

PSP National Director infected with Covid-19

The PSP national director, chief superintendent Magina da Silva, is infected with Covid-19. The chief police officer is at home and is asymptomatic.

According to JN, Magina da Silva felt unwell at the end of Monday and decided to test for the new coronavirus. Shortly thereafter, he became aware that he was infected and took shelter in his room.

At the moment, guarantees an official source of the PSP, the chief superintendent is without symptoms and apparently has no health problems. In fact, he continues to monitor the service from a distance and in close collaboration with the number two of the Police hierarchy, the deputy national director, Chief Superintendent Constantino Ramos. “This situation does not alter the operation of the PSP in any way “, guarantees the same official source.

Other Health matters

Pezinho test indicates decrease in births in the first nine months of the year

The number of babies born in Portugal in the first nine months of this year dropped 1.2% compared to the same period in 2019, totalling 64,390, according to data from the National Early Diagnosis Program, known as “foot test”.

The “heel prick test”, which covers almost all births in the country, is performed from the third day of life of the new born, through the collection of blood droplets on the child’s foot, and allows the diagnosis of some serious diseases that clinically are very difficult to diagnose in the first weeks of life and that later can cause severe neurological changes and liver changes, among other conditions.

The number represents a drop of 775 births between January and September compared to the same period last year, when 65,165 new-borns were screened under the National Neonatal Screening Program (PNRN), coordinated by the National Health Institute Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA).

Compared to the same period of 2015, the year in which 62,990 babies were analysed, the lowest number in the last five years for the same period, there was an increase of 2.2%, which represents another 1,400 births, the data show. INSA advanced to the agency Lusa.

January was the month with the highest number of “foot tests” performed (8,043), followed by September (7,712), July (7,625), March (7,182), April (7,067), June (7,048), May (6,910) ), August (6,904) and February (5,899).

Sport

President of Republic speaks to Cristiano Ronaldo who tested positive with Covid-19

President of the Republic called Cristiano Ronaldo, who tested positive in a Covid test. Marcelo also reveals the guarantees that the Portuguese Football Federation gave him regarding the health of other players.

Cristiano Ronaldo was released from the national team after testing positive for Covid-19, the Portuguese Football Federation announced a few minutes ago (on Tuesday afternoon).

Therefore, the captain will not face Sweden on Wednesday for the League of Nations match.

The Portuguese international “is doing well, without symptoms and in isolation”, according to information released by the FPF, who adds that “the remaining players underwent new tests this (Tuesday) morning, all with negative results, and are available to Fernando Santos to training this afternoon, in Soccer City. ”

It should be remembered that this morning, both training and the press previews of the game were postponed until the afternoon, precisely due to the testing of the players – although, at that time, the FPF did not admit it.

Training is now scheduled for 5pm and the press conference with Fernando Santos and a player will be held at 7pm.

On Monday, Cristiano Ronaldo had posted a selfie at the table with his colleagues in Cidade do Futebol.

Travel

CP Launches campaign giving up to 80% discount on intercity destinations

As of yesterday, CP-Comboios de Portugal will provide approximately 12,200 trips, an average of 178 daily trips, with discounts of up to 80%, on Intercidades trains, in 2nd class.

Available tickets can be purchased at least 10 days in advance of the travel date and are valid for travel between 22 October and 31 December, the company said in a statement.

Within the scope of the new campaign, all Intercidades destinations are included, with prices starting at: € 2.50 for connections between Lisbon and Évora, € 3.00 for connections between Lisbon and Beja, € 4.00 for connections between Lisbon and the cities of Coimbra or Covilhã, € 4.50 for connections between Lisbon and the cities of Faro or Guarda, € 5.00 for connections between Lisbon and Porto and € 5.50 for connections between Lisbon and the cities of Braga, Viana do Castle or Guimarães.

Tickets can be purchased at Ticket Office Online, App CP and other CP channels. https://www.cp.pt/passageiros/en/discounts-benefits

Economy

OE2021: Minister of Finance delivered the Government’s proposal to the Assembly of the Republic

The Minister of State and Finance, João Leão, today handed over to the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Ferro Rodrigues, the State Budget proposal for 2021, which will be voted on in general on the 28th .

João Leão entered the office of the President of the Assembly of the Republic at 20:58, accompanied by the Secretary of State for Budget, Cláudia Joaquim, and by the Secretary of State for Parliamentary Affairs, Duarte Cordeiro.

This is João Leão’s first Budget as Finance Minister, a position he assumed last June, after having replaced the current governor of Banco de Portugal, Mário Centeno.

The State Budget proposal for 2021 is now delivered to the Assembly of the Republic, which has not yet ensured a principle according to the Left Block or the PCP for its viability, points to a recovery of the Portuguese economy in the order of 5, 4%, after a fall of around 8.5% this year.

The deficit next year, according to the projections presented by the executive to the parties, is expected to reach 4.3% in 2021, remaining at 7.3% in 2020.

Region Reports

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 20 new Covid-19 cases and 5 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. 

On Saturday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases (from 5 passengers who arrived from Venezuela, 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 1 who had arrived from Central Portugal). 

On Sunday, there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from Spain, 1 who had arrived from the UK and 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region) and 2 recoveries. 

On Monday, there were 2 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland) and 2 recoveries.

And on Tuesday, there were 5 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from Vezenuela, 1 who had arrived from the UK and 1 who had arrived from Northern Portugal) and 1 recovery.

There are currently 99 active cases, of which 92 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 7 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 290 cases and 191 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 56 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 42 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient remains in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 10 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. These were identified through screening at Madeira Airport. As of Tuesday, there had been 1750 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 9,389 people under active monitoring and 11,239 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 82,817 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, as of Monday, 132,643 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 181 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 13,596.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,288 calls, with 188 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106556/Covid-19_Madeira_tem_sete_novos_casos_de_infecao

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106626/Madeira_regista_hoje_mais_seis_novos_casos_de_covid-19_e_dois_recuperados

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106744/Madeira_com_2_novos_casos_e_mais_2_recuperados

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/13/regiao-quase-a-alcancar-uma-centena-de-casos-activos-neste-momento-sao-99/

Travel corridor appeal to the British Ambassador

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, has written a letter to the British Ambassador to Portugal, highlighting Madeira’s position as one of “the safest tourist destinations” in Europe and asked for his “personal support and commitment” in ensuring Madeira remains on the UK travel corridor.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106751/Albuquerque_reforca_apelo_ao_Reino_Unido

President of the Regional Government sent his best wishes to Cristiano Ronaldo

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, sent Cristiano Ronaldo his best wishes and hoped for a “speedy and swift recovery”. The football player, who was born and grew up in Madeira, had tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday.

“At this most difficult moment for our great Cristiano Ronaldo, I wish him, with friendship, esteem and admiration, a swift recovery. I know he will soon be back to the football pitches, where he is happy, and to scoring the superb goals we are used to watching. The best player in the world will come back even stronger and with the stamina, intensity, determination and humility that are his hallmarks. We will be here to witness it.”

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106866/Albuquerque_deseja_uma_rapida_recuperacao_ao_melhor_do_mundo

Urgent need for Covid-19 testing at the point of departure

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, said tourism in Madeira is still facing a critical situation and urged the European Union to promote its recovery and to introduce mandatory Covid-19 testing for passengers at the point of departure. He said it is “urgent” to adopt measures to “promote and stimulate” tourism at a European level. He added that he has been asking for months for mandatory Covid-19 testing for passengers at the point of departure. He said “this should have already been in place “by everybody and for a long a time”.

Reinforcing this, Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, praised once again the screening policy for all passengers arriving at Madeira Airport and said this should have been carried out at the point of departure in all EU member-states. He added that he hopes this will be the main policy Portugal will propose when it takes over the Presidency of the European Council in 2021. He said such a policy will make tourism safe and Madeira will then benefit from tourism, a very important sector for its economy.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106835/Albuquerque_reitera_necessidade_urgente_da_Uniao_Europeia_forcar_testes_na_origem

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106835/Albuquerque_reitera_necessidade_urgente_da_Uniao_Europeia_forcar_testes_na_origem

Deal signed to provide financial support for fishermen

Teófilo Cunha, the Secretary of Sea and Fisheries, signed the first contracts to provide a special financial support package to fishermen and owners of fishing vessels, so as to reward them for the work they carried out in May, June and July. Teófilo Cunha said that despite it being a difficult and uncertain period of time, “these fishermen and owners of fishing vessels did not cease their work, kept the economy open, thus ensuring the supply of fish to the population” and highlighted the commitment he had made with fishermen and owners of fishing vessels.

The Regional Government has set aside €1,250,000 from the Region Budget in order to support fishermen and owners of fishing vessels. A fisherman will be entitled to receive €438,81 for each month of work and owners of fishing vessels will be entitled to receive €766, a sum that could be increased in accordance with the size of the vessel. The minimum amount of monthly financial support is expected to be €438,81.

With the number of Covid-19 cases rising once again, Teófilo Cunha was asked if the Regional Government is considering strengthening this financial package. While he did not make any commitment, he did not rule it out either. He stated that “the Government is always ready to help the fishing sector and fishermen”.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/13/teofilo-cunha-assinou-contratos-programa-com-pescadores-e-armadores-para-apoio-financeiro-extraordinario/

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

14th October – 09h00 to 12h00

– Rua de Santa Luzia (numbers 16 to 99)

– Travessa do Pina (numbers 1 to 18)

15th October – 09h0 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– 3º Beco das Preces

– Travessa das Preces

PRAZERES

15th October – 14h00 to 14h45

– Vale dos Prazeres (Pedreira do AFA)

ESTREITO DA CALHETA

15th October – 14h00 to 14h45

– Ribeira Funda and Atalinho (including IGA)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. 

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/10/publicidade-publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-75-2020/

 

Algarve

There are 24 new cases of Covid-19 in the Algarve

The Algarve has 24 more cases of Covid-19, according to data from the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) of this Tuesday, October 13th, which has just been released.

The number of cases accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic in the Algarve region is now 2025.

In Alentejo, 32 more cases are reported today, bringing a cumulative total of 1677. These figures make the Algarve today the region of Mainland Portugal with fewer cases.

Covid.19: Municipality of VRSA prolongs the use of a mask on the street

Given the epidemiological evolution of Covid-19 in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, and with the aim of minimizing the chances of contagion, the municipality will extend, until the end of the month, the application of a set of more restrictive isolation measures and protection of the population.

In a statement, the City Council says it seeks to develop “concrete” actions to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, seeking to keep the majority of trade and services in operation, “but in a regulated and safe manner”.

The exception is the gradual opening of municipal sports facilities, starting on October 16th, namely the municipal swimming pools, which will operate only by appointment (via phone and e-mail) and with limited capacity.

To make this possible, all sports facilities have a set of procedures and contingency plans, in order to ensure the protection and safety of visitors and employees.

According to the Municipality, the following restrictive measures will remain in force: the suspension of all cultural events held in municipal facilities, recommendation for the use of an individual protection mask in all situations of contact with other people, including on the street, warnings of the prohibition of private parties, under the terms already provided by the General Health Directorate (DGS), and reinforced inspection.

Covid.19: GNR ends illegal party that had live music

GNR ended this Saturday, an illegal party, which brought together about 50 people, at Sítio do Corotelo, municipality of São Brás de Alportel.

In a statement sent this afternoon (Tuesday), the GNR stated that it received a complaint “for the existence of a party with live music at a beverage establishment”, with the military proceeding with the inspection of the event and the demobilization of the people present, in order to comply with the standards related to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the same source, the owner of the establishment was identified, with an order to end the party, resulting in the drafting of an administrative order.

CCDR: José Apolinário elected for the presidency in the Algarve

Former Secretary of State for Fisheries José Apolinário was elected president of the Algarve Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) on Tuesday, with 290 votes out of 423 voters, according to official results.

According to the information made available online by the Directorate-General of Local Authorities (DGAL), 483 voters were registered and 116 white votes and 17 null votes were registered.

Although with a difference of one vote in relation to the votes and null, the election of José Apolinário had already been indicated to Lusa on Tuesday night, but the socialist sent more statements for today.

José Apolinário, 58, graduated in Law, asked to leave the Government, from the post of Secretary of State for Fisheries, to run for the presidency of CCDR / Algarve, having been the only candidate standing for election.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 14th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores


The City Council of Ponta Delgada has joined up with the Portuguese League Against Cancer, Regional Centre of the Azores, marking the International Breast Cancer Prevention Month and are lighting the city’s arcades in pink until the last day of October.

“Outubro Rosa” is the name of the international campaign to raise public awareness of the problem of breast cancer. A movement that emerged in the United States, after the American Congress determined October as the month of prevention of Breast Cancer.

One of the characteristics of “Outubro Rosa” is the lighting of important monuments of the cities with the pink colour to support the cause.

In Ponta Delgada, the Arcades of the historic centre will be lit up until October 31st.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4948 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 10th of October, eight positive cases of Covid-19 on the islands of São Miguel have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay. 

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Eight recoveries have been recorded on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Pico.

So far, 332 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 61 active positive cases currently, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, three on Graciosa island, four on Pico island, five on Faial island, one on São Jorge island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 10th October

Introduction

Good morning!

We will start with good news and that was the finding on Thursday in sound health, of David Oliver age 77 years who went missing in Lagoa two days earlier, whilst taking his dog for walk. The disappearance was first reported to Safe Communities by his wife and then to the GNR. From all accounts the GNR carried out their work, from the outset, with professionalism and dedication with extensive searches involving resources in the form of search dog units and drones from Lisbon. Our many thanks to them.

It also showed the considerable positive impact of social media, when used in the right way, thanks to the initiative of David’s daughter Angélica Scholts, who by the way lives in Australia! It also shows how the community came together in the area, with offers of help and conducting searches etc.

Unfortunately we had to follow this with less positive news concerning Covid-19. Clearly Portugal is facing an increase in both confirmed cases, yesterday’s being the second highest since the start of the pandemic, as well as serious cases, namely those in hospital (811) and ICU (125) the highest since early May. To put this in perspective, however, the vast majority of people currently infected in Portugal are recovering at home. Of the active cases between Thursday and Friday, 97.3% are at home.

With the Situation of Contingency due to expire at 2359 hrs on 14th October, we will have to wait and see whether there is a further simple extension without change, or whether the Government considers additional measures necessary. There is little point in speculating what decisions may be made, but we are sure that these will be based on the scientific evidence which has guided the country well so far.  The President of the Republic warned yesterday of the need to “rethink Christmas as a family”, due to the risk of infection through family reunifications, which according to DGS have resulted in 67% of infections in recent cases. (Please see our lead item).

It is more important now than ever before to ensure that everyone complies with the basics, e.g. social distancing, hygiene and wearing of facemasks. Do not be detracted by those who suggest otherwise.

Having mentioned the most positive side of social media, the PSP yesterday warned of the circulation, especially on social networks, of false alerts about crimes causing social alarm and asked the population to always check the source of the information, so as not to be deceived by rumours.

“These publications, whose origin is unknown, report facts that did not occur, generating a feeling of insecurity within the population.

This is a subject that Safe Communities has been warning about in the Context of Covid-19. We have developed a check list on how to help determine the truth of information, which can be downloaded here https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/true-or-false/ I will be discussing this on Solid Gold Sunday on KissFm radio at around 0915 hrs on Sunday 11th October

Despite this please have a Safe and good weekend.

Headlines

It may be necessary to “rethink Christmas as a family”, warns Marcelo

Visiting the Hospital de Braga, the President of the Republic left a warning: “If it is necessary to rethink Christmas as a family, rethink yourself”

“The situation is very serious”. The warning was given on Friday by Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, visiting Braga Hospital.  He stated “It was already known that daily Covid-19 numbers would rise to over a thousand, namely with the opening of schools, of commercial life, and now of universities”, admitting the possibility of new measures to be taken to combat the pandemic.

“If you need to rethink Christmas as a family, rethink yourself. It can’t be a Christmas with 100, 60, 50 or 30 people; it has to be divided by the various components of the family. It is necessary to rethink programs that are done with friends or social co-existence and take extra precautions. In this peak period that we are going through, we will make that effort “, said Marcelo, again making an appeal to the civic sense of the Portuguese.

“Any measures that may be adopted, will have to be complied with by the Portuguese. None of us wants to stop the economy and increase unemployment. But it is necessary to be aware and comply with the rules that may be implemented. That is why people have a role. It cannot become a mandatory thing for millions of people if they do not comply “, defended the President. He then gave an example of one of the possible ways to follow: the “use of a mask in the circulation on the public road and at points of greater crossing of people”.

“We are already in a period only comparable in the severity of the pandemic to that experienced in the beginning of spring. This means that it is a very serious period “, he stressed.

 

Covid-19 DGS Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced in the daily bulletin this Friday that the deaths in the previous 24 hrs due to Covid-19 increased by 12 cases and confirmed cases by 1,394.

  • There are a total of 2,062 deaths and 83,928 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic. The number of daily cases is the second highest since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • The number of hospitalized patients increased from 801 to 811 (plus 10), of whom 125 (plus ten) are considered serious, requiring treatment in intensive care units.
  • From Thursday to Friday, the 647 recovered from the disease increasing the total to 647.
  • Of the fatal victims, nine women and two men are over 80 years old, and one woman over 60 years old. Eight lived in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Region (RLVT), one in the Centre and three in the North Region.
  • The Northern Region added more than 600 confirmed cases for the second consecutive day, this week. After yesterday’s 642, equivalent to 50% of the 1278 reported on Thursday, this Friday, 689 infections, roughly half of the national daily total (49%).
  • The RLVT, which concentrates 42,266 of the total of 83,928 cases accumulated since March 2 (50.3% at national level), added this Friday another 559 cases, which is equivalent to 40.1% of the daily total. The most populated area of ​​the country added eight more fatalities which totals 822.

The Minister of Health said that the majority of people currently infected in Portugal are recovering at home. Of the 735 more active cases between Thursday and Friday, 97.3% are at home

Covid-19 – Rates per 100,000

The Minister of Health said yesterday that the Covid-19 indicators in the country result in “natural concerns” regarding the pressure on the National Health Service (SNS) and highlighted the record obtained on Wednesday in the number of daily tests performed.

At the press conference to update information on infection with the new coronavirus, Marta Temido said that the incidence rate recorded in the last seven days was 64.4 new cases per 100 thousand inhabitants and 115.4 in the last 14 days. According to the minister, Portugal has a RT (transmission risk) greater than 1 for several days.

“These indicators are of natural concern from the point of view of pressure on the health system and the NHS,” she admitted, highlighting the “investment in strengthening the response of the NHS” that has been made.

“We went from a daily average of 2500 tests in March to 19,600 in October. On October 7, there was a record of tests, with 28,392, 8% of which were positive,” said the minister. “There are 28 active outbreaks in the country, with 175 confirmed cases,” informed Graça Freitas.

Covid-19. Weddings, baptisms and banquets 

Yesterday the Director-General of Health was asked a question at her press conference about social gatherings, called “BBB” – weddings, baptisms and banquets. Are they responsible for the increase in cases, which reached a new peak this Friday in six months?

She replied that “67% of the cases reported in Portugal happen in these gatherings, which are often accompanied by meals and leads to relaxation and multiple contacts”. What she said afterwards is what has been heard most frequently at these press conferences. “If we are allowed to appeal to families, people, friends, it is that they try to fraternize less at this stage when the virus is very active in Europe. The countries around us have a lot of cases”.

 

Health

Covid-19: The number of infected Erasmus students from University of Porto increases to 79

The number of students in the ERASMUS program at the University of Porto infected with Covid-19 rose to 79, the institution revealed today, adding that the positive cases are “spread over several colleges and several courses”.

The communication office of the University of Porto (U. Porto) said that 38 more positive cases were detected yesterday, from 41 to 79 the number of infected students of the ERASMUS program [of academic mobility among students from all over the world]. In a statement released on Thursday night, U. Porto clarified that its positive cases are “spread over several faculty and several courses”.

This “reinforces the belief of the health authorities that the contagion will have occurred outside the context of classes or other activities within the university”, he adds. U. Porto also stated that, so far, there have been no cases of contagion “within the premises”.

Also in response to the Lusa agency, following the outbreak of Covid-19 among higher education students in Porto, the Polytechnic Institute of Porto (IPP) said yesterday that 20 of its students were infected, 14 of whom are from the ERASMUS program and seven are national. The IPP, which is unaware of whether, in addition to the 20 infected students, there are other students or teachers in prophylactic isolation.

Covid-19. Ota Air Force Centre with 16 positive military tests

A total of 16 military personnel from the Military and Technical Training Centre of the Portuguese Air Force, in Ota (Alenquer), tested positive for the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, the institution’s spokesman confirmed to Lusa. According to the information provided by Lieutenant-Colonel Manuel Costa, the 16 military personnel “are well” and are “at home”, in prophylactic isolation, as well as 56 other members of that Training Centre who are in quarantine.

After the detection of the first cases, at the end of last week, “the protocol was followed” with several tests carried out on contacts close to the infected military, with the last two positive results being detected today, the day on which 46 more tests were carried out. , whose results are not yet known. The testing of infected military contacts will continue on Friday, but they are not an impediment to the normal operation of the Military and Technical Training Centre.

Fenprof presents list of 141 schools with covid-19 cases, contrary to DGS

The National Teachers Federation (Fenprof) updated the list of schools with positive cases of covid-19 among students, teachers and staff, increasing to 141 outbreak-registered schools. Yesterday morning, Fenprof released the names of 122 public and private schools where Covid-19 cases existed or had existed.

Following the disclosure of the document, “there were several contacts established with Fenprof that lead to its update, now adding 141 establishments”, the federation says in a statement sent to the newsrooms. Within five hours, Fenprof was informed of 23 more cases, but it also had to remove four educational establishments from the list, as there were no outbreaks in the school environment during the current school year.

At issue were the Group of Schools (AE) Monte da Ola, in Viana do Castelo, and the AE of Santa Maria Maior, which has students in quarantine, but due to infection in family members, explains Fenprof. The Jaime Cortesão Secondary School, in Coimbra, and the António Aleixo Foundation, in Quarteira, also disappeared from the list because the cases of infection occurred at the end of the previous school year.

The full list of schools can be found here: https://www.fenprof.pt/?aba=27&mid=115&cat=708&doc=12768

Covid-19: New Red Cross post with capacity for up to 3,500 tests per day

The new Portuguese Red Cross (CVP) Fixed Post for testing the Covid-19, inaugurated today, will allow to increase the installed capacity with up to 3,500 test and analysis per day, according to the president of the organisation.

The new post, installed outside the Military Home of the Red Cross, in Lisbon, will work in co-ordination with a new Covid-19 molecular diagnosis centre of the João Lobo Antunes Institute of Molecular Medicine (iMM). At the inauguration, which was attended by the Minister of Health, the president of CVP explained that the new structure, consisting of four test tents and two drive-thru stations at the fixed station and the iMM laboratory, has the capacity to more than three thousand analysis per day.

“We can go up to 3,000 or 3,500, in the whole of this project with the iMM,” Francisco George said in remarks to journalists about testing capacity.

At a time when the country has the second highest number of new cases since the beginning of the pandemic in March, the president of CVP ensures that this capacity can be increased if the epidemiological situation requires it and if there is a sharp increase in the number of medical prescriptions for conducting tests. At this time, the fixed test station operates between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm on weekdays and the diagnostic centre, where samples are analysed, until 11 pm, allowing the average waiting time for results less than 24 hours.

“We are working to, if necessary, offer the same services 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for as long as necessary,” he said, explaining that “it is a question of changing teams permanently”.

Travel

Covid-19: Study shows low risk of transmission inflight

A study by the International Air Transport Association (IATA, in English) revealed that only 44 cases of Covid-19 have been identified in the world in which transmission may be associated with air travel.

“The risk of a passenger contracting Covid-19 on board an airplane seems very low. With only 44 identified cases of transmission potentially related to flight, in 1.2 billion travellers, “reads the study published on Thursday by the association that brings together the main aircraft manufacturers.

According to IATA, the data collected demonstrated the low incidence of transmission of Covid-19 on board an aircraft, with a number of contaminations equivalent to one case in every 27 million travellers. The association recognizes, however, that it may be underestimating the real values, but points out that, even if 90% of cases of covid-19 associated with an airplane trip were not reported, this would represent one case for every 2.7 million of travellers.

“We think that these numbers are extremely reassuring. In addition, the vast majority of published cases occurred before the use of masks during flight became widespread,” says IATA medical consultant David Powell, cited in a note published on the association’s website. IATA data collection, he says, is in line with the low values ​​reported in a study recently published in the Journal of Travel Medicine.

Other news

Training on equality, non-discrimination and the prevention and fight against domestic violence

86 applications were approved by the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, which will allow the training of approximately 12 750 people over 3 years in terms of equality, non-discrimination and the prevention and fight against domestic violence.

These tenders, with a total allocation of more than 4 million euros, are held under the Operational Social Inclusion and Employment Program, POR Lisboa and CRESC Algarve and are aimed at training strategic audiences in the fields of equality between women and men , preventing and combating all forms of violence against women and domestic violence, preventing and combating discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sexual characteristics and preventing and combating trafficking in human beings humans.

In total, that Operational Program has already enabled the training of 22 thousand people in these fields, with an investment of 6.5 million euros. It is important to highlight the commitment to training Victim Support Technicians in a total of 2330 people and 133 actions, which represents 737 more people than in the previous financial framework.

Spain

State of Emergency declared for Madrid

The Government of Spain yesterday decreed a state of emergency for 15 days in Madrid and nine other municipalities in the region, reinstating restrictions on movements, invalidated by the court on Thursday. The declaration of a state of emergency, adopted by the Council of Ministers, comes into effect immediately, with its urgent publication in the Official State Bulletin.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary Council of Ministers, held this morning and convened on Thursday night, hours after the Madrid Superior Court of Justice rejected the movement restriction measures in ten municipalities in the Madrid region imposed by the Central government last Saturday. The national and regional executive have been fighting for two weeks over the concrete measures that should be taken to ensure the reduction of the number of contagions of covid-19 in Madrid, the region of Spain most affected by the pandemic.

The restrictions prohibit, among other things, the entry and exit of people in each of the 10 cities in the Madrid region, including the capital, except for “duly justified” trips, such as to the doctor, to work, educational centres, assistance to the elderly , minors and dependents and travel to banks, courts or other public bodies.

Family and social gatherings, unless they live together, are limited to six people and the maximum capacity of commercial establishments and services open to the public is reduced to 50%, and must close no later than 22:00. For hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars the allowed capacity cannot exceed 50% inside and 60% outside, and consumption at the counter is prohibited, and must be closed at 23:00.

Other News

Safe Schools – Prevention and Enforcement

More than 180 people were detained in more than 1,000 police operations carried out between 14 and 20 September in the context of the operation “Safe School – Beginning of the Academic Year 2020/2021”, announced today the PSP.

In a statement, PSP states that 3,468 police officers participated in the initiative, which took place in mainland Portugal and the Autonomous Regions, which carried out 1,070 operations, resulting in 186 arrests. The operation “Safe School – aims to promote the intensification of visibility and inspection through policing actions in the vicinity of schools, as well as awareness raising actions at school establishments.

The operation also aims to prevent criminal and administrative offenses through the inspection of traffic and road safety in the vicinity of schools, the inspection of commercial establishments, restaurants and drinks, among other spaces, frequented by minors and the verification of compliance with the legal rules in force within the scope of prevention and combating the covid-19 pandemic.

PSP highlights that of the operations, 386 had a reinforced police presence, 415 for road inspections, 163 for inspection of commercial establishments and 114 in other operations / inspections.

In addition to the arrests, 102 vehicles and 33 weapons were seized during the operations. In the note, the PSP indicates that 3,874 notices of infraction for road infractions and 11 notices of infraction for infractions in commercial establishments were registered. A total of 364 group awareness-raising actions were also carried out in 270 schools, attended by 11,989 students and 1,354 teachers and operational assistants, and 1,552 individual criminal prevention contacts were made in schools

PSP issues warning over false crime reports on social media

The PSP yesterday warned of the circulation, especially on social networks, of false alerts about crimes that cause social alarm and asked the population to always check the source of the information so as not to be deceived by rumours.

“These publications, whose origin is unknown, report facts that did not occur and create social alarm, generating a feeling of insecurity in the population. Furthermore, since these false alerts have no real support, they end up misinforming the population”, explains. Underlining that “the rumour is not informative”, the Public Security Police advises to always do a search on the source of the information, to see if it is credible, to read the whole story, as some appealing titles can be misleading, and to verify the author.

It also says that one should check whether or not the same information is released by official sources such as the PSP or the media disseminate the same information, and to confirm the date, as sometimes information that is not updated is circulated. In the same note, the PSP also warns that if the news / alert seems strange it means that “it may be a satire” and advises to look for more information about the website or the author who is publishing it.

Region Reports

Madeira report by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 23 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Wednesday, there were 10 new Covid-19 cases (6 passengers who arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 who had arrived from France and 1 who had arrived from Poland).

On Thursday, there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (2 passengers who had arrived from Venezuela, 2 who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from France and 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region) and 2 recoveries. And on Friday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases (1 case of local transmission linked to recently diagnosed case, 2 passengers who had arrived from France, 2 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 who had arrived from the North of Portugal and 1 who had arrived from the South of Portugal) and 10 recoveries.

There are currently 84 active cases, of which 77 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 7 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 270 cases and 186 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 46 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 37 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 13 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. These were identified through screening at Madeira Airport. As of Friday, there had been 1730 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 8,577 people under active monitoring and 10,511 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 78,142 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Thursday, 125,200 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 149 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 13,415.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,269 calls, with 186 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106288/Covid-19_10_novos_casos_na_Regiao_

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/08/madeira-com-mais-6-casos-activos-de-covid-19-e-16-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/09/mais-7-casos-de-covid-19-10-recuperados-e-13-suspeitos/

SESARAM doctor infected with Covid-19

A SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) doctor is infected with Covid-19. The doctor left the Autonomous Region of Madeira at the start of the month and was tested in the Covid-19 screening facilities at Funchal airport. Since then, he has been in isolation. SESARAM decided to clarify the situation after inaccurate information had been spread. It highlighted the fact that the doctor has been away from work since the 1st of October (before leaving the Region) and asked for care to be taken when dealing with new information and for it to be checked with the appropriate institutions, in order to prevent alarm and fear amongst the population.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106242/Covid-19_Medico_do_SESARAM_infetado_nao_trabalha_desde_1_de_outubro_e_esta_em_isolamento

50 nurses recruited by the Madeira Regional Health System

SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) have recruited 50 nurses and 25 of them have already started working. A welcome ceremony took place on Wednesday, in which Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, stated that the success of organisations is directly linked to health professionals. He added that the Regional Government has had extreme care when dealing with different professional groups, such as nurses. He informed that healthcare staff have been given allowances and the opportunity for career progression. These represent an investment of about €20 million that will be gradually used until 2021.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106236/SESARAM_admite_mais_50_enfermeiros

Deal on financial support for fishermen to be agreed on Monday

Teófilo Cunha, the Secretary of Sea and Fisheries, and Rui Fernandes, the regional director of Fishing, will sign the first contracts to provide an special financial support package to fishermen and owners of fishing vessels so as to make up for lost earnings in May, June and July, a period of time in which the Regional Government introduced several measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. The first contracts will be signed on Monday, at 15h00. The Regional Government has set aside €1,250,000 from the Region Budget in order to support fishermen and owners of fishing vessels. A total of 750 applications have been received. The minimum amount of monthly financial support is expected to be €438,81.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106460/Apoios_financeiros_aos_pescadores_assinados_segunda-feira

More than 1,600 healthcare staff have been vaccinated against flu

Since the 28th of September, more than 1,600 healthcare staff from SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) have been vaccinated against flu. This figure reveals a good level of adherence to this vaccination campaign. The second phase of the flu vaccination campaign will start on the 19th of October and will be focused on focus groups that are entitled to free vaccination, including people aged 65 or older. Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, informed that the Madeira Regional Government has purchased 56,000 vaccine doses for a total cost of €460,000.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106402/Mais_de_1600_profissionais_do_SESARAM_ja_se_vacinaram_contra_a_gripe___

Portuguese Air Force airlifted a baby to the mainland for urgent medical treatment

On the 6th of October, the Portuguese Air Force deployed a Falcon 50 aircraft to airlift a 4-month baby from Funchal to Lisbon so as to get more specialised medical treatment. The aircraft, carrying a military nurse and a civilian medical team, departed at 14h00 from Lisbon Airport and landed in Funchal at around 15h30. Afterwards, the baby was airlifted to Lisbon, where an INEM team took him to hospital. This was yet another Air Force deployment for the benefit of the civilian population. The Air Force is regularly called upon to airlift patients from the Madeira region to the Portuguese mainland and from Porto Santo to Madeira Island so as to get more specialised medical treatment.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106206/Forca_Aerea_transporta_bebe_de_urgencia_da_Madeira_para_o_Continente

Petition asking for the Mainland-Madeira ferry service to resume

On Wednesday, the group “Ferry o Ano Inteiro” launched a petition asking the Portuguese Parliament to discuss the resumption of a ferry service between the Portuguese Mainland and Madeira. The creators of the petition believe it is not acceptable to be dependent on air transport that is subsidised by the state, that affects people with certain health conditions or phobias and who would like to carry personal and commercial goods, domestic animals, etc.

They added that a big advantage of a fast, robust and comfortable ferry is the ability to carry passengers, along with their cars, cargo, including perishable goods. So far, the petition has more than 450 signatures and has the backing of Associação de Motociclismo da Madeira, Associação da Madeira de Todo Terreno and several other institutions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106427/Lancada_peticao_para_retomar_discussao_sobre_o_ferry_na_Assembleia_da_Republica

Free use of the Airport car park for cemetery visitors

After negotiations between the Municipality of Santa Cruz and ANA-Madeira Aeroportos, it was announced that one of the airport car parks will have a period of time in which cemetery (Cemitério de Santa Cruz) visitors can park their cars for free. Car Park number 8 has been adapted so that cemetery visitors can park for 1 hour, free of charge. After 1 hours, cemetery visitors will be charged the same amount that is paid at Parque 7 (P7), which is located next to the cemetery. According to the Municipality of Santa Cruz, the population had long desired this. A map of this location can be found on the following website (it is written “Estacionamento Para ao Cemitério” on the map):

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106453/Parque_do_Aeroporto_com_periodo_gratuito_a_quem_se_dirija_ao_cemiterio

Road closure between Estreito da Calheta and Jardim do Mar

There will be a road closure between Estreito da Calheta and Jardim do Mar due to the construction of a new tunnel that will connect the two parishes. The road will be closed from Monday (12th October). Meanwhile, several restaurants in the area have announced they will be closed for at least the next 3 months.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106483/Transito_encerrado_entre_o_Estreito_da_Calheta_e_o_Jardim_do_Mar

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on the 12th of October, due to scheduled work on the water supply chain in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos. The disruption will take place from 9h00 until 13h00 and affect Marinheira (Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106454/Abastecimento_de_agua_em_Camara_de_Lobos__vai_sofrer_interrupcao

 

Algarve

Covid- 19 ARS statistics

The Algarve Health Authority reported yesterday 36 more cases of infection, totalling 1,923 cases and a total of 22 deaths to date.

  • No. of active cases (current) 763
  • No. of active surveillance contacts 1 532
  • No. of confirmed cases (cumulative) 1 939
  • No. of deaths (cumulative) 22
  • No. of new cases in the last 24 hours 36
  • Number of hospitalized patients 27, including 5 in ICU
  • Number of recovered cases (cumulative) 1,154 – recovered 59.52 %

Loulé Carnival Parade 2021 Cancelled

In view of the growing number of people infected by COVID-19 in the country and worldwide, as well as the important economic problems resulting from the periods of confinement, the City Council decided to cancel the traditional Carnival parade in Loulé. This decision reflects the need to protect the population at the health level, as well as safeguarding the local economy, preventing the appearance of new outbreaks that could result in more periods of confinement.

For over a hundred years now, Avenida José da Costa Mealha has hosted the grand parade of the Loulé Carnival. Known to some as the “Louletano Sambadrome” and to others as the oldest carnival parade in the country, the Loulé Carnival attracts close to 60,000 people over its three days of parade.

Its mega-production requires a hard work of more than 3 months and includes about 600 extras and 14 floats. Despite the importance of this anchor event in the municipality, its typology, its format, its invitation to socialize and share experiences between the stakeholders make the organization unable to ensure compliance with the COVID-19 prevention rules, listed by the DGS, as well as by the measures imposed by the Government of the Portuguese Republic, in what concerns above all the social distance and the prevention of gatherings inside and outside the enclosure.

This difficult decision comes in addition to so many other measures taken by the Municipality for the safety of the population and is aligned with several municipalities at national and international level that have already announced the cancellation of their carnival celebrations, due to the lack of knowledge about the evolution of Pandemic, in the beginning of 2021.

In Loulé, the date will be marked with decorative elements placed on Avenida José da Costa Mealha and elsewhere in the city, so that everyone remembers this event that will return in 2022.

President of AHETA considers Tourist season 2020 was “the worst ever” for the Algarve

Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) considers that the tourist season 2020, (April to October), which really counts for the results of the companies, presents the “worst tourist results ever in the Algarve”.

Between April and October, the Algarve recorded an average occupancy rate of 27.5 percent, a decrease of 65.5 percent, while turnover decreased 68.7 percent, compared to the same period last year. Thus, hotels and tourist developments in the Algarve recorded, between April and October, 10.3 million fewer nights than in 2019, with revenues falling by 635.8 million euros in the same period.

These results mainly contributed to the drop in demand from the main foreign markets, with emphasis on our largest supplier of tourists, the United Kingdom -88.9 percent, resulting in 626 thousand fewer guests and 3.8 million overnight stays. On the other hand, the most important issuing markets also showed large decreases in tourist flows to the Algarve during this tourist season, namely Germany -77.4 percent, Holland 67.3 percent, Ireland -94.7 percent and France – 73.2 percent.

Passenger traffic at Faro Airport, the main port of entry for tourists in the Algarve, decreased 82.5 percent, down 5.3 million passengers, 2.8 million of which came from the United Kingdom. Approximately 20 percent of tourist developments remained closed during the tourist season, corresponding to more than 26 thousand beds. The outlook is for 70 percent of establishments to close during the next low season (November to March).

Therefore, “it is our conviction that the recovery will be slow and very prolonged, extending over several years, to the extent that the reestablishment of confidence levels with holiday consumers is not assured and is not predictable in the times closer, including the fear of traveling that affects the world in general”, considers the direction of AHETA in a statement sent to the press.

“Today we have a more precise and clearer perception of the scale of the crisis and its impact on tourism and the economy in general, although aware that, after the pandemic, tourism will return gradually and gradually”.

 

EasyJet to open a new base in Faro and creates 100 jobs

The airline EasyJet will open a new base at Faro Airport in the spring of next year, creating 100 jobs. The announcement was made this Thursday, October 8th. In a statement, EasyJet explains that the future base will have “three A319 aircraft”, each with a capacity for 156 passengers.

José Lopes, executive director of EasyJet Portugal, revealed, at a press conference held at the Ministry of Economy, that recruitment starts today, but priority will be given to current airline workers who can thus request a transfer. Only then, if necessary, will an “external recruitment process” be opened.

According to José Lopes, the new base in Faro confirms, “unequivocally, EasyJet’s great commitment” to Portugal. Especially because this new investment will allow the airline to remain “attentive and take advantage of new opportunities that may arise in the market”.  According to José Lopes, an agreement was concluded with “the representatives of our employees”, which will avoid “any dismissals and allow this growth”. At the moment, EasyJet, which employs about 325 people in Portugal, has 17 routes from Faro, representing 20% of passengers disembarked in the region.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 10th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Azores are once again included in the list of Green Destinations top 100 Sustainable Destinations, according to the regional secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism.

“It is recognitions like this that make us continue with this path towards sustainability with strength and enthusiasm,” said Marta Guerreiro.  “I cannot fail to show pride and satisfaction for receiving, once again, this recognition, which places the Azores at a high level with regard to sustainability issues, which we strive for and are recognized for”.

Since last year, the Azores have been certified as a Sustainable Tourist Destination, being the only archipelago in the world and the only region in the country with this distinction”.  “EarthCheck is a certifier that is governed by strict criteria of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council, that is, with the United Nations seal, which attests to the quality of its action and our certification as a Sustainable Tourist Destination”.

Covid-19 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3881 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 6th of October, nine positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.    The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Three people with covid-19 have returned to the continent by air.  There have been four recoveries, three on São Miguel and one on Terceira.

So far, 324 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 203 recovered cases and 66 active positive cases currently, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, five on Graciosa island, six on Pico island, six on Faial island, one on São Jorge island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

 

Portugal Situation Report Wednesday 7th October

Introduction 

Good morning everyone. With the increasing growth in deaths from Covid-19 in a number of countries over the last few days, there was perhaps, some encouraging news on Monday that the vaccine against Covid-19 may be ready before the end of the year, according to Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO). Not a moment too late.

In such difficult, and for many, worrying times it is essential that our world leaders set a good example, for all of us to follow. Sound leadership and judgement are essential qualities especially in times of crisis, such as the Covid-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, we continue to see examples of those in power in some countries breaking the rules concerning self-isolations and the wearing of facemasks etc. 

Perhaps the worst examples of this have been in last few days in the United States, led by the President himself who, apart from the controversy over his hospitalisation, the drive past to greet his followers and likely premature discharge from hospital, culminated yesterday with his Tweet downplaying the seriousness of the illness compared to flu. This earned him the label of “misleading information” on Twitter and through Facebook.  Facebook, which rarely took action against Trump’s misinformation in the past, deleted the post, but not before it was shared about 26,000 times.

The gravity and misleading nature of these sorts of statements should not be underestimated. World leaders have influence and what they say will undoubtedly determine the views and actions of many people, as we have seen. The downplaying of the seriousness of Covid-19 and calling into question the need to wear face masks, and ridiculing those who do, for instance, shows that those making such statements are out of touch with reality and have little regard to the welfare and health of others.   

Therefore, we should be very thankful here in Portugal our leaders have consistently lead by example and we have not seen in the media the type of criticism and mistrust that has been encountered in some other countries. Mistrust develops into negativity, and the country has much more important challenges ahead, such as reviving the economy, than dealing with such issues that can be avoided.  

In Portugal we may likely encounter further increases in infections and deaths, as we enter the winter period, but the risks can be mitigated by complying with the rules concerning self-distancing, hygiene and the wearing of facemasks. In this way, Portugal will continue to set an example of how the country as a whole came together to defeat Covid-19.

With that message please Stay Safe and have a good day.

DGS Covid-19 Situation Report

Yesterday the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health records more than 427 cases of Covid-19, 14 dead and 258 recovered in Portugal since Monday. In total, there are now 80,312 confirmed cases, 2,032 fatalities and 50,712 recovered.

The number of new cases is the lowest in the last eight days, when on Monday (September 28) 429 new infections by the new coronavirus were reported nationwide, two more than those reported this Tuesday.

The total daily incidence corresponds to less than half that of Saturday , when 963 new cases were detected, the third highest peak verified in our country, a level only surpassed by the 1,516 cases of April 10th and 1,035 of March 31st, when the pandemic spread in Portugal.

Tuesday’s figures also represent the third lowest day since almost a month ago, when on 8th September Portugal totalled 388 daily contagions of Covid-19. The growth rate, seen in the last 24 hours, is 0.53%, the least significant since October 7, when it reached 0.41%.

Regarding the number of deaths, this is the highest figure since 1st June, when the same number of deaths was recorded. Going back until May 20th, there is a higher number (16). The growth rate of deaths compared to this Sunday is 0.69%, while the lethality rate remains at 2.53%, similarly to the weekend.

The number of recovered people (258) is within the average of the last 30 days (258.6), but it is lower than the average of the last seven days (359.9), in which there was a clear acceleration in the record of persons recovered.

Covid-19 patients in the ward are now 31 more than in the past 24 hours, bringing the total to 732, the highest number since May 11th, when 805 people were hospitalized. The growth rate of hospitalizations is thus 4.42%.

Distribution of Covid-19 cases

This Tuesday the North represents 54.1% of the new cases reported in Portugal, changing slightly from Sunday when it represented 54.2% of the total contagions. The region adds 231 more cases in the last 24 hours, thus reaching a total of 29,113 infected.

A further 131 new cases, making a total of 40,731, contagions were identified in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, which corresponds to 30.7% of the infected people released this Tuesday throughout Portugal.

The Centre registered 35 more cases – totalling 6,503 cases. In the Alentejo, 15 new infections were detected, bringing the total to 1,587. The Algarve was the area of mainland Portugal least affected by the pandemic in the last 24 hours, with 9 new cases bringing the total to 1,841.

Health

Covid-19: All State Councillors with negative test after contact with Lobo Xavier

The State Councillors who met last Tuesday in person and contacted António Lobo Xavier, who is infected with Covid-19, have all tested negative, the official source of the Presidency told Lusa today.

Yesterday the official source of the Presidency of the Republic stated that the tests carried out on Sunday by the Head of State, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, by the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, and by the Prime Minister, António Costa, had negative results, as well as those of five other state councillors: the former presidents of the Republic Jorge Sampaio and Aníbal Cavaco Silva, Francisco Pito Balsemão, Leonor Beleza and Francisco Louçã.

The tests were carried out after the Presidency of the Republic was informed on Sunday that Councillor of State António Lobo Xavier is infected with the virus that causes Covid-19.

The Council of State met on Tuesday, at the Citadel Palace, in Cascais, between 2 pm and 6 pm, with the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen (who, meanwhile, also tested negative, and remained in isolation until yesterday).

The Council of State comprises the holders of the posts of President of the Assembly of the Republic, Prime Minister, President of the Constitutional Court, Ombudsman, presidents of regional governments and the former Presidents of the Republic.

Covid-19: Beja hospital professionals all tested, with 36 active cases

The screening tests for Covid-19 for all professionals in the Beja hospital have already been completed, with 36 active cases remaining and six less in active surveillance, it was released yesterday.

In a statement published on its website, the Baixo Alentejo Local Health Unit (ULSBA) explained that after “approximately” 1100 tests were carried out, there are no additional cases and no inconclusive cases.

Among the 36 confirmed infected, there are 16 nurses, 9 doctors, 7 operational assistants, 2 technical assistants and 2 senior diagnostic and therapeutic technicians.

A total of 50 professionals are in active surveillance with prophylactic isolation for 14 days.

Due to the outbreak, which was identified on the 24th of September, ULSBA reinforced safety and hygiene measures, extended screening to professionals and decided to conduct Covid-19 screening tests on all hospital employees.

As an “additional measure”, last Tuesday, a specialized company made a further disinfection of the operating room, through vaporization of hydrogen peroxide and ultraviolet radiation.

In the statement, it is also mentioned that the emergency surgical activity remains in operation and that specialty consultations and other medical and nursing acts and exams are taking place “normally”.

Covid-19: Vila Real Hospital performed 236 screening tests and 5 were positive

The Hospital Center of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro (CHTMAD) said yesterday that in 236 tests for Covid-19 tests carried out at the Vila Real hospital, five positive cases were detected.

CHTMAD had already informed on Saturday that four positive cases of Covid-19 were detected at the Vila Real hospital, including three health professionals and one user.

As a result of these first results, the hospital promoted a screening that confirmed the presence of infection in another professional, making a total of five positive cases, namely two nurses, two operational assistants and a patient.

“Of a total of 236 screening tests already carried out for professionals and patients of the Internal Medicine Service, 231 gave negative results,” said CHTMAD, in a statement.

However, according to the hospital, the result of 12 tests is still awaited.

The board of directors reaffirmed that “all necessary measures have been taken and that all safety conditions are met, both for professionals and patients,” guaranteeing that the hospital maintains “its normal operations”.

On Sunday, the Mayor of Vila Real, Rui Santos, considered it “incomprehensible” that the delay in disclosing the results of the screening carried out after the first four cases of Covid-19 were detected in the hospital, so that, in case there are more positive, if “I could follow the contagion line in the community and if I could gauge the need to act and adopt complementary measures”.

Travel 

Digital Passenger Locator Card for arriving passengers by air

Given the current Covid-19 pandemic, it is necessary to be able to track the contacts of cases of Covid-19 that have travelled by air, in order to promptly interrupt any possible chains of transmission.

With the increase in air traffic, the use of the PLC has been increasing significantly and, given the large volume of these physical documents and the difficulties inherent to their circulation, consultation and destruction, it has become useful and opportune to change the PLC to an electronic format (PLCe) effective 2nd October 2020.

Complete your Passenger Locator Card to assist the Portuguese public health authorities to trace passengers who may have been exposed to Covid-19.

The information you provide will assist the Portuguese public health authorities to trace passengers, who may have been exposed to Covid-19. 

The information is intended to be held by the Portuguese public health authorities in accordance with applicable law and to be used only for public health purposes. The form can be downloaded here https://portugalcleanandsafe.com/en/passenger-locator-card

FULL DETAILS about the card, how to complete and how the information is used from DGS: Translated by our volunteer Jenny Byers, Safe Communities Portugal.

https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/…/JOINT…

Cabo Verde: International flights to restart on Thursday

The Cape Verdean government will approve this Thursday a resolution for the resumption of international flights, the prime minister announced, stating that the islands of Sal and Boa Vista are open to tourism.

“At next Thursday’s cabinet meeting, the government will approve a resolution to reopen international flights at Cabo Verde’s four international airports,” Ulisses Correia e Silva announced, without however giving a date for this reopening.

The prime minister was speaking, in the city of Praia, during the inauguration of the new chairman of the board of Agostinho Neto Hospital, the signing of a protocol between the Ministry of Health and Inpharma laboratories, and announced some measures to the country.

Cabo Verde has been closed to international commercial flights since 19th March, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, though it initially announced a resumption on 30th June but with the increase in the number of cases, both in Europe and the islands, the resumption was postponed to the second half of August.

Since 1st August, an air corridor for essential flights between Lisbon (Portugal) and the islands of Santiago and São Vicente has been in force, operated regularly by two Portuguese airlines (TAP and SATA) and requiring passengers in both directions to submit negative tests for Covid-19, carried out less than 72 hours in advance.

Covid-19: WHO calls on governments to combat tiredness of the population

The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday asked European governments to combat the growing tiredness of people in the face of the new coronavirus pandemic and the imposed restriction measures, which in some cases reaches 60% of the population.

“Based on the aggregated data in the survey of countries in this region, we can note, without surprise, that the ‘tiredness’ of the interviewees is increasing (…), it is now estimated that it has reached more than 60% in some cases”, said the regional director of the World Health Organization (WHO) for Europe, Hans Kluge, in a note that underlines that the populations have made “immense sacrifices” for eight months and since the first cases of Covid-19 were detected.

“The cost was extraordinary and it wore us all out, wherever we live and whatever we do. Under these circumstances, it is easy and natural to feel listless and unmotivated,” he wrote.

To combat this “fatigue”, the authorities must listen to the population and create with it the answers to continue fighting the pandemic of the new coronavirus, whose transmission levels remain high throughout Europe.

“We have to meet our needs in new and innovative ways. Let us be creative and courageous to achieve this,” said Kluge.

The official mentioned, in particular, the example of a Danish municipality that involved students in the implementation of the new reception protocol respecting health requirements at the beginning of the school year.

Region Reports

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 13 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Saturday, there was 1 new Covid-19 case from a passenger who had arrived from the South of Portugal and 1 recovery. On Sunday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 5 recoveries. On Monday, there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the South of Portugal, 2 from France and 1 from the UK) and 1 recovery. And on Tuesday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from UK and 1 from Colombia) and 2 recoveries.

There are currently 73 active cases, of which 64 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 9 were a result of a local transmission. So far, there have been 247 cases and 174 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 41 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 31 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 15 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,707 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,609 people under active monitoring and 8,138 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 75,802 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Monday, 121,967 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 151 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 13,266. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,250 calls, with 186 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/03/madeira-com-mais-um-caso-positivo-de-covid-19-sao-69-os-casos-ativos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/04/3-novos-casos-de-covid-19-5-recuperados-e-9-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/05/madeira-com-6-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-2/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/06/regiao-com-73-casos-activos-de-covid-19-ha-mais-15-casos-suspeitos/

TAP to resume

Traffic disruption at Túnel Jaime Ornelas Camacho

Today, there will be traffic disruption at Túnel Jaime Ornelas Camacho (tunnel) due to vegetation management work on top the tunnel. No traffic will be allowed into the tunnel on the Funchal to Câmara de Lobos stretch, from 9h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 17h00.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/106165/Trabalhos_de_limpeza_obrigam_a_condicionamentos_na_circulacao_em_tunel_no_Funchal

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

CAMACHA

7th October – 13h00 to 14h00

– Sítio das Carreiras

RIBEIRA BRAVA

8th October – 10h00 to 11h00

– Sítio da Fajã da Ribeira

FUNCHAL

8th October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua da Conceição (numbers 88 to 132)

9th October – 00h00 to 03h00

– Rua Dr. Pestana Júnior – Lubrimade (Petrol Station)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. 

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 7th October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4481 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 2nd of October, eight positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa and Faial, have been diagnosed. 

Some of the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay. Others are from chains of transmission already existing in the region.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

There have been nine recoveries recorded, seven on the island of São Miguel and two on Terceira, bringing to 198 the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Region.

So far, 315 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 66 active positive cases currently, of which 37 on the island of São Miguel, 11 on Terceira island, five on Graciosa island, five on Pico island, four on Faial island, one on São Jorge island, two on Santa Maria island and one on Flores island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

 

Algarve

Covid-19 Situation as at Monday 5th October.

The Algarve has 1,832 cases, 25 more in the last 24 hours and 19 deaths ending 5th October. Regional weekly count (cumulative): source (DGS):

Albufeira has 292, (3 deaths)

Loulé – 260, (8 deaths)

Faro – 227  

Portimão – 199, (3 deaths) 

Lagos – 198  

Vila Real de Stº António – 101, (2 deaths)

Tavira – 94 

Silves – 83  

Olhão – 61   

Lagoa – 61, (2 deaths)

Castro Marim – 30

Monchique – 16 

São Brás de Alportel – 15, (1 death)

Vila do Bispo – 13 

Alcoutim – 11

Aljezur – 9 (1 death)

The information presented refers to the total of medical notifications in the SINAVE system, not including laboratory notifications. As such, it may not correspond to all cases per municipality.

Covid.19: Woman detained in Albufeira for violation of mandatory confinement

GNR yesterday detained a 43-year-old woman in Olhos de Água, Albufeira, for violating the mandatory confinement to which she was subject, in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

It was through a patrolling action to verify the obligation of mandatory confinement, that “the military intercepted the suspect on the public road, and was taken immediately to their residence”, says a statement from the GNR.

The woman was accused and the facts were referred to the Albufeira Judicial Court.

Algarve hotels recorded a 39.9% drop in demand in September

The Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve revealed data referring to the variations in accommodation units in the region for September.

Thus, the average occupancy rate / room was 52.5%, 39.9% below the value registered in 2019.

According to the association, the British market was the one that most contributed to the decrease (-68.2%), followed by the Irish (91.3%) and the German (-48.3%).

The national market was the only one to show an increase (+ 36%), having represented 49.5% of the total overnight stays.

Sales volume decreased by 37% compared to the same month of the previous year. In accumulated values, the bed occupancy registered an average decrease of -55.8% since January and the sales volume decreased by -51.3%.

Covid.19: Municipality of Albufeira creates telephone line to clarify educational community

The Municipality of Albufeira has created a support line for the educational community, “Lace-Covid 19”, with the support of ABC – Algarve Biomedical Centre.

As the Municipality explains in a statement, this is a measure that aims to “inform and minimize” the possibility of transmission of the new coronavirus, in addition to facilitating safe, clarified return to classes. The line is available at 707 027 070, open every day of the week from 7 am to midnight.

The telephone service counts on ABC doctors, who are available to assist in case of suspicious or positive cases, as well as in situations of doubts or behaviours to be adopted in case of alert.

The municipality notes that the creation of the line is not intended to replace the SNS24 line, “but rather to provide an integrated response” within the scope of the adaptation strategy of the municipality’s educational community in order to minimize the possibility of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes the Covid-19 disease).

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 3rd October 2020

Introduction

Good morning – During the last few days Covid-19 confirmed cases have averaged over 800 per day. The number of hospitalised cases however has remained in single digits. The main focus has been in the younger age groups with the vast majority of cases in Lisbon and Tejo Valley area. The Algarve has once again seen increased confirmed cases registering 50 cases since Thursday the highest daily increase since the start of the pandemic. A number of these cases are in care homes, an outbreak in Faro Hospital among health works and also in the Roma community.

At Safe communities, virtually since the start of the Covid-19 outbreak, we have warned against fake and misleading news associated with the disease and the influence it can have. We have done this because misinformation about COVID-19 is a serious threat to global public health. If people are misled by unsubstantiated claims about the nature and treatment of the disease, they are less likely to observe official health advice and may thus contribute to the spread of the pandemic and pose a danger to themselves and others.

On Thursday this week, it came as no surprise, therefore, that the Cornell Alliance for Science released a medial analysis that identified the hot topics and major players in the misinformation “infodemic” that has accompanied the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The study, which evaluated 38 million articles published by English-language, traditional media worldwide, identified over 1.1 million news articles that disseminated, amplified or reported on misinformation related to the pandemic. This represents a large volume of information that is likely to have significantly affected public perceptions of the pandemic. The most popular topic was what study authors termed “miracle cures.” This topic appeared in 295,351 articles — more than the other 10 topics combined.

The study found that comments by US President Donald Trump drove major spikes in the “miracle cures” misinformation topic, led by his April 24 musing about the possibility of using disinfectants internally to cure the coronavirus.

Reflecting this, we have also found an increasing number of comments on Facebook groups that are misleading and if followed could facilitate the spreading of the disease, rather than helping to prevent it! The misleading information is probably not “invented” by those who make such comments, but because they may have read something somewhere that they firmly believe to be true, when it is not.

If it appears on our page we take these down simply because we are not promoters of, or a platform to be used for disinformation. In this way we help ensure that accurate information is shared which is essential in times of crisis. We urge people to always check on social media, in various blog groups and in the online and printed media that the information is properly sourced and verified. Facebook admins on various groups, should also take greater responsibility in monitoring their pages and taking similar action where necessary.

Our Team at Safe Communities hope you have a Safe weekend.

Covid-19: Marcelo calls for convergence and dialogue to overcome economic crisis

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, pointed out yesterday as a national challenge to face the crisis caused by the pandemic through “convergence” and “dialogue,” warning that “citizens do not forgive wars “in a period of” emergency “. He added that “particular interests, private, sectoral, of one or another institution may overlap with what should be the common interest,” said the Head of State at the opening of the La Toja Forum, to be held until Saturday on the island of La Toja, in Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain.

“And we are all mobilized. This is the collective interest seen in many ways. With pluralism but the collective interest, with diversity but the collective interest. Not selfishness, collective interest, detachment, availability, looking at people first, for people of flesh and blood. That’s why politicians are politicians, doctors are doctors, teachers are teachers, businessmen are entrepreneurs, and workers are workers “, he said.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said it was necessary to balance “the protection of life and health with economic and social openness”, considering that “without the protection of life and health there is no economic and social recovery”.

“It is a difficult balance for everyone. Politicians, entrepreneurs, workers, citizens. But it is the balance in the emergency and in this emergency it is important to respect pluralism and difference, but to seek convergence and dialogue in what is essential, in the symbols of unity, the heads of state of quality, the heads of state and the political and democratic institutions, all of them, at national, regional and local level “, he maintained.

Covid-19 Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Friday the existence of a total of 1,983 deaths and 77,284 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose from 1,977 to 1,983, 6 more than on Thursday.

The number of infected people increased from 76,396 to 77,284, 888 more than on Wednesday.

In the last 24 hours, 422 people have recovered from the disease, with the total recovered since the beginning of the pandemic 49,359

As for the number of people hospitalized, 682 are hospitalized. There are 107 people hospitalized in intensive care the same as yesterday.

In an analysis by regions, the North and the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (LVT) had yesterday very similar numbers of new infected – 363 and 381, respectively. At the moment, there are a total of 27,732 (North) and 39,488 (LVT) infected people.

Regarding outbreaks, Portugal registered 344 active outbreaks of covid-19, with particular incidence in the regions of Lisbon and Tagus Valley and the North, the Director-General of Health said yesterday at the press conference on the evolution of pandemic.

“We have 344 outbreaks recorded, 125 in the North, 35 in the Centre, 142 in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, 20 in the Alentejo and 22 in the Algarve, which reflects a much lower number than in other periods. Fortunately, there has been a reduction”, underlined Graça Freitas.

Health

Fifty infected in the home of Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Bragança

The Mayor of Bragança, Hernâni Dias, revealed this Friday that there is one more positive employee at the Santa Isabel da Santa Casa da Misericórdia home, bringing to 50 the number of confirmed cases of infection with the new coronavirus. This case also concerns the tests carried out on Tuesday with 52 home users and employees and the results of which have been communicated “gradually” by the laboratories to the health authority and the institution, as confirmed by Lusa sources from these entities.

The Mayor of Bragança is coordinating the situation, as the municipal responsible for Civil Protection, and this Friday made an update to Lusa, indicating that, in addition to the 27 users and six employees confirmed on Wednesday night, and the 16 users on Thursday afternoon, there is yet another employee who tested positive. Of the 52 users in this home, 43 tested positive, nine were negative and seven employees are also positive, totalling 50 cases of infection, all “without symptoms”, according to local authorities.

Covid-19: SNS has 1855 ventilators available in hospitals

The National Health Service (SNS) currently has 1855 ventilators in a hospital context ready to respond to the possible worsening of the covid-19 pandemic in the coming months, the Secretary of State for Health, Diogo Serras Lopes, stated yesterday.

The number was advanced at the press conference on the evolution of the pandemic situation in Portugal and reflects an increase of 713 devices, that is, about 62% of the installed capacity of mechanical ventilation compared to what existed in the first ‘peak’ of covid-19, between March and April.

“Of the purchases that were made in the pandemic to increase the capacity of this equipment, 966 of these equipment have already been delivered, are in the national territory, and 713 are already in the hospital units. This includes purchases, donations and recovered equipment to deal with this issue.

Covid-19: Line SNS 24 will have reinforcement of professionals and two more contact centres

The Secretary of State for Health announced yesterday that during the autumn, around 650 professionals will be hired for the SNS 24 line, which, in addition to this reinforcement, will have two new contact centres.

The first of the new call centres is already in an experimental phase and will open in Covilhã. “Very soon we will open another one in Vila Nova de Gaia,” said Diogo Serras Lopes, during the usual press conference on the covid-19 pandemic. In the remaining contact centres of the SNS 24, there will be a reinforcement of professionals, which should be concluded before the beginning of winter, with the hiring of about 650 professionals.

“(This reinforcement) will allow us to move from the current 1,350 professionals on the SNS 24 line to the two thousand still during the fall,” said the Secretary of State.

In an initial intervention, the official wanted to highlight the contribution of the health line in combating the covid-19 pandemic, highlighting the growth registered this year: about 82% in relation to the same period of 2019. “The growth of 2020 is, of course, linked to the covid-19 pandemic, but it was only possible through significant investment in terms of capacity strengthening”, he stressed

One third of Portuguese doctors without access to adequate PPE

Preliminary data from a survey, released this Friday by the Portuguese Medical Association, shows that a third of Portuguese doctors who were at the forefront of combating covid-19 worked without adequate protective equipment.

Only 70% of the sample had access to all recommended PPE’s during contact with patients infected with SARS-CoV-2. The same survey found that the prevalence rate of infection by the new coronavirus in Portuguese health professionals is 3.1%. The study involved 1802 health professionals.

International Travel

Scotland will no longer oblige people arriving from the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores to comply with a 14-day quarantine, but maintains the measure on mainland Portugal, the authorities announced. The measure applies from 04:00 on Saturday and aligns Scotland with the other nations of the United Kingdom, namely England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which had already differentiated the Portuguese islands from the rest of the country in terms travel restrictions.

In the meantime, England. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have decided this week to exclude Poland, Turkey and the islands of the Netherlands Antilles from Bonaire, Saint Eustatius and Saba from the list of safe destinations, so travellers who arrive from there will have to comply with quarantine. Violators incur fines of up to 10,000 pounds (11,000 euros). The Scottish authorities had decreed the obligation to quarantine people who arrived in Portugal in full on September 5th.


Economy Tourism

The Secretary of State for Tourism estimates a 50% to 60% drop in tourist revenue in 2020, due to the covid-19 pandemic, after 2019 having closed with revenues of 18 billion euros.

“Overall, we estimate to close the year with a drop in tourist revenue of 50% to 60%,” said Rita Marques, in an interview with the Lusa agency. “This year we are going to be very short,” added Rita Marques, stressing, however, that these results are in line with most countries that have a pattern of behaviour identical to that of Portugal, with regard to tourism.

Asked about the recovery, the official recalled that the World Tourism Organization (WTO) points to an acceleration of tourism activity as of the second quarter of 2021. “I think we have conditions for the year 2021, 2022 to have the numbers not for 2017, 18 and 19, but for 2016, which was a positive year, but it was not an extraordinary year”, she pointed out, also expressing his conviction that without tourism, there will be no economic recovery in the country.

Fake and Misleading News

The President of the United States, Republican Donald Trump, was possibly the person who contributed most to the spread of misinformation about the pandemic, according to a study released this Thursday by Cornell University. Cornell University’s Alliance for Science analysed about 38 million articles published in English in traditional media between 1 January and 26 May 2020.

The investigation includes articles published in particular in the United States, the United Kingdom, India, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, as well as in some countries in Africa and Asia. The results are explained in the 13-page scientific article Coronavirus misinformation: quantifying sources and themes in the covid-19 “infodemic”. The phenomenon was called “infodemia”, that is, a “pandemic of misinformation”, by the World Health Organization. The Alliance for Science found a total of 522,400 articles published with false information related to the pandemic of the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

“We found that the media mentions of the President of the United States, Donald Trump, within the context of disinformation about the covid-19, constitute by far the largest part of the ‘infodemia'”, explains the study. Mentions of Trump make up “37.9% of the set” of fake news about covid-19. For that reason, Cornell University concluded that the President of the United States “was probably the biggest transmitter of ‘infodemia’ of disinformation” about covid-19.

The research paper can be found here: https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/09/Evanega-et-al-Coronavirus-misinformation-submitted_07_23_20.pdf

 

Region Reports

Madeira

Situation Report 3rd October by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 16 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Wednesday, there were 4 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Lisbon and Tagus Valley region, 1 who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 1 who arrived from the UK) and 3 recoveries. On Thursday, there was 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 2 who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 1 who had arrived from France). And on Friday, there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 each from the UK, Senegal and the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region and 1 case of local transmission) and 4 recoveries.

There are currently 69 active cases, of which 59 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 10 were a result of a local transmission. So far, there have been 234 cases and 165 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 39 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 29 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 8 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,678 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,048 people under active monitoring and 7,764 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 71,103 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Thursday, 116,841 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

As for testing on Madeira-bound passengers, before flying from the mainland, 30,239 tests have been carried out so far in mainland laboratories. The Madeira Regional Government had signed an agreement with several laboratories so that Madeira-bound passengers could be tested for Covid-19 before their flights to Madeira. The tests are paid for by the Madeira Regional Government.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 117 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 13,115. The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,232 calls, with 183 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105728/Covid-19_Quatro_novos_casos_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105817/Covid-19_Seis_novos_casos_na_Regiao_

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/02/madeira-com-6-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19/

 

Passengers arriving from Madeira exempt from quarantine in Scotland

From today, passengers arriving in Scotland from Madeira will no longer be required to self-isolate. This was already the case for England, Wales and Northern Ireland. A reminder that passengers travelling to Madeira or Porto Santo must take a Covid-19 test before travel or on arrival.

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal

 

Depression Alex to have little impact on Madeira

Depression Alex is due to hit the Portuguese mainland during the weekend. As far as the Madeira region is concerned, it will not have any effect on the wind, rain and temperatures. A little rain is a possibility and temperature in the south shore of Madeira is likely to be 25-27 ºC. The biggest impact of the depression is likely to be at sea. On Saturday there could be 3-metre high waves in Porto Santo and on the north shore of Madeira.

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105815/Tempestade__so_deixara_uns_respingos_e_mau_tempo_no_mar_da_Madeira

Free entry to Madeira Aquarium

In October, the Municipality of Porto Moniz is providing free entry to the Madeira Aquarium under the “Porto Moniz Revitaliza + Voucher Card” scheme. Visitors will receive 1 voucher for free entry to the Madeira Aquarium if they eat or stay in the Municipality of Porto Moniz. The scheme is aimed at visitors who eat in the municipality’s restaurants or who stay in accommodation in the municipality. Customers will receive 1 voucher for each €15 spending in a municipality eatery. For example, a family who spent €45 in a restaurant will receive 3 vouchers for free entry in the natural swimming pools. Customers who stay in accommodation in the municipality, including local accommodation, will receive 1 voucher per person, no matter how much it cost.

Vouchers can be collected daily, from 10h00 to 18h00, in the customer office (balcão de atendimento) at Espaço Multiusos do Porto Moniz. Receipts proving consumption/stay must be presented so that they can be converted into vouchers.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105763/Consumir_no_Porto_Moniz_da_entradas_gratuitas_no_Aquario_da_Madeira_

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

6th October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Rua Cidade Santos (numbers 29 to 46)
  • Travessa das Lajes (numbers 16 to 26)
  • Beco do Pinheiro (numbers 16 to 30)
  • Vereda do Pinheiro

7th October – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Rua João Carlos Gomes (numbers 11 to 13)
  • Rampa João Carlos Gomes

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/03/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-75-2020/

 

Algarve

Outbreak amongst Roma Community

There are 60 positive cases in Roma communities, “dispersed throughout the region”, revealed Ana Cristina Guerreiro, regional health delegate on Thursday. At a press conference, held at the Civil Protection headquarters in the Algarve , in Loulé, the delegate said that this is, “perhaps, the situation that most concerns” the regional health authorities today.

Until yesterday, September 30, there were such 60 confirmed cases, “more concentrated in Portimão and Albufeira, but with the knowledge that the outbreaks may soon reach other municipalities”. “For us, it is difficult to separate the two situations because they are communities that live together a lot and we are even aware of other cases in other municipalities”, explained Ana Cristina Guerreiro.

Questioned by the South Information on the number of tests carried out, the delegate said that “surely more than 200 have already been carried out”, with hundreds of people in prophylactic isolation, including adults, young people and children. The origin of these outbreaks, revealed Ana Cristina Guerreiro, is related to “more than one” gathering.

Covid.19: Outbreak at Faro Hospital is related to Beja

The registered confirmed cases of health professionals at Hospital de Faro, are linked to the outbreak of the Beja unit, the President of the Regional Health Administration of the Algarve – (ARS) confirmed today to journalists.

In a press conference on the epidemiological situation in the region, Paulo Morgado said that the outbreak at the Faro hospital is related to an infected professional who works at both hospitals. Altogether there are 7 positive health professionals with 33 in confinement, however, there was no closure of services.

At the regional level, there are 14 infected professionals, belonging to the hospitals of Faro and Portimão and to a private health unit.

The ARS Algarve official explained that at this stage, the health authorities are still able to detect the origin of the outbreaks, “that way we better control their spread”. He added that next week, the Regional Public Health Laboratory of the Algarve, Dr. Laura Ayres, will increase its testing capacity, with the possibility of carrying out more than 1000 tests per day, in line with the national strategy, “only yesterday in the country , more than 25 thousand tests were carried out”, he clarified.

He also informed that the Hospital de Faro has an installed capacity of 60 beds, “if necessary, we activate the Portimão unit”.  The Algarve has a total of 15 students and six school staff, which includes teachers, infected with Covid-19, revealed this Thursday, October 1, in a press conference.

Algarve has 15 students and 6 employees infected with Covid-19

According to data provided by Ana Cristina Guerreiro, there are cases “in all levels of education, from day care to secondary”. Regarding day care centres, there is one infected child in the Alameda Kindergarten (Faro), three in the Borboleta Kindergarten (Vila Real de Santo António) and three employees in the Portuguese Red Cross Kindergarten, in Moncarapacho. In Schools EB2, 3 there are infected, in D. Afonso III, in Faro (two students), in D. Martinho Castelo Branco, in Portimão (1 employee), in D. José I, in VRSA (3 students) and in EB2, 3 by Castro Marim (2 students).

Portimão Intensive Care Unit “prepared to deal with 2nd wave of Covid-19”

We are prepared to deal with this second wave of Covid-19 and are equipped for that.” The guarantee is given by the director of the Intensive Care Unit of the Portimão unit of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve, whose Intensive Care Unit is now 20 years old.

Alexandre Baptista Photo: Reserchgate

“From a practical point of view, we are currently well equipped and clearly prepared» stresses the specialist doctor Alexandre Baptista, who heads a team of 8 doctors, 33 nurses and 12 assistants.

The Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Portimão hospital, which is exactly this Friday, October 2nd, two decades of operation, currently has 11 beds, of which eight are now occupied by as many patients. The South Information visited the UCI yesterday, to know the conditions of this service that, in recent months, has been around the world due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

In fact, aimed especially at these patients, there is another wing of the ICU almost next to it, “isolated and with completely separate circuits”, which is prepared and equipped, but closed, waiting to be needed again. At the moment, of the 16 patients in the Algarve with Covid-19 who are hospitalized, only 4 are in Intensive Care, but at the Faro hospital.

The COVID Lares (Care homes) Line starts operating this Friday, October 2nd.

To mark the moment, the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security, Ana Mendes Godinho, visited the call centre at 2 pm at Estádio do Algarve.

Through the number 700 20 70 70, care homes across the country are provided with support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition to clarifying doubts and providing information, the telephone line will facilitate the contact of homes with local health, civil protection and social security entities, facilitating the signalling of risk situations with the competent authorities.

The COVID Lares Line results from a partnership between Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lisboa and the Algarve Biomedical Center, as part of the integrated program of the Ministry of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security to support care homes. This is a project to allow permanent monitoring of the institutions, monitoring and responding to their needs.

Water reserves

The water reserves in the Algarve are sufficient to ensure public supply

The water reserves in the Algarve are sufficient to ensure public supply and although the levels of the dams are low, there are no restrictions on consumption, a source from Águas do Algarve told Lusa.

The absence of rain has contributed to accentuate the drought, especially in the eastern (eastern) Algarve, however, the existing water reserves allow to give the “guarantee” that there will be no restrictions on supply, said the spokesperson of the company that manages the multi-municipal public water supply system in the Algarve.

“The data we have regarding the water needs to supply the population of the Algarve, which is in the order of 72 million cubic meters, and what the current reserves are, plus underground abstractions, allows us to guarantee that for now, there is no forecast of any type of constraint to supply, either in quantity or in quality”, assured Teresa Fernandes.

That official acknowledged, however, that “the water reserves available this year in the Algarve region are below what would be desirable for this time of year”.

Faro and GNR unite to guarantee quality of life for the elderly

The monitoring and improvement of the quality of life of the elderly in Faro will now be guaranteed by a team that will bring together technicians from the Faro Council and elements from the GNR.

The local authority of Faro and the GNR signed yesterday, October 1, the International Day of the Elderly, the protocol for the formalization of the GPSS Program in Faro – Proximity Group for the Promotion of Social Rights and Security, «with a view to monitoring and promoting the improvement of quality of life of the elderly, in particular those who are most isolated or in the most vulnerable situation”.

This is a «pioneer decentralized intervention program in Portugal», which involves the Municipality’s Elderly Support Office and the GNR Faro Territorial Command (CT) Elderly Support Team, which «intends to carry out an intervention and assistance of excellence, meeting the elderly identified by GNR, through the survey carried out within the scope of the “Senior Censuses” operation », according to the Chamber

The objective is that «all the elderly can be informed about their social rights and the promotion of safety measures, promoting differentiated service, door to door, in which each case is analyzed and monitored, with the ultimate goal of improving quality of life of the identified elderly. After an assessment of the situation of the citizen, there will be an appropriate intervention with specific responses taking into account the needs detected.“

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 3rd October 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Government of the Azores has extended the ‘Living the Azores’ campaign until March 31st, 2021, this incentive now includes holidays on the island of residence, according to a Council Resolution Government published recently in the Official Journal, which comes into force on 1st of October.  São Miguel and Terceira were not found to be benefitting from the incentive as much as the smaller islands.

This variation requires the purchase of accommodation, food, tourist activities.  The allowance is fixed at 50% of the amount paid, up to a maximum limit of 75 euros per person.  Mandatory minimum requirements for granting the incentive under this campaign are the purchase of two nights in a tourist resort, local accommodation or youth hostel on the island, the purchase of two meals in restaurants, per person, worth at least 15 euros each, and the purchase of a tourist activity, per person, worth at least 30 euros.

Travel Exemptions 

Scotland will no longer oblige people arriving from the Azores and Madeira archipelagos to comply with a 14-day quarantine, but maintains the measure on mainland Portugal, the authorities announced.

The measure applies from 04:00 on Saturday 3rd of October, this aligns Scotland with the other nations of the United Kingdom, namely England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which had already differentiated the Portuguese islands from the rest of the country in terms travel restrictions.

Wales was the first British region to differentiate Madeira and the Azores, where the number of infections has been reduced, from Mainland Portugal, where there has been an increase in cases.

The British government followed suit on 12th of September, claiming that the more detailed information made it possible to assess islands separately from mainland territories and started to institute “regional travel corridors”.  One of the main criteria for exclusion from the list of safe destinations is when the country registers an additional 20 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants over the course of a week.

The update of the list of countries and territories with ‘travel corridors’ for the United Kingdom, that is, exempt from having to quarantine on arrival, made this week, leaves the British only six destinations without travel restrictions.  Madeira and the Azores, require negative tests on arrival or a period of confinement while waiting for test results.

Entry requirements can be found here.  https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=5532

Covid-19 cases 

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3165 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 30th of September, five positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira, Santa Maria and São Jorge, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Three recoveries were recorded on the island of São Miguel and one on Terceira, bringing to 185 the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Region.

So far, 307 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 73 active positive cases currently, of which 46 on the island of São Miguel, 12 on Terceira island, four on Graciosa island, five on Pico island, three on Faial island, one on São Jorge island and two on Santa Maria island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.  For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region,

 

Portugal Situation Report Wednesday 30th September

Introduction

Tuesday, 29th September, marked another stage in the trajectory of the Covid-19 pandemic: the cumulative death toll has exceeded one million.

If anything, the numbers currently reported probably represent an underestimate of those individuals who have either contracted Covid-19 or died as a cause of it,” Mike Ryan, the WHO’s top emergencies expert, told a briefing in Geneva on Monday.

The first death from Covid-19 was on 9th January in the city of Wuhan, China, after an outbreak of an as yet unidentified virus. At that time, the Chinese health authorities stated that they did not have “clear evidence” of what appeared to be a new coronavirus, and that it was making some people sick. The first death in Portugal was recorded on 16th March.

Whereas many countries in western and southern Europe such as France, UK, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Germany feature in the top twenty highest number of confirmed cases and deaths from Covid-19 per million people, Portugal does not. As we have said from the outset, the Portuguese government have been decisive and resolute from the start, exercising emergency powers, when they had to even though the effects on the economy have been severe. However, lives have been saved through these actions and the compliance by the vast majority of the population. One only has to see the crowded concentrations of people in the UK without masks, demonstrations in the USA and political conventions with no masks to see why many of us are very glad to be living in Portugal at present.

Clearly Covid-19 is going to be with us as until there is a safe and tested vaccine available. So we will need to continue to be to wear facemasks, undertake social distancing, carry out proper hygiene and follow the rules in place. This is not a time for us to let down our guard or become detracted by a few who consider that measures such as the wearing of face masks are not important. The fact is that until a vaccine becomes available these are the only tools in our tool kit, so we should use them wisely.   

At Safe Communities our work is the report the facts, and when it comes to the publication of figures from the Portuguese Health Authority, we do this impartially without judgement. We are therefore concerned when some people attempt to downplay the situation. Fear is pointless and unhelpful. But so is a false sense of safety. It leads to more risk taking, which inevitably leads to more cases, and to more deaths.

We thank everyone for following our Facebook page and sharing the information which is there to help people. We do however need to remind people that it is not there to be used as a platform by those, some of whom who have no connections with Portugal, for promoting personal agendas which are completely unrelated to the subject. This not only detracts from the important safety messages we are trying to get across, but can be misleading and negative, which we do not need in times of crisis.  Needless to say these comments will be removed in the interest of the vast majority of our readers.

Have a safe and happy day. 

Covid-19 DGS Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Tuesday the existence of a total of 1,963 deaths and 74,717 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number of deaths rose from 1,957 to 1,963, 6 more than yesterday – 5 in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo Region and 1 in the Central Region.

The number of infected people increased from 74,029 to 74,717, 688 more than on Monday.

In the last 24 hours, 309 people recovered from the disease, the total recovered since the beginning of the pandemic 48,193.

As for the number of people hospitalized, there are only 2 more since yesterday, with a total of 661 hospitalized. There is 1 more person hospitalized in intensive care, totalling 99.

The North has 160 more infections (26735), the Centre plus 16 (6076), the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley plus 478 (38294), the Alentejo plus five (1499), Algarve plus 22 (1622), Azores plus two (269) and Madeira plus five (222).

There are 24,561 active cases (over 373) and 44,231 (over 60) under surveillance by health authorities. In total, 48,193 patients (309 more) have already recovered from the disease caused by SARS-CoV-2.

Health

Covid-19: Leiria Hospital confirms infection of five professionals

The Centro Hospitalar de Leiria confirms the infection by the new coronavirus in five professionals in the Medicine I service of the Hospital de Santo André (HSA), cases that were detected after three patients tested positive for Covid-19.

According to a statement from the CHL Board of Directors sent to Lusa, “in ward B of Medicine 1 of the HSA three patients were tested for Covid-19 before their discharge from hospital and the results were positive”.

These patients were immediately transferred to the Covid area of the HSA, and all other hospitalized patients in ward B of Medicine I were screened, as well as all service professionals.

“At this moment, in addition to the three positive patients already mentioned, five professionals also tested positive for Covid-19, who are in isolation and being monitored by local public health authorities”, the CHL also informs.

The CA also warned that, “in view of this situation, the presence of visitors in that wing of the service was immediately suspended indefinitely”.

Ward B of Medicine I continues to operate, “with due care and vigilance, so it is denied that there is an outbreak”

Covid-19: 97.3% of cases are recovering at home

The vast majority of patients (97.3%) with Covid-19 are recovering at home, with the rest being admitted to hospital and intensive care, said the Assistant Secretary of State for Health.

According to data provided by António Lacerda Sales at the press conference on Covid-19, 2.3% of patients are admitted to hospital and 0.4% to the Intensive Care Unit.

According to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), the number of hospital admissions increased again, registering an additional 24 people, in a total of 659 patients hospitalized with Covid-19, as well as patients placed in the units intensive care, which according to the latest data is now 98 (plus 9).

In the last 24 hours, four more people died, bringing the number of deaths caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus to 1,957.

“The global lethality rate is 2.6% and the lethality rate over 70 years is 13.6%”, said António Lacerda Sales.

Since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal, 47,884 people have recovered from the disease.

Covid-19: 4,970 health workers infected since the start of the pandemic

A total of 4,970 health professionals have been infected with Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic, 629 of whom are doctors and 1,435 nurses, the Deputy Secretary of State for Health said today.

At the press conference to update information on infection with the new coronavirus in Portugal, António Lacerda Sales said that among health professionals, Covid-19 had infected 1,401 operational assistants, 166 technical assistants and 167 senior diagnostic and therapeutic technicians .

The Secretary of State also pointed out that 4,108 health professionals have recovered from the disease since the beginning of the pandemic, meaning “a percentage greater than 82% of recovered”.

Covid-19: School in Guimarães with 55 students and 20 teachers in quarantine

Two students from Egas Moniz School, in Guimarães, Braga district, were tested positive for Covid-19, a situation that quarantined two classes and about 20 teachers, said today, to Lusa, the director of the group.

According to Rosalina Pereira, director of the Francisco de Holanda School Group, the school will use distance learning to ensure the continuity of teaching activities.

Positive cases were identified on Friday, with health officials on Sunday determined that about 55 students in the classes and teachers would be quarantined.

Today, the students and teachers in question have returned to school.

“The classes will, however, work in the distance learning regime, which has already been tested in the last academic year”, said Rosalina Pereira.

Previously, a positive case had already been registered at Secundária Francisco de Holanda, which forced one teacher and 28 students in a class to be isolated.

Rapid Tests

Public health doctors want generalized rapid Covid-19 tests

Portuguese health authorities are still evaluating whether they authorize the use of these types of tests that, in 30 minutes, reveal whether a person is infected or not.

The Association of Public Health Doctors advocates the introduction of rapid tests to Covid-19 throughout the health system.

“Rapid tests should be made available throughout the national health system so that we can make this assessment [about potential infection by Covid-19] as soon as possible,” says the association’s vice president, Gustavo Tato Borges.

 “The fact that the WHO allows or gives this opening for the existence and implementation of rapid tests can make the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) also have a faster and more favourable evaluation, helping us to implement it”, he said.

Gustavo Tato Borges rejects the idea that Portugal is simply in the wake of the WHO and recalls that “in the autumn/winter plan, the Government had already posed the possibility of carrying out rapid tests in primary health care or even in emergency hospital services, so that you can quickly find out if that person is at high risk of being infected with Covid-19 or just infected with the flu or another disease”.

The debate on rapid testing comes at a time when WHO has announced that it will make 120 million of these tests available to poorer countries, with results ready in 15 to 30 minutes.

In Portugal, the Red Cross wants to distribute half a million rapid tests for use in homes and schools, an initiative that has not yet been authorized by the authorities, and an INSA opinion is still awaited.

More than half of Portuguese believe pandemic hindered access to healthcare

More than half of the Portuguese (57%) believe that the pandemic has hampered their access to healthcare, with the elderly population (69%) and the chronically ill (70%) the most experiencing this difficulty, reveals a study released today.

The data from the study “Access to health care in times of pandemic”, carried out by GFK Metris and presented today at the Ordem dos Médicos, states that this situation is the result of “an effective experience”: 692 thousand Portuguese did not attend the medical consultations marked.

“Almost all of the missed consultations were cancelled by the health units”, says the study promoted by the “Movimento Saúde em Dia – Don’t Mask Your Health”, an initiative of the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH) and the Ordem dos Médicos (OM).

The study aimed to listen to the opinions and capture the perceptions of the Portuguese about the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on access to health care, having been carried out based on face-to-face questionnaires, between August 28th and September 7th, with a sample representative of the Portuguese population, consisting of more than 1,000 people over 18 years of age residing in Mainland Portugal.

Covid-19: Scientists say there is an urgent need to find alternatives to disposables.

A team of scientists from the University of Aveiro yesterday launched an appeal to find alternatives to the use of disposable masks and gloves, given the increase in the waste produced.

“There is an urgent need to find alternatives to the use of disposable masks and gloves”, reported scientists from the University of Aveiro (UA), who in recent months have been studying the increase in waste and the general decline in the sustainable management of plastic waste.

If, in a first phase, confinement brought gains to the environment, with the reduction of atmospheric pollution, in a second phase the amount of non-reusable plastics, including masks, gloves and other protective materials, which had to be used to prevent contagion by the coronavirus, “increased exponentially as the number of cases increased”.

Joana Prata, Ana Luísa Silva, Armando Duarte, Teresa Rocha-Santos, Amadeu Soares and Diana Campos, from the Centre for Environmental and Sea Studies (CESAM), one of the AU research units, have published three scientific articles in which they make recommendations collective, but also individual, concerning management of the “new” garbage.

“The correct disposal of disposable masks and gloves was neglected and these residues started to be found on the streets and sidewalks”, says investigator Joana Prata.

Ana Luísa and Joana Prata, first authors of these studies, estimated, based on public health strategies, that 129 billion masks and 65 billion gloves are needed each month worldwide.

Barroso named president of the Global Alliance for Vaccines

Former Prime Minister and President of the European Commission takes office in January 2021.

José Manuel Barroso is the new president of the Global Alliance for Vaccines (GAVI). The appointment of the former Portuguese prime minister and ex-president of the European Commission was unanimously approved by the board of directors, at a meeting held in Geneva.

Barroso will take office as chairman of the GAVI board of directors in January 2021, replacing former Nigeria economist and finance minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, whose term ends in December this year. The position is unpaid.

The executive chairman of the Global Alliance for Vaccines, Seth Berkley, praised Durão Barroso, saying that his experience in international co-operation will be useful to GAVI when it intends to improve equity in the distribution of vaccines.

Seth Berkley welcomes, in a statement, Durão Barroso’s experience, “commitment and practical approach to international cooperation”, qualities that, he said, “will be immensely useful as GAVI embarks on its next strategic period to improve the equity of vaccines without leaving anyone behind, as well as taking on new challenges as a partner in the global response to Covid-19 “.

Meanwhile, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala has also welcomed his successor, considering that he leaves the position “in good hands”.

Covid: 19: Free pneumonia vaccine, if technical recommendation – Minister

The Minister of Health, Marta Temido, said yesterday that only with technical recommendation will the pneumonia vaccine be introduced in the National Vaccination Program (PNV), which pulmonologists believe should be free for the elderly.

Yesterday the minister visited the Casa do Artista, in Lisbon, where she marked the start of this year’s flu vaccination campaign, anticipated as a preventive measure against Covid-19, seeking to prevent the elderly and other risk groups from contracting both infections. 

Asked about the position of pulmonologists, who argue that in addition to the flu vaccine, the pneumonia vaccine should also be free for the elderly, the minister replied that this will happen if there is a technical recommendation for the effect, but warned that this type of decision would come in time.

“Many times, and I have been warned about this many times recently, it is necessary to give time to the technical decision to make a better technical decision. We, in our lives, are often in a hurry and we wish things could be decided more quickly, but there is a time for a good technical decision and we cannot pressure it. This means that as soon as there is a technical indication for this introduction, the introduction will be made”.

International Travel

Covid-19: Aircraft passenger location card goes digital in October

On Monday the Assistant Secretary of State and Health announced that the aircraft passenger location card, which allows tracking possible cases of Covid-19, will become fully digital in October.

At the press conference to update information on infection with the new coronavirus in Portugal, António Lacerda Sales stated that the PLC (Passenger Location Card, English name) will work, from October 2nd, with the paper and digital version and, as of October 9th, it becomes exclusively digital.

This passenger location card came into force when airports and airlines resumed their activity after the confinement period, and allows to track possible cases of Covid-19, after a passenger, after the trip, tests positive for the disease.

All passengers must deliver this card upon arrival, being made available by the airline during the flight.

Economy

Prime minister: Portugal will “fully use” grants, but will not resort to loans

The government does not want to use European money that comes on loan because it creates public debt. The President of the European Commission is in Portugal, forthe presentation of the Portuguese Recovery and Resilience Plan. As in his first speech, Ursula von der Leyen praises what is being done in Portugal.

The prime minister said this morning that Portugal will use “fully” the European Union money that arrives through grants (12.9 billion euros), but will not use the money that is available through loans, as this creates public debt, and it will only do so when Portugal has the financial conditions to do so.

“We have a very high public debt and we have to get out of this crisis not only stronger from an economic and social point of view, more modern and greener, but also more solid from a financial point of view. We will make full use of subsidies, we will not use the part on loans as long as the country’s financial situation does not permit it” he said at the presentation of the Recovery and Resilience Plan.

António Costa had already said that he would give “priority” to the grants (which means € 12.9 billion) of the Recovery and Resilience Mechanism (MRR), but he had not yet clearly assumed that he did not intend to use or plan for the part of loans, worth 10.8 billion MRR. Value that can increase. If we add to this plan, the money from the React EU program and the Fair Transition Fund, grants can reach 15.7 billion and loans (which we do not want to use) 15.7 billion).

Other news

PSP warns of fraudulent emails

The Public Security Police warned on Monday of the existence of a fraudulent e-mail requesting information about alleged crime complaints made by the recipients, explaining that it is not a procedure used by the authorities.

In a statement, the PSP explained that “it became aware, through several citizens, of the circulation of communications via e-mail, apparently from the PSP, with calls for presence and or requesting information on alleged complaints submitted by recipients with indication of a link”.

In this case, the PSP warns that it does not use communications containing links, and calls for people who have received or do receive this communication, not to use any of the links contained therein because it is a theft of personal data.

The Public Security Police requests that this fraudulent communication be sent as an attachment to the email contacto@psp.pt and that it be deleted from the respective inbox.

“PSP reminds that people should pay attention to the content of electronic communications they receive, even though they may apparently be sent by the PSP, as there are features that immediately make it possible to doubt the provenance of the communication”, says the PSP explaining that in this case the issuer it does not belong to the @ psp.pt domain, language with grammatical and syntax errors and an unclear communication purpose is used.

Region Reports

Madeira situation report Wednesday 30th September

There were 10 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Saturday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from France and 1 case of local transmission) and 4 recoveries. On Sunday, there was 1 new Covid-19 case, from a passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region. On Monday, there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from Poland and 2 passengers who had arrived from France) and 1 recovery. And there were no new Covid-19 cases on Tuesday.

A patient at Hospital Privado da Madeira had been preparing for hospitalisation when he tested positive for Covid-19. It is standard procedure for patients to be tested for Covid-19 before hospitalisation. On Friday, the patient was transferred, by a special Covid-19 ambulance, to the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 60 active cases, of which 50 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 10 were a result of a local transmission. So far, there have been 218 cases and 158 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 28 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 31 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 8 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,678 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 6,968 people under active monitoring and 7,708 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 69,018 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, as of Monday, 113,92 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 153 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,998. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,216 calls, with 182 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105312/Covid-19_Madeira_regista_tres_novos_casos_Mais_quatro_pessoas_recuperadas

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105313/Doente_internado_no_Covid-19__foi_transferido_do_Hospital_Privado_da_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105386/Covid-19_Novo_caso_positivo_na_Madeira_aumenta_infecoes_ativas_para_55

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/28/6-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-madeira/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/29/ram-sem-novos-casos-activos-mas-com-8-casos-suspeitos-de-covid-19/

Christmas and New Year festivities being carefully planned

Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, said the Madeira Regional Government is carefully planning the Christmas and New Year festivities. A tender for the provision of fireworks has been opened.. And the regional health authorities have a crucial role to play in the planning process. The aim is for the festivities to take place while ensuring full compliance with all the safety measures required by the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105353/Eduardo_Jesus_garante_que_Governo_esta_a_preparar_minuciosamente_as_festas_de_Natal_e_fim_de_ano

Madeira to lobby for an EU-wide policy on passenger screening at the place of departure

The Madeira Regional Government will lobby the European Union to set an EU-wide policy so that Covid-19 screening on passengers takes place at the place of departure. Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, stated this while also highlighting the passenger screening policy adopted in Madeira. He argued that the introduction of such a policy would be “extraordinarily important” for Madeira and for its recovery. He added that the Madeira Regional Government will continue to do everything it can to minimise the consequences of the absence of such a policy.

Once again, he said that Madeira has an advantage in comparison to other destinations, particularly rival destinations, and is best prepared to keep people’s trust. He also highlighted the big battle Madeira had in showing several countries that the regional epidemiological situation is “completely different” from the mainland, with the absence of any deaths from Covid-19. He reminded the effort Madeira made in proving this to the UK, which led to the biggest British operator to double its frequencies to the region.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105370/Covid-19_Madeira_insiste_que_despistagem_nas_viagens_deve_ser_feita_na_origem

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on the 1st and 6th of October, from 09h00 until 15h00, in the parish of Câmara de Lobos. The following areas will be affected: Espírito Santo and Torre. The disruption will be due to scheduled work to reduce water leaks on the water supply chain in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105580/Havera_interrupcao_do_abastecimento_de_agua_em_Camara_de_Lobos

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

CÂMARA DE LOBOS

1st October – 14h00 to 16h00

– Sítio das Fajãs do Cabo Girão (including Cable car)

– Estrada de Santa Clara (between 265 and 349)

– Estrada de Santa Clara (between 288 and 338)

– Caminho Velho do Rancho

– Vereda da Areia ao Pico do Rancho

– Edifício Quintinha do Rancho

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. 

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/30/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-73-2020/

Algarve

Covid-19: There are 3 outbreaks in nursing homes in the Algarve

The Director-General of Health revealed today that there are currently 51 active outbreaks in nursing homes, the largest number in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley.

“In residential structures for the elderly there are 51 active outbreaks at this moment,” said Graça Freitas, at the press conference to update information on infection with the new coronavirus in Portugal.

According to the director-general of Health, 10 outbreaks are active in the North, two in the Center, 33 in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region, three in the Alentejo and three in the Algarve – Loulé (Quarteira), Olhão and Tavira.

Algarvian nurses deliver petition with 4600 signatures to the Assembly of the Republic

The SEP’s Regional Directorate of Faro says in a statement it will deliver on Wednesday 30th September at 10 am to the Assembly of the Republic, a petition with more than 4600 signatures, demanding that the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve – CHUA and the Regional Health Administration of the Algarve – ARS, “comply with the commitments they have assumed”, in the sense that 500 nurses with 10 and 20 years of work, earn the same as a newly graduated nurse, because they are not counted with the length of service.

Union members make it known that CHUA does not progress nurses with Individual Employment Contract and ARS Algarve does not progress those who had a salary adjustment for the first remuneration position of the new career. But both institutions, according to the SEP, signed these commitments in 2019.

 The same communiqué from the Portuguese Nurses Union advances that this non-compliance determined a clarification campaign with the population and political leaders, as well as the collection of signatures for the public petition “Support the Nurses of the Algarve”. Copies of the more than 4600 signatures of thousands of solidary citizens with the nurses, were handed over to the CHUA administration, will be sent to ARS Algarve, Prime Minister, and Minister of Health and will be delivered to the Assembly of the Republic, underlines the same document.

 In a meeting with deputies elected by the Algarve from the PS, PSD, BE and the deputy of the European parliament of the PCP, it was assumed that the written commitments are to be fulfilled, but the SEP says that, within the scope of other petitions delivered by the union, precisely around this problem, the PS and PSD have not yet presented any proposals for draft law decrees to resolve them. 

 In the same publication, he recalls that nurses continue to be at the forefront and at risk. “There is a lack of material for clinical consumption in some Health Centres in the region and recent reports have come from professionals and users to buy some material to carry out treatments”, they refer.

Ryanair makes a new donation of 250 thousand euros for the renaturalization of the Monchique Mountains

The airline Ryanair, made for the second consecutive year a donation of 250 thousand euros for the renaturalization of the Serra de Monchique as part of its initiative to offset carbon emissions, thus adding 500 thousand euros in contributions to the project.

This new budget, which, like last year, was obtained through donations from passengers, will finance the planting of over 75 thousand trees destroyed by the 2018 fires in this Algarve area. In the first year of the project, 62 thousand indigenous trees were planted and around 90 owners were supported. It is expected that in the future the set of trees planted may be responsible for the sequestration of 1000 tons of carbon per year.

 Ryanair’s Sustainability Director, Thomas Fowler, entrusted another check for 250,000 euros to the project partners – Algarve Tourism Region, Territory and Environment Planning Study Group (GEOTA), Nature and Forest Conservation Institute and Monchique City Council.

Ryanair is the greenest airline in Europe, operating the youngest fleet with the highest occupancy rates and the most efficient fuel consumption per passenger. Likewise, Ryanair has industry-leading CO2 emissions per passenger-km of just 66 grams, up to 50% lower than the other four major European airlines.

Turismo do Algarve went by bicycle, donkey and buggy to honour health professionals

This September 27th, World Tourism Day, was celebrated differently by the Algarve Tourism Region. It is that those responsible for the RTA decided to promote, in Silves, activities that brought together the health officials of the region in an outdoor program that led them to ride on the road on an electric bicycle or to ride on a buggy or donkey, as a way to thank them provision in the prevention and control of the pandemic in the Algarve.

At Quinta de Santo Estêvão, on the outskirts of Silves, the moment reflected the theme defined by the United Nations for the World Tourism Day in 2020 (Tourism and Rural Development), through which the sector’s capacity to create opportunities outside the great cities and the need to preserve cultural and natural heritage worldwide, in the face of the current public health crisis.

Azores 

Situation Report Azores – 29th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4100 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 25th of September, twelve positive cases of COVID-19 on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Faial, have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

All the cases arrived in the region by air from continental Portugal.

The cases are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for the confirmed case, testing and surveillance of close contacts, as well as all those inherent to the deepening of the epidemiological investigation, have already been carried out by the Local Health Delegations.

Three recoveries were recorded on the island of São Miguel, bringing to 181 the number of recovered cases of COVID-19 in the Region.

So far, 302 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 73 active positive cases currently, of which 49 on the island of São Miguel, 11 on Terceira island, five on Pico island, four on Graciosa island, three on Faial island and one on Santa Maria island.

Pandemic prevention and containment measures should be maintained and strengthened, whenever possible, by citizens and public, private and social sector organizations.

The Regional Health Authority reiterates the need to comply with all recommendations already made public in this regard, especially that, in case of symptoms, do not seek a Hospital or Health Unit, but call the Azores Health Line – 808 24 60 24.

For more information, visit the website created by the Government of the Azores on pandemic control in the Region, at https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/ , or the Facebook page of the Regional Health Directorate, at https: / /www.facebook.com/DirecaoSaudeAcores/ .

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 26th September

Introduction

Good morning. Unfortunately not the best news to end the week with 899 positive cases in the last 24 hrs, the third highest number of daily cases since the start of the pandemic. We made three posts yesterday providing more details on the increases, referencing the rolling 7 and 14 day average at 47.4 and 89.8 per 100,000 respectively and a transmission rate at 1.09 which, according to the Minister of Health is decreasing slightly.

Although these figures are not good, we are still some way below the number of serious cases and those in hospital and ICU which we saw in April – but these are also increasing, the hospitalisations yesterday being the highest since 19th May. The other news is that yesterday Switzerland announced that Portugal had been added to its risk of countries where travellers to Switzerland from Portugal will need to go into a 10 day quarantine.

On top of this the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) yesterday placed Portugal in a group of states with a “worrying trend” in cases of covid-19, but with “moderate risk”; (middle group out of three groups).

During the week the government announced the possibility of a three coloured traffic system to indicate regions of higher risk in Portugal. We await further news and the implications of this.

The Prime Minister, having seemingly discounted a return to national confinement last week, the President of the Republic, however, said this Friday that the authorities will take the necessary measures when asked about the possibility of a new state of emergency. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stated that he did not want to “make speculations”, but added he does not reject the scenario, guaranteeing that he is sure that whatever is necessary to be done will be done.

Putting these figures in perspective, we are now seeing a European wide significant growth in Covid 19, with for instance the United Kingdom recording 6,874 contagions in the last 24 hours, a new daily record for the second consecutive day, and 34 deaths due to covid-19. One thing is for sure and that is this virus will be with us for some time to come. We must all be vigilant and observe the conditions imposed on us for our safety and that of others. As I said a few days ago there is no crystal ball, no magic wand and currently no vaccine available.

Our team who produce and publish this newsletter: Jennie, Louise, Elise, Daniel and I wish you an Enjoyable and Safe weekend.

Headlines

Covid-19 Portugal in third stage of the pandemic

The Minister of Health has identified three stages of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal. In the last 14 days, Portugal recorded an incidence of more than 80 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants.

“Portugal is in the third phase of the pandemic”, the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, said this Friday in a press conference to assess the pandemic. Some countries, such as Spain, faced a first wave, then reached a level close to the base” and now they are clearly in a second phase”, the minister explained.

“Our Portuguese situation, due to the analysis of the epidemiological curves and the maps that we publish daily show this; I think they deserve another type of analysis. What is clearly evident is that we had a first climb, then we never reached the base of the X axis and now we are in a third phase”, said Marta Temido.

“I do not know if it is technically correct to call it second, I would say it is a third phase, at least it is a third phase of what we have been facing on the ground in terms of the health system. The first phase was clearly in March and April, the second phase was very accentuated in June and July in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley and now we have a situation of increasing incidence that accompanies the panorama of most countries in Europe “, she stressed. In the last 14 days, Portugal recorded an incidence of more than 80 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, said the Minister of Health, but “there are countries that are above 200 cases and others with less than two digits”.

Covid-19 Situation Report

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Friday the existence of a total of 1,936 deaths and 72,055 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic. The death toll rose from 1,931 to 1,936, 5 more than on Thursday. The number of infected people increased from 71,156 to 72,055, plus 899.

Since Thursday, there were 36 more hospitalizations, increasing to 624 the number of people with covid-19 admitted to hospitals, while there was an increase of one user in intensive care, in a total of 86. A further 327 patients have recovered, bringing to 47,003 the number of people who have already overcome the infection since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

The number of new cases recorded was higher in Lisbon (505 more), while in the North there were 263 more infected. The Centre has 52 more patients, the Alentejo has 30 more, the Algarve has 47 more and the Azores has two more people infected. Only Madeira did not register any cases this Friday.

In the Algarve there are 450 active cases with 11 in hospital and 4 in ICU. There are 287 covid-19 outbreaks across the country, mostly in the north of the country.

Of the five fatalities recorded this Friday, three were recorded in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, one was from the North and one resided in the Centre. The deaths were two women and two men over 80 years old and a woman aged between 70 and 79 years old. Marta Temido revealed that there are more than 70 elderly institutions with positive cases.

Covid-19 Statistics in detail

Portugal yesterday has 287 active outbreaks of the covid-19 disease and the North region is the one with the most cases, 124, followed by Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, with 93, the Minister of Health said.

There are still 31 active outbreaks in the Centro region, 22 in the Algarve and 17 in the Alentejo, said Marta Temido, at the press conference to update information on infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes the covid-19 disease.

According to the minister, in the North region there are outbreaks associated with restaurants in Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde and an outbreak associated with a tourist trip in Vila Nova de Gaia. Marta Temido said the epidemiological link was identified “in more than 60% of cases” active covid-19 detected in the past few days and many of these correspond and are “associated with outbreaks”.

Currently, the incidence rate of covid-19 calculated at seven days is 47.4 and the calculated at 14 days is 89.8 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants, said the official.

The National Institute of Health Ricardo Jorge updated its numbers to estimate the calculation of the risk of transmissibility (RT) of covid-19 and “now estimates the average value of the effective RT for the 16th to the 20th of September at 1.09, a little lower than in previous days “, said Marta Temido.

However, the minister stressed that “the RT should always be read in conjunction with the number of new cases, given by the incidence, and that the combination of these two indicators is probably the best way to assess the situation” regarding covid-19 in Portugal, “regardless of other aspects, such as the use of health services and lethality”. Therefore, “although the incidence remains high”, RT in Portugal “is, in fact, decreasing a little”, he stressed.

Health

Covid-19: Portugal with “worrying trend” but “moderate” risk – ECDC

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) yesterday placed Portugal in a group of states with a “worrying trend” in cases of covid-19, but with “moderate risk”; (middle group out of three groups).

In the updated and presented risk assessment, ECDC pointed out that positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus, which causes covid-19 disease, have increased steadily across the European Union since August, which demonstrates that “measures taken were not always sufficient to reduce or control exposure”, warning that “it is therefore crucial that Member States implement all measures necessary at the first signs of new outbreaks”.

According to the Center, non-pharmaceutical interventions such as physical distance, hygiene and the use of masks proved to be insufficient to reduce or control exposure to the coronavirus.

Even so, the agency’s director, Andrea Ammon, pointed out that, “until a safe and effective vaccine is available, these measures remain the main public health tool to control and manage outbreaks” of covid-19. In this updated assessment, ECDC divided Member States into three groups: those with a “stable trend and reduced risk”, those with a “worrying trend, but a moderate risk” and those with “a worrying trend and a high risk”.

Covid-19: Sixteen infected health professionals at Beja hospital

The number of health professionals infected in the outbreak of covid-19 identified in the operating theatre of the Beja hospital has risen from six to 16, announced yesterday the Local Health Unit of Baixo Alentejo (ULSBA).

Of the approximately 100 tests performed on hospital health professionals, one was inconclusive and 16 gave positive results, informs the ULSBA, in a statement sent today to the agency Lusa and in which it updates information on the outbreak identified on Thursday, that the first six cases of infected nurses in the operating theatre were detected.

According to ULSBA, which manages the Beja hospital, among the 16 infected professionals, there are 10 nurses, four operational assistants, a technician and a doctor and all “are in isolation at home, showing only mild symptoms”. According to the official, the operating room remains in operation, but “for safety reasons, some scheduled surgeries have been cancelled and a rigorous evaluation regarding the activity” in the service will be maintained.

After the six cases were detected, “the bloc’s contingency plan was triggered”, he indicated, explaining that, “complying with the rules of the Directorate-General for Health”, the Public Health Unit, the Occupational Health Service and the Health Program ULSBA’s Prevention and Control of Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance assessed the situation and initiated the risk assessment procedures of health professionals and the request for tests and isolation of suspected cases.

Covid-19. More than 10% of critically ill patients produce a type of antibody that worsens infection

“This discovery will change the treatment of some patients,” said Carlos Rodríguez-Gallego, co-author of the study published on Thursday in the scientific journal Science. “Our team is already studying how to establish clinical trials to identify patients who produce this type of antibodies and perhaps treat them with another type of antibodies to counter the problem

According to the study, 10.2% of critically ill patients with covid-19 produce a certain type of antibody that, instead of helping to eliminate the virus, worsens the infection. In other words, it works, as the Spanish newspaper writes, as a boycott of the immune system. Naming things: this antibody prevents the action of the type 1 interferon molecule, which works as a signal for some problem in the body.

“This discovery will change the treatment of some patients,” Carlos Rodríguez-Gallego, a co-author of the study published on Thursday in the scientific journal, told that daily. “Our team is already studying how to establish clinical trials to identify patients who produce this type of antibodies and perhaps treat them with another type of antibodies to counter the problem.”

This study analysed blood samples from almost 1,000 patients with very severe pneumonia caused by the new coronavirus and compared them with another 600 from those infected with covid-19 who had no symptoms or who suffered from mild symptoms. Finally, a third group was added to the equation: 1,200 healthy volunteers.

Diagnostic test to distinguish the new coronavirus from other respiratory infections, such as influenza

Also this Friday, it was announced that Portugal will have a diagnostic test that allows “to differentiate the new coronavirus from other types of seasonal respiratory infections” , such as the flu, helping clinicians to carry out more accurate diagnoses revealed this Friday – the medical director of Unilabs, the company that will make the tests available.

“The idea was to try to have a diagnostic tool that, at the same time, would allow us to differentiate whether or not it is covid-19 and, if not, which virus is causing that clinical picture,” said António Maia Gonçalves. Speaking to Lusa, the medical director of Unilabs Portugal explained that the tool came about as part of a collaboration with a South Korean laboratory.

Covid-19: Government lowers the price of tests paid by the NHS to private individuals to 65 euros

The Ministry of Health has lowered the price of diagnostic tests for the new coronavirus that causes the covid-19 disease paid by the National Health Service (SNS) to the contracted entities in the area of ​​clinical analysis to 65 euros.

In a statement, the ministry informs that the update of the price of the tests, from 87.95 euros to 65 euros, goes into effect on Saturday, “on the same day that the exceptional regime approved in March under the conventions is renewed for another month.  “. According to the ministry, the price of 87.95 euros set in March “reflected the adverse international market conditions, namely the shortage of reagents verified worldwide and the consequent prices”.

“The scenario is different today, with a stabilization in the market prices of the products used”, namely the reagents, emphasizes the ministry, thus justifying the drop in the price of tests to be paid by the NHS to the contracted entities. The update of the test prices had been announced by the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, in today’s press conference to update information related to infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 that causes covid-19.

Covid-19. Doctor warns that rapid tests must be molecular and operated by specialists

Rapid tests can be 95% effective in screening forCovid-19, but they must be molecular and operated by specialized technicians, the doctor and professor of microbiology at the University of Lisbon (UL) Thomas Hanscheid, warned this Friday.

“There are companies that have managed to miniaturize the molecular tests carried out in the laboratory, with the capacity to place them on the market, but the quality tests are expensive and it is not just to send them to schools and care homes to perform, like a pregnancy test “, the specialist of German origin, a professor at the Faculty of Medicine of UL, said in an interview to the Lusa agency.

“The new rapid molecular tests are going to cost a lot of money,” he said. Rapid tests for infectious diseases were developed in the 1980s due to malaria, in a format similar to a pregnancy test, but what is now required for covid-19 is different , the professor warned.

“You have to be careful to know what kind of test it is”, he responded when asked about the offer of these tests, adding that they are not all the same: “The molecular test will amplify the virus gene and of course it works much better”.

As it is a quick test, it does not mean that anyone knows how to operate it, he said, expressing surprise at the amount of tests (500,000) that the Red Cross proposes to distribute. In addition to the cost, it is necessary to take into account who will operate the test. “I don’t know if they will be technicians sent by the General Directorate of Health, but specialized people are needed”, he guaranteed.

Sports

Covid-19: Government does not rule out the possibility of a phased return of the public to the stadiums

Public return to football stadiums remains banned due to the covid-19 pandemic, said the Secretary of State for Youth and Sports this Friday adding the possibility of a phased return when security conditions exist.

“We have been discussing not only the capacity of the premises, but also the progressiveness with which this [return of the public] can be done”, João Paulo Rebelo told journalists, stressing that the Government has “always taken into account this progressivity “in the various measures to combat the spread of the new coronavirus. The official acknowledged “the need that sport has to have a public”, ensuring that his office has worked with health authorities and the Ministry of Health plans so that “as soon as the epidemiological evolution, so the numbers allow”, can public return to the stadiums be authorized.

“It is evident that the Government speaks with one voice and, as we know, at the moment, there is no provision for an audience in sports shows. Now, this does not mean that we are not prepared and working so that, as soon as possible, the public can return to the stadiums. I hope that this can happen as quickly as possible “, he launched.

Enforcement

GNR closes night club with about one hundred people present – owner arrested

GNR closed, on Wednesday, a nightclub that operated with live music and that had about 100 people in the parish of Canela, in the municipality of Vila Nova de Gaia.

The operation was carried out as part of an inspection aimed at complying with the norms related to theCovid-19 pandemic. The owner of the establishment, aged 61, was arrested and made a defendant.

The holding of festivals and shows indoors or outdoors will remain prohibited until October 14, as long as the contingency situation is in effect because of covid-19, according to a decision by the Council of Ministers. The ban on festivals and shows “of a similar nature” had been defined by law last March and was in force until September 30, and the deadline was extended to October 14, due to the prolongation of the contingency situation in mainland Portugal.

Even so, according to the law, the shows “may exceptionally take place, either indoors or outdoors, with a marked place”, after prior communication and “in compliance with the capacity specifically defined by the Directorate-General for Health, according to the rules of physical distance “, appropriate to the evolution of the pandemic.

Screening for different cancers to be accelerated

The Assistant Secretary of State for Health and Health, António Lacerda Sales, stated that the governmental area of ​​Health is “accelerating the process” of screening for different cancers in all regions of the country, a situation that was harmed during the pandemic.

«For us it is a very worrying situation. If we didn’t stop and managed to keep out of this process “- in response to Covid-19 – the Portuguese Institute of Oncology,” our concern in the area of ​​oncology goes exactly to the screening of breast cancer, cervical cancer and cancer colorectal cancer”, said the Secretary of State on the side lines of the conference “Valuing and Strengthening Health Services in the Region of Leiria”, organized by the Economic and Social Group of the Region of Leiria, in Batalha.

António Lacerda Sales also mentioned that in the autumn / winter period there will be «two major challenges»: creating a circuit for respiratory patients – in order to «divide well» the users who may be Covid or not Covid – and «to resume the existential activity scheduled ‘. “We are not hostage to covid-19”, said António Lacerda Sales, adding that there is a huge concern with the “pressure on health care” in non-covid-19 diagnoses, with a “reinforcement of human resources”.

Economic Recovery Plan

Respond quickly and effectively “so that the impacts of the crisis are not so profound

The Minister of State and the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, affirmed the importance of being able to respond quickly and effectively “so that the impacts of the crisis are not so profound”.

During the intervention in the debate on the «Strategic Vision for the Portugal 2020-2030 Economic Recovery Plan», in the Assembly of the Republic, the Minister stressed that “the Government has made a commitment to respond to this crisis differently” and has “Worked to create the conditions for the response to combat the effects of the crisis caused by the pandemic instead of accentuating them”.

Mariana Vieira da Silva highlighted that the Recovery and Resilience Plan “must protect the most vulnerable” and stressed the importance of investing in strengthening the National Health Service, which includes the completion of the National Integrated Care Network and the National Palliative Care Network and defines a plan to strengthen the Primary Health Care Network.

The Minister also referred to the importance that the plan attaches to social responses, with a New Generation of Equipment and Social Responses that will open space for investment in the quality of responses designed for the elderly, for strengthening home support responses and for a better response to families.

 

Regional Reports

Madeira Covid-19 update by Daniel Fernandes

There were 3 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Wednesday, there were no new Covid-19 cases. On Thursday, there were no new Covid-19 cases for a second consecutive day and there were 3 recoveries. And on Friday, there were 3 new cases (from passengers who had arrived from Lisbon and Tagus Valley, Poland and Spain). All new cases were identified through passenger screening at the Region’s airports.

There are currently 55 active cases, of which 44 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 11 were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 208 cases and 153 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are 28 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 27 patients in isolation at their own accommodation. There is currently 2 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Thursday, there had been 1,668 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,463 people under active monitoring and 8,547 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 64,985 samples had been collected until Friday (at 16h30). Overall, as of Thursday, 109,333 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 119 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,845. The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,204 calls, with 182 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105001/Madeira_mantem__55_casos_ativos_de_covid-19_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105096/Madeira_sem_novos_casos_e_mais_tres_doentes_recuperados_

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/25/3-novos-casos-de-covid-19-numero-total-de-activos-e-agora-de-55/

Warning on fraudulent and fake Covid-19 tests

The Parish of Calheta (Junta de Freguesia da Calheta) used its Facebook page to warn that there are vendors knocking on doors and offering to test residents for Covid-19 for a certain fee. The Parish warned that this a “fraudulent act” and advised the population to contact the Police (Polícia de Segurança Pública) if they are faced with such a situation. It also asked the population to alert and vigilant.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104970/Covid-19_Junta_de_Freguesia_da_Calheta_denuncia_testes_fraudulentos_de_porta_em_porta

FIA praised Madeira Rally

Jacky Jang, a FIA observer, could not find any negative aspects of the rally event organised by the rally event organised by Club Sports Madeira. The race was considered a success in terms of sport, competition and public health and reflected the joint work that took place in preparing the event during the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/desporto/ver/105103/FIA_da_nota_positiva_ao_rali_vinho_Madeira_em_tempo_de_pandemia

Free entry at the Whale Museum on Sunday

World Tourism Day will be celebrated on the 27th September and the Madeira Whale Museum will celebrate it by offering free entry to all visitors. According to the museum, visiting it, learning more about cetaceans while exploring collections that attract both visitors of all ages “is an excellent family program”. The museum will be open from 10h00 until 18h00. It is advised that the last entry to the museum takes place at 17h00. There will be a limit on the number of visitors allowed at the same time so it is necessary to comply with all the employees’ recommendations.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104952/Museu_da_Baleia_da_Madeira_oferece_entradas_gratuitas_no_dia_27_de_setembro_

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on the 28th of September, from 14h00 to 20h00, due to scheduled work on the water supply network. The disruption will affect the following areas in the Parish of Santo António (Funchal): Caminho da Azinhaga (until the roundabout at Álamos); Caminho do Salão; Caminho das Bróteas and Rua Antero de Quental.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/105150/Segunda-feira_havera_intervencao_na_rede_de_distribuicao_de_agua_do_Caminho_da_Azinhaga

 

Algarve

Covid 19 situation

There are 450 active cases of Covid-19 in the Algarve, according to data from the Regional Health Authority, which have just been released by the District Civil Protection Commission.

This total of active cases results from the increase in the number of new infections confirmed in the region in the last 24 hours (plus 48, according to the Regional Health Authority), which was not offset by the increase in cases of recovered patients (plus 22).

There are a total of 11 people in hospital including four in ICU. Of the 1510 confirmed cases to date 1039 have recovered – 68.8%

Covid.19: Twelve employees of the ACASO home in Olhão under active surveillance

Three positive cases of covid.19 were recorded last weekend at the ACASO nursing home in Olhão. The cases are linked to two employees and an 88-year-old patient. All the other 32 elderly people at the institution were negative.

Photo: LinkedIn

João Calão, Director of Services at ACASO, confirmed that the elderly woman is hospitalized, “she is asymptomatic and stable and there has been no increase in cases”. Under active surveillance there are 12 employees out of a total of 25.

The official explained that the first cases were registered following a testing operation at home, by the Public Health authorities, who hope to carry out new tests this weekend.

The infected workers are also stable, “one is without symptoms and the other with mild symptoms, which looks more like a cold”. João Calão explained that the health entities, understood to test the first employee who was asymptomatic, for having other relatives with covid: “the entities were relentless, on Saturday the first case was confirmed, and on Sunday, we already knew the results of all tests to users and employees and the measures to be taken, namely the internment of the user and the isolation of the employees”, he stressed.

Southern Branch of Doctors’ Union criticizes ARS Algarve for hiring doctors “without specific training”

According to the union, the Regional Health Administration (ARS) of the Algarve published, on the 4th of September, a notice for the recruitment of 9 non-specialist doctors for the performance of functions in the field of Public Health, whose employment contract will have a duration of 4 months and a monthly remuneration of 1859 euros gross (ie, approximately 1200 euros net).

For the union, “this is proof of a deliberate governmental intention to create a class of doctors without access to specialized training and thus precarious medical work, has serious repercussions in terms of the quality of care provided”. The same union  gave as an example what happened at Hospital Garcia de Orta, which opened a tender for the hiring of doctors without specialization in specific services such as Intensive Care, Anesthesiology or Orthopaedics, for which they do not have skills, he said.

In the union’s position, this type of hiring corresponds to a complete “subversion of the principles of the medical profession”, that is, the doctor is prohibited from exercising in an area for which he has no competences, and respect for the citizens who use the Service. National Health.

COVID-19: Monchique statues wear masks to raise awareness

Municipality of Monchique puts masks on the village’s statues to sensitize the population and tourists to the protection measures against the new Coronavirus.

At the moment when the spread of the disease by the new coronavirus registers significant numbers in our country, and even without active cases in the municipality of Monchique at this moment, the municipality decided to promote this action through its sculptural ensemble spread a little throughout this mountain village. It is important to reach everyone with the message that it is necessary to act to stop the new coronavirus and that this path goes mainly through pedagogy and by increasing the collective awareness that everyone must protect themselves and adopt the protection measures already spread by the municipality of Monchique and by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

For Rui André, Mayor of Monchique, “the population of Monchique has been exemplary, as well as the institutions and companies that have adopted protective measures in their establishments / spaces that have contributed decisively to combat the spread of this disease in our country.

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 25th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Government of the Azores, through the Vice-Presidency has decided to extend the deadline for submitting applications, until the end of this year, for Azorean companies to continue to access financial support for the purchase of protective equipment and the adaptation of establishments.  This will allow companies to comply with Health Department recommendations

According to a Government Council Resolution published today in the Official Journal, December 31st will become the deadline for submitting applications for the Support Program for the Adaptation of Companies in the context of COVID-19, and its presentation must be made through an electronic form available on the website of the Regional Directorate for Support to Investment and Competitiveness (DRAIC) on the Internet.

Under this exceptional program, Azorean companies can access additional support that includes the ‘non-refundable’ contribution of 85% towards the purchase of personal protection and hygiene equipment up to 5,000 euros.   This must satisfy compliance of the conditions indicated by the Regional Health Authority, aimed at micro and small companies and cooperatives.

This extraordinary measure allows one application per company, making it possible, in the case of an entrepreneur who operates several establishments, that the maximum amount of eligible investment is 15 thousand euros.   Expenses can include funds for the installation of protective barriers, among other moderating and physical distance equipment, the reorganization and adaptation of workplaces, as well as the purchase of devices, personal protective equipment, including masks, gloves, visors, among others, are eligible.

The Government of the Azores also decided to extend until December 30th the deadline for submitting applications for projects to adapt facilities of amounts between 5,000 and 40,000 euros, with a maximum execution period of six months, which may under exceptional circumstances, up to 120 thousand euros for companies that own several establishments, within the scope of the Subsystem of Incentives for Local Development, of the Incentive System Competir +.

The Regional Government will grant a non-refundable incentive of 70% of the eligible expenses related to layout alteration works, to the acquisition of machinery and equipment that are necessary to comply with new working methods, for the acquisition and installation of hygiene equipment, among others things, aiming at adapting facilities to established standards.

These projects should have an impact on the modernization and optimization of the physical structures of premises, the introduction of innovative equipment or on the creation or maintenance of jobs, but without neglecting compliance with the guidelines defined by the regional authorities for the reopening of establishments and resumption of activity.   The Government of the Azores, in just three months, has already received around 300 applications from small and medium-sized companies for support for the purchase of protective equipment and adaptation of establishments in the context of COVID-19.

 New Cases

Since the 22nd of September and after 3,587 tests for COVID-19 in the two reference laboratories there have been 13 new cases and one recovery.  There are currently 5 transmission chains active in the region.

A total 290 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 66 active positive cases currently, of which 45 on the island of São Miguel, 10 on the island of Terceira, six on the island of Pico, four on the island Graciosa and one on the island of Santa Maria.

 

Portugal Situation Report 23rd September

Introduction

Good morning – From the statement by the Minister of Health, Marta Temido yesterday, it appears that the Government has ruled out a return to the past, in which the country effectively stopped due the restrictions that were in place. However, she did not discount the possibility of local health authorities deciding themselves confinements for specific areas if necessary, as is the case, for example, in some neighbourhoods in the Spanish capital, Madrid.

This echoes the statement from the Prime Minister last week in which he described past restrictions as “brutal” in terms of the effects on people’s livelihoods and the economy, and he would not wish to return to this position. Last week we saw higher daily increases in new cases, mostly in the younger age groups, which is very different to the start of the pandemic. Hence there have been fewer deaths, with a daily average of around a quarter compared to April.

However, across the country, there are a total of 546 people hospitalized with complications associated with Covid-19 (28 more than the day before), 70 of whom were in intensive care units (9 more than the day before). This is the highest number of hospitalizations since 23 May, when 550 people were hospitalized (80 of them in intensive care units).

Over the weekend, extending to Tuesday, we saw a decrease in confirmed cases, but this is typical for the weekend period and we wait and see what the next few days will bring, especially any increases in hospitalisations and those in ICU. 

We recall that, just a few weeks ago, when Portugal was excluded from UK’s travel corridor, this gave the impression internationally, that despite all the good work Portugal had done, the country was somehow at greater risk than other European countries. How this has changed since then, with massive increases in France, Spain and UK, far higher per head of population to what we are experiencing in Portugal.

Much of this I believe is down to the continued sound management of the pandemic by the Portuguese government and general compliance by the population. A balance now has to be struck between measures to help protect the population and, at the same time, getting the country back to normal, so we can all enjoy the lifestyle we had before. 

There is no crystal ball, no magic wand, and currently no vaccine available. 

It is therefore essential more than ever before, that we all focus on the basics: social distancing, face masks, hygiene and respecting the rules on group sizes.

Please Stay Safe and have a good day.

Covid-19 Situation 

The announced this Tuesday the existence of a total of 1,925 deaths and 69,663 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose from 1,920 to 1,925, 5 more than on Sunday. The number of infected people increased from 69,200 to 69,663, an increase of 463.

Since Monday there were 28 more hospitalizations, increasing to 546 the number of people with Covid-19 admitted to hospitals, while there was an increase of 9 in intensive care, in a total of 70.

During the period, 238 patients have recovered, bring to 45,974 the number recovered since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

40,418 contacts are under surveillance, down 47 from Monday.

Most of the cases diagnosed since Monday are in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (over 198) and in the North (over 191).

Next are the Centro region (36 more cases), the Algarve region (21 more), Alentejo (12 more), Madeira (three more) and the Azores (two more)

Health

Covid-19: There are more recoveries than official data indicate – DGS

The Director-General of Health admitted on Tuesday that the number of patients recovered from Covid-19 is higher than that indicated by official data, made available in the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), because of notification delays.

“We know that there are more recovered than those that are officially being reported as recovered,” replied Graça Freitas during the usual press conference on the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the latest data, in the last 24 hours 140 patients have recovered, so that 45,736 people have already recovered from the infection since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal. However, the actual number will be higher.

DGS’s daily balance is based on the doctors’ reports in the National Epidemiological Surveillance System (SINAVE), which, according to the director-general, may not be happening as up-to-date as would be ideal.

“As the cases are younger, with fewer symptoms, and more new cases are emerging, priority is being given to treating new cases and, perhaps, less to registering those recovered,” explained Graça Freitas.

However, in the coming days, DGS, in collaboration with the Shared Services of the Ministry of Health, will work to update this data.

Covid-19 Age group infection trends

Regarding the current epidemiological situation in Portugal, the director-general also confirmed that the trend in new registered cases and in active cases is today different from that which was marked in the first months of the pandemic in Portugal, when the Covid-19 mainly affected in the older population.

“In the beginning, we had more elderly cases and, therefore, we had a higher percentage of cases in hospital, of cases in intensive care units and also of mortality. With the evolution of the epidemic, this trend has changed” she said.

In the last 24 hours, only 11% of new confirmed cases were over 70 years old, exemplified Graça Freitas, explaining that this number is mainly related to the pattern of transmission, but also to greater protection for the elderly.

14 infected. Redondo closes public service due to outbreak

As of this Tuesday, all services to the public of the Câmara de Redondo are closed, as a precaution, due to the existence of an outbreak of Covid-19 in the community.

The authority ensures the attendance to more urgent situations, by appointment.

The first case of this outbreak was detected almost two weeks ago, and 14 infected by Covid-19 have since been identified. There is no one hospitalized.

“It is an outbreak in the community”, which is suspected to have been “imported from Évora”, namely through an infected person who visited family members in Redondo, he said.

Mayor António Recto told Renascença that 200 tests were carried out. The results are expected to be known this morning.

“The situation is being monitored by the Public Health Authority” and that “every day” tests are done, so the outbreak “is controlled, although it may take a few days to be eliminated”.

There are 21 cases of covid-19 in the Red Cross home in Valença

There are 21 infected, 16 users and five employees, with Covid-19 in the nursing home of the Red Cross of Valença.

According to the Mayor of Valença, Manuel Lopes, the outbreak was detected by one of the employees, who tested positive in the regular tests to which the institution’s employees are subjected.

The mayor was “very concerned” about a possible increase in the number of infected people in that municipality.

Not counting the 21 in the Red Cross home, according to the latest report from the Alto Minho Local Health Unit (ULSAM), released Friday, in Valença there are 41 active cases of covid-19. “The problem is that the majority is asymptomatic and, involuntarily, transmit it to others,” he said.

In the valence of the Red Cross, the elderly “are confined to the institution and the employees went home”. The home suspended visits.

In the Alto Minho region, 188 are infected, with the municipality of Viana do Castelo having the highest number of cases, with 48. Valença follows, with those 41, and then Ponte da Barca, with 25. 

Covid-19: Red Cross hopes to have “very soon” rapid tests available

The president of the Portuguese Red Cross (CVP), Francisco George, said today that he is working with the Ministry of Health to make rapid Covid-19 detection tests available “very soon”.

“They will be [available] very soon. We are working with the authorities of the Ministry of Health and this week we will have news”, explained the head of the CVP, on the side-lines of the inauguration of the new directors of the higher schools of the CVP in Lisbon and Chaves, in a ceremony that took place in the locality of the district from Vila Real.

Francisco George added that on Tuesday, at 10:00, there will be a meeting “on this subject” at the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) where the representatives of the CVP will be present.

The Ministry of Health today admitted to using rapid tests for the detection of Covid-19, which give results in half an hour, but never as a single evaluation criterion, since they can reveal “false negatives”.

The position of the Ministry of Health was revealed today during the press conference of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic, when the Secretary of State for Health was asked about the announcement of the Portuguese Red Cross to offer half a million tests for use in homes and schools.

António Lacerda Sales thanked the offer of tests that reveal the results in a short time – “between 10 and 30 minutes” – but he warned that they can reveal a “false negative” when in reality the person is infected.

“Taking into account this high probability of negative tests, we believe that it should not be a single criterion in the evaluation”, defended António Lacerda Sales.

However, he acknowledged that these tests can be “an asset” in a “context of scarcity of resources, epidemiological evolution and specific situations”, such as outbreaks in homes or schools.

New Portuguese device for tracking of covid-19

The University of Aveiro (UA) is developing, in partnership with several companies, a device that will enable the tracking of Covid-19 from the level of oxygen and body temperature of people without direct contact.

The project is called TO2 – measuring stations without contact of oxygen saturation and temperature, it is financed at 476 thousand euros by the National Innovation Agency and should be completed within 10 months. It aims to develop and integrate sensors in portable stations for non-contact measurement of those two Covid-19 physiological parameters, in places where there is usually a great number of people, such as public transport, airports, schools, companies, shopping centres, events and hospitals, among others.

Thus, explains the university, “it will be possible to identify those potentially infected with Covid-19 early and act earlier, reducing the risk of community transmission of the new coronavirus and improving the effectiveness of treatments”.  Patients infected with the new virus usually experience “elevated body temperature” and “extraordinarily low levels of oxygen in the blood, even without showing difficulty in breathing”, which is why these parameters were selected to be measured by the new device, explains the AU .

DGS autumn-winter plan focused on protecting the most vulnerable and the elderly

The Directorate-General for Health has presented the Health Plan for Autumn-Winter 2020-21. Marked by the Covid-19 pandemic, it will be reviewed every two months and its priority is to preserve human lives and protect the institutionalized elderly.

“In a period that usually constitutes a time with challenges for health systems, it is important to strengthen the lines of intervention in health”, can be read in the presentation note of the document, published early afternoon on Monday.

“Preserving human lives, protecting the most vulnerable, particularly the elderly population living in Residential Structures for the elderly; and preparing the response to the epidemic growth of Covid-19 are the main objectives of this strategy”, adds DGS.

In a time of pandemic, “the plan provides for a strengthening of the public health response, especially in outbreak situations; it adapts the current Areas Dedicated to Covid-19 in Areas Dedicated to Respiratory Patients and the hospital admission circuits for different phases of the response”.

The Health Plan for Autumn-Winter 2020-21, which will still receive contributions from the National Health Council and the Economic and Social Council, will be reviewed every two months, in order to follow the epidemiological evolution and the contributions of the different stakeholders. Outlines in Portuguese can be downloaded here: https://www.jn.pt/infos/plano_outono_inverno.pdf

Schools

The Director-General of Health, Graça Freitas, said this Monday that the first week of classes was “relatively quiet”, having identified some situations that can be improved.

“With such a large number of schools, such a large number of students and other players in the school community, I believe that this first week went quite well,” the official told reporters at the press conference to update the pandemic data of Covid-19.

Graça Freitas recognizes, however, that “there are adjustments to be made”, since “ways were found to improve some procedures in schools”.

“The beginning of the school year was relatively smooth. There are adjustments, improvements, learning to be done, both by parents and students, and by schools. Health authorities are fully collaborative with school groups and their principals” she explained.

Once again, the Director-General of Health stressed that “only in situations of extraordinary risk” will the closing of a school be considered due to cases of Covid-19.

Transport

Covid-19: Study shows no link between train and virus transmission

A study concluded that there is no direct link between the Covid-19 infections and the use of rail transport in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area, considering instead socio-economic issues as the most determining factor.

The study, which the Lusa agency had access to, was developed by researchers Milton Severo, Ana Isabel Ribeiro, Raquel Lucas, Teresa Leão and Henrique Barros from the Institute of Public Health of the University of Porto (ISPUP), between March 2nd and July 5th.

The analysis focused on parishes crossed by the railway lines of Azambuja, Sintra, Cascais, South (Fertagus), Sado and Oeste, located in municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

Speaking to the Lusa agency, Professor Milton Severo, one of the authors of the study, explained that the objective was to understand the relationship between the proximity of the railway stations to the transmission of the Covid-19.

“It was found that, when comparing these lines, they did not associate in a homogeneous way. In other words, the risk of infection was not higher in parishes closer to the stations than in those further away”, he pointed out.

The researcher said that, for example, the Sintra line presented a greater risk in the parishes crossed by the train, but that, in the Sado and Fertagus lines, the risk showed to be greater in the parishes that were not crossed.

However, starting in April, the researchers realized that the most determining factor for the risk of contagion was socioeconomic conditions.

Regional Reports

Madeira Situation Report 23rd September by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 7 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Saturday, there was 1 new Covid-19 case (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region) and 3 recoveries. On Sunday there was 1 new Covid-19 case (from 1 passenger, aged 20-29, who had arrived from the UK) and 3 recoveries. On Monday, there 3 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Colombia and 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK). And on Tuesday, there were 2 new cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK) and 2 recoveries. All new cases were identified through passenger screening at the Region’s airports.

There are currently 55 active cases, of which 44 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 11 were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 205 cases and 8 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are 26 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 29 patients in isolation at their own accommodation. The patient who had been in the Covid-19 unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital has been discharged from hospital and is now in isolation at a dedicated hotel.

There is currently 1 suspected case under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,665 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,700 people under active monitoring and 9,133 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 63,353 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Monday, 106,689 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 160 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,726. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,183 calls, with 182 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104552/Covid-19_ISAUDE_apenas_confirma_um_caso_e_contraria_os_cinco_da_DGS

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104639/Covid-19_IASAUDE_reporta_um_novo_caso_e_cinco_em_estudo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104737/Madeira_regista_hoje_3_novos_casos_de_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/22/regiao-regista-mais-dois-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-activos-sao-neste-momento-55/

Paulette tropical storm

Tropical Storm ‘Paulette’ is now about 600 Km north-west of Madeira. Rain fall on Wednesday and on Thursday will not be heavy or a cause for alarm. The weather is likely to be very cloudy today. There will be showers that could be locally intense and often accompanied by thunder, particularly in the afternoon. 

There will also be weak to moderate wind (up to 30 km/h) in the south and stronger wind (up to 40 km/h) in mountain areas. On Thursday, the weather is likely to be very cloudy. There will be showers that could be locally intense and often accompanied by thunder, particularly  until the end of the morning. There will be also be weak to moderate winds (up to 30 km/h) in the south and stronger wind (up to 40 km/h) in mountain areas, which will move to the east from the middle of the afternoon.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104844/Tempestade_tropical_Paulette_esta_a_condicionar_estado_do_tempo_na_Madeira

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on Thursday, due to scheduled work to reduce water leaks on the water supply chain. The disruption will take place from 09h00 to 13h00 and affect the following places in the parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos: Barreiros, Casa Caída, Castelejo, Covão, Fajã das Galinhas, Marinheira and Pomar do Meio.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104845/Vai_faltar_agua_em_algumas_zonas_do_Estreito_de_Camara_de_Lobos

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

ARCO DA CALHETA

25th September – 09h30 to 10h30

26th September – 16h00 to 17h00

27th September – 14h00 to 15h00

– Sítio do Pinheiro

CANHAS

25th September – 09h30 to 10h30

26th September – 16h00 to 17h00

27th September – 14h00 to 15h00

– Cancela, Malhadinha, Cova Grande, Chope, Eiras, Levada do Poiso, Pomar, Ovo Girão, Vacaria and Parque Empresarial dos Canhas

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. 

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/23/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-72-2020/

Algarve

Covid-19: Louletano has resumed training but there are still eight infected footballers

Louletano’s football team remains with eight players infected with Covid-19, who are due to undergo further diagnostic tests today, to see if they can resume training with the rest of the team, said the president.

“We already have some players training, there are only eight at home, who should do new tests today,” the president of Louletano Desportos Clube, António do Adro, told the Lusa agency, saying that the other players resumed training earlier in the week.

 The same source added that, “as they only started training now”, the club “asked for the postponement of three games” of the Portuguese Championship “and one of the Portuguese Cup” to “be able to train for at least three weeks before starting competing” in official games.

“There is already an agreement between the clubs, all that remains to be decided is the date” on which the games will be played after this postponement, added António do Adro, in a reference to the games of the second and third rounds of the championship with Lagos and Olhanense, respectively, and of the Portuguese Cup with Ferreiras, which should take place between the 4th and 18th of October.

The official stressed that the first match against Moncarapachense has already been rescheduled for November 15th and, with this solution, the Algarve team should only start the competition in the third or fourth week of October.

Vila Real de Santo António and Castro Marim outline common strategy to prevent the spread of Covid-19

Following the epidemiological evolution of Covid-19 in the municipalities of Vila Real de Santo António and Castro Marim, and in order to minimize the chances of contagion, the two municipalities decided to implement, by mutual agreement, a set of more restrictive measures of isolation and protection of the population.

In a note sent to the media, the Municipality of Vila Real de St António states that the two municipalities decided to apply some measures in order to minimize the likelihood of contagion.

There are 7 measures, which go through the suspension of all sporting, cultural and social events held in municipal facilities and in public spaces involving crowds of people, and the ban on the use of all municipal sports equipment for the practice of sports, including training and competition games, with the use of municipal sports equipment only being permitted by groupings of schools, under the terms of their contingency plans, for physical education classes, with the group itself being responsible for determining the performance of classes.

Another measure has to do with the recommendation to use an individual protection mask in all situations of contact with other people, including on the street.

The alert for the prohibition of private parties, under the terms already foreseen by the General Directorate of Health (DGS), and reinforcement of the inspection, as well as the request for the collaboration of the police forces “for a rigorous implementation” of the national and municipal regulations related to the combating the pandemic, are other measures that are in place until the 15th of October, which were announced today by the two Municipalities.

Secretary of State Jorge Botelho is the new regional coordinator to combat Covid-19

The Algarvian Jorge Botelho, Secretary of State for Decentralization and Local Administration, is the new regional coordinator of the fight against Covid-19, succeeding José Apolinário, who left the government last week.

Botelho will already participate, this morning, in the meeting of the District Civil Protection Commission, which will take place via VTC.

Jorge Botelho was mayor of Tavira and president of the Intermunicipal Community of Algarve (AMAL), until he was appointed to the current government functions by Prime Minister António Costa.

Interestingly, José Apolinário, who preceded him in regional coordination, left the Secretariat of State for Fisheries to run for president of the Regional Coordination and Development Commission (CCDR) of the Algarve, in the first indirect elections for this position, which result from the recent legislation which was largely conceived by Secretary of State Jorge Botelho.

Azores

Situation Report Azores – 22nd September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Press release from the President of the Regional Government of the Azores 

“The Government Council, meeting in Ponta Delgada, this Monday, analysed the situation of the Covid-19 pandemic in the Azores, as well as the set of measures that in this regard have already been implemented in the Region, from the perspective of those directed at the screening and containment of positive cases, whether from the perspective of support aimed at companies and workers, within the scope of its economic and social effects.

Over these six months, the Government of the Azores has implemented 98 measures to support the maintenance of employment, the disposable income of families and to encourage the economy and the maintenance of the productive capacity of companies, to minimize the social and economic effects of the pandemic of Covid-19.

The combined effect of these measures has allowed the Azores to be the only Region in the country that has managed to maintain the level of employment in the last six months, without registering an increase in unemployment.

In practice, the measures taken have ensured that Azorean companies have significantly higher support than other companies in the country, and non-repayable financial incentives, which substantially contribute to personnel expenses, provided that they maintain all jobs.

To help the resumption of economic activity, new supports were created, innovative in the national context, which reinforced the non-refundable support for the maintenance of employment and created new support for the training of workers, in the period of less activity, increasing the conditions for companies to continue to maintain all their jobs.

In terms of the protection of public health, the system of screening and surveillance in force in the Azores has proved to be absolutely essential for the detection of positive cases, whether tests carried out prior to departure, destined for the Azores, from zones considered to be of active community transmission or with active transmission chains, either from the tests carried out on arrival, or, and very significantly, in tests carried out on the 6th day.

Covid-19 Situation

As of today, September 22, the Region presents the following epidemiological situation:

Since March 16th, a total of 277 cases of infection with the new coronavirus have been detected, with 16 deaths.

Currently there are 55 active positive cases, of which 43 on the island of São Miguel, eight on the island of Terceira, three on the island of Pico and one on the island Graciosa.

With the cases diagnosed and after an epidemiological investigation carried out so far, five chains of local transmission are identified on the island of São Miguel.

Since March, there have been 175 recoveries and there is no hospitalization in the Region by Covid-19 since May 24th, that is, more than 120 days.

In addition, within the scope of the system for screening passengers from abroad, 73 positive cases were detected in the screening tests carried out in the network of laboratories agreed outside the Region, as well as 71 positive cases detected in the tests carried out at airports on arrival in the Azores. .

It should also be noted that the tests carried out on the 6th day after the first test, a procedure that, nationwide, is only carried out in the Azores, has detected 40 positive cases of infection with the new coronavirus.

This data shows us that, until now, the system of testing and detecting positive cases has fulfilled its function, contributing, to the creation of safe conditions for the Azoreans in the gradual process of returning to normality.

Regional Health Service

As part of the preparation for the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, work has been carried out to strengthen the capacity of the Regional Health Service, which currently has:

– 82 ventilators, which represents an increase of 54% in the number of these devices in relation to March, when the current pandemic situation started.

– 26 rooms of negative pressure distributed by the hospitals of Ponta Delgada, Angra do Heroísmo and Horta, twice the number that existed before the pandemic.

– a processing capacity of around 1,800 tests per day in the two public laboratories operating in the Region, there have been days when this capacity has gone beyond that, when, in March, the installed capacity in the Region was around 250 daily tests , an increase of about 620 percent.

In addition to this current capacity, there are about 207 sample collection points spread across the continent and Madeira.

In total, since March, more than 170 thousand PCR tests have been carried out, about 134 thousand of which in the two public laboratories in the Region and about 36 thousand tests in the network of laboratories agreed outside the Region.

The average stock of personal protection equipment in most health units in the Region is 300 days, and in some cases, additional acquisitions of some types of this material have been ordered.

Despite the fact that the Region is better prepared, as a result of the work carried out over the past months and involving several entities, the situation of the pandemic at the international and national level, which is compounded by the arrival of autumn / winter, will impose additional precautions, as we take the necessary measures to continue the balance between safety and confidence in the resumption of social and economic life in the Region.

Government Council – reinforcement of measures

In this sense, the Government Council, in the scope of reinforcing the measures of screening, detection and containment of eventual positive cases, decided:

1 – Proceed with the acquisition of 100 thousand rapid tests, which will allow to reinforce the capacity to screen for possible positive cases of Covid-19 in schools and nursing homes in the Region.

These rapid tests, approved by INFARMED, are a complement to the PCR tests, will be another screening tool, allowing, in less than half an hour and in a decentralized way, the testing of suspected cases of infection, the confirmation of cases of active infection and the tracking of contacts, with the adoption of the respective procedures.

Its use will be for situations where it is necessary to assess, quickly, any contagions,  along-side the tests for PCR.

2 Starting tomorrow, September 23, the annual flu vaccination campaign, starting with the Residential Structures for the Elderly and Integrated Continuing Care Units, covering users and employees, followed by health professionals and the rest of the population benefiting from free vaccination.

3 – Create a reception centre in the Palace of Santa Catarina, in Angra do Heroísmo, with a capacity of up to 62 beds, for patients admitted to a hospital unit or sheltered in residential structures for the elderly and / or other situations that may be justified. In order to increase the number of rooms and beds available, similar to the space already created for the same purpose in São Miguel.

4 – Reinforce the screening for SARS-CoV-2 for employees of Residential Structures for the Elderly, Residential Homes for People with Disabilities, Integrated Continuous Care Units, Health Homes and Home Support Service, on the island of São Miguel, passing from a monthly to biweekly.

5 – Establish the frequency of testing for the SARS-CoV-2 virus to health professionals who provide services in the structures of the Regional Health Service of the island of São Miguel, every 15 days, instead of monthly, as currently takes place;

6 – Create two teams of professionals, namely in the area of nursing and support for the elderly, who will be in a state of readiness in order to supply, immediately, a possible shortage of human resources resulting from an outbreak scenario that may occur in residential structures.

One of the teams will be based on the island of São Miguel and the other on the island of Terceira.

7 – To recommend to Private Institutions of Social Solidarity and ‘homes’ with residential reception and home support service, on the island of São Miguel, the adoption of a methodology for organizing working hours in “mirror”, in order to guarantee the existence of an available team, in case of contagion by Covid-19 of the working team.

In this regard, a new financial instrument aimed at these institutions will be created, to compensate for the possible increase in personnel costs resulting from the adoption of this measure.

8 – Reinforce support for IPSS and ‘Homes’ that manage social responses, through the constitution of mixed Health and Social Solidarity teams to verify the specific operating conditions of these structures with a view to preventing and controlling infection by Covid-19.

9 – Provide guidance to public schools in the Autonomous Region of the Azores for the adoption of the rule of only having the physical presence of teaching and non-teaching staff, who eventually returned from traveling outside the Region, after obtaining two negative tests of screen for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, including the test performed on the 6th day;

10 – Create a financial incentive to conduct screening tests for SARS-CoV-2 prior to shipment to the Region from areas considered by the World Health Organization to be areas of active community transmission or with active local transmission chains, usable exclusively in purchases of goods or services in the Region, also serving the purpose of stimulating local economic activity;

11 – Recommend the use of a mask in open public spaces with a large concentration of people, that is, in places with greater difficulty in guaranteeing the recommended physical distance.

This recommendation will soon be subject to the respective guidance of the Regional Health Authority.

This recommendation is especially relevant for cases in which the result of the screening test carried out on the 6th day is awaited, and those who are in these circumstances must also pay special attention to compliance with other public health protection measures.

In addition to these, and within the scope of measures to support various activities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Governing Council also decided to:

– To create an extraordinary support to be attributed to all the Philharmonic of the Azores in the amount of 2,500 euros.

– Extend, until 31st December 2020, the suspension of payment, by fishermen and ship-owners, of fees and prices provided for in the General Regulation for the Operation of Auctions, Warehouses, Collection Points and Collection Vehicles in the Autonomous Region of the Azores;

– Extend, until March 31st, 2021, the campaign to encourage domestic tourism “Viver os Açores” and extend it to the realization of holidays on the island of residence.

This campaign resulted in a significant impact on boosting tourist flows in the high season.

As of today, and therefore, in a period of just three months, around 8,400 beneficiaries are enrolled in the platform, of which more than 5,000 have already completed the data submission process.

These new measures, which join the set of other measures that have been implemented in various areas, aim to strengthen the Region’s capacity to continue this effort to, in the first place, ensure the Azorean public health.

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 19th September

Introduction

Good morning. What a difference a week makes! I am not talking about politics, but about fires and floods.

On Sunday 13th September the largest fire of the year started on a day when most of the country was at red alert. The last two days however we have seen heavy rain, flooding and even a tornado in some areas, and eventually for a few hours last night, the passing of sub-cyclone ALPHA. In fact this is not particularly unusual at this time of the year that we experience these sudden changes. The effects can be severe, however, with heavy rain falling on hardened ground causing foods and damage to property. The weather forecasts and advice from the IPMA and ANEPC proved to be “spot on”, with 309 weather related incidents across the country.  I do hope therefore that you followed all the information and advice that we have been publishing on our Facebook page and website over the last few days.

Late last night Tropical sub-Cyclone Alpha entered mainland Portugal prompting the IPMA to hoist orange weather warnings: wind, precipitation and thunderstorms in the directly affected districts, Leiria and Coimbra. This was posted on our Facebook page.

I would ask you please to share these posts as widely as possible as people are then more aware and can take precautions to reduce the risk of personal injury or damage to their property.

On Thursday and Friday, the DGS epidemiological bulletin reported 700 and 780 new cases respectively, bringing to 66,396 the infections already registered in the country since the beginning of the pandemic. These are the largest daily increase since April 10, (the worst of the pandemic) when 1,516 new patients were confirmed.

There is some good news and that is for now, the increase in new cases does not correspond to increasing pressure in hospitals. Hospitalizations even went down: there are 15 less in the last 24 hrs with 465 in total, and two less in the intensive care units (57).

If we compare with April, in which the cases rose at a similar rate, we see that there were almost always more than a thousand patients in hospital and over 200 in intensive care (ICU). Taking as a reference the aforementioned April 10: 1179 in hospital, more than double the current 465, and 226 in ICU, four times that what is now the case.

It is clear however this situation cannot be allowed to continue and I am sure that sooner or later we will face greater restrictions if people do not follow the rules and laws that are in place for our protection. In a survey a few days ago a total of 43% pf people survey favoured a return to confinement if this is necessary. The Government has not indicated, however, that is so far being considered.

The Situation of Contingency law introduced on 15th September clearly focused on the gathering of people in groups and social distancing particularly outside catering and bar establishments. This brought an outcry from some questioning some of the measures, often the same people who in the past rightly complained about large groups congregating in such places. So either we follow the laws or suffer the consequences if these are not followed.

Practical life with covid is always going to be very difficult, and government will never be able to enact all the measures that solve these problems. As we have said since the outbreak the future is in our hands – face masks, social distancing, and hygiene!

With that message please have a Safe Day

Headlines

António Costa said on Thursday that Portugal is following the European trend of an increase in infected with covid-19 and that, if this evolution continues, it could reach a thousand daily cases next week.

This position was conveyed by António Costa at the end of the meeting of the crisis office on the evolution of covid-19, in Portugal, in São Bento, which lasted about two hours. “If this trend continues, we will reach 1,000 cases a day. We must stop this trend. We cannot stop the country” said the prime minister at the press conference.

Covid-19 Situation Report

There are six more deaths and 780 new cases of covid-19 infection in the last 24 hrs it was reported yesterday. Altogether, there are 66,175 infected and 1894 fatal victims, one of whom is under 50 years old.

There are 259 more recovered, reveals the Bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health, in which there is an increase of ten more cases compared to Thursday, which with 780 positives was the eighth worst day since the pandemic began.

Among the six fatalities, there was one person under 50 and a woman under 60. According to data released this Friday, there are three fatalities among people over 80, the age group most affected by the mortality of covid-19, and a woman under 70.

There are 15 people less hospitalized (465 in total) and two less patients in Intensive Care Units (57 across the country).

The fatal victims are all from the Lisbon region of Vale do Tejo (RLVT), which now totals 717 deaths. In the region there were 426 more cases of covid-19 accumulated, which corresponds to 54% of the daily total, according to the latest DGS bulletin.

On September 16, a new daily record was broken, with 23,289 diagnostic tests performed bring the total to over 2.3 million.

A the usual press conference to present epidemiological data, Baltazar Nunes explained that, at this moment, the R0 indicator, which assesses how many people will be infected, on average, by a single patient with covid-19 , is above 1 in the entire territory national . Between September 9th and 13th, the R value was 1.15.

Health

Minister says it is not possible to have data by council areas on a daily basis in the DGS daily bulletin. 

In early July, António Lacerda Sales, Secretary of State for Health, announced that improvements would be made to the Covid-19 case reporting systems. After two months, cases per municipality continue to be reported only once a week

There are national municipalities that continue to disclose the number of residents infected with Covid-19 on a daily basis, but the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, says that it is not possible to compile this data in the DGS daily bulletin due to “computer system limitations”.

In response to a question from Renascença, at the daily conference on Covid-19 in Portugal, Marta Temido explained this Friday that, “after the data is distributed, allocated, there is a finer allocation work to the municipalities, in residence criterion function and this requires corrections “.

“As much automatisms as there are, it is a job that stems from people’s mobility. A person can become infected in the Algarve and be a resident in Porto. And, therefore, this is the reason for this circumstance that there are no computer systems that can overcome” she says.

More than 300 family doctors have not yet been placed

More than a month after the launch of the tender for the placement of 365 family doctors, the specialists still do not work at a time when there are almost one million users without a clinician, representatives of these professionals have warned.

“Specialist family doctors since April have not yet been hired when there is a law that requires them to be hired in a month,” Jorge Roque da Cunha, secretary general of the Independent Union of Doctors (SIM), said yesterday that when they are hired “it is to fill the doctors who, meanwhile, are going to retire”.

For the union leader, it is essential that these doctors start to work, because there are almost a million users without a family doctor, a situation aggravated by the fact that doctors are being called to monitor care homes and patients with covid-19.

According to data from the National Health Service (SNS) Transparency Portal, in August there were 978,396 users without a family doctor. hjhgThe health center groupings (ACES) of Amadora and Sintra are the ones with the highest number of users without a family doctor, with 49,794 (29.26%) and 96,026 26.83%, respectively.

In ACES Algarve Barlavento, there are 44,068 users (25.41%), and in the Lisbon and Vale region, in the ACES of Arco Ribeirinho there are 51,631 users (23.57%), in Arrábida 50,594 (21.89%), from the Tagus Estuary 42,902 (19.52%) and from Cascais 30,452 (14.55%).

Events

Covid-19: Public Health Delegate defends 13th October in Fátima without pilgrims

The delegate of Public Health of the Middle Tejo stated yesterday that the religious ceremonies of the 13th of October at the Fátima Sanctuary, Ourém, should take place “without the presence of pilgrims”, as in the case of what happened in May 13th.

“My position is the position that the Church adopted for May 13,” said Lusa Maria dos Anjos Esperança agency, coordinator of the Public Health Unit (USP) of the Grouping of Health Centers (ACES) of the Middle Tagus, having suggested the “ceremonies, yes, but without pilgrims” in that municipality of the district of Santarém.

“The Church did so well on May 13, transmitting the ceremonies so that everyone could follow them “adding, “I think that now in October, for the benefit of the population, for the benefit of all, it could also be adopt again”. Maria dos Anjos Esperança observed that, “the people also behaved very well on the 13th of May, did not go to Fatima, and understood perfectly the situation we were experiencing”, alluding to the covid-19 pandemic.

“With the increase in the number of cases that have been happening lately, not only in the country but in many other countries in Europe, I am of the opinion that ceremonies in Fatima yes, but without pilgrims”, she insisted. Access to the , in the municipality of Ourém, was blocked on Sunday, September 13, when the religious complex reached the maximum capacity allowed in the context of the 19-covid pandemic, said the institution’s spokeswoman.

Mortality has risen almost 10% since March compared to the average recorded since 2015 –

In the last five months, almost 58,000 people died in Portugal, an increase of almost 10% in relation to the average recorded in the same period since 2015, reveal data from INE on mortality in the context of the pandemic of covid- 19.

From 2nd March, the date on which the first cases of the disease caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus were diagnosed in Portugal and August 30, 57,971 deaths were registered in the country, 6,312 more deaths than the average, in the same period, of the last five years. Of the total deaths, 1,822 were due to covid-19, according to preliminary data from the National Statistics Institute (INE).

“The increase in deaths, registered from March 2020, reached a peak in week 15 (06 to 12 April), gradually decreasing until the end of the State of Emergency period (May 3)”, states the Statistics Portugal in the publication “Mortality in Portugal in the context of the 19-covid pandemic – weeks 1 to 35”.

At the end of May, there was a new peak in mortality, returning to the values ​​of previous years in the weeks 24 and 25 (08 to 21 of June), advance the data based on information registered in the Civil Registry Offices until 8 of September. According to the INE, “the excess mortality compared to the average of the same period reached the maximum in week 29 (July 13 to 19), with a surplus of mortality of around 800 deaths”.

Polling

There are more Portuguese people defending a new confinement in latest poll

Aximage survey for “Jornal de Notícias” and TSF concludes that 43% of respondents give a positive rating to the Government in managing the pandemic, but a majority (56%) disapproves of the Executive’s performance in nursing homes

Do you think there should be a new confinement in cold weather?” According to a survey carried out by Aximage for “Jornal de Notícias” and TSF, 47% of the Portuguese respondents consider it to be so, while 40% say it is not necessary. 12% have no opinion on the topic. In addition, 54% of respondents argue that confinement is even more demanding than the first, while 16% would be satisfied with a more relaxed period.

Half of respondents say the country is better prepared than it was to respond to covid-19 in winter, and 29% said it was worse. Almost 70% of the people surveyed say that they comply with the DGS recommendations, but at the same time 56% think that their fellow citizens do not. The overwhelming majority of people (83%) are concerned or very concerned about returning to school, the survey data also indicate.

With regard to politics, the Government leaves a positive note in the management of the pandemic for 43% of respondents, and 34% give a negative score. When the question is about the Ministry of Education, the data are identical: 40% pass by Minister Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, and 36% fail him. However, 56% of Portuguese respondents give a negative rating to the Government in the management of households – the same is true of DGS (54%) and municipalities (39%).

The survey’s fieldwork took place between the 12th and 15th of September and consisted of a total of 603 interviews.

Cruise ships Ban extended

The Portuguese Government has extended, until 30 September, the ban on landings and licences for cruise ships’ passengers and crews in national ports due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the decree, published in Diário da República, the government decided to extend the current ban until 11:59pm on 30 September, and this may be extended again depending on the epidemiological situation in Portugal. The Government justifies the ban “as a measure to contain possible contagion lines in order to control the spread of SARS-CoV-2, and the epidemiological situation, both in Portugal and in other countries”.

Schools

Government seeks “alternative solutions” to prevent concentrations outside schools

The Minister of Health said today that the Government is looking for “alternative solutions” to end the concentrations of people who are forced to be outside schools and health centers due to restrictions on entry. At the press conference accompanying the covid-19 pandemic, Marta Temido stated that “the various sectors of the Government that are facing this problem are trying to do their best to find alternative solutions in time”, such as creating conditions for working hours out of phase input.

They will be “solutions that allow schedules to be adjusted or that people are able to be more protected”, said the minister, without specifying, indicating that “some are already being installed”, but stressing that “none of this is easy”. “Practical life with covid is, in fact, very difficult, and we will never be able to enact all the measures that solve these problems”, he admitted.

Since the beginning of the week, with the beginning of the school year, there have been concentrations of hundreds of parents and children outside some schools, faced with different entrance times for students of different years and restrictions on hand cleaning and footwear that increase the time needed for students to enter the school building.

School teachers

Since the beginning of the month, 250 teachers have provided statements on how they belong to risk groups and have been replaced in schools through recruitment reserves.

The Directorate-General for School Administration (DGAE) revealed this Friday (the day on which the third reserve for the recruitment of teachers was published) that “since the beginning of the month, 250 requests for substitution with medical declaration have been made using the exceptional regime of protection”.

By the second reservation, published a week ago, “about five dozen” teachers had delivered the declaration and been replaced in schools, the Minister of Education told JN in an interview earlier this week. In face-to-face classes, teachers covered by risk groups (for example, cancer or cardiovascular patients) cannot access teleworking. Like the rest of the employees, they have 30 excused absences without penalty in the salary and after that limit they either leave medical leave or continue with the excused absences but without a salary.

In the interview that will be published in Notícias Magazine this Sunday, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues insisted that teachers have access to the same legal framework as other workers. And that doctors have “free will and technical and scientific independence” to decide which ones are entitled to discharge or declaration.

Police Safe Schools

Police work will include dispersing parents and raising awareness within and outside school gates.

The school got off to a different start, but maintained one of its principles: student behaviour is not the same inside and outside the classroom. This Thursday, the last day of the beginning of the school year, cases of concentrations of parents and students multiplied outside schools, and the PSP confirmed that it has been called to disperse gatherings in recent days, according to “Jornal of News” this Friday.

In addition to these actions are the travels of the Escola Segura teams, especially in the hours of entry and exit of students. PSP agents will focus on raising awareness among parents, and students will be in charge of teachers, continues “JN”. In addition, the police will organize awareness-raising sessions within schools – with a limited number of participants – “which can be multiplied as many times as necessary in these first weeks”, guarantees the National Police Directorate.

Economy

Portugal’s Economy recovering faster than expected

Portugal’s economy is recovering “faster than expected” according to the new finance minister João Leão in an interview with Bloomberg. The minister said that the European economy was “severely” affected by the pandemic in the second quarter, “but now the economy is recovering fast, better than expected both in Portugal and the Eurozone”.

The statements were made to journalists on Friday after a Eurogroup meeting, but despite an optimistic tone, which he has adopted since taking over at the Finance Ministry this summer, João Leão admitted that the “outlook is still very uncertain and the recovery is not complete.”

In an interview with RTP on Wednesday, João Leão made similar remarks saying that there were “more positive signs of recovery than expected.” João Leão was appointed Portugal’s new finance minister mid-June replacing Mário Centeno who is now Governor of the Bank of Portugal and had let the Eurogroup EU finance ministers.

In statements to Bloomberg, Portugal’s finance minister specified that the banking sector has helped the economy, that the construction sector continues to do “very well” and that Portugal’s manufacturing industry is recovering. However, the finance minister admitted that tourism is still “well below” last year’s levels, although recovering. When asked about the UK’s decision to remove mainland Portugal from the air corridor list, the minister acknowledged the impact that the decision had had and would have, adding that the government had adopted specific measures to drum up demand for tourism.

Other News

COVID-19 Spain accuses Chinese hackers of stealing vaccine information for the virus

The complaint is made by the Spanish National Intelligence Center. Computer attacks have multiplied in several countries trying to develop a vaccine for covid-19 The accusation comes from the Spanish National Intelligence Center (CNI): Chinese hackers are said to have accessed confidential information from various investigation centers for “nuestros hermanos” working on the development of a vaccine to combat covid-19.

At a time when the race to find an effective solution to tackle SARS-CoV-2 is accelerating, it is also spreading the cyberattack pandemic, with the United States accusing Beijing of computer assaults on 11 nations, writes the newspaper “El País” .

The director of the CNI ensures that secret agencies from around the world cross-check information to ensure systems are impermeable. However, the official warns of a “qualitative and quantitative” increase in attacks during the confinement period, since the expansion of teleworking has increased the extension of the “exposure area” for these threats.

The cyberattacks were aimed at “sensitive sectors such as the sanitary and pharmaceutical sectors”, consummated through “a particularly viral campaign, not only in Spain, against laboratories working in search of a vaccine for covid-19”, says Paz Esteban, director of the Spanish secret.

Flooding

The intense rain that fell this Thursday afternoon in the Alentejo caused about 40 floods in homes and public roads. Source of the District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) of Évora indicated that in the district 18 floods were registered, until 6 pm, in houses and public roads, with the city ​​of Borba, where 10 floods occurred, and the most affected. According to CDOS, there were also three floods in Évora, and the rest in Arraiolos, Mourão, Portel and Viana do Alentejo.

In the district of Beja, according to the CDOS, there were nine floods, three in Cuba, three in Moura, two in Vidigueira and one in Beja. According to the CDOS of Portalegre, in the district, until 6.30 pm, the municipality of Avis was the most affected, with about 10 floods on public roads, and there was also a flood in a dwelling in Barbacena, in the municipality of Elvas.

 

Regional News

Madeira Report 19th September from Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 8 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Wednesday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region and 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK) and 2 recoveries. On Thursday there were 2 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK) and 1 recovery. And on Friday, there were 3 new cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK) and 1 recovery. All new cases were identified through passenger screening at the Region’s airports.

There are currently 56 active cases, of which 44 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 12 were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 198 cases and 142 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are 25 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 30 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient is in the Covid-19 unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.

There is currently 1 suspected case under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Friday, there had been 1,658 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,492 people under active monitoring and 9,016 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 58,816 samples had been collected until Friday (at 16h30). Overall, as of Thursday, 101,718 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. In addition to testing in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, 7,483 Covid-19 tests have been carried out in the Portuguese mainland on passengers who had booked flights to Madeira and preferred to be tested before the flight. These tests were paid for by the Madeira Regional Government and carried out in laboratories it had signed agreements with.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 168 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,566. The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,162 calls, with 182 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104262/Madeira_com_tres_novos_casos_de_covid-19_e_mais_dois_doentes_recuperados

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104374/Madeira_com_mais_dois_novos_casos__de_covid-19_e_um_recuperado

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/18/madeira-agora-com-56-casos-de-covid-19-mais-um-caso-suspeito-e-um-recuperado/

More than 100,000 Covid-19 tests processed in Madeira

By Thursday, 100,896 samples for Covid-19 PCR tests had been processed by the SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) laboratory. Samples have been collected in different places, including at Madeira International Airport, where 58,192 samples have been collected. Testing has also been carried out in school settings, on care home staff and residents, healthcare professionals, fire-service, housekeepers, prison guards, forest guards, among others.

The team at the laboratory is led by Graça Andrade, a doctor who is a specialist in Clinical pathology. She leads a vast multidisciplinary team, with some responsible for processing samples, some responsible for sample collection in the community and airports and others dealing with management, acquisition of equipment and planning. The SESARAM laboratory started processing Covid-19 tests on the 29th of February.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104448/Mais_de_100_mil_testes_a_covid-19_processados_no_Laboratorio_do_SESARAM___

Navy reinforces naval presence in Madeira

The Portuguese Navy reinforced its naval presence in the Autonomous Region of Madeira on Thursday, with the deployment of NRP Setúbal due to a forecast of high seas on the islands of Madeira and Porto Santo. The Oceanic Patrol Vessel will be in the region in order to reinforce the capacity of the regional civil protection in dealing with potential calamity situations or natural disasters and to cooperate with other State institutions that deal with maritime issues. NRP Setúbal is led by Commander Rui Manuel Zambujo Madeira and has a crew of 46 sailors.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104292/NRP_Setubal_reforca_dispositivo_naval_na_Regiao

Air Force has carried out more than a dozen agent medical evacuation operations in a single week

A patient who had been hospitalised at the health centre in Porto Santo was airlifted to Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça in Funchal. The patient was flown by an Air Force C-295M, based at an air base in Porto Santo, and was taken to hospital by ambulance after landing at Funchal Airport.

This means that from the 7th and 18th of September, the Portuguese Air Force has carried out more than a dozen urgent medical evacuation operations between the islands. This is a very important mission the Air Force has consistently carried out throughout the years in support of the civilian population.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104449/Forca_Aerea_Portuguesa_ja_fez_dezena_de_transportes_medicos_urgentes_so_numa_semana_

Fares discount on Madeira-Canary Islands flights

Binter has reduced fares on flights between Madeira and the Canary Islands. The discount will apply to flights booked until the 30th of September, for travel between the 1st of November and the 15th of December. Fares will start at €70,86 for flights to the Canary Islands on Thursdays and on Sundays. These fares are valid per flight if a return flight is booked but the fare could be different, depending on the route. Checked luggage, seat selection and a high-quality in-flight service are included in this discount campaign.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104438/Campanha_da_Binter_reduz_precos_nos_voos_entre_a_Madeira_e_Canarias

Ronaldo asks for Madeira to be voted the best insular destination in Europe

Cristiano Ronaldo used social media once again to promote Madeira. This time, he asked his followers to vote for the “Pearl of the Atlantic” as the Best European Island 2020. He said Madeira is “safe, amazingly beautiful and incredibly stunning” and that “for me Madeira is already the best island”. He added that he had already voted for Madeira and finished saying: “Let’s go, let’s take this award to my home Island Madeira”.

Information on how to vote is available on the following website:

https://www.worldtravelawards.com/award-europes-leading-island-destination-2020

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104398/Ronaldo_apela_ao_voto_na_Madeira_como_melhor_destino_insular_na_Europa__

 

Algarve

Covid-19 Statistics

A total of 971 people have recovered from Covid-19 in the Algarve, according to data from the Regional Health Authority released recently by the District Civil Protection Commission. This means that, since yesterday, there were 13 more patients recovered in the Algarve region.

Even so, taking into account that, in the last week (from 11 to 18 September) there were 122 new cases of Covid-19 in the Algarve, this means that the percentage of people recovered in relation to the total accumulated cases decreased from 76.37% to 73.12%.

On the other hand, the Regional Health Authority announces that, in the last 24 hours, 27 new infections were confirmed, bringing the total accumulated since the beginning of the pandemic to 1328.

There are currently 336 active cases in the region, that is, an increase of 21.1% over last Friday. Over the past week, there was also one more death, on Monday, that of an 80-year-old Italian, residing in the municipality of Loulé, who had been hospitalized in critical condition for intensive weeks at the Hospital Intensive Care for many weeks. from Faro .

At the moment, according to the data revealed today, there are 7 persons in hospital, one of them in the ICU. There was a significant increase in the number of people who are under active surveillance, that is, who are at home, awaiting test results or the end of quarantines: there are now 789, compared to 580 a week ago.

https://www.sulinformacao.pt/2020/09/971-pessoas-ja-recuperaram-da-covid-19-no-algarve/

 

Albufeira – Mayor announces measures at start of school year.

The Salão Nobre dos Paços do Concelho hosted yesterday morning a meeting between all the bodies involved in the different dynamics of the start of the school year in Albufeira.

Health Delegate, National Republican Guard, Civil Protection, Presidents of Parish Councils, Directors of School Groups and Municipal Health and Education services responded affirmatively to the Mayor’s invitation to, jointly with ABC – Algarve Biomedical Center, to present the “Adaptation Strategy of the Educational Community” to minimize the possibility of transmission of SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes COVID-19 disease.

In a statement, the municipality took stock of what has been preparing for the beginning of the school year, which is “one of the most difficult and controversial moments of any political management” and this year “we have added difficulties”, José Carlos Roll said at the opening of the meeting.

The mayor continued: “it is necessary, more than ever, and given the pandemic context, to minimize all risks. It would be utopian to say that the problems do not exist or to imagine that there will not be occasional cases of Covid-19 in schools, but there is an urgent need for the whole community to know that concerted work is being done, networking with security and security and health authorities, together with the schools and the Municipality, in order to transmit confidence to the parents of the students and to the professionals involved, as the moment is one of uncertainty and perplexity”.

Alcoutim – Testing for teachers, and school employees and students upon request

The Alcoutim City Council is making available today, to all teachers and employees of schools in the municipality, the possibility of carrying out Covid-19 screening tests. Serological tests and molecular tests (RT-PCR) are being carried out in the Schools of Alcoutim and Martim Longo by ABC-Algarve Biomedical Center.

“For a good start to the school year, we decided to test teachers and staff and tests for students will be available if requested and authorized by parents. The interest in testing teachers and staff is based on the concern to do everything in our power to minimize the risk of contagion and guarantee the best conditions at the start of the school year”, says the Mayor, Osvaldo Gonçalves, in a note from the municipality.

Acores

Situation Report Azores – 18th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Secretary for Energy, Environment and Tourism revealed today that the WTO – World Tourism Organization has highlighted the work of the Region under the ‘Clean & Safe Azores’ seal.

The ‘World Tourism Organization’ has said that “The Azores, as the world’s first archipelago certified as a sustainable destination by ‘EarthCheck’ / GSTC, consider this initiative essential for companies and tour operators to implement safe work measures and for that, through concerted action, the promotion and reinforcement of destination security”.

Marta Guerreiro expressed “great satisfaction” for this distinction, which she considered to be “another recognition of the successful work that the Government of the Azores has carried out with regard to the creation and implementation of health security measures in the tourism sector”.

The ‘Clean & Safe Açores’ initiative aims to recognize tourism entities that comply with the recommendations of the Regional Health Authority, after working in partnership with regional entities representing the sector.

IPDT – Tourism and Consulting, is the entity responsible for the design, organization and execution of training sessions.

The Government of the Azores scheduled multiple free training sessions, divided by thematic areas, according to the modules of the Manual of Good Practices, which can be consulted at https://clean-safe.azores.gov.pt/ .

The objective is to prepare for the return of tourism in the Azores by improving the provision of tourist services, from the health point of view, reinforcing the trust of customers and visitors.  The training also aims to raise awareness among tourist organizations about cleaning, hygiene and basic measures for the prevention and control of COVID-19 infection and to provide information to participants to help them adapt these procedures for their businesses.

Covid-19 update

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3197 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 15th of September, only two positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel, have been diagnosed.

Both cases were detected at the airport during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from Europe and Portugal.  There have been six recoveries in the region.

So far, 259 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 42 active positive cases currently, of which 33 on the island of São Miguel, six on Terceira Island, two on Pico Island and one on Graciosa Island.

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Wednesday 16th September

Introduction 

Good morning – Our thoughts go today to those affected by the massive fire in Proença-a-Nova and Oleiros, which up to last night had burned some 16,000 hectares of land and resulted in seven injuries among fire fighters. In terms of area burned and the number of operatives deployed (over one thousand at any one time), this makes it the largest fire of the year. It is still active as at 07:30 hrs this morning, with 875 operatives deployed. 

The fire started on Sunday, a day when most of the country was at Red Alert. This was despite all the warnings in place. The cause is currently unknown. Given the severe weather conditions which we showed on Sunday morning in the FWI (fire spread chart), it is not surprising that the fire has spread so quickly, now reaching a perimeter in excess of 60 kms. Once fires develop like this and coupled with the severe weather conditions, extinguishing such fires becomes very difficult.  

A point made by the Mayor of Proença-a-Nova yesterday, was the lack of fire fighters during some stages of the fire. This is an issue which we have repeatedly highlighted. In crisis/emergency situations there will be times when the emergency services cannot reach people as quickly as is needed, simply because of inaccessibility and having to deal with multiple incidents in the worst of conditions. Fire directions change quickly and judgements and decisions need to made accordingly.

This is why self-protection is so important and why everyone in high risk rural areas needs to be aware of this and what action to take. It is remarkable, therefore, that no lives have been lost in this fire and much of this is due to the incredible work of front line operatives and the exercise of leadership and sound judgement by those in command.   

Turning to Covid-19, we have now seen around 4500 confirmed cases in the last 7 days up to 14th September, the highest week since April, although deaths remain very low. The increase comes at a time when children are returning to school and others are also returning to their normal work place.  Also, as we approach autumn, there is normally a gradual increase in respiratory infections. As such, we may well see these numbers continuing to increase as they have done so in some other countries. 

It is therefore essential that everyone follows the laws/rules that have come into effect on 15th September as part of the Situation of Contingency. It is very clear that the emphasis is to reduce gatherings and ensure full compliance with social distancing. If these laws are not complied with, the chances are that it will get worse, to a point where government is forced into introducing more severe restrictions, which no one wants to see.  As we have said from the beginning, the future is in our hands. 

Social distancing, face masks and hygiene. With that reminder please have a Safe Day.

 

Headlines

Portugal-Spain border closure depends on a joint decision 

The Portuguese Foreign Minister said today that closing the borders with Spain due to Covid-19 is always a joint decision, adding that he will analyse this and other issues this Friday with his Spanish counterpart.

“We have been working in a very co-ordinated manner with the Spanish authorities,” the head of Portuguese foreign affairs, Augusto Santos Silva, told Lusa, noting that, when it was closed to normal transit of people, it was “by joint decision of the two States”.

Asked about the need for a new limitation on mobility between the two countries, after the Spanish authorities announced, on Monday, 27,404 new cases since Friday, Augusto Santos Silva stressed that the decisions fall on the ministers of Internal Administration Portugal and the interior of Spain and that the matter will be discussed in the coming weeks.

“I will be pleased to receive my Spanish colleague [Arancha González Laya] on Friday, the 18th. We will then have the bilateral summit between the two countries, on the 2nd of October, and of course, these are opportunities for us exchange information about how we are monitoring the evolution of the pandemic and the measures that we are all taking to fight it ”, concluded the Portuguese Foreign Minister.

Situation of Contingency

Mainland Portugal has been in a contingency situation since 00:00 yesterday to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic, with new restrictive measures now in place.

The contingency situation regime that was in force only in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon started, as of yesterday, to apply to the whole country and will continue until 23:59 on 30 September.

The Government justifies the contingency situation in the entire territory of mainland Portugal by evidence of the growth of new daily cases of contagion of the disease, the beginning of the school year and the expected increase in people in circulation, namely, in public transport in areas with high population density.

The new rules to contain Covid-19 include limiting concentrations to 10 people, unless they belong to the same household, on public roads and in commercial establishments and prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages in service areas or gas stations. 

In retail establishments, including supermarkets and hypermarkets, the sale of alcoholic beverages from 20:00 is prohibited.

With the opening of schools, restaurants, cafes and pastry shops 300 meters from the schools will be limited to a maximum of four people per group, unless they belong to the same household.

In the food court areas of shopping centres, the same maximum limit of four people per group is also imposed. Read full details in the decree law here: https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/decree-law-creating-situation-of-contingency-until-23-59-hrs-30-september/

DGS Covid-19 Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Tuesday the existence of a total of 1,875 deaths and 65,021 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose from 1,871 to 1,875, 4 more than on Monday. The number of infected people increased from 64,596 to 65,021, plus 425.

Compared to Monday, one more hospitalization was registered, increasing the number of people with Covid-19 admitted to hospitals to 478, while the number of patients in intensive care units is 2, out of a total of 59.

Since Monday, 177 patients have recovered, so 44,362 people have already overcome the infection since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

There are 36,955 contacts under surveillance, 197 more than on Monday.

Covid-19 Detailed statistics

In the week of September 7th to 13th, Portugal registered 4,089 new cases of infection with the coronavirus responsible for Covid-19, which represents an increase of 63.9% compared to 2,495 in the previous week, according to the data released this Monday, 14 September, by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

Data on geographic distribution at the level of municipalities, which are reported by DGS on Mondays, show that 62 municipalities in the country had at least 10 additional cases in the week ended on Sunday. This means that a fifth of the 308 national municipalities accounted for 10 or more new infections.

Within this number, 18 municipalities saw the number of contagions rise by 50 or more. And in five, the new cases exceeded a hundred.

The biggest increases in absolute terms belonged to the two most populous municipalities: Lisbon and Sintra, with 307 and 264 new infections, respectively. 

The municipality of Guimarães registered 98 new contagions, with the municipality of Guimarães adding 206 additional cases in the last two weeks. 

Also Arouca, where an outbreak in a nursing home triggered infections, accounted for 31 new cases. Which brings infections to 129 in the municipality, which has about 21 thousand inhabitants, in the last 14 day

Health

President of Republic marks National Health Service (SNS) 41st Anniversary of SNS

The President of the Republic yesterday praised health professionals and called for a strengthening of the SNS resources, in a message that marks the 41 years of this network of public establishments and services.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa “reminds everyone that it is necessary to go further, reinforce and provide the National Health Service (SNS) with the appropriate means to respond to the great challenge of the times to come” and evokes in this note the founder of the PS and former minister António Arnaut, who died two years ago and is considered the “father” of the NHS.

“The President of the Republic marked yesterday, September 15, the 41 years of the NHS, saluting and thanking the health professionals who over the years, and in particular in this exceptional time of the pandemic of Covid-19, with great dedication and, often, with enormous personal and family sacrifice, true heroes as they have repeatedly dedicated the best of themselves to taking care of the Portuguese “, the note reads.

Rapid Intervention Brigades

With positive cases in 65 care homes in the country, about 400 health professionals will support homes for the elderly affected by the pandemic. The rapid intervention brigades will be operational by the end of this month.

The measure responds to the need to strengthen medical care in homes, where approximately 90,000 elderly people currently live. Each district will have a multi-disciplinary team composed of doctors, nurses and psychologists and assistants of nursing technicians.

The 400 operatives are being recruited by the Red Cross and will go into action by the end of this month.

Eight cases of Covid-19 in Ourique nursing home

An outbreak of Covid-19 was detected in a nursing home in Santa Luzia, municipality of Ourique. The institution belongs to Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Ourique (SCMO) and there are eight infected, one user and seven employees.

The outbreak was identified following the hospitalization of a resident at Hospital José Joaquim Fernandes, in Beja, on Sunday, where a rapid test was done that was positive.

Knowing the case of infection, the SCMO management, the Municipality, Social Security and the Health Authority started to closely monitor the situation and, this Monday, 44 people were tested, including users and employees.

On Tuesday afternoon, seven more positive cases were identified, all in professionals of the institution, which, in addition to the home, also has a Day and Home Support Centre.

A source from the Municipality of Ourique affirmed that “it is necessary to mobilize responses to face this challenge. It is important that each one has a civic and community participation, for the benefit of all”, he concluded.

Health service complaints increase almost 80% since pandemic began

The private sector received the majority of complaints. Pharmacies, public hospitals and health centres at the top of the complaints submitted at the Portal da Queixa. 

The Complaint Portal has received more than three thousand complaints addressed to the Health sector, since March, the month that marks the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, until September 14th, the end of the State of Alert.

When compared to the same period of the previous year, this value represents an increase of 77%. The private sector registered 58% of the total complaints (1,734), and the public sector 42% (1,278 complaints).

The analysis of the Complaint Portal to the private health sector identified that the main problem reported by consumers, with regard to hospitals and private clinics, is related to the wrong billing of undue amounts (43%). Following are charges for Covid-19 protection kit fees (23%) and alleged poor service (12%).

Regarding complaints to clinical analysis laboratories, 27% are related to Covid-19 screening.

Covid-19: Superior Court validates Government pandemic control measures

The Supreme Administrative Court considered that government pandemic control measures that prohibit public gatherings of more than 10 or 20 people are the responsibility of the executive and do not violate the Constitution, the government said on Monday.

In a note from the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, the Government states that it was notified today of the decision of the Supreme Administrative Court (STA), which considered that “the pandemic control measures approved by the Government are in accordance with the Constitution”.

The note clarifies that a request for declaration of ‘unconstitutionality’ of the rules that prohibit gatherings of more than 10 or 20 people in public space, which allegedly violated the fundamental right to organize and participate in meetings of friends and family, embodied dinners, social gatherings, play sessions and picnics. However, it does not mention who submitted the request to the STA.

“STA considered that, in addition to the Government being competent for its approval, the measures adopted are in conformity with the Constitution, on the one hand, due to the exceptional nature of the situation that is currently being experienced and its temporary nature and, on the other hand, for the existence of a concrete, uninterrupted chain of democratic legitimation for them “, states the government note.

Covid-19: Fátima Sanctuary to meet with Ministry of Health

Those responsible for the Sanctuary of Fátima will meet with the Ministry of Health “as soon as possible”, said the Secretary of State for Health yesterday, highlighting the institution’s “increased concern” with the clusters of people in the enclosure.

“The institution has already requested a meeting with the office, which clearly shows the increased concern and we are sure that we will meet as soon as possible,” said António Lacerda Sales at the regular press conference to update the numbers of the Covid-19 in Portugal, after being questioned about the crowd of people who were at the Sanctuary of Fátima on Sunday.

Access to the Sanctuary of Fátima, in the municipality of Ourém, was blocked on Sunday when the religious complex reached the maximum capacity allowed in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the institution’s spokeswoman said.

The Secretary of State said that the Catholic Church had, in the recent past, “exemplary behaviour and constant and permanent dialogue with health authorities”.

“I am convinced that what happened on Sunday was that the institution would certainly not be wanting, because it was not usual in other years to have so many people and probably when they realized the number of people they blocked the entries. The institution itself has come to recognize this fact”, he stressed.

The Secretary of State also said that it is important that on October 13th, when another pilgrimage takes place, the institution is “properly prepared”, and should schedule this date “in order to guarantee the safety of the community and to respect the Directorate-General for Health”.

Covid-19: Doctors at the Center warn of risky behaviour in “sensitive week”

The Regional Section of the Centro dos Ordem dos Médicos (SRCOM) today asked to avoid “behaviours that put public health at risk in the context of the current pandemic situation” and that good practices of public health.

The Order classifies as “very sensitive” the week that started today, due to the return of school activity, the end of holidays and the approach of autumn/winter, with a gradual increase in respiratory infections.

“There must be responsibility in the behaviour of people and institutions, so that everyone, in an irreproachable way, can comply with the basic recommendations in daily life – namely social distance, individual protection and hygiene”, declares the President of the Regional Section of the centre of the Order Doctors.

Carlos Cortes stresses that hospitals, health centres and their professionals have been “hard hit” since March, on the front line responding to the pandemic.

“Many are already exhausted. Therefore, the behaviours that have been made public and that are potentiating outbreaks and spreading the virus are unacceptable, disrespecting those who are fighting the virus and all the people, especially the most weakened and most vulnerable “, he reinforced.

Since July, SRCOM has been developing a campaign to “alert and raise the awareness of as many people as possible” to the adoption of good public health practices and safe behaviours.

Covid-19: Psychologists argue that schools should have teams to help students

The Portuguese Psychologists Order (OPP) warns of the possible worsening of students’ educational problems and recommends schools to reinforce teams that are always available to help students.

More than one million students from the 1st to the 12th year return to schools this week and the OPP warns that there may be a worsening of situations such as failure or dropping out of school.

“Schools must reinforce the structures and resources that respond to the most frequent educational, psychological health and inclusion problems”, defends the OPP, in a document on the return to school that he carried out, together with UNICEF.

Among the problems, the OPP points out the cases of absenteeism, school dropout, learning problems, but also emotional, relational, motivational and adjustment difficulties.

After half a year at home, the OPP also warns of possible difficulties in attention and concentration, as well as problems with behaviour and indiscipline, discrimination, social exclusion and stigma.

Many of these problems that already existed “will potentially be aggravated or accentuated by the situation of pandemic and economic and social crisis” warns the OPP, referring that schools must provide “fast ways” for seeking help.

Economy/Tourism

According to the National Statistics Institute (INE), in July the tourist accommodation sector (hotels, local accommodation with 10 or more beds and tourism in rural / residential areas) registered 1.0 million guests (-64.0%) and 2.6 million overnight stays (-68.1%), recovering from the 82.4% and 85.5% falls, respectively, recorded in June.

Overnight stays by residents fell 30.8% over the same month of 2019 (-59.4% in June), well below the 84.5% fall in overnight stays from non-residents (-96.7% in the previous month), refers to INE.

INE data show that, in July, 27.8% of tourist accommodation establishments were closed or did not register a movement of guests (48.1% in July 2020).

Total sector revenues decreased by 70.5% (-88.6% in June) compared to July 2019, reaching 157.9 million euros. Income from accommodation reached 123.7 million euros, decreasing 70.5% (-88.2% in the previous month).

In July, overnight stays in hotels (75.9% of the total) decreased by 70.4%, while in local accommodation establishments (weight of 16.0% of the total) decreased by 65.5% and in rural and housing tourism (8.1%) decreased 22.7%.

According to the INE, the total of the 16 main outbound tourist markets to Portugal decreased by more than 65% in July, with the largest declines occurring in the Canadian, Chinese (both -96.0%), north -American (-95.6%) and Danish (-94.5%), while the Swiss (-67.6%), Belgian (-71.9%) and Spanish (-72.1%) markets were, among the main ones, those that registered smaller decreases.

Since the beginning of the year, all the main markets have fallen, with emphasis on the Irish (-88.0%), North American (-81.3%) and British (-78.4%) markets.

Other Regions

Madeira Situation Report 16th September by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 10 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Saturday, there was 1 new Covid-19 case (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region). On Sunday there were 6 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 from Germany and 1 from the Czech Republic) and 1 recovery. On Monday, there was 1 new Covid-19 case from 1 passenger who had arrived from France. And on Tuesday, there were 2 new cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK). These new cases were identified through screening at the Region’s airports.

There are currently 52 active cases, of which 40 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 12 were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 190 cases and 138 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are 24 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 27 in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 is in the Covid-19 unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.

There are currently 3 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Monday, there had been 1,650 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,838 people under active monitoring and 9,392 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 56,843 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, as of Monday, 96,934 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 159 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,398. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,140 calls, with 181 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103856/Mais_um_caso_Covid_na_Regiao

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103935/Madeira_tem_seis_novos_casos_positivos_de_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104033/Um_novo_caso_por_covid-19_detetado_nas_ultimas_24_horas_ha_50_casos_ativos_na_Regiao

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/15/ram-tem-mais-dois-casos-activos-de-covid-19-somando-52-e-mais-dois-casos-suspeitos/

Miguel Albuquerque outraged at weekend gathering 

Photos showing crowds gathering outside bars at Zona Velha, without wearing face masks, were uploaded to social media during the weekend. Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, said the gathering was shameful. He said that gatherings of people without wearing face masks had taken place once again and that such situation is dangerous and cannot be repeated. He begged for people to start to assume a pandemic is still ongoing. He reminded that last week there number of Covid-19 cases in Portugal was as high as it had been in April.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103994/Professores_que_se_desloquem_para_fora_da_Regiao_vao_ser_testados_duas_vezes

https://jornaleconomico.sapo.pt/noticias/miguel-albuquerque-o-que-se-passou-este-fim-de-semana-na-zona-velha-e-uma-vergonha-636528

Teachers who travel outside the Region to be tested twice

Teachers from schools in Madeira who travel outside the Region will be tested twice for Covid-19. The Regional Government took this decision after an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in mainland Portugal and in several countries. Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government said such teachers will be monitored after a first negative test and returning to school. And for added safety, a second test will be carried out.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103994/Professores_que_se_desloquem_para_fora_da_Regiao_vao_ser_testados_duas_vezes

PSP to pay special attention to safety during the reopening of schools

The PSP (police) will pay special attention to safety during the reopening of schools. Most schools are reopening today. Once again, the PSP will pay special attention to the safety of all public, private and cooperative schools (except higher education institutions) and their teachers, staff and students. There will be police teams from the Safe School Program (Programa Escola Segura), traffic, Road Safety and Criminal Investigation divisions. These teams will specifically focus on the following priorities: 

– Compliance with Covid-19 legislation and guidelines

– Prevention of crime and actions that could result in fines and safety promotion during home-school-home travel

– Road traffic safety monitoring

In the field of road safety, the PSP will pay special attention to the safety and restraint systems of children’s vehicles (seat belts and car seats), to the main risk factors (speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and narcotics, driving without legal authorisation, disrespect of pedestrian crossings and signage near schools). There will also be inspections at commercial establishments, restaurants, bars, cafés and nightclubs to ensure compliance with Covid-19 legislation and guidelines and with legislation banning the sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages to minors in public places.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the PSP will only come into contact with students, teachers and staff in school premises if absolutely required. All PSP agents with comply with the official DGS (Direção Geral da Saúde – Directorate-General of Health) guidelines for schools, including on the use of face masks, if they are required to meet with the school leadership or asked to intervene within a school’s premises. 

The PSP has appealed for all citizens to comply with the Covid-19 legislation and guidelines and has asked families to make children aware of the DGS guidelines.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104072/Regresso_as_aulas_PSP_da_Madeira_vai_dedicar_especial_atencao_a_seguranca_nas_escolas

Honorary Consulate of Germany reopened

Sérgio Sousa has become the new Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, after a 3 year period without one. The new consul was born, lived and studied in Munich. He said the lack of a consul had been an issue when attempting to provide assistance to German tourists and residents in Madeira. He specifically mentioned issues such as deaths, accidents, the need for new passports and requests for financial help. According to SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras), 549 German citizens are currently living in Madeira. However, Consul Sérgio Sousa believes the real number is over 1,000. As for German tourists, it is difficult to know their exact number. He added that at the moment, Madeira is probably the safest Region for tourists to visit. “Martin Ney, the German Ambassador to Portugal, explained sometimes he is unable to provide emergency assistance, from the Lisbon Embassy, to German citizens in Madeira,.” This is why, he added, honorary-consuls are useful. He also highlighted Sérgio Sousa’s excellent knowledge of the archipelago, which means he will be Germany’s main representative in Madeira on political, economic, financial, cultural and even military matters.

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2020/9/10/73175-madeira-volta-a-contar-com-um-consul-da-alemanha-tres-anos-depois#

Bus service disruptions likely due to bus drivers trade union meeting 

Grupo Horários do Funchal (Madeira bus company) announced there could be some bus services disruptions between 11h30 and 15h30, due to a staff plenary meeting organised by Syndicate Nacional dos Motoristas (a trade union). Horários do Funchal has pledged to do everything in its power to minimise any disruption to its bus services, has asked passengers for their understanding and has apologised to passengers for any disruption.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/104101/Plenario_pode_gerar_constrangimentos_nas_carreiras_da_Horarios_do_Funchal

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

17th September – 09h00 to 10h00

– Rua do Til (numbers 58 and 83)

SANTANA

17th September – 09h00 to 12h00

– Caminho da Travessa (partial)

– Rua da Igreja (partial)

– Covas, Parlatório, Teleférico da Rocha do Navio and ETAR

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. 

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/12/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-67-2020/

Algarve 

Italian resident in Loulé is the new fatal victim of Covid-19 in the Algarve

An 80-year-old Italian, resident in the municipality of Loulé, is the latest fatal victim of Covid-19 in the Algarve, confirmed a source from the Regional Health Authority.

The man was “in a critical situation for some time, hospitalized in intensive care,” said the same source. He died yesterday at the hospital in Faro.

This is, according to data from the Regional Health Authority, the 21st death in the Algarve region, due to Covid-19, since the beginning of the pandemic.

This new death in the Algarve was revealed today by the daily epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health. This entity accounts for 2 fewer deaths than the Regional Authority just because of the victims’ residence.

This Tuesday, according to DGS data, there are 15 new cases since Monday, bringing the cumulative total of cases to 1259.

Algarve Covid-19 Transmission rate lowest in the country

The Algarve has one of the lowest transmission rates (Rt) of Covid-19 in all regions of the country, despite the increase in new cases in recent days, said today the president of the Regional Health Administration (ARS).

At the fortnightly press conference of the District Civil Protection, in Loulé, Paulo Morgado said that the Rt in the Algarve region is 1.07, which means that each infected person gets, on average, 1.07.

“The Rt of the Algarve is one of the lowest in all regions of the country”, he stressed, noting that the situation “is relatively controlled” in the region, despite the daily increase in new cases.

The regional health delegate of Faro, Ana Cristina Guerreiro, also considered that the situation in the Algarve “is comfortable, given the circumstances”, namely, the fact that there was a lot of mobility during the summer holidays.

According to the official, mobility, activities and family reunions – especially with emigrants or people from other regions – are the factors that have most contributed to the increase in the number of cases.

Currently, the biggest active outbreak in the Algarve is related to the senior football team of Louletano Desportos Clube, detected at the end of August and which caused a total of 47 cases, among members of the club and family.

Regarding a balance of the number of cases detected during the summer in the Algarve, Ana Cristina Guerreiro said that a “more in-depth technical analysis” is foreseen, but, however, in an “initial assessment”, the situation “went as smoothly as possible”.

Albufeira maintains commercial establishments closing hours during contingency situations

The opening hours of commercial establishments in Albufeira will not change, with the country entering into a contingency situation, as decided by the mayor of Albufeira.

José Carlos Rolo issued an order this Monday stating that, in the municipality of Albufeira, the schedules that were already in force will be maintained, despite the change from the alert situation to the contingency situation, a level with tighter preventive measures.

The Resolution of the Council of Ministers of last Thursday attributed to the presidents of the Chamber the responsibility to define the closing time of the commercial establishments, in the time window between 20h00 and 23h00.

“We are not going to change anything and I just call on everyone to have the flexibility and the goodwill to, in this extraordinary and difficult context, adapt and, as far as possible, do and do their best. Albufeira, I am convinced, will not stop and will go down in history regarding this terrible moment. But we are all going to be victorious”, considered the mayor of Albufeira.

“It is important to think about the community and give a vote of confidence to anyone who has thought of these measures, in order to prevent the spread of the pandemic,” he added.

Regarding the opening of establishments, and in line with the decree approved by the Government, the establishments in Albufeira have to open after 10 am, “except the hairdressing salons, barbers, beauty institutes, restaurants and the like, cafeterias, tea houses and the like, driving schools and technical vehicle inspection centres, as well as gyms and gyms”.

As for the closing time, it remains at 11 pm, “except for those who have their own specifications considered in that Resolution”.

The Albufeira Chamber also stressed “that establishments that have never closed can continue to maintain the hours prior to this legal measure, that is, they are not covered by paragraph 1 of Article 10 of the aforementioned Resolution of the Council of Ministers”.

Monchique educational community tested Covid-19 serological tests

Teachers, employees, but also drivers, security guards and workers from other services related to education and sport in the municipality of Monchique underwent serological tests on Covid-19, before the beginning of another school year.

This initiative was carried out in close collaboration with the ABC – Algarve Biomedical Center and the Monchique Schools Group, and was the first of other initiatives of this nature that the Câmara de Monchique intends to carry out aimed at other groups as well.

“The realization of these serological tests to our workers, to all teaching and non-teaching staff who, due to the nature of their functions, will be in the first line of action and contact with students, will allow not only to obtain very interesting data about the real immune status of this population, as it will also be essential, in terms of human resources, so that we can refine initiatives and procedures to be adopted in the current scenario of worsening of the epidemic situation in our country, despite the fact that the municipality does not register any positive case at this moment”, said Rui André, Mayor of Monchique.

Azores

Situation Report Azores 15th September – 16th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

Travellers wishing to disembark in the Azores have, from now on, the web tool ‘My Safe Azores’, which makes the health control process on entering the archipelago easier and faster.

It is available here, at https://mysafeazores.com /.  It allows passengers to carry out, in a single interaction and in advance, all the steps that the traveller must follow upon arrival in the Region.

Through this tool, passengers can schedule their SARS-CoV-2 test by the RT-PCR method within 72 hours before departure, in laboratories agreed with the Region in mainland Portugal and in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, fill in and send in advance the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire and also attach the negative result to your individual process.

When passengers complete the Risk Assessment and Early Detection Questionnaire, they receive a code generated by the application, which can be presented at the airport, making the circulation process easier and faster.

Passengers arriving in the Region with a screening test and a negative result attached to the platform, previously validated by the Health Delegation, can present the code and leave the airport.

For passengers taking the screening test on arrival, the process is also faster, as their data is automatically integrated.

Ponta Delgada Airport will now have new arrivals systems for disembarking passengers.

This is an action of the Government of the Azores, through the regional secretariats of Health, Transport and Tourism, in partnership with ANA – Airports.

There are now three clearly marked zones both airside and landside:

• Inter-islands – yellow zone.

• Passenger disembarking from the outside without a test – blue zone, with three infrastructures equipped with six air-conditioned offices, which guarantee comfort, privacy and security to its users, whether health teams or passengers, where tests will be carried out for SARS-CoV-2, as well as additional infrastructure for logistical support;

• Passenger disembarking from abroad who have test – green area, with six open infrastructures for reception and speedy treatment of passenger processing.

With this separated flow management, the intention is to avoid congestion and crossing between inter-island passengers and those disembarked from abroad, as well as those who have tested against those who have not yet done so.

All the infrastructures created are numbered to facilitate the movement and guidance of passengers and have specific areas for priority situations.

This is one of the measures that allows for greater efficiency in the service provided, receiving passengers with a welcome message.

In this context, the support of the employees of the Regional Directorate for Tourism is highlighted in guiding passengers throughout the process, in addition to the usual reception and welcome to our visitors.

Communique from the Regional Government. 

The Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held on September 14, by videoconference, decided:

1 – Determine, in terms of readiness and response, within the scope of the Legal Regime of the Civil Protection System of the Autonomous Region of the Azores:

a) The extension of the declaration of the situation of public calamity on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial until midnight on 1st of October.

b) The extension of the declaration of the alert situation in the islands of Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo until midnight on 1 October.

2- To determine that, after the reopening of the national maritime space to cruise ships and yachts from international ports, the normalization of the docking of these ships in the ports and marinas of the archipelago should be promoted, and provided that the respective passengers are tested on arrival, unless the Regional Health Authority dismisses it, taking into account the non-stop travel time and the absence of symptoms.

The measures provided for in this Resolution can be reversed or cancelled at any time, taking into account the evolution of the situation of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Region.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3840 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 12th of September, five positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico, have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

There have been two recoveries in the region.

So far, 257 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 46 active positive cases currently, of which 35 on the island of São Miguel, eight on Terceira Island, two on Pico Island and one on Graciosa Island.

Portugal Situation report Saturday 12th September 2020

Introduction

We start today with a warning that the Situation of Alert for rural fires has been extended until Sunday 13th September 23.59 hours. At the same time an orange state of internal readiness has been issued for all districts on the mainland except for Faro District (the Algarve) and Beja District where it is at RED LEVEL. This is the highest state of readiness and a warning that there is a very high risk indeed of rural fires over this period.

We have posted details last night and we will over the weekend be promoting self-protection measures. It is expected that more information will be published today and tomorrow concerning this. We urge you therefore to familiarize yourselves of the risks and in particular self-protection measures here – https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/during-fires/ Please do not leave this too late because once you are threatened by a fire there may be little time to take action.

Thursday was a very busy day for Safe Communities, with the Communique from the Council of Ministers regarding the Situation of Contingency, Portugal mainland being removed from the UK travel corridor for those travelling to England and Northern Ireland (effective 0400hrs Saturday 12th September), and of course, the high number of confirmed cases of Covid-19.

People were naturally concerned, but this did not excuse some of the negativity with little thought for others, that we encountered on our Facebook page. This does not help when we are trying our best to explain complex issues and decisions not of our making! We had to spend many hours dealing with this, which should not be necessary and this certainly detracted us from our other important duties in getting key messages across to everyone.

We took steps yesterday to highlight this on our Facebook page to help those people who wish to engage in positive dialogue and we are very grateful for your overwhelming support. Enough said.

We are now clearly going through a spike in terms of confirmed Covid-19 cases, over 1900 in the last three days, but what we are not seeing is an increase in daily death levels nor a massive increase in hospitalisations or in ICU. This also seems to be the same pattern in some countries overseas.  The key messages remain the same: social distancing, hygiene etiquette and wearing of facemasks.

We now await the detailed Decree law which we expect either today or tomorrow to outline exactly what are the measures in the Situation of Contingency. As soon as it is published we will share with everyone so you can keep informed,

I will be discussing this and rural fires on KissFm radio on Sunday around 0915 hrs – so please listen in.

Have a very Safe weekend

 

Headlines

The President of the Republic yesterday pointed to 687 new cases of covid-19 in Portugal as “an alert” and said that the measures announced are “considered necessary” and recommended a ” permanent evaluation “.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke in response to journalists at the end of the opening of the exhibition and the launch of the book “The city that did not exist”, by Alfredo Cunha, at the Galeria Municipal Artur Bual, in Amadora. Asked about the 687 new cases of covid-19 released by the Directorate-General for Health, the head of state declared: “These figures, despite being less serious than many others in Europe were, nevertheless an alarm, and are an alert “.

“And this alert means that we are at a level that is twice what we were, sometimes almost three times what we were a month, a month and a half, two months ago, which means that opening up to social life naturally facilitates the growth of the epidemic,” he added.

He added, “What is truly fundamental is that the number of hospitalized persons is controlled, as it is, the number of intensive care is controlled, as it is, and that the number of deaths does not exceed those red lines that the Government sees, and has not surpassed, fortunately “.

Asked if in his opinion if the measures announced by the Government, which promised to enact when they were transposed into a decree-law, are sufficient, the head of state replied: “At this moment, the measures were considered appropriate and necessary to make the fundamental step that is to stop the growth, control growth, and try, to simplify, to flatten the curve. It is an assessment that has to be done permanently”.

DGS Covid-19Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Friday the existence of 1,855 deaths and 62,813 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.

  • The death toll rose from 1,852 to 1,855, 3 more than on Thursday.
  • The number of infected people increased from 62,126 to 62,813, plus 687.
  • 35,712 contacts remain under surveillance, 531 more than on Thursday.
  • There are 203 more people recovered from the disease, totalling 43,644.

Health

Covid-19: Users and employees of illegal care home in Évora tested after positive case

More than 40 users and employees of an illegal care home, located near Évora, were yesterday tested for covid-19, after a positive case was detected, sources from the municipality and health services said.

The Mayor of Évora, Carlos Pinto de Sá, told the Lusa agency that an elderly person from the home was transported to the city hospital on Thursday, having tested for the covid-19, which gave a positive result. According to the mayor, the rest of the users and the employees of the home carried out the tests this afternoon, the results of which should only be known on Saturday.

Pinto de Sá said that the home is illegal because it is located in an area of ​​the city whose urbanization plan does not allow the installation of homes, pointing out that the owner “is seeking to legalize” the institution. Contacted by Lusa, the source of the health services, said that the home has “about 25 residents and 18 employees”, adding that the only confirmed case of covid-19 has been admitted to the Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora (HESE).

The source stressed that, as it is an illegal home, “the way the authorities act will lead to the transfer of users”, which should happen when the results of the tests are known. “Users will be transferred to a rear space defined by the Évora Chamber in conjunction with the Public Health, Social Security and Civil Protection Authority”, he stressed.

Penacova activates Municipal Emergency and Civil Protection Plan

The municipality of Penacova, in the district of Coimbra, decided on Thursday to activate the Municipal Emergency and Civil Protection Plan, after 26 positive cases of covid-19 were detected.

The measure, which took effect at 20:00 on Thursday, is the response to the “worsening of the epidemiological situation caused by the coronavirus (covid-19) in the municipality of Penacova” and is “a decision taken from the meeting of the Municipal Commission of Civil Protection of Penacova (reduced)”, which unanimously approved it. Its purpose is to guarantee an articulated and coordinated response to the epidemic.

Seven infected with Covid-19 on cruise ship in the Douro

Two passengers, of French nationality, and five crew members of a cruise ship operating on the River Douro, from the company CroisiEurope, tested positive for covid-19.

The Northern Regional Health Administration (ARS ) of the North confirmed on Tuesday that two of the 67 passengers and four of the 20 crew members of the boat tested positive for the new coronavirus. All occupants of the vessel are being tested. The mayor of Castelo Paiva has confirmed the existence of at least one more infected crew member and that the couple of Spanish nationality has been admitted to the Pedro Hispano Hospital, in Matosinhos.

The situation is being monitored by the Health authority and the Mayor of Castelo de Paiva. According to Mayor Gonçalo Rocha, the boat is moored at the commercial pier in Sardoura. All crew members remain inside the vessel, and the positive ones – who are asymptomatic – are in isolation. As for passengers, they have since been taken to hotel units and await the results of the tests in isolation. Gonçalo Rocha also stresses that there was no contact with the local population, as “all necessary measures were taken“.

Lisbon Metropolitan area

Rotating shifts in companies with more than 50 workers in Lisbon and Porto

According to the decree approved this Thursday by the Council of Ministers, companies with 50 or more workers in the metropolitan areas of Lisbon and Porto will have to start implementing mirror work schemes and rotating shifts, in order to avoid contagions in workplaces.

The intervals between the two shifts will be a minimum of 30 minutes, and a maximum of 1 hour, explains the document. The scales cannot be changed. In the first outbreaks detected in the work context, it was noticed that “the moment of contagion was mainly during meal breaks, when there was an excessive proximity, relaxation and reduction of protection measures”, said Prime Minister António Costa in the presentation of the measures.

There are fines for companies that do not comply with these standards. They start at 612 euros for companies with a turnover of less than 500 thousand euros, and can reach 4,080 euros for companies with a turnover of more than 10 million euros, as confirmed by “Correio da Manhã” with a government source.

Schools

Union keeps strike for the first days of classes

The All Teachers Union (STOP) confirmed yesterday that it will maintain the strike by teachers and staff for the first days of classes, against the lack of safety conditions in some schools.

Last week, the union’s national coordinator told Lusa that he had given strike notice for September 14-17, as a way to “pressure the Ministry to take action”, but said that for five days it would be done via a survey with professionals, to then take a position. The results of the survey, which asks whether strike warnings should be kept in the face of safety conditions in schools, reveal that 70% of respondents agree to maintain the protest action.

“STOP decided, therefore, to keep strike pre-warnings to allow education professionals who are in schools where, manifestly, they believe that there are no conditions to strike,” confirmed the coordinator, André Pestana to Lusa. The academic year starts between September 14th and 17th, in a context of the pandemic of the covid-19 that forced schools to implement a set of safety rules, defined by the Ministry of Education and the Directorate-General for Health.

Call for temperature checks at schools

The CDS-PP called yesterday that the Government should make it mandatory to measure the daily temperature of students, teachers and assistants in schools, considering that this is a measure “of fundamental importance to limit the spread of covid-19”.

“The fact that sometimes there are no symptoms does not mean that we should ignore the times when the symptoms exist”, says the president of CDS-PP, Francisco Rodrigues dos Santos, in a statement.

In the note, the Christian Democratic leader accuses the Government of “failing and delaying the response” – pointing out that in Spain guidelines for daily temperature measurement in schools were adopted in late August – and the Directorate General of Health (DGS) of remain “inexplicably silent when it comes to recommending the application of this measure”.

In the reference sent to schools last Friday, DGS argues that the temperature of students and staff at the entrance of the school should not be measured.

INEM

INEM carried out 1,935 transports of suspected Covid-19 cases in the first week of September and collected 87 biological samples

The National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) carried out between August 31 and September 6, 1,935 transport of users suspected of being infected with SARS-CoV-2 and performed 87 collections of biological samples for analysis to COVID-19. Figures from INEM’s activity show that activity within the scope of COVID-19 remains present in the institution’s daily life.

As of September 6, there was no record of any INEM worker or employee with SARS-CoV-2 infection. One worker was in prophylactic isolation and another under surveillance by the INEM Antimicrobial Control and Infection Control Committee. Since the beginning of the pandemic, only 19 INEM workers and collaborators have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Transport

Association proposes to the Government that tourist buses be used as public transport

The National Association of Passenger Transport (Antrop) has proposed to the Government the hiring of tourist transport companies, which currently have drivers in lay-off and buses stopped, to support in peak hours the increase in demand for public transport, which is estimated to happen from the next week with the beginning of the school year. The news is advanced by “Jornal de Negócios”.

In the Lisbon region alone, there are 300 vehicles used for tourist transport (rental or excursions) that are stopped and therefore can represent an “opportunity to solve transport problems at a time when the two-thirds capacity limit is maintained, and at the same time removing a group of workers from the lay-off ”, Luís Cabaço Martins, president of Antrop, told“ Negócios ”.

Although the Government has guaranteed 100% transport services, the official points out that due to sanitary restrictions the real percentage is 67%, and that outside the metropolitan areas the reinforcement of the Government may not be sufficient to account for the offer, once that of the 94 million approved, only 4 million are outside Lisbon and Porto. “There are city councils saying that they do not have enough money to guarantee 100% payment to operators,” Cabaço Martins told “Negócios”.

Antrop still has not had any response from the Government to the proposal presented.

Police enforcement

Porto. PSP intervention with groups drinking alcohol on public roads results in 20 fines

The PSP carried out on Thursday night, between 10 pm and 2:30 am, an action near the Cordoaria area and in other arteries of downtown Porto, which resulted in 20 fines, the official police source confirmed to Expresso.

“The referred action took place without the registration of any incident”, he also informs, in a note sent to the newspaper, reporting the intervention of groups drinking alcoholic beverages on the public road. “The PSP, in the context of the current epidemiological situation, will continue, on a daily basis, to carry out inspection and advisory actions on measures and regulations for the protection and security of citizens.”

The Porto PSP carried out, between September 5th and 7th, 103 awareness-raising and inspection actions within the scope of the measures to control the COVID-19 disease pandemic. The inspection actions carried out resulted in: 4,264 sensitized / supervised people and four closed establishments.

More: seven fines were passed for non-compliance with the closing time of the catering establishment and 24 for consumption of alcoholic beverages on the public road.

Reaction to removal of Portugal from travel corridor

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, has reacted to the British Government’s decision to ‘re-exclude’ mainland Portugal from the travel corridor declaring that it causes “a sense of injustice”.

In response to questions from journalists, at the end of the inauguration of the new headquarters of the company Auchan Retail Portugal, in Paço de Arcos, in the municipality of Oeiras, the head of state pointed out the Algarve, in particular, as being “unfairly punished for this decision” .

“But we have to continue, look ahead. What is needed in these critical situations – and I will have meetings this week with the hospitality industry – is resilience, resistance,” added Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa.

The British Government today decided to remove Portugal from the list of countries considered safe in the current context of the pandemic of covid-19, with the exception of the autonomous regions of Madeira and the Azores, and as of Saturday it will again require a quarantine of two weeks for those who return from the country,i.e. the Portuguese mainland.

Portugal had been included in the list of countries in the so-called British air corridor three weeks ago.

Covid-19: Minister of Economy regrets removal of Portugal from the British travel corridor

The Minister of Economy, stated on Thursday that Portugal’s removal from the United Kingdom’s list of safe countries is neither correct nor substantiated for objective reasons.

Photo:Bruno Sim

“It is not a correct decision, based on objective reasons for controlling the disease. The United Kingdom does not fulfill the criterion it defined for the quarantine of visitors”, said Siza Vieira, who was speaking to journalists on the side lines of the inauguration of the new headquarters of Auchan Retail Portugal, in Paço de Arcos, Lisbon district.

The minister also recalled that the European Union defined that countries should not apply “restrictions on the movement” of citizens within the European space. On the other hand, Siza Vieira noted that economic and tour operators are going to have an even more difficult year following this decision.

“For British citizens, it also has no basis. A person who may be on vacation in Portugal or on business is suddenly faced with this decision”, he exemplified. The British Government removed Portugal from the list of safe countries, with the exception of the regions of Madeira and the Azores, and as of Saturday it is obliged to comply with a two-week quarantine upon arrival in the United Kingdom.

Travel

Travellers from Portugal to Northern Ireland have also to go into quarantine for 14 days, after England, Wales and Scotland made the same decision.

From four o’clock in the morning of this Saturday, passengers coming from Portugal arriving in Northern Ireland will have to comply with a 14-day quarantine, except for Madeira and the Azores.

TAP announces six new routes for the summer of 2021

TAP announced today that it will fly to Ibiza, Fuerteventura and Zagreb in the summer of 2021, with two new routes planned for Tunisia and one for Morocco, at a time when the restructuring plan is being prepared.

According to a statement from the carrier, the new routes for next summer are part of the “connection network strategy” between Europe, the Americas and Africa, with the company “taking advantage of seasonal expansion opportunities to plan and optimize its network of destinations “. The connection to Zagreb (in Croatia) is scheduled to start in March, while the inaugural flights to Ibiza and Fuerteventura will start between May and June 2021, with TAP ensuring two weekly connections (on Saturdays and Sundays) between Lisbon and Ibiza and a weekly flight (on Saturdays) with Fuerteventura.

Regarding Zagreb, the airline plans to make three flights a week, on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, leaving Lisbon at 8:00 am and arriving in the Croatian capital at 12:05 pm. The company also said, in the same statement, to which Lusa had access, that it had already started selling tickets for these three new European destinations.

The summer of 2021 will also put three new beach destinations in North Africa on the TAP route, namely Djerba and Monastir, in Tunisia, and Oujda, in Morocco, scheduled to open between May and June 2021.

COVID-19 Changes to the Support Line available to Micro-tourism companies

This applies to small businesses with nine of less employees.

In order to ensure a rapid response to the most pressing needs of micro-tourism companies as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Normative Order No. 4/2020, of 25 March created the Support Line for Micro-Tourism Companies, managed by Turismo de Portugal, IP

The results of this line confirmed the relevance, opportunity and adequacy of the respective operating model: in the space of just over two months, more than 5,000 companies have seen their applications approved, with an associated financing of around 40 million euros, of which more than 90% have already received the support granted and contracted in full. This new order is aimed at smaller companies, whose organizations present greater difficulty in accessing the financial market and greater difficulty reacting to a fragile business environment.

It important to reinforce the performance of the Support Line for Micro Tourism Enterprises, extending its scope of activity to other economic activities with emphasis on tourism, adjusting it to the fact that we are facing support for the resumption of activity.

Safe Communities has made an informational translation of the order into English for information purpose and to help those who may be eligible. The main changes are in Articles 2 and 5 in the section “ATTACHED”

https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/dre-order-10-2020-…/

 

Region Reports

Madeira Situation report 10th – 12th September by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 6 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Wednesday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases (1 from a passenger who had arrived from the UK and 2 from passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region) and 6 recoveries. On Thursday there was 1 new Covid-19 case (from a passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal) and 3 recoveries. And on Friday, there were 2 new Covid-19 cases from 2 passengers who had arrived from Spain (1 male aged 10-19 and 1 woman aged 20-29) and 1 recovery.

There are currently 43 active cases, of which 30 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 13 were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 180 cases and 137 recoveries. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are 18 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 25 in isolation at their own accommodation.

There are currently 2 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Thursday, there had been 1,640 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 8,011 people under active monitoring and 9,184 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 52,240 samples had been collected until Friday (at 16h30). Overall, as of Monday, 90,699 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 136 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,239.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,116 calls, with 181 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103761/Dois_novos_casos_de_Covid_sao_jovens_e_foram_importados_de_Espanha

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/11/dois-novos-casos-de-covid-19-um-caso-recuperado-e-dois-suspeitos/

Madeira Regional Government reaction to UK travel corridor updates

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, reacted positively to England, Wales and Northern Ireland’s decision to keep Madeira in the travel corridor. Unlike passengers traveling from Madeira to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, passengers traveling from Madeira to Scotland must be in quarantine for 14 days. Although he expressed regret that Mainland Portugal had been removed from the UK travel corridor, he insisted that it was entirely fair that Madeira had not been removed from it.

He said Madeira does not have a pandemic and has the Covid-19 situation under control. He explained the Regional Government had made very important contacts with the UK Government and that Chris Sainty, the British Ambassador to Portugal, had played a very important role in taking into account the specific Covid-19 situation in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Indeed, Miguel Albuquerque wrote a letter to Ambassador Chris Sainty, expressing his deep gratitude for Mr. Sainty’s communication and kindness as well as for his commitment in ensuring Madeira’s wishes were safeguarded.

Miguel Albuquerque said if it had not been for Chris Sainty’s deep awareness of the specific reality of Madeira, Madeira would have been very unlikely to have been kept on the travel corridor. He finished by pledging that the Regional Government will keep its consistent and effective work in ensuring an environment of trust and sanitary safety.

He added that it is “very important” for Madeira to be kept on the UK travel corridor so as to enable tourism to continue its gradual recovery. He said that UK tourists account for an important share of tourists to Madeira and that there is a gradual recovery of tourism from the UK and Germany.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/11/albuquerque-agradece-empenho-a-embaixador-do-reino-unido/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103657/Albuquerque_E_muito_importante_o_corredor_manter-se_aberto

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103716/Covid-19_Madeira_ja_investiu_11ME_no_rastreio_de_viajantes_e_vai_manter_operacao

€11 Million spent on passenger screening

The Madeira Regional Government has already spent about €11 Million on passenger screening operations at the archipelago’s ports and airports. There is no prediction on much it will spend in the future. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, stressed that “there is no other solution until the pandemic is under control or until a vaccine is found”, and this is “the only way to control the pandemic”. He added that “we were pioneers in controlling entry to and exit from Madeira”, and that he thought passenger screening had been “our defence” and “extremely positive for the region”. He finished by saying it will continuing and that there must be money to finance it.

Passenger screening in Madeira started on the 1st of July and upon arrival, passengers must either present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test carried out up to 72 hours before the start of their journey or be tested for Covid-19.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103716/Covid-19_Madeira_ja_investiu_11ME_no_rastreio_de_viajantes_e_vai_manter_operacao

Reconstitution of oak tree fall

The reconstitution of the tragic 2017 oak tree fall took place yesterday. This one of a number of steps that will help Judge Susana Mão de Ferro decide if this case will go to trial. The oak tree fall took place on the 15th of August 2017 and led to the death of 13 people, including a French woman and a Hungarian woman, and to injuries to 49 people. The oak tree was nearly 200 years old.

https://www.cmjornal.pt/portugal/detalhe/tudo-o-que-se-sabe-sobre-as-vitimas-da-tragedia-na-madeira

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2020/9/7/72809-retomada-fase-de-instrucao-do-caso-da-queda-de-arvore-no-funchal

Christmas lights and fireworks confirmed for Christmas season

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, confirmed that there will be Christmas lighting and fireworks during the Christmas and New Year season. He also said other Christmas and New Year festivities will be considered depending on the evolution of the pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103607/Covid-19_Iluminacoes_e_fogo_sao_unicas_garantias_para_ja_no_que_se_refere_ao_Natal

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on Monday, due to scheduled work on the water supply chain to prevent water leaks. The disruption will take place from 13h30 until 18h00 and will affect Conjunto Habitacional da Achada, in the parish of Porto da Cruz.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103736/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_na_segunda-feira_no_Porto_da_Cruz_

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

MADALENA DO MAR

 15th September – 09h00 to 9h15 & 11h50 to 12h00

– Sítio dos Moledos

ARCO DA CALHETA

15th September – 09h00 to 12h00

– Sítio das Florenças; Sítio das Faias; Sítio das Cales e Chada, Loreto and Chã de Cima

CALHETA

15th September – 09h00 to 12h00

– Sítio do Pico Atouguia

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time. If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/12/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-67-2020/

 

Algarve

Covid-19 Situation update reported 11th September

The District Civil Protection Commission of Faro gave notice of the current epidemiological situation in the Algarve, based on data provided by the Regional Health Delegate, which points to 265 active cases in the region.

So far, 1206 infected people have been registered, 16 more in the last 24 hours with 921 recovered (cumulative), equivalent to 76.37%.

6 people are hospitalized, 2 in the Intensive Care Units. The same source reports 20 deaths in the region. Under active surveillance there are 580 people and 107 (cumulative) were discharged.

In relation to the bulletin of last Friday, September 4th, 21 less active cases and 58 new cases from Covid are confirmed.19. Another 78 people are recovered.

There is 1 more person hospitalized (6), and 1 less in intensive care (2). The number of deaths rose to 20 (+1), under active surveillance there are 45 more people.

One more patient was discharged from hospital.

The same source draws attention to the fact that since August 5, 166 follow-up visits have been made, through health, social security and civil protection technicians, in all municipalities in the Algarve region, with the aim of supporting Institutions in the implementation of appropriate measures, in a preventive and pedagogical nature, in order to reduce the risk of infection by COVID-19.

The following observations were made: Albufeira (11), Alcoutim (6), Aljezur (1), Castro Marim (3), Faro (18), Lagos (14), Lagoa (7), Loulé (27), Monchique (2), Olhão (7), Portimão (26), São Brás de Alportel (8), Silves (5), Tavira (19), Vila do Bispo (6) and Vila Real de Santo António (6).

 

ANA says number of passengers did not justify summer queuing system at Faro airport

 The chairman of the Board of Directors of ANA Aeroportos, José Luís Arnaut, told Lusa yesterday that the summer queuing circuit at Faro airport has not opened because the number of passengers has fallen below the required amount.

Reacting to statements by the Minister of Internal Affairs, who criticized the lack of opening of the summer area at Faro airport, a situation that could increase the queues, José Luís Arnaut explained that, according to the concession contract, to increase circulation space it is necessary to have 2,100 passengers per hour, but the maximum recorded in August was 1,029.

“The summer circuit is scheduled to start when there are 2,100 passengers per hour. Unfortunately, on the peak days in August, the maximum we had was 1,029 and, if in February, on the winter circuit, we had 140,000 passengers. and [the airport] functioned, naturally that in August, with 120 thousand, it can also work, if the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) has employees in the ‘boxes’ and these are not empty “, underlined the person in charge of ANA.

José Luís Arnaut stressed that it was “with some astonishment and even some institutional indignation” that he heard the Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, having blamed ANA – Aeroportos de Portugal for the lines at Faro airport today, accusing him of “repeatedly” violated public service obligations”and “harmed the country”.

British nationals returning from the Algarve

Dozens of British tourists in the Algarve are anticipating their return to the United Kingdom today, to avoid fulfilling their quarantine on their return home, after the British Government announced the closure of the air corridor with mainland Portugal.

Several British citizens contacted by Lusa at Faro airport were unhappy with the British Government’s decision, but due to work commitments they were forced to expedite, some of them, their return to England by several days.

“I do not agree with my country’s decision to place Portugal [with the exception of the Azores and Madeira] in the air risk corridors, not evaluating the regions, as is the case in the Algarve, a region where I feel safe”, Carly Spencer told Lusa .

The surgeon, resident in the north of England, said that the measure “forced her to bring forward the return flight home by six days, which cost about 500 euros, to avoid quarantine on arrival in the United Kingdom”. “The vacation ends next week and I cannot, for professional reasons, subject myself to a two-week quarantine,” he said. Carly Spencer added that the situation in Portugal “may raise concerns in large cities like Lisbon and Porto, but the Algarve should be an exception for the British Government”.

Cultural facilities in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António (VRSA) earn the “Clean & Safe” seal of Turismo de Portugal.

The cultural facilities in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António (Municipal Library, Cultural Centre António Aleixo and Municipal Historic Archive) obtained the “Clean & Safe” accreditation, attributed by Turismo de Portugal, thus guaranteeing their safety in the face of the COVID- 19.

To receive this seal, the spaces implemented a contingency plan that, according to the recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health, ensures social distance and the necessary hygiene to avoid risks of contamination with SARS-CoV-2 (new coronavirus).

In order to be able to affix the “Clean & Safe” seal, municipal cultural facilities also had to comply with the set of provisions contained in the “Declaration of Commitment”, provided by the Regional Tourism Authority of the Algarve, guaranteeing safe procedures for its operation.

The accreditation is valid until April 30, 2021 and can be posted either in physical facilities, or in the channels and platforms for dissemination and sale.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 11th September – 12th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

It has been reported today that the region has been promised almost two times the amount of community funds, compared to the last cycle of assistance for the Azores.  The money is awarded as a part of the European Cohesion Policy and the European Recovery Plan.  The amount being given for the next cycle is 2,394.9 to be used between 2021 and 2027.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4201 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 9th of September, eight positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel and Graciosa, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

There has been one recovery in the region.

So far, 252 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 44 currently active positive cases, of which 36 on the island of São Miguel, six on Terceira Island, one on Pico Island and one on Graciosa Island.

 

Portugal Situation Report 9th September

Introduction

Good morning – News is that England is to start applying a regional approach to its quarantine policy for international arrivals. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said that from 4am on Wednesday arrivals from seven Greek islands will need to self-isolate for 14 days, but mainland Greece will maintain its coronavirus quarantine-exemption.

It was clear from this statement, however, that by regional approach this was referring to islands rather than regions as part of mainland – say, for instance, the Algarve. The reason for this that with mainland it is very difficult to determine exactly where people have visited and whether this includes high risk areas such as Mora, with 215 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants (ten times the limit), whereas  visits to islands such as Madeira and the Azores are easier to determine.

The news by the Portuguese Prime Minister, that we are facing a “critical moment” with the return of students to schools and generally increased movement of the population return to the normal place of work, is of concern especially at a time when there are increasing numbers of confirmed cases. Now more than ever everyone should follow the laws concerning social distancing, hygiene and the wearing of Facemasks.

On that latter topic, the series of meetings between health experts, government officials, including the President and Prime Minister have begun to determine the situation as far as Covid-19 is concerned, with the announcement that country will move from a Situation of Alert to the higher level of a Situation of Contingency on 15th September. As the first part of these meetings is “open” to the public through social networks, far more detailed information is available as can be seen in this report. There will likely be plenty of speculation over the next few days and we will only know the detailed measures following the Council of Ministers meeting.

Whilst focusing on Portugal with higher cases, this pales into insignificance with our neighbours Spain, where on Tuesday 8964 new cases of covid-19 were confirmed, one third of which being in the Madrid region, bringing the number of infected people to 534,513 since the beginning of the pandemic.  This over 20 times the level in Portugal, but with just 4.5 times the population!

A reminder at this point of the StayAway Covid 19 App. If you have not downloaded it yet please do so. The Prime Ministers has stated it is a Civic Duty of everyone to do this as it determines if you have been in close contact with an infected person in the last 14 days. Clearly the more people that are using this and are entering the allocated code if they are confirmed to have contracted Covid-19 the more effective the system will be.

We have seen over the last week a growing increase in rural fires with the unfortunate death of the sixth fire fighter this year on Monday. Yesterday there were 203 fires, one of the highest this year; around 75% were in the north of the country. We have been promoting at regular intervals the various alerts and warnings in place. Given the situation the government last extended the Situation of Alert until 2359 hrs Friday 11th September. The Alert Situation due to the risk of rural fires will last until 23.59 hrs Friday. Full details in English can be downloaded here: 

https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/current-anpc-weath…/

We thank everyone for sharing this important information that is there is help keep people safe.

Each of us has an important role to play and I would ask this question. Have you ever driven past an area and seen some smoke that could be the start of a fire? Did you call 112? If not why not? It is a fact, including the 2018 Monchique fire, that if the smoke had been noticed earlier and someone had called 112, then then the outcome could be very different. Every minute counts. DO NOT hesitate call 112.

With that please have a Safe Day.

Headlines

Prime Minister – Portugal entering a critical phase

On Monday António Costa said that the country is entering “a critical phase” due to the change the season, the beginning of the school year and the resumption of many activities, after attending a meeting with experts to discuss Covid-19.

“We are going to be at a critical moment because the number of active people will increase, after the return from vacation, we will enter the fall and classes will start again, so the risk of contagion will increase,” he said, quoted by Lusa.

Epidemiological situation meeting in Porto

The epidemiological situation of covid-19 in Portugal has worsened since mid-August, it was revealed on Monday, by experts from the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), returning from meetings between experts and politicians.

In the auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, Pedro Pinto Leite, from DGS, explained that in the period analysed between 17 and 30 August, 3,909 new infections were registered. In terms of transmission, 49% of those who reported having had contact with the virus did so in a family context, with only 16% indicating the work context.

Despite the number in the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region and the North region in the current epidemic situation, the cumulative incidence of cases for 14 days showed the level of some outbreaks in other counties, namely Mora, with 215 cases per 100 thousand inhabitants, Sernancelhe (149), Armamar (121), Arouca (120), Vila Verde (102) and Arraiolos (86).

However, Pedro Pinto Leite said that the “growing trajectory” of the epidemic situation since mid-August is based on the “main contribution of the municipalities of Odivelas, Amadora, Sintra and Lisbon”. In fact, the cumulative incidence of cases in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo still remains above the national incidence in the period observed in the analysis.

DGS Covid-19 Situation Tuesday 8th September

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Tuesday the existence of 1,846 deaths and 60,895 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose from 1,843 to 1,846, 3 more than on Monday. One of the fatal victims lived in the Lisbon and Vale do Tejo region and the other two in the North region.

The number of infected people increased from 60,507 to 60,895, 388 more. 34,466 contacts remain under surveillance, 130 more than on Monday.

There are 13 more persons in hospital, now totalling 394, and one more person in intensive care, totalling 50.

In the last 24 hours, 130 patients recovered, totalling 43,146 people reported as recovered since the beginning of the pandemic in Portugal.

In the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, 225 new cases were reported, accounting for 31,273 and 687 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic. The North region now has 119 more cases, now totalling 22,049, with 851 dead. In the Centre region, 17 more cases were registered, with a total of 5,004 infections and 254 deaths recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.

In Alentejo, 11 more cases of covid-19 were registered, totalling 998 cases and 22 deaths.

The Algarve region has yesterday reported three more cases of infection by covid-19, now totalling 1,171 cases and 17 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic

Health

Twenty infected in the home of Arruda dos Vinhos

Eighteen residents and two employees of Lar de São Miguel, in Arruda dos Vinhos, are infected with covid-19, the local health delegate confirmed this Tuesday, after the municipality informed the population of the outbreak.

Pompeu Balsa explained to the Lusa agency that “following a resident who on Thursday was positive after having visited the emergency room for another reason, it was decided to test the 33 people connected to the home, between users and employees, on the day following”.

The tests revealed that 18 users and two employees, one of whom does not work full time at the home, are positive, but “stable and asymptomatic”, said the health chief. Of the 33 positives, one user is positive and hospitalized, but for another health reason.

The same source said that “positive and negative users were separated” and “there was reinforcement of medical and nursing support by the Health Center to guarantee the necessary stability and assistance for these people”.

Through the municipality’s Facebook social network page on Monday, the mayor, André Rijo, reported that there was “an exponential increase in cases” in the municipality, with 36 cases, due to the outbreak in Lar de São Miguel, in the parish of Cardosas.

Twelve thousand people will be able to know if they already had Covid-19

The Instituto de Medicina Molecular João Lobo Antunes (iMM) announced this Tuesday, the start of the largest national serological study done so far to assess the population’s immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, six months after the start of the pandemic and in a time when a critical phase is anticipated. 12 thousand volunteers from 102 municipalities on the continent and islands will be tested for free.

The sample of the “Covid-19 National Serological Panel” was defined by specialists from Pordata and the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Lisbon to be representative of the population. There are vacancies for 2200 children and young people (under 18 years old), 5500 people between 18 and 54 years old and 4300 with 55 years old or more. The number is limited by what “interested parties must register as soon as possible”, warns Bruno Silva Santos, project coordinator and deputy director of iMM.

Registrations can be made starting today, through the website “National Serological Panel Covid-19” or at one of the 314 collection stations Germano de Sousa, a partner company for this project, that is fully funded by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos and Jerónimo Martins Group. There is also a helpline (808100062) for more information about the study.

Once enrolled, volunteers receive a code on their mobile phone with which they must go to the nearest collection station to do the blood test. The result is sent to the participants and the data, confidential, is used only for statistical purposes, guarantees Bruno Silva Santos. The code will expire after seven days, so that “vacancies are not blocked” and can be filled, the investigator added. The study will run until October 7 and the results will be released at the end of the same month.

Emergency surgery at Évora hospital may close due to lack of surgeons – SIM

The Independent Union of Doctors (SIM) warned today that surgery in the emergency department of the Évora hospital may close, due to a lack of surgeons, but the hospital unit has guaranteed that its operation is not cause.

“There is an increased risk of not having a sufficient number of doctors [surgeons] in the emergency surgery service, which makes it imperative to carry out emergency operations,” the regional secretary of the Alentejo do SIM told Lusa. , Armindo Ribeiro.

Contacted by Lusa, the board of directors of Hospital do Espírito Santo de Évora (HESE) indicated that the surgery service “consists of 19 surgeons and nine others” and that “only three surgeons do not perform emergency services: two because they are aged over 55 years and one for health reasons”.

According to the Alentejo hospital, the emergency surgery service operates, in person and on a daily basis, with three elements, two of whom perform 24-hour shifts and the other performs a shift from 08:00 to 20:00.

“In addition to these elements, there is also a prevention surgeon and, in parallel, there is another specialist who ensures internal urgency in the wards, giving support to the external emergency service team whenever necessary,” added HESE.

In declarations to Lusa, the SIM leader said that the HESE surgery service “is composed of doctors who are very old”, so these professionals, “if they want, they can stop doing emergency services”.

“There has been no investment in human resources. If the law were applied, the emergency service would be even more underdeveloped than it has been in recent years”, warned the regional secretary of Alentejo do SIM.

Armindo Ribeiro said that, despite the “doctors’ effort”, the emergency department of HESE has days when it is unable to comply with the established standards”, namely having “three surgeons on call for the emergency department”.

Covid-19: Face-to-face consultations at health centers dropped 36% in the first half of year

Face-to-face consultations at health centers dropped 36% in the first half of the year compared to the same period in 2019, according to data released by the Portuguese Medical Association and hospital administrators, who express concern about “aggravating the situation “.

The data presented today in Lisbon, within the scope of the launch of the Movimento Saúde em Dia, promoted by the Order of Doctors (OM) and by the Portuguese Association of Hospital Administrators (APAH), show that, in the first half of this year, there were less 3.8 million face-to-face consultations in primary health care compared to the same period of 2019, while in hospitals of the National Health Service 902 thousand fewer consultations were made.

The two entities are concerned about data on the cumulative number of patients who do not have access to consultations, surgeries, exams, hospitalization or even emergencies following the covid-19 pandemic.

The president of the OE, Miguel Guimarães, warns that the situation “may worsen in the coming months, since there are patients without access to consultations since March, who have not yet started to be treated and there is no real plan for recovery”.

According to the data, the reduction of 902 thousand hospital visits represented a drop of 22% in the first hospital visits and 11% in the subsequent consultations.

Hospital emergencies saw a 27% reduction in episodes in the first half, which means 839,436 fewer episodes than in 2019.

Infarmed orders removal of OrbitPlatform surgical masks from the market

The National Medicines Authority (Infarmed) ordered the immediate removal of the surgical masks from the manufacturer OrbitPlatform from the market for not meeting all legal requirements.

Infarmed announced, in a statement published on its website, that “the placement on the national market and commercialization of type I surgical masks was identified” by OrbitPlatform, bearing undue CE marking, because “there is no evidence (proof) of compliance with all applicable legal requirements and the technical documentation is incomplete “.

At issue are “type I surgical masks with references MC10001, MC10001.1, MC10002, MC10003 and type IIR with references MC20001, MC20002 and MC20003” from OrbitPlatform, a Portuguese company dedicated to the manufacture of surgical masks for protection against covid-19. Infarmed determined “the immediate withdrawal of the said devices from the national market”.

Situation concerning Vaccines

Rui Santos Ivo, President of Infarmed, said yesterday that there are currently 176 vaccines against Covid-19 under development, of which 33 are in the clinical evaluation phase (that is, they are already being tested in people) and eight are in the last phase of testing, the previous phase before being subject to authorization by health authorities.

Of the eight vaccines that are already in the last phase, six are being negotiated at European level.

According to the president of the national authority of the drug, there is already a contract signed with AstraZeneca, at European level, which includes 300 million units destined for the countries of the European Union. Of this total, 2.3% will fall to Portugal – 6.9 million vaccines, pointed out the president of Infarmed, adding that “it is foreseen in the contracts that there may be production of additional doses that are necessary”. 

“If it becomes authorized and is available” the vaccine may be available in a period that goes “from the end of this year, beginning of 2021, until the middle of 2021”.

Rui Santos Ivo also said that the available information points to a vaccine in two doses, but the possibility of being administered in one dose is not excluded.

Covid-19: Tracking app now totals more than 660,000 ‘downloads’

The ‘StayAway Covid’ screening application has already been downloaded by 660,000 people, announced today the chairman of the board of directors of the Institute of Systems and Computer Engineering, Technology and Science (INESC TEC), José Manuel Mendonça.

In a lecture at the first meeting between health experts and politicians since July 8, José Manuel Mendonça, who led INESC TEC to lead the project to develop this mobile phone application, highlighted the adhesion of the Portuguese in this initial phase, but called for growth in number of users for greater effectiveness in combating the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal.

“Today, at nine o’clock, there were 660 thousand Portuguese people who had downloaded the application and it is very important that we reach even higher numbers”, stressed José Manuel Mendonça, also listing among the challenges for the future the guarantee of a European interoperability in the applications of countries to help “mobility and trust”.

The doubts raised during the development process of ‘StayAway Covid’ regarding data protection were also dismissed by the chairman of the board of directors of INESC TEC, who considered the ‘app’ “very safe”, supporting this position in 15 thousand lines open source to the public.

“There is no personal data involved, there is complete anonymity of who is warned of a potential dangerous contact – the infected person does not know who has infected him. No one knows who is infected, with the exception of health authorities” he said, adding: “This is not an ‘app’, it is a complex system. A social network, if we want”.

Schools

The minister referred that the meeting of Infarmed with specialists and politicians, in Porto, to discuss the situation of the pandemic, was “very important”, because “it allowed to make a pandemic situation in our country in the last 60 days”. The meeting also served to convey two messages of hope, which include the Stayaway Covid app and the vaccine acquisition strategy.

On the return to school, Marta Temido stated that the country is “prepared”. “We are safely preparing to return to school activities. This return is essential for children and this requires that the resumption is done with a set of activities and all aspects of these were discussed today. This is a process that will count on what it is our learning “, he explained. “We have more means, more experience, and more knowledge, although it is a highly demanding context and we count on everyone for the answer”.

The Minister of Education, on the other hand, said that the meeting was “to reaffirm the importance of understanding that the experience we had in the educational system will be fundamental in returning to school”.

Tiago Brandão Rodrigues also said that “schools, together with health authorities, can manage active cases, suspicious cases and outbreaks”. “Schools are doing their job. I am sure they are doing everything to increase the confidence of students and parents”, he assured, adding that families must know that there is “experience accumulated over this period that has gone a long way for good”.

Tourism Portugal

In view of the recent lifting of the requirement for quarantine for British tourists visiting Portugal, and the consequent increase in demand for travel, Turismo de Portugal has developed two actions aimed at strengthening confidence in the destination of Portugal, facilitating and promoting compliance with preventive health rules of the Covid-19 spread. This is the “Protected Tourist” kit and the adaptation of the www.portugalcleanandsafe.com platform as a database of tourists visiting the country.

The “Protected Tourist” kit is a joint initiative of Turismo de Portugal, ANA Aeroportos and the Regional Tourism Promotion Agencies (Algarve, Lisbon, Alentejo and Ribatejo, Center, Porto and North and Azores).

To be distributed to tourists arriving in the country, each kit will contain two “Portuguese Mask” (CITEVE level 3 certification masks, which meet the safety criteria for the general population and are 100% biodegradable (100% cotton), reducing thus the impact on the environment), an alcohol gel pack, protection advice and a QR Code to access the website www.portugalcleanandsafe.com where it is possible to consult companies that already have an issued a seal and evaluate (through a traffic light system) compliance by companies with the conditions for the award of the seal.

This platform www.portugalcleanandsafe.com will also include a registration system for tourists interested in receiving information sent by Turismo de Portugal, as well as having access to a set of information to support tourists in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic in Portugal.

The possibility of this site also includes the PLC – Passenger Locator Card Digital (or Digital Passenger Location Card). Developed in conjunction with the Ministry of Health, DGS and ANAC, it aims to assist health authorities in locating passengers who may have been exposed to Covid-19.

The United Kingdom is one of the main outbound tourist markets for Portugal (3.7 million tourists in 2019). The news of the lifting of the mandatory quarantine generated a significant growth in searches for British travel to Portugal on the Skyscanner platform, in the order of 2.2 million searches in the last two weeks (+ 398% compared to previous weeks), following the trend of growing interest in Portugal (+ 110% in the last 30 days).

International Travel

England is to start applying a regional approach to its quarantine policy for international arrivals, Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said.

From 4am on Wednesday arrivals from seven Greek islands will need to self-isolate for 14 days, but mainland Greece will maintain its coronavirus quarantine-exemption.

The decision brings England into line with Wales, which recently removed seven Greek islands from its quarantine-free list.

Mr Shapps said: “Our top priority has always been to keep domestic infection rates down, and today we’re taking the next step in our approach.

“Through the use of enhanced data we will now be able to pinpoint risk in some of the most popular islands, providing increased flexibility to add or remove them – distinct from the mainland – as infection rates change.

“This development will help boost the UK’s travel industry while continuing to maintain maximum protection to public health, keeping the travelling public safe.”

Mr Shapps said that travelling during coronavirus “is not without risk” and warned holidaymakers to travel with their “eyes open”.

“The islands policy itself becomes actively immediately and I will, of course, update the House on quarantine testing in the coming weeks.”

Spain

Spain registers almost 9000 cases and 78 deaths in the last 24 hours

This Tuesday, Spain counted 8964 new cases of covid-19, one third of which in the Madrid region, bringing the number of infected people to 534,513 since the beginning of the pandemic, according to figures released by the Spanish Ministry of Health.

The country has 78 more deaths from the disease reported in the last 24 hours, increasing the total number of deaths to 29,594.

Madrid remains the autonomous community with the largest number of new infections, 2,921 in the numbers recorded today, one third of the national total.

955 people were admitted to hospitals with the disease in the last 24 hours, of which 294 in Madrid, 132 in Andalusia and 102 in Catalonia.

944 people were discharged from the hospital with the new coronavirus, a difference of 11 people less than those who had the disease, with 7,972 people hospitalized across the country.

Regions

Madeira Situation report by Daniel Fernandes

There were 3 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. There were no new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and a patient recovered. There were 2 new cases on Sunday, one from a passenger who had arrived from the United Kingdom and one as a result of local transmission linked to a recently diagnosed patient. There were no new Covid-19 cases on Monday and a patient recovered. And there was 1 new case on Tuesday, from a passenger who had arrived from the United Kingdom.

There are currently 47 active cases, of which 31 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 16 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 174 cases and 127 recoveries. 

There are 22 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 25 in isolation at their own accommodation. 

There are currently 4 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. One of the suspected cases is from an individual who was transferred from a hotel to Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,634 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 8,278 people under active monitoring and 9,252 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 50,218 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 16h00). Overall, as of Monday, 86,234 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 357 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 12,103. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,087 calls, with 177 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/08/47-casos-activos-na-ram-hoje-ha-mais-um-caso-importado-e-4-casos-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103137/Madeira_sem_casos_novos_por_covid-19_e_mais_um_recuperado

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103200/Dois_novos_casos_por_covid-19_na_Madeira

Schools reopening

The school year in Madeira is starting in the period between the 7th of September and the 11th of September, with classes staring in nursery schools and year 1 to year 9. Secondary school classes will start in the period between the 14th and the 17th of September. There will be about 6,200 teachers and 42,000 students. 

The use of face masks is compulsory for students from Year 1 onwards and teachers and other staff will be tested for Covid-19.

A number of changes were introduced in the Region’s 130 schools in order to minimise the risk of contagion and to ensure assertive action is taken whenever suspected and confirmed cases are identified. There will be different class timetables and classes will start and end at different times to prevent gatherings at the same time. Some schools opted for two or three different starting times. The timetable was planned in coordination with public transport companies, which made some changes to their services’ timetable. Students were equally divided into morning and afternoon timetables. Schools also set up different circulation areas. Some schools were even able to set up different patio areas for certain school years and some will have specific break times for students of the same year.

The guideline for class sizes on years 1, 5 and 10 is usually 20 students per class, although the maximum size is 23 students per class. In most schools, students from the same class will be having classes at the same classroom and each student will be assigned their own desk. This will allow schools to quickly identify and isolate specific areas if a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 case is identified. Remote teaching and learning will take place if there is a confirmed case of Covid-19 in a school or class.

Jorge Carvalho, the Madeira Education Secretary, praised the “fantastic work” carried out by the Region’s schools in planning the new school year and said the Covid-19 pandemic almost forced a revolution in organising daily school life. He highlighted measures such as testing for teachers and staff, the use of face masks by the entire school community, hand-disinfection and said that other less-visible measures were taken to ensure face-to-face teaching is maintained. He warned the individual behaviour of students and their relatives outside the school premises will be crucial to avoid contagion and to ensure the measures adopted by schools are successful.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103253/Covid-19_Ano_letivo_arranca_com_uso_obrigatorio_de_mascara_a_partir_do_1_ciclo_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/103252/Cerca_de_42000_alunos_e_6200_professores_regressam_as_aulas_a_partir_de_hoje_na_Madeira

 

Algarve

Covid.19: Algarve without fairs until the end of the year

The decision of the municipalities in the Algarve was taken at the AMAL Intermunicipal Council Meeting. The mayors consider that the conditions are not met to allow annual fairs to be held.

In a statement, AMAL said that in the context of the current pandemic, the Municipalities of the Algarve decided, at the Council meeting that took place on the 5th, “not to hold the Fairs that take place, once a year, in different counties in the region “. The decision will be maintained at least until the end of this year, until further evaluation, read the same note.

Despite the fairs being held outdoors, AMAL explains that they “would have to obey a set of guidelines from the General Directorate of Health (DGS), which mayors affirm that there are no conditions to be met, since they imply a great deal of concentration of people “.

Thus, the same source reports that the holding of, for example, the Feira de Santa Iria, in Faro, the Feira de São Miguel, in Olhão, the Feira da Praia, in Vila Real de Santo António, the Feira de São Francisco, in Tavira, from Feira de São Martinho, in Portimão, or from Feira Franca, in Lagos.

In addition to this assessment, AMAL reinforces that, according to what has already been announced by the Government, the entire country will, as of September 15, enter a State of Contingency.

Open call to recruit 42 doctors at the Centro Universitario Universitário do Algarve

The Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA) reported today that it has 42 vacancies for hiring doctors, in various specialties, within the scope of the national competition published on September 4 in Diário da República with the aim of strengthening the National Health Service. Health (SNS) with over 950 medical professionals.

For CHUA, this contest launched by the Government, through the Ministry of Health, “will allow the creation of conditions to provide the Algarve hospital units with more specialist doctors, thus solving, if the vacancies are fully filled, some of the main constraints felt over the years “.

The dispatch with the distribution of the contingent of the 950 vacancies of the 1st season competition of the newly specialists in the hospital (911) and public health (39) areas was published last Friday in Diário da República. 

The contest has a period of 5 days, counting from the date of publication in the Diário da República. For more information, see Notice No. 13200-E / 2020, of September 4, 2020.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 8th September – 9th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Secretary of Health said today at the Legislative Assembly, in Horta, that the screening tests carried out on the Continent and in the Autonomous Region of Madeira have prevented 53 positive passengers travelling to the Azores.

Teresa Machado Luciano, who was speaking at a debate on the Regional Health Service, said that testing has been the cornerstone of the region’s strategy for prevention and containment of COVID-19, with more than 115 thousand tests having been carried out in the laboratories of the region and 30 thousand tests authorised at private laboratories.

Our ratio stands at 600 tests per thousand residents, almost twice the Autonomous Region of Madeira and close to three times that of mainland Portugal.

She also said that, despite intense demand in global markets, the acquisition and maintenance of reserves of personal protective equipment was guaranteed, to safeguard professionals and users for at least eight months.

“We are better prepared, not only technically, but also in medical equipment, individual protection and facilities”.  There are 80 ventilators and 26 rooms of negative pressure in the Region, 13 of which are at Hospital in Terceira, 10 at the Hospital do Divino Espírito Santo, Ponta Delgada, and three at the Hospital da Horta.

The Regional Secretariat is working, together with the Directorate-General for Health, to increase coverage for the vaccinations against influenza, as the flu season is nearly here.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4772 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 5th of September, 16 positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel and Terceira, have been diagnosed. 

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

There have been three cases of recovery in the region.

So far, 244 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19, have been detected in the Region, with 39 active positive cases currently, of which 32 on the island of São Miguel, six on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 5th September

Introduction

Good morning. So despite all the speculation and drama spelt out in the UK media and promoted in some local media here, Portugal has not been removed from the travel corridor, that is, provided you are travelling to England or Northern Ireland. Scotland and Wales however have set their own rules as we know.

Much of the media hysteria, in particular from the Daily Telegraph, repeated at regular intervals, was focused on Portugal’s removal from the travel corridor, based solely on the fact that the number of confirmed cases had increased, exceeding the 20 per 100,000 limit.

As we have repeatedly said and emphasised again in our Situation report on Wednesday, there is far more to this than just a single measure. If it was just a 7 day rolling average, the same borderline countries would be removed or added to the travel corridor every few days. As we said there are other factors such as testing levels, rates of increase, deaths etc. which are also taken into account, so we emphasize that people should not be drawn into media speculation based on the rate per 100,000 alone. This was the point emphasised by Grant Shapps in announcing the situation for England and Northern Ireland.

Although each country has the right to make its own decisions under a devolved government system, the fact that the announcements came at different times and respective linked websites were updated at different times, obviously led to confusion as reported by many holiday makers.

Another confusion was that some media referred to, where you land as the deciding factor for quarantine, as opposed to (what is should be) where you live or are heading to. If you fly into say Bristol but are heading to Wales, then the quarantine rule applies when you arrive in Wales.

Clearly the decisions have affected people who were planning to book holidays in Portugal and are currently here, and off course it has made more complicated for families and friends where one person say lives in Wales (quarantine) and the other in England (no quarantine).

We therefore hope that the following statement by Grant Shapps materialises in the interest of all: “I’m very keen and do try to coordinate with the other administrations so we can both announce things at the same time, and ideally both announce the same things, and this week that didn’t work out,” he said. There is clearly a need for more coordination.

One thing appears certain however and that is the UK will be reviewing this situation regularly and has emphasized that people planning or going on holiday should take account of frequent changes being made.

Lastly a reminder from our post on Facebook last night that at 00.01 hrs tomorrow we will enter into a Situation of Alert for rural fires which will last until 2350 hrs Tuesday 8th.  The reason for this is the higher temperatures expected over this period and the extreme risk of rural fires. The situation of Alert places certain restrictions on people in that there can be no burning of debris for example. It is also prohibited to use any type of machinery, including strimmers and bush cutters, to carry out work in forest areas and other rural areas. The detailed measures are in our Facebook post and can be downloaded here. https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/current-anpc-weather-warning-to-the-population-2/

With that please take care and have a Safe weekend.

Covid-19 DGS Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Friday the existence of 1,833 deaths and 59,457 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose from 1,829 to 1,833, 4 more than on Thursday. The number of infected people increased from 59,051 to 59,457, plus 406.

The number of people hospitalized is 339, 5 more than Thursday, and in intensive care there are 4 less patients, out of a total of 40.

The number of patients reported to have recovered from Covid-19 has increased again in the past 24 hours to 42,576, 149 more than on Thursday.

DGS data indicates that the four fatalities were recorded in the region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, which accounts for 30,609 cases (plus 194) and 677 deaths.

Health

Covid-19: Meetings between politicians and experts resumed on Monday in Porto

Meetings on the evolution of covid-19 in Portugal that bring together experts, politicians and social partners will resume on Monday, this time in Porto and now with an open transmission of the technicians’ initial presentations.

According to the Government, the meeting on Monday will take place in the auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Porto, starting at 15:00, bringing together the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Prime Minister, António Costa, the President of the Assembly of the Republic, Eduardo Ferro Rodrigues, party, employers and union leaders.

Monday’s session, according to a source from the executive, “will be important” to agree on the measures to be taken from the 15th of this month, when the country, in a preventive way, enters a state of contingency.

In the first part of the meeting in Porto, experts will take stock of the epidemiological situation in Portugal, followed by an update on the serological survey. Then, the case study “Case control”, the state of play on scientific research for the discovery of vaccines against covid-19, the “Stay away covid” application for mobile phones and the return to school are on the agenda.

These meetings, which arose at the initiative of the Prime Minister, with the aim of sharing information, started on March 24 and ran until July 8, in ten sessions in the auditorium of Infarmed – National Authority for Medicines and Health Products, in Lisbon, initially weekly and then fortnightly.

Covid-19: Nursing home in Famalicão with 43 infected

A nursing home of the Social and Parish Center of São Cosme, in Vila Nova de Famalicão, has recorded 43 positive cases of covid-19, of which 26 residents and 17 professionals, today announced the Northern Regional Health Administration (ARSN).

In a written reply sent to Lusa, ARSN states that on August 31, the Health Authority of the Grouping of Health Centers in Famalicão became aware of a positive case of covid-19 in a user in the Residential Structure for the Elderly (ERPI) of the Center Social and Parish Church of São Cosme.

From then on, the procedures outlined by the public health intervention were initiated, as recommended in the DGS technical guidelines and within the scope of the intervention for the prevention and control of covid-19.

“A test for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 infection was carried out of all users and professionals of the referred ERPI, and 43 positive cases were identified, of which 26 residents and 17 professionals”, adds ARSN.

He also says that the whole process has been developed, in articulation, by the local and regional Health authorities, the city council, the Braga Social Security District Center, Civil Protection and those responsible for the institution.

“The health authorities will continue to monitor the evolution of this situation and develop the public health measures deemed necessary, in conjunction with community entities”, concludes the ARSN.

Eleven users and 5 infected professionals in the Misericórdia de Lousada unit

The Northern Regional Health Administration (ARS-Norte) yesterday revealed that 11 users and five health professionals from the Integrated Continuous Care Unit of Hospital da Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lousada tested positive for covid-19.

Speaking to Lusa, an ARS-Norte source revealed that 11 of the institution’s 29 users tested positive, as well as five of the 14 health professionals, with all professionals and users being tested.

For “those unable”, that institution in the district of Porto asked the Civil Protection to move positive users to another health unit, said the source of ARS-Norte..

Positive cases are being followed by doctors from the Lousada Health Center Group and the Tâmega e Sousa Hospital Center.

In a statement, Santa Casa da Misericórdia de Lousada indicated that official communiqués will be released “whenever there is an evolution of the situation”, sending, in annex, a note in which it states that it is outlining the action plan with the competent entities to minimize the risk of contagion by the new coronavirus.

Covid-19: Association calls on DGS to review guidelines on pregnancy and childbirth

The Portuguese Association for the Rights of Women in Pregnancy and Childbirth yesterday called for the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) to review the guidelines defined for hospital institutions, claiming to be receiving “many requests help”of pregnant women.

“Our goal is to review the guidelines, which give hospital services autonomy to organize themselves as they can, but the truth is that as soon as DGS changes its policies, hospitals change too, that is, DGS says that each the hospital will organize itself as it is most convenient and the services say that the DGS has not yet changed the guidelines”, said the founder of the association.

Speaking to Lusa, Sara do Vale explained today that the association sent, on August 21, a letter to the DGS requesting a hearing and clarifying the guidelines, due to covid-19, for pregnant women and childbirth, but so far has received “no response”.

“We would like to know if the DGS is aware of the real situation, namely whether the current hospital policies are in line with the recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and requests from users, as well as what is being done or if there are plans so that it is recommended that institutions adjust their policies”, asks the institution in the letter, to which Lusa had access.

According to Sara do Vale, since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, the association has received “many requests for help”, and one of the issues most shared by pregnant women is the “companion issue” both during consultations and during childbirth.

Claims that the Reguengos de Monsaraz care home where 16 died is still not following DGS guidelines

Despite having been evacuated, disinfected and undergoing construction work, the Reguengos de Monsaraz home – where 16 residents and an employee died – continues to have problems and does not comply with the rules of the Directorate-General for Health.

The most recent survey, on August 24, identified 16 breaches of the DGS rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

According to the survey report, to which the magazine “Sábado” had access, those responsible for the home were unable to implement various procedures, with the absence of isolation zones, omissions of contingency plans, lack of staff divided by shifts and no procedures to ensure that fever is measured for all employees before entering the service.

According to the magazine, it was identified, for example, the existence of employees who circulate with users with the same clothes they wore in the street or professionals of the works to circulate between them.

In the same report, 15 recommendations are made to the home, with a view to not spreading the virus. “There is no compliance with individual and collective protection measures by employees and users,” says the report, also pointing out that “a team management model that minimizes contagion between employees is not implemented” (for example, lagged schedules)

To the newspaper “Público”, the director of the foundation that manages the home spoke of “exaggerated alarmism” and guarantees that all issues will be clarified in a report that will be ready within days.

Schools

Criteria for closure of Schools

Schools will only be closed in case of “high risk” and the screening of those who have been in contact with covid-19 patients will be done “preferably within 12 hours after the identification of the case”, recommends Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

These are some of the measures foreseen in the “Schools Reference – Control of the transmission of Covid-19 in a school context”, which was published today and is available on the DGS website, but which will still be “object of contributions to be improved and consolidated ”, According to information from the Directorate-General.

In the document, DGS explains that two confirmed cases of covid-19 in a school are sufficient to be considered an outbreak, but that only in “high risk situations” do health authorities choose to close the educational establishment.

The first options are to close only one or more classes, or to close “one or more areas of the education or teaching establishment”. As a last resort, the entire school is closed.

“The closure of the entire education or teaching establishment should only be considered in situations of high risk in the establishment or in the community. This measure can only be determined by the local health authority, involving regional and national health authorities in decision making”, says the DGS document that the Ministry of Education will send to all schools.

Process

A parent should not take a sick child to school. The parent should call the SNS 24 line. SNS 24 does a screening, says whether [the child] is suspected of being a covid or not. Parents notify the school. The school notifies the health authorities in the area. The child is tested and the school is assessed “. This is the circuit that a child or youth with symptoms of covid-19 must go through, explained, the director general of Health, Graça Freitas, this Friday, in a press conference.

Unraveling a little more of the content of the manual in preparation on how to act in case of suspected infection in the school environment, Graça Freitas, assumed that the strategy involves putting in communication several entities from civil protection, to city councils, to health services and school children to detect early what may be the start of an outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Although the articulation between the different services is fundamental, the most important role concerns those in charge of education, to whom the Director-General of Health calls not to let their children go to school, if they present a symptom of covid (fever , cough, breathing difficulties). Instead, the advice is to call the SNS 24 line (808 24 24 24), where the need for a screening test will be assessed.

Parents should also make another call to the school, which will trigger “a quick inquiry to see if some students need to be in isolation “, continues the head of DGS.

Students in groups at risk will be able to hold classes at a distance

Students who are part of groups at risk for covid-19 will be monitored in person during the next school year, similarly to what was already happening with cancer patients, according to an order issued this Thursday by the Ministry of Education.

In a statement, the press office explains that the document, which is still for publication, consists of an extension to a 2017 ordinance that establishes support measures for students with oncological diseases.

This order provides that these students may have non-face-to-face support, using support that allows them to maintain contact with the original class, by agreement with the family, and resources can be mobilized in case of manifest need”, writes the authority.

In a version of the text made available to Lusa, it is read that “students who, according to the guidelines of the health authority, should be considered at risk of sickness” and cannot therefore attend face-to-face classes, can benefit from “individual educational support in a school context or at home, in person or at a distance “.

Festa do Avante

President of the Republic says he is not “as optimistic” as DGS or PCP (Communist Party)

The President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, said yesterday that his perspective on the realization of the! “is not as optimistic” as the perception of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) and the PCP.

“I do not hide it, and I had the opportunity to say to those responsible for the PCP, in a cordial but very frank way, that my perception is not as optimistic as the perception of the DGS and the perception of the party”, considered the head of state, on the margins of a visit to the municipality of Castro Marim, about the event that runs between today and Sunday in Seixal (Setúbal).

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa recalled that the DGS defined a series of rules that “it considers sufficient to, without major risks, give a ‘green light'”, through “a technical, scientific and specialized authorization” to the event, and that the PCP understands “that the minimum or sufficient health conditions are fulfilled for its realization”.

Without discussing health issues, the President of the Republic raised the issue in terms of political evaluation and the perception that the Festa do Avante! has with the population.

“I am not going to discuss health rules. It is not my specialty, nor should the President of the Republic discuss it. The question is different: all events – and the big ones, for the most part – must also be appreciated in the light of the perception that people have of them, “he said.

For the head of state, “one thing is the rules and the way they are applied, another thing is the image taken by people of what is authorized and accomplished”.

“The perception of the DGS and the organizing party is that it is positive, as an exercise in democracy and also as respect for sufficient rules to materialize. The perception of part of the country is that it is less positive, it is less optimistic about the general image that is left, “he added.

Flu Vaccines

The Deputy Secretary of State and National Defence, Jamila Madeira, said that the “supply of the first more than one hundred thousand doses of the vaccine” against seasonal flu to the units of the National Health Service will be anticipated.

The measure, according to the Secretary of State, “will allow the Directorate-General for Health to distribute it better” to the groups considered priority and most vulnerable.

At the press conference on the epidemiological situation in Portugal, in Lisbon, Jamila Madeira said that, “in this particularly atypical year”, the country registers “the largest purchase ever of vaccines against seasonal flu, in a total of two million”, making that “there are more vaccines and that they are guaranteed sooner”.

Regarding the number of new cases of infection, by Covid-19, the Secretary of State recalled that the Government always said that “the battle against this pandemic would be long and would pass through several phases”, adding that “today the whole country is more well prepared and more focused on what needs to be done »:

“The NHS is doing its part in preparing for a very challenging and complex period that lies ahead, with the resumption of many activities and the demanding context of autumn / winter for health, particularly for the most vulnerable”, he added.

Regarding the new Stayaway Covid application , Jamila Madeira said that half a million people have already downloaded it and highlighted “the need and usefulness of Portuguese accession” to it.

Other News

GNR detects 612 violations concerning illegal camping and caravanning

More than 600 violations were detected by GNR during an operation aimed at inspecting illegal camping and caravanning by the sea in the districts of Setúbal, Beja and Faro, the GNR said today.

In a statement, the GNR said that during the operation, which took place between 20 and 31 August, 71 actions were carried out and 714 vehicles were inspected, resulting in the detection of 612 violations.

This security force highlights the 500 infractions for camping and caravanning in an irregular situation, plus 33 related to the Highway Code and 14 related to nature and the environment.

Approximately 200 military personnel from the GNR were involved in these inspection actions within the “Seguro Seguro” operation, which aimed at inspecting camping and caravanning activities, with a special focus on the coast of the districts of Setúbal, Beja and Faro.

According to GNR, this inspection aimed to guarantee “public safety and tranquillity and the protection of nature and the environment, also contributing to the fulfilment of the exceptional measures necessary to contain Covid-19”.

GNR explains that it has the competence to supervise violations of all rules applicable to parking and overnight stays with motorhomes, having directed the inspection to the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.

The GNR added that camping or caravanning outside the designated places, as well as any form of overnight stay, constitutes an environmental offense and punishable by a fine between 200 and 36,000 euros.

Region Reports

Madeira Situation Report – by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 9 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. There were 4 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, three from passengers who had arrived in Madeira and one as a result of the transmission chain in Porto Santo. There was 1 new case on Thursday, from a passenger who had arrived from the Netherlands. And there were 4 new cases on Friday, one from a passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and three a result of local transmission chain linked to an individual from Central Portugal and who had spent a week in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

There are currently 46 active cases, of which 31 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 15 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. And a patient has recovered. So far, there have been 171 cases and 125 recoveries.

There are 22 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 24 in isolation at their own accommodation.

There are currently 3 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Friday, there had been 1,631 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 8,253 people under active monitoring and 9,099 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 46,387 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Thursday, 80,282 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 187 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 11,746.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,065 calls, with 175 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/04/ram-com-mais-4-casos-de-covid-19-ha-ainda-mais-um-caso-suspeito/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102799/Madeira_regista_mais_quatro_casos_por_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102918/Covid-19_Madeira_registou_mais_um_caso_positivo_nas_ultimas_24_horas

Contingency plan activated after Funchal Municipality worker tested positive for Covid-19

The Municipality of Funchal informed that one of its workers tested positive for Covid-19 after his return from holiday. He did not have any symptoms, had returned from holiday on the 29th of August and had returned to work on Monday. On Tuesday, he went into isolation in his residence after being informed that a person he had holidayed with had tested positive for Covid-19. He contacted the health authorities and tested positive on Thursday. He is currently asymptomatic. The Municipality of Funchal activated its internal contingency plan and has been helping to identify all people he had come into contact with. The office where the patient works was thoroughly disinfected.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102991/Funcionario_da_Camara_do_Funchal_com_teste_positivo_a_covid-19_ativa_Plano_de_Contingenci

GNR officers tested negative for Covid-19

All 32 GNR police officers tested negative for Covid-19. They were tested after a colleague tested positive for Covid-19 on the 29th of August. The Madeira Territorial Command of the GNR announced the GNR premises will be thoroughly disinfected. It also assured that its mission and operations had not been compromised as a result of this situation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102757/Covid-19_Trinta_e_dois_militares_da_GNR_na_Madeira_com_teste_negativo_apos_contacto_com_caso_ativo

Ventilators donated to Funchal hospital

Grupo Pestana delivered 5 ventilators to Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The delivery ceremony took place on Friday morning and was attended by Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) and Dionísio Pestana (President of Grupo Pestana). This was the first delivery of a total of 20 ventilators that Grupo Pestana will donate. Miguel Albuquerque expressed his gratitude for the donation that is worth €420,000. Dionísio Pestana explained he had been so shocked with the Covid-19 mortality rate, particularly in Italy, that he contacted Miguel Albuquerque in March so as to learn what the Region’s healthcare system required. He was told there was a need for more ventilators. Miguel Albuquerque also thanked Cristiano Ronaldo for having donated ventilators to the same hospital.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102981/Grupo_Pestana_entregou_hoje_cinco_dos_20_ventiladores_doados_ao_hospital_do_Funchal

German Honorary Consulate to reopen

The Honorary Consulate of Germany in Madeira will reopen. It had not had an office since 2017. The new office will be located at Edifício Concordia, in Amparo. Sérgio Filipe Correia Sousa will be the Honorary Consul of the Federal Republic of Germany in the the Autonomous Region of Madeira. He will succeed Ricardo Dumont dos Santos, who had been in office for two decades. The swearing-in ceremony will take place on Thursday, at 18h30, at Forte de São Tiago. Martin Ney, the German Ambassador, will attend the ceremony.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102840/Consulado_da_Alemanha_reabre_na_Madeira

Algarve

Covid 19

In the Algarve there are 1148 total confirmed cases to date including 286 currently active. On these there were 11 confirmed cases in the last 24 hrs.

Of the total to date 843 have recovered or 73.4%. The number of people in hospital is five and in ICU is three.

British and Portuguese help hotels achieve 60.5% occupancy in August

Algarve hotels had an average occupancy / room of 60.5% in August, a low figure when compared to previous years, but high in relation to the other months of 2020.

According to the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), this month’s results had the positive influence of the British market, which increased demand by 3.5pp compared to July, «following the opening of the air corridor in 20 August between the United Kingdom and the Algarve ».

The increase in demand from the national market, which rose by 6.4%, in relation to the same month of 2019, also helped to achieve this occupancy rate. The Portuguese represented 67.7% of the total overnight stays.

Even so, despite the national “aid”, the occupancy rate of 60.5% was 35% below the value registered last year.

Despite the recovery in relation to July, the British market was the one that fell the most compared to last year (-18.4pp), followed by the Irish (-4.2%), French (-2.8pp) and the German (- 2.6%).

Sales volume also decreased 36.4%, compared to August last year.

In accumulated values, the bed occupancy registered an average decrease of -58.1% since January and the sales volume decreased by -56.8%.

José Apolinário is elected as PS for the CCDR of the Algarve. 

José Apolinário and António Ceia da Silva are the candidates chosen by the PS for the presidency of the Coordination and Regional Development Commissions (CCDR) of the Algarve and Alentejo, respectively. And if, in the Algarve, there are no obstacles to the election of the current Secretary of State for Fisheries, in Alentejo the name of the acting president of the Regional Tourism Authority of the Algarve and Ribatejo is disputed, even within the PS.

According to the newspaper Público today, José Apolinário will be the socialist candidate in the first indirect elections for the presidency of the Algarve CCDR, which will take place in October. Bearing in mind that the electoral college is composed of mayors from the region, the vast majority of the PS, the election should be only pro-forma.

José Apolinário, who has already been a deputy and mayor of Faro, has been the regional coordinator of the fight against Covid-19 in the Algarve since April 8, first in the state of emergency, then in the state of Calamidade and now in the alert. A function that, in addition to his previous and current experience, as Secretary of State for Fisheries, has given him an in-depth knowledge of the Algarve situation.

Situation Report Azores 4th September – 5th September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Vice-President of the Government has announced that the Azorean Executive has approved 706 applications for the Employment Maintenance Program, this is aimed at ensuring that Azorean companies that have benefitted from national credit lines have additional support to repay these loans, substantially reducing charges and reinforcing liquidity.

“Under this measure made available by the Regional Government, which covers all sectors of activity in the regional economy and almost all Azorean companies, 706 applications have already been approved, which contributes to ensuring the maintenance of 8,567 jobs,” said Sérgio Ávila.

The ‘Employment Maintenance Programme’, injects much needed money into the Azorean economy.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4226 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 2ndof September, four positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel, Terceira and Graciosa, have been diagnosed.

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal.

The positive case diagnosed on the island of Graciosa, is a man who is, 31 years old, he had already been diagnosed with COVID-19 during his stay on the continent, and was said to be  recovered by his local health authorities, he currently has remnants of the virus and, therefore, not contagious.

228 cases of infection by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 29 active positive cases, 25 on the island of São Miguel, three on Terceira island and one on Pico island.

 

 

Portugal Situation Report 2nd September 2020

Introduction

The focus for many at present is on whether Portugal will be taken off the UK’s travel corridor list, thereby meaning that those returning to, or visiting the UK, will need to go into 14 days quarantine. Obviously this is a worry to many tourists enjoying their holidays here at present.

There has been much coverage in the UK media, particularly the tabloid the Daily Mirror, that Portugal maybe removed, with the headline “Fears that Portugal will be added back to UK quarantine list”. Any such fears are of course are perpetuated by the newspaper itself. The Telegraph (which has been hopelessly wrong in the past) stated on Sunday as a headline: “Portugal likely to lose its travel corridor this week”.

Such articles and controversial headlines are of course there for one reason only – to sell. They are not based on proper research and as such are speculative. The fact is, that no one knows until such an announcement is made. 

The decisions are generally based on the 7 day rolling average exceeding the baseline of 20 per 100,000. On Sunday it was reported that Portugal had 19.4 cases per 100,000.

The rolling 7 day criteria if used rigidly on its own, would however mean that certain borderline countries would be added to, or taken off, the travel corridor potentially every few days, which does not happen for obvious reasons. Our understanding is that, although a lead indicator is 20 cases per 100k over 7 days, they also take into account a wide range of factors, including actual level, rate and speed of change in confirmed cases.

If these factors are applied, then it seems unlikely that UK would respond to this in such a short period, unless there was a major spike, as was seen in France and Spain.

This, of course, plays into the hands of social media, with blame in some cases being apportioned on tourists for the increase in Portugal. This is not factually correct as stated by the DGS. If it was, then the Algarve would have experienced a massive increase which it has not. Unfortunately, there are those who are very quick to post on certain Algarve social media groups, comments and information without thinking of the consequences in an attempt to be first with the news or just cause controversy.  

We have also seen in the last few days examples of “instant experts” on Facebook, who try and find the most negative points, even in response to the most positive of messages. This ranges from IT, to cruise liners to Covid-19 itself. Such was the case with the Portuguese “Stay Away” App, which we posted a few days ago and has passed the stringent criteria concerning data privacy (Portugal has one of the most stringent data privacy laws in Europe). The Prime Minister, António Costa, said this Tuesday, in Porto that using the StayAway Covid application is “a civic duty”. It is an excellent tool we should all use.

In the interests of the integrity of our page, we will remove comments and information that is speculative, misleading, detracts from the subject matter, may cause offence to others and is generally unhelpful in these difficult times.  Having to closely monitor and deal with such comments places greater pressure on our overworked admin team and detracts from our other more important priorities. There are some groups that welcome such gossip, we are not one of them! Conversely, there are other people who are very helpful and civic minded and genuinely care about others and the country itself. Thank you.

So with that, please have a Very Safe Day

DGS Situation Report

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Tuesday the existence of 1,824 deaths and 58,243 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose from 1,822 to 1,824, 2 more than on Monday. The number of infected people increased from 58,012 to 58,243, 231 more. This is lower than the last three days.

The number of people hospitalized is 350, 1 more than Monday, and in intensive care there are 3 more patients, a total of 44.

The number of patients reported to have recovered from covid-19 has increased again in the past 24 hours to 42,104, 143 more than on Monday.

Health

Covid-19 StayAway App

Prime Minister using the App is a “Civic Duty”

The Prime Minister, António Costa, said this Tuesday, in Porto that using the “StayAway” Covid application is “a civic duty”. The head of the Government spoke during the official presentation of the “app” that allows you to track any contacts with people infected with Covid-19.

“Understand that it is a civic duty to download this application and signal if they are diagnosed as testing positive,” said Costa at the launch of the initiative, which took place in Porto.

The “StayAway covid” is a voluntary mobile application that, through the physical proximity between “smartphones”, allows to quickly and anonymously track the contagion networks by Covid-19, informing users that they have been, in the last 14 days, in the same location as someone infected with the new coronavirus.

Read more in English and Portuguese about the App here https://stayawaycovid.pt/landing-page/

DGS comments on suggestion to reduce isolation period

The Director-General of Health stated yesterday that it would be “extraordinarily positive” to reduce the isolation period from 14 to 10 days due to the contagion of covid-19, but that this can only be done if there is “robust scientific evidence”.

“We have great expectations, we and the whole community around the world, that it will be clearly established that the period of contagion is very small after the 10 days of onset of symptoms or contact with a patient’s case”, said the director- General of Health, Graça Freitas, during the press conference to monitor the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal.

The 14 days correspond to the maximum number of days considered for incubation since the beginning of the pandemic: “It has always been said that this was the incubation period”, recalled Graça Freitas.

“We are looking forward to meeting this period with a lot of positive expectations, but we will see if there is such evidence,” she concluded.

Covid-19: Santarém Hospital requests referral of urgent patients to other units

Hospital de Santarém asked urgent patients to be referred to other hospital units due to having 19 doctors on the scale of their Emergency Department absent, four of them with covid-19 and 15 in isolation because of “high contact risk”.

In a statement, the clinical director of the Santarém District Hospital (HDS), Paulo Sintra, says that this health unit “faces a decrease in its response capacity”, given the absence of these 19 clinicians and the fact that the hospital Service, where nine positive and 42 suspected patients are hospitalized, be “overwhelmed by the lack of available professionals”.

According to the note, between Tuesday and Friday of this week, the HDS Emergency Service “remains available to assist all users who travel by their own means, having been informed to CODU [Center for Orientation of Urgent Patients] that all other patients, with a special focus on emerging patients, are referred to the Emergency Services of other hospital units ”.

“The increasing ability to test, more than 12,000 tests performed so far, the safety and hygiene measures implemented, the hiring of additional professionals and the effort of all professionals cancelling vacations and increasing emergency shifts, has not been enough to avoid the current situation”, he adds.

In the statement, HDS says it expects to “return to normal activity” next week.

Pediatric emergency room in Évora “at risk” of closing – medical union

The South Union of Doctors of the South Zone (SMZS) warned today that the pediatric emergency room at the Hospital of Espírito Santo de Évora (HESE) is “at risk of closing due to lack of doctors”, as of this Tuesday.

“The HESE Pediatric Emergency Service (SUP) is experiencing a serious shortage of pediatric doctors, which puts its operation at risk, as of the next September 1st,” can be read in the statement released by the union.

According to the SMZS, this service at the Évora hospital “currently has six paediatric doctors, of whom only three perform night work, due to legal limits, which means that not even the use of overtime” is “sufficient to ensure the urgency scale ”.

“This situation has been going on for several years”, stressed the union structure, indicating that doctors have signalled their concern with the board of directors of HESE and the Regional Health Administration (ARS) of Alentejo, but “these management structures have left deteriorate the situation”.

The SMZS said that the HESE administration, “instead of looking for solutions, puts pressure on doctors to fill the urgency scales, even if they do not comply with the minimum safety recommendations”, which “require two doctors who are specialists to be physically present”.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic” of covid-19, he indicated, the board of directors “determined that the weekly schedule of these six doctors should be mostly or fully fulfilled urgently, with prejudice to the remaining care activity in consultation and hospitalization”.

Testing

More tests against the risk of increased contagion after the holidays

The Prime Minister said yesterday that there will soon be a substantial reinforcement of the capacity of the number of tests to be carried out to prevent the risk of increased contagion of covid-19 with the end of the vacation.

This measure of the Government was stated by António Costa in the speech he gave at the opening of the National Convention of the PS, in Coimbra, when he anticipated that this week, in terms of prevention of covid-19, “two very important steps will be taken”.

The first of these measures, according to the socialist leader, is “an extraordinary increase in the number of tests to be carried out” and he explained why: “When the return of holidays returns to concentrating people, when companies return to work in full and when if the education system works again, naturally the risk of contagion will increase “.

“If the risk of contagion increases, you must increase the prevention of contagion. Therefore, increasing the testing capacity is essential”, he justified.

António Costa then spoke at the launch this week of a new application designed to signal the approach of a citizen to another who may be infected.

“I appeal to everyone now to download this application on your mobile phones. It is necessary that everyone be supportive, warning all those with whom they have been in contact and who, eventually, may have been infected. This is a civic duty of all. I will be the first to set an example, “he said.

Schools

The President of the Republic stated on Monday that Portuguese society should be informed as soon as possible about the health rules for the next school year.

We are now at the beginning of the month of September. In 15 days we have the beginning of the school year. It is very important that the Portuguese society as a whole is clarified [about the rules to apply in schools]. Health rules cannot be considered as rules that only a handful of elected representatives can understand “, he told reporters in Faro.

Stressing that the Directorate-General for Health and the school directors “certainly” will have already defined the rules for this academic year, which starts this year between September 14th and 17th, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa added that they “be clarified and spelled out well “to the national community.

“It is evident that the sooner it is done, the better this task of clarification is,” he replied, when asked by journalists whether the rules should be released now.

The National Federation of Education, the National Confederation of Parents’ Associations and the National Association of Group Directors and Public Schools today called for the guidelines for the 2020/2021 school year to be “clear and consistent”.

In an academic year that is expected to be “atypical” due to the covid-19 pandemic, the three organizations presented this Monday a joint document, which will soon be sent to the President of the Republic, Ministry of Education and parliamentary groups, where they present their concerns and suggestions for the 2020/2021 school year.

Covid-19: Handbook for schools to act without having to close the entire school

The Directorate-General for Health is preparing a manual to support educational establishments to act on suspected or confirmed cases of covid-19, in order to control “panic” and the “trend” to close the whole school. ”

During the covid-19 pandemic, intervention in schools, which reopen within two weeks, must be “targeted and focused and not expanded to the entire school to disturb the school year as little and safely as possible”, explained the  General Director of Health, Graça Freitas.

To this end, a document is being drawn up on how to intervene in the face of a suspicious case and facilitate communication between the school, guardians and health services.

“There is no panic or tendency to close an entire school” is the focus of the document which, according to Graça Freitas, will be released on September 7th, about a week before the start of the school year, which is scheduled to start between the 14th and 17th September.

Next week, meetings between experts, policy makers and social partners at Infarmed will return on the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic and on that day it will be possible to learn about some of the guidelines.

“At the next Infarmed meeting, it will already be possible to give some indications” to the schools, revealed the director-general during the DGS press conference to take stock of the epidemiological situation in Portugal.

Courts

Courts returned to full operation yesterday 1st September, with a reinforcement of security measures and cleaning teams costing almost six million euros, the authority announced yesterday.

In a statement, the Ministry of Justice states that more than 90% of the courtrooms were considered suitable for holding trial hearings, after implementing a set of health safety rules due to the covid-19 pandemic.

In protection and hygiene materials alone, the Government invested around 700 thousand euros for the purchase of two thousand separation acrylics, 11 thousand visors, 12 thousand litres of surface disinfection material and 15 thousand litres of hand disinfectants.

The biggest expense, however, was in strengthening the team of operational assistants and cleaning services, which was around five million euros.

According to the ministry, recruitment procedures were opened, by mobility, of operational assistants in 108 centres and signed addenda to the cleaning service contracts in force for placing more cleaning pickets.

On Tuesday, the specialized jurisdiction of the administrative and tax courts, the Labour Court of Almada and the Family and Minors Court of Marco de Canaveses also began operations.

Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic, 30 positive cases have been identified in Portuguese courts, none of which remain active, and whose transmission chains were outside the system.

Travel 

Cruise ship ban extended

The Government extended on Tuesday a ruling extending, until September 15th, the disembarkation and licenses for the land of passengers and crew of cruise ships in national ports, which ended today.

According to an official source from the Ministry of Infrastructure and Housing, one of several responsible for this document, the extension is for another two weeks, as has been the case since mid-March.

The last order took effect on August 16th and ended today, having been issued by the Ministries of National Defense, Home Affairs, Health and Infrastructure and Housing.

This prohibition, taking into account the situation generated by covid-19, applies to “disembarkation and licenses for the land of passengers and crew of cruise ships in national ports”, and does not cover national citizens or holders of residence permits in Portugal, according to the first order, of 13th March.

“Cruise ships are authorized to dock at national ports for supply and maintenance”, reads this ruling, which further clarifies that “disembarkation in exceptional cases can be validated, with authorization from the health authority”.

There have been several outbreaks on cruise ships since the start of the pandemic, with companies practically paralyzing their activity.

Spain – Major Rural fire north of Huelva

On 31ST AUGUST it was reported that Huelva is currently experiencing the worst forest fire in years. The fire which started near Almonaster de Real last Thursday has now burnt over 10,000 hectares and due to very dry land and strong winds it has been almost impossible to bring under control.

Over 3,200 people have been evacuated from their homes as over five hundred firefighters battle against this fire. According to Infoca, the winds which died down yesterday increased again in the afternoon and they currently have 8 planes and 17 helicopters fighting from the air to bring the fire under control. As of yesterday afternoon, there were around 330 Infoca firefighters, 157 military firefighters and 20 firefighters from local fire stations.

Due to smoke and proximity of the fire, Valverde del camino , Pinos de Valverde and Puerto Blanco have been the last populations to be evacuated. And although the fire hasn’t reached these areas these preventative measures have been taken to ensure there is no loss of life.

Heavy machinery has been brought in to clear paths and to make controlled fires to stop the spread of the fire to more towns. Various mines in the area have been closed and their explosives moved to a safe location.

The fire at its nearest point is around 30 kms eastern border with Portugal and 80 kms north east of Vila Real de Santa Antonio as shown on the map.

Road accidents

July recorded the highest number of deaths and serious injuries in road accidents, with fatalities increasing almost 50% compared to the same month of 2019, revealed the Road Safety today.

The National Road Safety Authority (ANSR), yesterday published the road accident and inspection report for the first seven months of 2020, informing that the month of July had the highest number of fatalities and serious injuries this year.

According to the ANSR, in July 49 people died on Portuguese roads, 48.5% more than in the same month of 2019, when 33 died, and 212 people suffered serious injuries, the same number as last year.

Road accidents decreased 17% in July compared to the same month of 2019, with 2,696 incidents, against the 3,254 recorded last year.

In total and in the first seven months of 2020, there were 14,217 accidents with victims involved, resulting in 216 deaths occurred at the accident site or during transport to the health unit; 991 seriously injured and 16,493 minor injuries.

The ANSR indicates that, compared to the same period in 2019, there were 5,705 fewer accidents with victims (-28.6%), 43 less fatalities (-16.6%), 269 less serious injuries (-21.3% ) and less 7,590 minor injuries (-31.5%).

 

Region Reports

Madeira situation report from Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 4 new Covid-19 cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. There were no new cases on Saturday and on Sunday. There were 3 new Covid-19 cases on Monday, one from a passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and two from passengers who had arrived from South Africa. There was 1 new case on Tuesday, from a passenger who had arrived from Italy.

As for the Porto Santo transmission chain, the epidemiological investigation meant 21 people had to go into isolation, with 3 of them testing positive. The remaining 18 people remain in isolation because they could still test positive in the following days. 

There are currently 44 active cases, of which 33 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 11 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 162 cases and 118 recoveries. 

There are 22 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 22 in isolation at their own accommodation. 

There are currently 5 suspected cases under an epidemiological investigation and analysis. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,621 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 7,824 people under active monitoring and 9,290 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 44,426 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h00). Overall, as of Monday, 77,163 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 201 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 11,746. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,036 calls, with 174 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/09/01/ram-tem-mais-um-caso-activo-de-covid-19-proveniente-de-italia-ha-mais-5-casos-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102539/Covid-19_Madeira_regista_segundo_dia_consecutivo_sem_novos_casos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102619/Tres_novos_casos_de_covid-19_na_Regiao

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102558/Amiga_de_Jorge_Gabriel_coloca_21_pessoas_em_isolamento_no_Porto_Santo_

Madeira to intensify contacts to prevent the end of the UK travel corridor to Madeira

Bookings from the English market increased by 64% in a week, after Portugal was added to the UK travel corridor.

However, after a national increase in Covid-19 cases, there are now fears that Portugal will be removed from the UK travel corridor later in the week, which would mean travellers returning to UK from Portugal would have to go into quarantine. 

These fears led the Madeira Regional Government to send letters to the Portuguese and British Governments, to the UK Ambassador to Portugal and to the Portugal Ambassador to the UK, explaining that the epidemiological situation in Madeira is different from that in the rest of the country. According to Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, the aim is for regional distinctions to be made so that Madeira is not unfairly punished once again. Indeed, he reminded that under the European Commission’s guidelines, countries must provide regional data about the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102622/Mercado_ingles_cresce_64_na_Madeira_uma_semana_apos_inclusao_no_corredor_aereo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102581/Madeira_reforca_comunicacao_para_manter_turistas_do_Reino_Unido

30 Covid-19 tests carried out after GNR police officer tested positive

A GNR police officer tested positive for Covid-19. As a result, 30 police officers from the Madeira Territorial Command of the GNR, who had been in close contact with the infected police officer, were tested for Covid-19 and are now awaiting for the test results.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102690/Covid-19_Militar_da_GNR_da_Madeira_infetado_motiva_realizacao_de_30_testes_a_contactos_proximos

Mandatory Covid-19 testing for teachers and school staff

From today, all teachers and school staff from Madeira’s primary schools (1º Ciclo) will be tested for Covid-19. And from the 4th of September, all teachers and school staff from Year 5 to Year 9 schools (2º Ciclo and 3º Ciclo) will tested for Covid-19.

All teachers and school staff who had travelled to the Region or who had returned and carried out a negative Covid-19 test must be tested once again, between 5 and 7 days after the first test. Teachers and school staff in this situation must inform their school leadership so that a new test can be scheduled.

All testing will be carried out at Escola dos 2.º e 3.º Ciclos Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia, just as it happened when kindergartens and nursery schools reopened in May.

All students from schools in the Region will receive 2 reusable face masks, for use in accordance with the health authorities guidelines, and information regarding the new guidelines and contingency plans for their schools. The face masks are produced in compliance with the health authorities guidelines.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102631/Covid_-_19_Governo_manda_testar_docentes_e_funcionarios_das_escolas_da_Regiao_ja_a_partir_do_dia_2

Delay to the return of cruise ships

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, said cruise ships will not be returning to Madeira on the 15th of September, as originally scheduled. He explained this is due to cancellations that followed an increase in Covid-19 cases throughout the world and to cruise companies that are still not confident with the idea of reopening cruise tours. He added that there is still no idea when cruise ships will be returning because cruise companies are unable to make decisions due to the uncontrolled nature of the pandemic in the whole of Europe and in the whole world.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102725/Regresso_dos_cruzeiros_a_Regiao_sem_data_definida_

Madeira must not shut its borders again

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, said Madeira must not shut its borders again, even though its reopening is a calculated risk. He expressed his satisfaction with the success of the testing and monitoring systems. However, he also said there had been worrying situations such as the start of a transmission chain in Porto Santo. As a result, he stressed once again the importance for people to comply with the guidelines. He appealed for people to wear face masks, not to be tempted into keeping too short a distance from other people, to follow the hygiene rules and not to get into gatherings. He reinforced the appeal by describing a bad and risky situation that took place in the last weekend, in which there were too many people drinking poncha (a traditional Madeira alcoholic drink) while not maintaining social distancing.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102694/Albuquerque_Madeira_nao_pode_voltar_a_fechar_apesar_dos_riscos

Free entry on Porto Moniz natural swimming pools

In September, the Municipality of Porto Moniz is providing free entry to the municipality’s natural swimming pools under the “Porto Moniz Revitaliza + Voucher Card” scheme. The scheme is aimed at visitors who eat in the municipality’s restaurants or who stay in accommodation in the municipality. Customers will receive 1 voucher for each €15 spending in a municipality restaurant. For example, a family who spent €45 in a restaurant will receive 3 vouchers for free entry in the natural swimming pools. Customers who stay in accommodation in the municipality, including local accommodation, will receive 1 voucher per person, no matter how much it cost.

Vouchers can be collected daily, from 10h00 to 18h00, in the customer office (balcão de atendimento) at Espaço Multiusos do Porto Moniz. Receipts proving consumption/stay must be presented so that they can be converted into vouchers.

https://www.facebook.com/portomoniz.pt/photos/a.470543329733051/3268212736632749/?type=3&theater

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on Thursday, from 09h00 to 13h00, in the parish of Tabua. The disruption will affect the following areas: Candelária, Lugar da Serra, Lugares, Praia, Ribeira, Terça and Zimbreiros.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102735/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_em_algumas_zonas_na_Tabua

 

Algarve

GNR operation against wild camping

A total of 200 infractions, of which 164 resulting from wild camping, as well as motorhome and illegal parking in non-permitted locations, and 36 for non-compliance with the traffic sign regulation, were detected by GNR, during an operation that took place from 26 to 31 August, in the municipalities of Aljezur and Vila do Bispo, especially in the Natural Park of Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina.

The action, undertaken by the Territorial Detachment of Portimão, within the scope of the “Summer Safe 2020” operation, included the reinforcement of the Lagos Traffic Substation, the Portimão Coastal Control Substation, and the support of the Regional Directorate for Nature Conservation and Algarve Forests (ICNF) and the Lagos Maritime Police.

The objective was to monitor and combat “illegal caravanning and wild camping”, added the GNR, in a press release sent to newsrooms.

“Camping and wild caravanning is an identified problem that constitutes a factor in the destruction of habitats, some of which are protected, in addition to representing an illegal occupation, which results in a degradation of the places used, by uncontrolled deposition of waste, which are spread over the unduly occupied place ”, concludes the GNR.

Theft of carobs Loulé.

A 30-year-old man was identified this Monday, August 31, for theft of agricultural products in Loulé.

GNR said in a statement that it seized 870 kilograms of carobs, during a road inspection action, with the Guard military approached a vehicle that carried the transport of several bags of locust beans.

In the inspection operation, the driver stated that he was authorized to pick up the carobs that he was transporting, from several lands. However the GNR verified that the carobs had been stolen, “having been possible to identify the legitimate owner of part of the carob transported by the suspect”.

The individual was identified and constituted the defendant, the carob, valued at 683 euros, were apprehended and the facts forwarded to the Loulé Judicial Court.

GNR has been carrying out awareness and inspection actions since June 1, within the scope of the “Campo Seguro 2020” operation, with the objective of preventing theft crimes, near agricultural properties. Since at this time of the year, the focus in the Algarve region is on carob, due to the commercial value it represents and the ease in both picking and selling, Guarda increased policing in order to deter and repress the practice of theft of carob.

Câmara de Lagoa to create a Municipal Police

The Câmara de Lagoa started the process to create a Municipal Police and expects to have it completed in 2021, after approval by the Municipal Assembly, by the end of the year, the municipality announced today.

The municipality approved “unanimously”, in the last Chamber session, on August 25, a proposal that foresees to start the elaboration of a regulation on the functioning of the Municipal Police, which will later be subject to the vote in the Municipal Assembly, and considered that this it is “the first step” of a process that “should be completed during the next year of 2021”.

“Drawing up a regulation for the operation of the ‘Municipal Police of the municipality of Lagoa’ is the first step on a path that should lead to the creation of this specialized police service. The decision to start the process was taken unanimously at the last public meeting of the Câmara de Lagoa ”, the municipality welcomed in a statement.

The same source justified the decision to move towards the creation of a Municipal Police with the “need to adapt resources to the challenges and responsibilities of the municipality of Lagoa in the areas of inspection”.

The “protection of the environment, commercial establishments, occupation of public space, traffic and parking, advertising, monitoring of sporting and cultural events, without forgetting the pedagogical aspect, in a logic of proximity to the citizen”, are areas of supervision that will pass to the tutelage of the Municipal Police, according to the proposal of the municipal executive chaired by Luís Encarnação.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 1st September – 2nd September 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Government of the Azores will extend the situation of ‘Public Calamity’ on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, as well as extend the ‘alert’ situation on the islands Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo, until September 15th.

The decision was taken at an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held on August 31st, 2020, by videoconference and is due to the fact that in the Azores, as of August 31st, there were a total of 29 positive cases active on the islands of São Miguel, Terceira and Pico.

A ‘Safety at Home’ booklet written in conjunction with the Regional Government and Proteção Civil E Bombeiros Açores  (srpcba) has been delivered to households in the region, it can be downloaded here: https://www.prociv.azores.gov.pt/fotos/documentos/1594742736.pdf

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 4748 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 29th of August, seven positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.   

All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.  They arrived from North America, Europe and Portugal. Two positive cases have flown home despite the risk to others on the flight. 

 So far, 217 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, of which 24 are on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 29th August

Introduction

Good morning – From the experiences abroad, especially in France, Spain and UK – and Portugal’s own increased number of Covid-19 confirmed cases in recent days – a worsening of the pandemic situation in Portugal could potentially on the horizon, if appropriate measures are not taken.

The Government guarantees that it is keeping an eye on the epidemiological situation and that is why it has already decided that there will be an increase in the country’s state of readiness, to the Situation of Contingency, as of September 15. The goal government says is to have the support to take new measures and “prepare for autumn / winter”.

With the return to school in mid-September, more people returning to work from tele-working, as well as an increasing number of tourists, there will far greater movement of people than any time since the restrictions were introduced. It makes sense therefore to prepare for this through introducing a Situation of Contingency with the introduction of new measures.

What measures will result from this new situation is not yet known. There are countries imposing a mandatory mask or banning smoking in public areas. Here, the Government has not yet decided on the measures, which should be announced during the week prior to the country’s entry into a Situation of Contingency i.e. after the Council of Ministers meeting scheduled on 8 September.

Before then, technical experts and politicians will resume the meetings at Infarmed headquarters, on September 7, to discuss the conditions to combat the pandemic, and recommend the new rules.

Safe Communities welcomes the statement by the Minister of State and Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, that the government’s aim is to act in a preventive manner, explaining that “we will live in times that are more difficult given the international context, the change in the lives of families and the circumstance of facing autumn”. In so far as the Algarve is concerned health officials seem optimistic that the situation remains favourable with few new cases given the large increase in the tourist.

It is essential that tourists are well informed of the measures that Portugal is taking and abide by them. In this respect Safe Communities Portugal has been in close touch with the Secretary of State for Tourism Rita Marques and President of Regional Tourism Algarve with proposals aimed at greater awareness.

So the message is: Be prepared, use Face masks, practice hygiene etiquette, maintain social distancing and follow the measures in place.

Civid-19 Situation Report

Portugal registered six more deaths from Covid-19 and 403 new confirmed cases of infection yesterday compared to Thursday, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) released this Friday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 57,074 cases of infection with the new coronavirus and 1,815 deaths have been recorded in Portugal. The number of confirmed cases over the last three days is 1160, the highest three day period since the 8th to 10th July when it was 1263. The region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley recorded the most new cases in the last 24 hours, with 182 infections confirmed, accounting for 29,514 cases.

Of the six deaths, four occurred in the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley, which now totals 660 dead, and two in the North, which has 848 fatalities from Covid-19. The Center region recorded 29 more confirmed cases, now totalling 4,757 since the beginning of the pandemic. In the Algarve, 10 more cases have been recorded in the last 24 hours, now totalling 1,062 and the Alentejo has 9 more cases totalling 923 since the beginning of the pandemic.

Health

Explanation on recent Covid 19 increases by DGS

The increase in the number of Covid-19 cases in Portugal in the last few days “has not been exponential” and it is necessary to maintain “pressure on the spring” to keep the virus under control, says the director-general of Health. Graça Freitas points out some reasons which can help explain the rise in infections.

“In the last three days there has been an increase in the number of cases, it is early to be able to explain everything, but there is an identifiable climate for this to happen,” she began by saying. Graça Freitas explained that there are more people circulating during vacation time and an increase in the activity of the new coronavirus and the number of cases “across Europe”.

“We are here trying to strike a balance between security and public health measures, but also measures to resume people’s normal lives. This leads to a greater movement of people, from our country to another and vice versa, both in tourism and through our emigrants who come to visit their families at this time of year. Therefore, this greater contact between people from various areas who are affected by the pandemic can generate an increase in the number of cases. ”

Explaining the current scenario also includes isolated cases that turned into several family outbreaks and in institutions and companies. Graça Freitas guarantees that the situation is “controlled” and that the authorities are managing to find a connection between the cases and the outbreaks.

Infarmed meetings to Resume

The meetings that bring together experts, politicians and social partners at Infarmed to analyse the evolution of the pandemic will resume on September 7, with the part of the exposure of the data to be in open transmission, the Government announced this Thursday.

“The meetings we usually call ‘Infarmed meetings’, which bring together experts, policy makers, heads of other bodies and social groups, will resume on September 7 and one of the fundamental themes of this meeting is precisely the set of measures we need to define from the 15th September to face this new moment”, announced the Minister of State and the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva, in the briefing after the Council of Ministers.

Asked about the format in which they will take place and why they should be resumed, the Minister of State and the Presidency began by referring that “the meetings will have a part, the expository part, which will be broadcasted – that is the main difference compared with the past”. “The prime minister, from the moment they were discontinued, said that a change in circumstances, new data on the inquiries that were ongoing or new information to be discussed would make us return to the meetings,” said the minister.

Outbreak of covid-19 originating from a family religious party, causes two deaths in Freamunde

Two people have died in recent days, in Freamunde, Paços de Ferreira, victims of covid-19. In August, the municipality of Paços de Ferreira recorded about 50 cases, most of them in Freamunde. According to information from an official source, the focus of contamination of covid-19 in the city of Freamunde, in Paços de Ferreira, is identified by the authorities as originating from a family religious celebration.

Of the approximately 50 positive cases recorded in the municipality of Paços de Ferreira this August, most are located in Freamunde, associated with the referred party. The two deaths are a 71-year-old man – who died on 24 August – and that of a 75-year-old woman, who died three days later.

Major events

Covid-19: Inspection of events is not the responsibility of DGS, says director-general

The Director-General of Health said today that the inspection of the sanitary measures defined for major events is not a competence of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), being the responsibility of other inspection entities.

“DGS does not have this competence. You can ask for the collaboration of other entities, according to the law that is in force and according to the type of events”, she said, during the usual press conference on the epidemiological situation in Portugal. Graça Freitas commented on statements by the pulmonologist and coordinator of the covid-19 crisis office of the Order of Doctors, Filipe Froes, who on Thursday argued that the DGS should ensure the inspection of the sanitary measures defined for this type of events.

“We do not individualize any mass event. For us, there is no Festa do Avante!, the MotoGP in Portimão or assistance at football stadiums; there are mass events and it is clear that the national public health authority must ensure compliance and for the inspection of the measures recommended for its realization “, the specialist explained to Lusa, after advocating, in declarations to Jornal Económico, the need for an” independent inspection “in this type of situations.

Asked about these statements, the director-general explained that, in these circumstances, what the DGS can do is request the collaboration of the competent supervisory entities, which, according to the jurisdiction and type of event, may be PSP, GNR or ASAE.

Covid-19: PR defends state and doctors “hand in hand” and greater cooperation Social Security / Health

The President of the Republic yesterday considered that the covid-19 pandemic requires that the State and doctors be “hand in hand” and added that there should be greater cooperation between Social Security and Health in relation to care homes.

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa spoke to journalists at the beginning of a visit to the Lisbon Book Fair, questioned about the dispute between the Prime Minister, António Costa, and the Ordem dos Médicos, in relation to the outbreak of covid-19 in the Foundation’s home Maria Inácia Vogado Perdigão Silva, in Reguengos de Monsaraz, in the Évora district, where the head of state promised to go “when it is possible to visit care homes”.

“I understand that we must all be united. What we have lived through and what we are going to live through requires a great convergence of efforts”, replied the President of the Republic, adding: “This convergence naturally enters the State, on the one hand, and the professionals of health, on the other hand, and within health professionals, doctors – they who were, are and will be some of the heroes of this saga, have always said it and will always say it “.

According to Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, both doctors and the State are aware that “the Portuguese would not forgive if they had their backs turned to each other”. Asked whether this dispute harms the fight against covid-19, the head of state said he prefers “to look at the positive side of things”.

“The positive side of things is that we all need to be hand in hand. I mean, neither the State can solve the pandemic problem without health professionals, nor can health professionals truly do what they have done in extraordinary conditions without State support, without State investment, without creating reinforced conditions for what they have to do in the service of the community “, he continued. Regarding nursing homes in general, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa defended a “reinforcement” of coordination and cooperation between Social Security and Health, a “greater combination” between the two sectors.

Returning to School

The director-general of Health believes that there will be availability to “find alternative solutions” for teachers and students belonging to groups at risk. Graça Freitas said yesterday that the preparations for returning to school in the time of the Covd-19 pandemic are a “continuous process”.

The new school year starts on September 14, and some principals say they have difficulty drawing up schedules due to a lack of guidance for specific cases.

“The return to school was scheduled and a great job was done by the Ministry of Education and the Directorate-General for Health. Guidelines were created. What is happening at the moment is that the operationalization of the guidelines is being prepared. It is natural that they can be revisited to resolve issues, explains the Director-General of Health.

“I am sure that, on the part of the ministries of Health and Education, there will be availability to find alternative solutions for teachers and students belonging to groups at risk”, he stressed.

DGS justifies contingency status with the beginning of the school year

The reopening of schools will bring many people together and, based on the “precautionary principle”, it is necessary to take care of what will be “a mass social movement” with the reinforcement of the rules, says Graça Freitas. The Director-General of Health justifies the date indicated for the return to the contingency situation in mainland Portugal with the beginning of the school year, which will generate “a mass social movement”.

The Government announced on Thursday that during the next fortnight most of mainland Portugal will remain on alert and the Metropolitan Area of ​​Lisbon will be contingent, with the whole continent going into contingency on 15 September. Asked about the criteria for choosing this date, Graça Freitas mentioned the beginning of the next school year, which starts between September 14 and 17 with the resumption of classroom activities.

“What will happen on the 14th [of September] are millions of people who resume their schooling activity, this will generate a very intense population movement”, she said during the usual press conference on the epidemiological situation in Portugal. According to the director-general, the reopening of schools will bring many people together and, based on the “precautionary principle”, it is necessary to take care of what will be a “mass social movement” with the reinforcement of the rules.

“It is the students, the teachers, the employees, but also those who take care of these children and young people and are going to drop them off at school,” he added.

Portugal Mainland – State of Contingency from 15th September

All regions of Portugal are in a state of contingency as of September 15 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Minister of the Presidency has announced. The measures in force in Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (LVT) will be applied across the country. The objective is to “define, in a preventive manner, a set of rules” in view of the return to school and work, says Mariana Vieira da Silva. With the exception of LVT, which is already in contingency, all other regions are currently on alert, with fewer restrictions.

“The government has decided that from September 15 the whole country will be in a state of contingency to define measures to prepare for the return to school and for the Portuguese to work after many months of teleworking,” said the minister at the end of a meeting of the Board of Directors. Ministers. Mariana Vieira da Silva explains that, after the holidays, it will be necessary to take additional measures and that is what the Government wants to anticipate with the contingency state.

“The Government has said from the first hour and from the phase of lack of definition that it changes the measures according to the epidemiological evolution. As of September 15, there will be a set of very significant changes in relation to the months that we have lived. It is important to anticipate and prepare, in a context of increasing the predictability with which we all have to be public health agents, that the Government considers that this significant change in routine, in the use of transport, the return to school and a more significant return workplace may require additional measures. ”

The executive and health officials are working on a plan to tackle the fall and winter of 2020 and 2021. “What we are doing here is being able to announce that we will have measures on September 15th and we will work on those measures over the next few days”, stresses the Minister of the Presidency.

Economy

State Budget

The Prime Minister warned yesterday that if there is no agreement for the approval of the State Budget for 2021 there will be a political crisis and that, without understanding the left, he will refuse to negotiate on the right for the Government’s subsistence. António Costa took these positions in an interview he gave to the weekly Expresso on the 21st, after being asked if there will be a risk of austerity if the Government does not reach a budgetary agreement with the Left Bloc and the PCP.

“If there is no agreement, it is simple: there is no Budget and there is a political crisis. There we will be discussing when the President [of the Republic] will have to do the inevitable”, he replied.

In a message mainly addressed to the PS’s left-wing partners in parliament, António Costa considers that “anyone who does not want to assume responsibility must dedicate himself to another activity”, because political activity requires “assumption of responsibility”.

“Do the other parties not want to take responsibility for unemployment in January 2022? Anyone who shies away from responsibility for problems shuns the responsibility of defining solutions. If we want less unemployment in 2022, we have to define policies in a timely manner,” he defended. Faced with the scenario of left-wing parties leaving the PS and the government alone with the PSD to make next year’s budget feasible, the prime minister said he would not ask the Social Democrats to vote against or abstain.

Retail sales

Retail sales decreased 3% in July, a less pronounced drop than 5.7% in the previous month, the National Statistics Institute (INE) announced today.

According to INE, the annual decrease in the turnover index in retail trade was 2.7 percentage points higher than that observed in the previous month, with the index of non-food products registering a decrease of 5.4% (-8, 2% in June) and the food products index registered a zero variation. The employment, wages and hours worked indices, in turn, presented year-on-year growth rates of -3.6%, -0.6% and -8.3% (changes of -3.2% and -0.7 % and -10.5% in June, in the same order), signals the INE.

Spain

Covid-19 Trial Vaccinations

It was announced yesterday that trial vaccinations will commence in Spain and will involve 190 adults, “volunteers and healthy”, who will test the drug, which is being developed by the pharmaceutical laboratory Johnson & Johnson. The trial will also be conducted in Germany and Belgium (with over 400 volunteers) and the Spanish health minister explained that this is a phase 2 clinical trial.

The trials will have a participation of 590 people in the three countries. The recruitment of Spanish volunteers will begin between today and next week, said Salvador Illa. According to the news agency Efe, the study will be carried out on adults and will include two groups of volunteers: one aged between 18 and 55 years old and the other aged 65 years or older.

Clinical trials will be carried out at La Paz and La Princesa de Madrid Hospitals and at Marqués de Valdecilla de Santander Hospital, according to the same source.

 

 

Airport Arrivals

Passenger crowding at Faro airport arrivals can be repeated if documentary control continues in the “winter zone”, with five service points, the Foreigners and Borders Service warned yesterday.

A source from the Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) told the Lusa agency that this agency has already reinforced 12 inspectors for Faro airport after, on Wednesday, the simultaneous arrival of eight flights, with more than 800 people, having led passengers to concentrate on the document control area, which this year did not happen in the “summer area”, as usual.

The same source warned that the reinforcement of resources – to which will be added a further increase with another 10 inspectors from September 1 – “will not be of any use” if ANA, the company that manages the Portuguese airports, ” do not transfer arrivals from the ‘winter zone’ to the ‘summer zone’, where there are 10 service stations instead of five.

The indication that SEF had “until this morning from ANA is that it does not intend to move services from the ‘winter zone’ to the ‘summer zone’,” added the same source.

The Foreigners and Borders Service recalled that the “winter zone” includes “only five positions of documentary control of passengers in the arrivals area, with ANA Aeroportos not yet open to a” summer zone “”, with “10 control positions that would guarantee greater speed in border control “.

SEF explained that the photographs circulating on social media and showing an accumulation of passengers without any social distance, in the arrivals area of ​​Faro, represent “a punctual and circumscribed situation, recorded in just one hour, on August 26”, because “in that period of time eight flights landed in that airport structure, which corresponded to more than 800 passengers controlled at the border”.

Other News

Five GNR Soldiers suffer burns in fighting fires in Cabeceiras de Basto   Cabeceiras de Basto

 Braga, 28 Aug 2020 (Portuguese) – Five members of a GNR Intervention, Protection and Relief Group suffered burns during the fight against a fire in Padornelos, Cabeceiras de Basto, yesterday. According to a source from the District Command of Operations and Relief (CDOS) of Braga, the wounded operatives “have already been removed” from the theatre of operations in that county in the district of Braga. Source in the Fafe Voluntary Firemen told Lusa that the operatives received medical assistance in Fafe. The warning for fire “in a bush area” was given at 16.46.

Region Report

Madeira Situation Report 29th August by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 16 new cases in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. There were 6 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, of which 2 were imported from South Africa and from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region while 3 were a result of a local transmission chain in the Municipality of Porto Santo and 1 was from a local transmission chain in the Municipality of Funchal.

There were 6 new Covid-19 cases on Thursday, of which 4 were imported from Italy and Poland and 2 were a result of a local transmission chain in the Municipality of Funchal. And there were 4 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, which were a result of local transmission chain in the Municipality of Funchal.

As for the Porto Santo transmission chain, the epidemiological investigation meant 23 contacts have been traced, with 3 being confirmed cases and 20 tests coming back negative. The epidemiological investigation into the Funchal transmission chain meant 9 contacts have been traced, with 6 being confirmed cases and 3 tests coming back negative. All contacts traced in both transmission chains remain in isolation and the epidemiological investigation is ongoing. Pedro Ramos, informed that a hotel in Porto Santo is ready to host Covid-19 patients who require a place for isolation.

There are currently 40 active cases, of which 29 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 11 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 158 cases and 118 recoveries. There are 21 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 19 in isolation at their own accommodation.

A passenger were identified as a suspected case on Friday. An epidemiological investigation and analysis is underway. As of Friday, there had been 1,617 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed. There are 9,732 people under active monitoring and 10,496 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 40,070 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Thursday, 72,381 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 190 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 11,545. The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 2,012 calls, with 174 people being monitored.

It was also announced that the laboratory at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital is now able to carry out about 1,800 Covid-19 tests per day. The testing capacity at the start of pandemic was 50 tests per day and the testing capacity in the Autonomous Region of Madeira is now approaching 2000 tests per day.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/28/ram-com-40-casos-activos-de-covid-19-e-nova-transmissao-local-no-funchal

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102245/Covid-19_Seis_novos_casos_detetados_na_Regiao

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102335/Covid-19_Mais_seis_casos_positivos_na_RAM

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/28/criancas-da-ram-com-mais-de-6-anos-tambem-vao-ter-de-usar-mascara-na-escola/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102223/Porto_Santo_unidade_hoteleira_sera_acionada_em_caso_de_necessidade

Face masks compulsory for children in school premises

Children older than 6 years old must wear face masks in school premises. This policy is part of the school reopening plan that will be implemented when schools reopen. Schools are scheduled to reopen in September.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/28/criancas-da-ram-com-mais-de-6-anos-tambem-vao-ter-de-usar-mascara-na-escola/

More testing sites to be available in the Mainland

Pedro Ramos revealed the Madeira Regional Government will soon sign a contract with another laboratory so that Madeira-bound passengers in the Mainland can be tested for Covid-19 before flying to Madeira. He said there will be 14 more sample collection points in the Mainland.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102220/Covid-19_Havera_mais_14_postos_de_colheita_fora_da_Regiao

President of the Regional Government appeals for tourists to wear masks on the streets

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, has asked hotel staff to advise tourists to wear masks in public places and on the streets. He stressed the importance of “making a small sacrifice in order to prevent cases similar to those that happened in Porto Santo”.

He said the situation in Porto Santo seems to be under control. However, he said people should not get carried away and mentioned the worsening pandemic situation in Italy, Spain and even in the Portuguese Mainland. He added that people in Madeira must be careful and wise, keep social distancing, wear face masks and try to carry on with life while taking all precautions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102284/Albuquerque_faz_apelo_a_hotelaria_Pecam_aos_turistas_o_uso_da_mascara_na_rua_

Jet2holidays increased its offer in Madeira

Jet2holidays added 100,000 further seats for destinations in Greece, Turkey and Portugal (Faro and Madeira) so as to meet demand. The flights are operated from Stansted Airport. On the other hand, it has cancelled its offer for the Balearic Islands until the 30th of November and extended the suspension of its programmes to Mainland Spain, the Canary Islands and Croatia until the 12th of September.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102336/Jet2holidays_reforca_programas_de_ferias_para_a_Madeira

 

Algarve

Covid-19 Situation

The Algarve has, since Thursday until yesterday, 10 new cases of Covid-19, according to the regional health delegate, in a press conference. The number of recovered people has also increased (three more) and the epidemiological situation in the region “remains stabilized“. 

According to Algarve Health authority statistics, there were a total of 245 active Covid-19 cases in the Algarve with eight in hospital and none in ICU. To date there have been 1045 cases of whom 790 have recovered e.g. a recovery rate of 74.9%. Of those contracting the disease 19 have died according to regional figures.

There are now 264 active cases. These data mean that the situation in the Algarve is “stabilized, despite the number of visitors present in the region, which should be around one and a half million”, considered Ana Cristina Guerreiro. Proof of this is that “we do not have a large active outbreak”. “We have some outbreaks, between 13 and 15, basically of family or work transmission. We also have imported cases or of Portuguese who were on vacation, basically in Spain, or of foreigners who get sick here in the region”, explained Ana Cristina Guerreiro.

Of the active cases  40 are imported cases – referring to Portuguese who arrived from abroad or tourists.

“[These are] Portuguese who were on vacation in Spain or foreigners of various nationalities who fall ill in our region”,  adding that imported cases represent 17% of active cases in the region.

According to Ana Cristina Guerreiro, many of the tourists who arrive in the Algarve come from areas that are considered affected areas. Questioned by journalists about their countries of origin, the official said they were of “dispersed nationalities”.

Covid-19: More than 30 athletes and members of the Louletano football team infected

A total of 33 athletes and members of the senior football team at Louletano Desportos Clube tested positive for covid-19, a source from the Algarve Regional Health Administration (ARS) told Lusa today.

According to the same source, the first case was diagnosed on Wednesday and during Thursday “the team was studied”, and it was decided that “everyone should be tested” today.

All professionals were “placed in isolation”, as well as “all direct contacts, both positive and negative”, he added,

Louletano Desportos Clube’s senior football team is playing in the Senior Portuguese Championship.

Algarve Summer Situation

At a time when summer is coming to an end, José Apolinário, Secretary of State coordinating the implementation of the Declaration of the Situation of Alert in the Algarve, made a point of hghlighting the “great commitment of beach entrepreneurs and concessionaires”.

“Two months ago, we often discussed the conditions of access to the beaches, with huge doubts. We can say, at the end of August, that there was a great involvement, commitment and spirit of articulation between everyone and that shows a safe and open region to the world”, he considered. For what is yet to come – September and October – Apolinário expects “a long summer”.

“We are committed, over the next two months, from September to October, to make it a long summer with great events, such as golf Masters, Formula 1 and Moto GP”, he said. Regarding the response of the National Health Service, Josélia Gonçalves, member of the ARS Algarve Board of Directors, said that the current scenario “gives confidence”.

“We continue to strengthen the response capacity. Today we are going to sign 17 more nursing contracts, for example, to reinforce primary health care and this reinforcement has been a constant in recent months. Right now, we have five areas dedicated to Covid and we have the capacity to create five more », he explained.

Algarve arrivals

The opening of the travel corridor with the United Kingdom is already having a positive effect on the Algarve’s economy, with the increase in new reserves and the reactivation of those that had been cancelled, especially for September and October. At Faro airport, the increase in passengers is already noticeable, with British tourists telling Lusa that they were waiting for the lifting of the quarantine requirement imposed by the British government to be able to travel to Portugal.

“We had nothing prepared. As soon as they said we could go on vacation, we booked the plane trip and then looked for a hotel”, said James Meakin, just arrived from London.

Other passengers on the flight from the British capital reveal that it was only after lifting the quarantine requirement on their return to the country that they decided to travel, with a tourist considering that “it would be disrespectful for people from the other country to travel against travel advice”. Also just arrived on a “completely full” flight, Soraya Halabi highlighted the “orderly and respectful” way in which “all passengers wore a mask”, on a trip where “families with children” predominated.

Amanda Reverten, on the other hand, revealed that her “first time in Portugal” happens after having cancelled her vacation in “Spain, then in France and Croatia” due to the imposition of the British government, on a trip that was “scheduled a few hours later” from the announcement of the removal of the country from the ‘black list’ ”.

Azores

Situation Report Azores 28th August – 29th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

The Government of the Azores announced on Thursday 27th Aug. new measures to support companies in tourism sector which have been severely affected by the pandemic, this will include help to support the ‘on-going’ operational costs of companies. One of the announced supports is the creation of a programme to support the operating costs of companies of up to 75% non-refundable support.  This will be awarded for eligible expenses, for example, water and energy, rents and rentals, communications, insurance, surveillance and security.

“The maximum amount per company will be 100 thousand euros and, in the case of a group of companies, the maximum amount is fixed at half a million euros”, announced Vasco Cordeiro, adding that 10 million euros are planned to finance this program. The time frame for this initiative is July 1st, 2020 and March 31st, 2021.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3994 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 25th of August, eight positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel and Terceira have been diagnosed.  There have also been three recoveries. All the cases have been detected at the airports during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

So far, 217 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, of which 24 are on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

Portugal Situation Report 26th August 2020

Introduction

Good morning – With Portugal on the travel corridor we are already seeing a large increase in flights and more arrivals here in the Algarve. This is not only essential for the economy but will bring together many families and friends which Covid-19 and it effects have kept apart.

With more people the risks are higher, BUT by working together we can avoid a significant in contagion and avoid the spread of Covid-19.

At the time of writing this article, there are around 200 active cases of Covid-19 in the Algarve, with four in hospital and none in ICU. This is out of a population of around 450,000 plus reportedly double that of tourists – the figures speak for themselves!

However, this is not the time for complacency and it is vitally important now that Portugal is finally on the UK travel corridor, that it remains there, to avoid the problems that occourred in Spain, France and Croatia. 

It is essential therefore, that visitors here are aware of the rules and laws concerning Covid-19 and in particular the level of compliance expected. This may be very different from their own countries. Everyone has a responsibility in keeping Portugal safe.

A day following the announcement that Portugal was on the travel corridor, Safe Communities Portugal made a Facebook post asking visitors planning to visit Portugal or who were already here, to adhere to the restrictions in place. It reached over 78,000 people was shared nearly 500 times with some 800 likes. What was more pleasing, however, were the very supportive comments pledging to do just that! Thank you to our Facebook followers,

Turning to weather. A reminder that the IPMA yesterday issued a YELLOW warning for high temperatures for the regions of Beja, Castelo Branco, Evora, Lisboa, Portalegre and Setubal valid until 1900 hrs on Wednesday 26th August. The highest temperatures are forecast to be in the centre of Portugal around 35 – 39C. The north east will be in the region of 33 – 35C.  In most of the Algarve the forecast is for maximum temperatures ranging 34 – 38.8 C (Silves), except Alcoutim, where 40.4C is forecast. Monchique is forecast at 34C.

With very high temperatures please take extra care especially in undergoing outdoor activities. Preventive steps issued by DGS here.

Lastly a warning regarding rural fires, Yesterday there were 78, including a large fire in Castelo Branco District. The number of fires over the last 6 days has been steadily increasing in line with air temperatures, so all steps need to be taken to prevent these. If you see smoke call 112 immediately.

Have a Safe Day.

Headlines

Prime Minister highlights consideration for the work of doctors and all health professionals

“We must work more as a team to ensure that all Portuguese citizens, residing in their homes or care homes, have the best possible quality of health, said Prime Minister António Costa, at the end of a meeting with the Portuguese Medical Association, in Lisbon.

The Prime Minister said that the meeting had been “very frank and quite useful” with “exchanges of information, both on the contribution of the Order of Doctors has made and will continue to make in the fight against the pandemic” of Covid-19, “and to exchange views on what the State and the National Health Service have done to respond to the pandemic”.

António Costa, who was accompanied by the Minister of Health, Marta Temido, highlighted the role that doctors have and will continue to have, not only in combatting the Covid-19 pandemic, but also in the quality of health in Portugal.

The meeting, held at the request of Miguel Guimarães President of the Order of Doctors, came after three days of controversy fueled by a short video in which António Costa is heard to consider as “cowards” the doctors who allegedly refused to visit the home of Reguengos de Monsaraz, where an outbreak of covid-19 resulted in 17 deaths in that institution and another in the locality.

“I hope that the mistakes are cleared up,” said António Costa, thanking Miguel Guimarães for the opportunity to sit at the table to address the controversy. “We cannot confuse the tree with the forest, whether in care homes, in the work of doctors or the State,” warned, however, the Prime Minister.

“Regarding the specific case, the institutions will investigate what they have to investigate based on the information that is already known, and will be able to verify the way in which the State, since July, became aware and acted on the specific situation in the Reguengos de Monsaraz home”, added António Costa.

Miguel Guimarães also addressed the case, considering that there is no point in talking about a case that is under investigation. Speaking to journalists at the end of the meeting, the president of the Ordem dos Médicos left “a message of strong solidarity for doctors who are working in the Reguengos de Monsaraz home, family doctors who, even though they did not have the best conditions, did not fail to go to work”.

DGS Situation Report Covid-19

Portugal yesterday registered four more deaths by Covid-19 and 192 new confirmed cases of infection since Monday, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) released this Tuesday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been 55,912 cases of infection by the new coronavirus in Portugal and 1,805 deaths in Portugal.

The four deaths recorded in the period occurred in the regions of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (three) and the North (one).

The region of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo registered the most new cases in the last 24 hours, with 116 infections confirmed, accounting for 28,932 cases to date. This is followed by the North region, which accounts for 846 deaths and 20,021 cases (49 more in the last 24 hours).

The Centro region has 4,677 confirmed cases (8 more), the Algarve 1,039 (5 more), and the Alentejo has 898 (11 more).

Health

Fishing community of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim with 12 active cases of covid-19

Twelve people from the fishing community of Póvoa de Varzim and Vila do Conde, Porto district, continue to be infected with covid-19, the Pro Greater Security of Men of the Sea Association (APMSHM) reported this Tuesday.

According to the association, of this group of people, seven are fishermen and five are people who work on land but are directly linked to the activity.

APMSHM also reported that of the 10 fishermen who still had symptoms of covid-19 last week, three of them have already recovered.

The association considers that the situation in this northern fishing community “is not alarming, but we should be concerned so that it does not get worse”, insisting on the need for more fishermen to be tested.

“The Pro Greater Security Association of Men of the Sea believes that the Ministry of Health should promote the testing of the largest number of fishermen, out of a population of 3000 in the north of the country”, points out the entity, in a statement.

Covid-19: Home in Santarém with 24 users and six infected employees

Twenty-four users and six employees of a nursing home in Póvoa de Santarém, municipality and district of Santarém, are infected with the new coronavirus, the municipal civil protection source told Lusa.

The coordinator of municipal civil protection, José Guilherme, said that all of about 60 users, as well as employees, were tested after the doctor who works at the Fonte Serrã Rest and Leisure Center tested positive for covid-19 on 18th August, and the results were known yesterday.

According to the commander of the Municipal Fire Department of Santarém, users and employees who had a positive result were asymptomatic.

Yesterday there were complaints of some symptoms, but none of them have been hospitalized.

José Guilherme said that the home was visited this morning by a multidisciplinary team and that the procedures for the evacuation of the building and its subsequent decontamination will start immediately. The District Social Security Center should indicate the places to be taken to, separately, users who tested positive and those who tested negative, as established by the plan prepared at district level, he added.

A source from the home director told the newspaper Correio do Ribatejo that users who tested positive were immediately isolated from the rest and that infected employees are in prophylactic isolation in their homes.

José Guilherme stated that the nurse who assists in this home also tested positive for covid-19, which led to the screening in another institution in the municipality where the professional also provides services, with the tests, in this case, all being negative.

Covid-19: Mogadouro closes playgrounds and sports after 4 positive cases

The Civil Protection of Mogadouro decided on Monday to close “immediately” all the children’s and sports parks in the municipality, until the end of  the month, following four positive cases of covid-19 during the weekend.

According to the resolution, to which Lusa had access and which was taken at a meeting of the Municipal Civil Protection Commission of Mogadouro (CMPCM), “it was decided to close all playgrounds and sports venues outdoors or indoors until 23: 59, 31st of August “.

The same document indicates “the prohibition of carrying out processions and other manifestations of any kind, for the same period, throughout the municipality of Mogadouro”, in the district of Bragança.

The CMPCM also decided that “measures to prevent contagion can be tightened at any time”, and called on the population “to strictly comply with the authorities’ recommendations”.

“We appeal to the civic consciousness of all citizens to maintain preventive behaviour, such as the use of a masks, according to the rules issued by the General Directorate of Health”, indicates the document signed by the Mayor of Mogadouro, Francisco Guimarães.

Covid-19: Torres Vedras home registers six deaths since the outbreak began

The number of deaths related to the outbreak of covid-19 in the Lar de Nossa Senhora da Luz, in the municipality of Torres Vedras, rose to six today, the council said.

“Another resident died yesterday, who was hospitalized, increasing the total number of deaths since the beginning of the outbreak to six,” the Mayor of Torres Vedras, Carlos Bernardes told Lusa.

This outbreak, in the district of Lisbon, was detected on August 3 and there had already been the deaths of five elderly people who were hospitalized, some of them with other associated conditions, according to information released in a statement by the direction of Lar de Nossa Senhora da Luz, in the locality of Paradas, in the parish of A-dos-Cunhados.

According to data released to the Lusa agency by the Regional Administration of Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (ARSLVT), the number of active cases in the equipment now stands at 71, concerning 48 residents and 23 employees.

Among patients infected with the disease, 22 residents of the home remain hospitalized.

Health Survey of dentists

A survey of about 40% of all dentists in Portugal revealed that 99.5% of these professionals escaped infection from the new coronavirus in a clinical setting, despite the situation of a pandemic.

According to the survey, carried out in August by the Ordem dos Médicos Dentistas of 4,136 dentists out of a total of 10,653 members with active enrollment, this data “shows that the measures applied are adequate and that dentists know what they are doing with regard to  cross-infection “.

Among dentists, 40% consider that whilst patients are not afraid of contagion in consultations, 30% admit that there is some fear, indicated by the survey’s conclusions.

There are 48% of respondents who report less financial availability of patients to continue planned treatments.

The clinics and dental offices resumed their activity on May 4th with appointments to be previously scheduled by phone or email and users to wear a mask before being seen by the doctor.

Speaking to Lusa, the president of the Portuguese Dental Association said that the survey data showed that the resumption of the activity was favourable since the infection rate is almost nil in a clinical environment, giving a guarantee of confidence to the doctors. 

Miguel Pavão argues, however, that in the face of the possibility of a second wave of the pandemic, it is necessary to have easier access to testing for these professionals, since they currently did so on their own initiative, in addition to their classification as priority in the vaccine of the flu.


Analysis into weather conditions into cause of fire in Serra da Lousa on 11th July causing death of a firefighter.

The fire that occurred in the mountain range of Lousã on July 11, 2020 caused the death of a firefighter and the injury of three other firefighters. It was considered that the fire would have started due to an electrical discharge associated with thunderstorm and that the firefighting accident would have been related to a change in wind course, and much smoke was also reported on the soil. These possibilities were analysed by IPMA through the assessment of weather conditions on the day of the fire.

The fire occurred on a day for which weather warnings of hot weather and thunderstorm were issued, and there was strong atmospheric instability and the consequent generation of a convective system of strong activity. The fire weather risk was very high in the municipality of Lousã, the 4th highest level of a total of 5 levels.

A record of an atmospheric electrical discharge at 18:20 local time (17:20 UTC) has been identified, 100 m from the fire site, and the margin of error associated with this electrical discharge (in the order of 200 m) allows you to infer that this discharge may have triggered the Lousã fire. This observational evidence is supported additionally by numerical modelling data.

Covid-19: Spain with 2,060 cases in the last 24 hours and total exceeds 405,000

Spain has notified 19,382 new coronavirus infections between Friday and Monday, 2,060 of whom have been diagnosed on Monday/Tuesday, bringing the total number of cases in the country to 405,436, according to figures released today by the Ministry of Health.

In the last seven days, according to the data, 96 people have died, which brings the total number of covid-19 deaths in the country since the beginning of the pandemic to 28,872.

The majority of cases and deaths continue to occur in the Madrid region, where 409 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours and 32 deaths in the last seven days.

According to the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, there are currently 5,484 hospitalized people, 658 of whom are in intensive care units.

Spain has seen an increase in cases of infection in recent weeks, reaching the highest number of new cases since the end of May (3,715) last Wednesday.

Other news

Six Districts at Yellow Level High temperature warning

The IPMA have issued a YELLOW warning for high temperatures for the regions of Beja, Castelo Branco, Evora, Lisboa, Portalegre and Setubal valid until 1900 hrs on Wednesday 26th August. The highest temperatures will be in the centre of Portugal around 37 – 39C. The north east will be in the region of 33 – 35C

In the Algarve they will range between 32 – 34C except Alcoutim where 38.9 is forecast

With very high temperature please take extra care especially in undergoing outdoor activities. Preventive steps issued by DGS include: Try to keep the heat out of your home: close the blinds or shutters and keep air circulating inside the house; keep the house as cool as possible; Avoid direct exposure to the sun, especially between 11 am and 5 pm; Wear loose (cotton) clothing that keeps most of your body covered, as well as a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

More measures here: https://www.safecommunitiesportugal.com/temperature-extrem…/

Region Reports

Algarve

There are five new cases of Covid-19 in the Algarve, the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) has just revealed in its epidemiological bulletin this Tuesday, August 25th.

In accumulated terms since the beginning of the pandemic, there are now 1039 total cases in the Algarve region.

In Alentejo, where there were no new cases yesterday, there are now 11 more infected with the new coronavirus, bringing the cumulative total to 898.

An illegal party on beach at Monte Gordo broken up

An illegal party with about 40 people on a beach support in Monte Gordo, municipality of Vila Real de Santo António, forced, on Friday, the Maritime Police to disperse the participants.

The authorities received a complaint that led the Maritime Police to send two agents to the scene.

According to the National Maritime Authority (AMN), the authorities identified the person responsible for the party, “having made the respective report of news” and ended the event.

Covid.19: Testing capacity in the Algarve will exceed 400% – Government

Portugal will have a broad and reinforced diagnostic network to detect the possible reappearance of covid-19 and other viruses, in order to respond in a “swift and integrated” way to new outbreaks, the government said yesterday.

According to the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales, who announced the plan at a press conference in Lisbon, the investment is 8.4 million euros.

“Portugal is today one of the countries that tests most per hundred thousand inhabitants in Europe”, said the minister during the usual press conference to update the information related to covid-19.

The objective of expanding laboratory capacity is to double the testing capacity to about 22,000 tests per day, he said, referring that currently 10,000 tests are carried out per day at the National Health Service (SNS).

“In Alentejo and the Algarve, for example, the forecast is for an increase in testing capacity of more than 400%”, he stressed.

Monchique’s example to guarantee animal welfare is «very plural»

The minister threw the dogs pastries, gave the alpacas carrots to eat, and visited the cat houses installed in old washing machines, during a recent visit. In between, he also attended the dog vaccination campaign in Alferce, met the volunteers who take care of the abandoned animals, as well as the new works by sculptor and ceramists Sylvain Bongard, in Largo dos Chorões, and also discovered the ongoing projects (or planned) promoted by the Câmara de Monchique to guarantee the welfare of pets in this municipality.

In the end, João Pedro Matos Fernandes, Minister of Environment and Climate Action, made a “very positive assessment” of his visit, saying “From the part that touches me, I learned a lot”.

It was just after 10 am, when João Pedro Matos Fernandes, accompanied by Rui André, Mayor of Monchique, went to see the vaccination of dogs, taking place in the warehouse of the Junta de Freguesia de Alferce.

Ana Silva, the municipal veterinarian, explained that this was the “first action taken this year outside Monchique”. “Here, the Junta de Freguesia guaranteed us all the conditions, such as a bathroom, alcohol-gel, and space for people to wait”.

Outside, in the shade of the trees, many dogs with their owners waited for their turn, not always with much patience. “Some of these are guard dogs, they are not used to seeing a lot of people”, explained a man who tried to keep a huge dog calm and quiet.

Up to that time, 40 animals had already been treated, who received the rabies vaccine, chip (if they didn’t already have it) and deworming.

“Thank you for your passion, for your work on behalf of animals and the community”, said Minister Matos Fernandes, to the municipal veterinarian and to the young veterinary nurse Zélia Carrilho, who attended and to everyone.

Madeira

Covid-19 update

There was 1 new Covid-19 case on Saturday and another on Monday. Both cases are from non-resident passengers who had been screened at Funchal Airport. On Tuesday, it was announced that 11 patients had recovered.

There are currently 24 active cases, of which 23 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other active case was a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 142 cases and 118 recoveries. 

There are 18 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 6 in isolation at their place of residence. The 3 patients who had been hospitalised at the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, including 1 in the intensive care unit, have recovered and have returned home.

On Tuesday, 2 passengers were identified as suspected cases. An epidemiological investigation and analysis is underway. As of Monday, there had been 1,601 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 7,506 people under active monitoring and 10,496 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 38,075 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Monday, 69,014 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 262 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 11,355. 

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,983 calls, with 169 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101923/Covid-19_Novo_caso_detetado_no_aeroporto_da_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102064/Madeira_conta_hoje_com_mais_um_caso_de_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/25/11-novos-casos-recuperados-de-covid-19-entre-eles-os-doentes-hospitalizados-dois-novos-casos-suspeitos/

Ten people in quarantine in Porto Santo

Ten people are in quarantine in Porto Santo after having been in close contact with a tourist who had been on holiday at the island and tested positive for Covid-19 after returning to Lisbon. Rogério Correia, the Porto Santo health delegate, said the tourist had tested negative for Covid-19 on arrival at Funchal Airport and then traveled to Porto Santo two days after her arrival. She had traveled to Porto Santo on the Lobo Marinho ferry. She arrived in Porto Santo on the 7th of August and left on the 24th of August. She started feeling ill a few days after her arrival at the golden island. However, according to the health authority, she didn’t care about the symptoms, which got worse after returning to the mainland. She only sought medical help after her return to Cascais and tested positive for Covid-19. The health delegate said the tourist hadn’t had a very active social life while in Porto Santo and that all close contacts and been identified, tested and found to be asymptomatic. The health delegate assured that so far, there are not any positive cases of Covid-19 in Porto Santo. Due to the 14-day incubation period, he raised the possibility that the tourist had been infected on the mainland, before traveling to Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/102172/Dez_pessoas_foram_testadas_e_estao_em_quarentena_no_Porto_Santo

Playgrounds reopened in Santa Cruz

The Municipality of Santa Cruz informed that all municipal playgrounds have reopened. There are disinfectant dispensers in each playground and it will be regularly disinfected. There are:

a) Information on the respiratory etiquette and rules must be displayed.

b) Mandatory use of face masks by children aged 10 or older and their companion.

c) Maintain social distancing – a minimum of 2 metres.

d) Avoid gatherings around equipments

e) Respiratory etiquette must be complied with.

f) It is forbidden to eat, drink and to share materials and equipments and to bring toys to the playground.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/23/parques-infantis-reabriram-em-santa-cruz-mas-com-numerosos-cuidados/

Madeira at yellow and orange level for high temperature warning

The Madeira archipelago is under yellow and orange warning for high temperature until Sunday (30th August), with maximum temperatures expected to reach 32ºC. The south shore and mountain regions are expected to be the most affected areas. Air humidity is expected to be low, with temporary levels below 30%, wind will reach between 10-35 Km/h, with wind gusts reaching 50-70 Km/h at the far east and far west and in mountain areas.

The barbecue spots in forest areas will be closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to the risk of forest fires. The Areeiro/Eira do Serrado forest road will also be closed during the same period of time. Surveillance will be increased by the Forest Police.

People are asked to behave responsibly, not to light fires in forests and to avoid behaviours that could be dangerous to forests.

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/incendios-instituto-de-florestas-interdita-churrascos-na-madeira-devido-a-risco-elevado

 

Situation Report Azores 25th August – 26th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The Regional Command of the PSP has said that over the last few days 3 men have been arrested for Domestic Violence.  On August 23rd, a 43-year-old man was arrested for the alleged crime of domestic violence in Angra do Heroísmo, on Terceira island.  On the same day, a 43-year-old man was arrested for the same offence at the police station in the municipality of Ribeira Grande.  At Lagoa police station, São Miguel, a 61-year-old man was also arrested for the crime of domestic violence.

On August 21st, at the criminal investigation station, a 41-year-old man, accused of domestic violence, was kept in preventive detention after being interviewed.

According to the Annual Internal Security Report (RASI), in 2019, the Azores recorded the highest incidence rate of domestic violence per thousand inhabitants in the country (4.1), followed by the Autonomous Region of Madeira (3.3).

The lowest rate of domestic violence was registered in Beja (2.2), while the national average was 2.8, according to RASI data.

In 2019, according to the report of the Portuguese Victim Support Association (APAV), about 42% of homicides in Portugal were registered in the context of domestic violence.

The number of cases of domestic violence during confinement imposed by the covid-19 pandemic has increased by up to 60%, warned the European department of the World Health Organization in May.

 

The Azorean airline , belonging to the SATA group, will resume direct connections between Terceira Island and the city of Porto, from September 16th, the company revealed today.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 5,441 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region since the 21st of August, seven positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel have been diagnosed.  There has also been one recovery.

All the cases have been detected at the airport during the required screening procedure or on the follow-up test carried out on all arrivals to the region on the 6th day of the stay.

So far, 209 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, of which 24 are on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

Portugal Situation Report 22nd August 2020

Introduction

Good morning – Following on from the very good news on Thursday evening the Portugal was finally on the UK travel corridor list, there has been as expected very positive and welcome responses by the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, currently on holiday in Portimão, the Foreign Minister, Augusto Santos Silva and the President of Regional Tourism Algarve João Fernandes (details in this report).

This move is vitally import for the Algarve’ economy and maybe just in time to help save struggling business affected by the pandemic.

In addition we posted on our Facebook page yesterday a guide to help visitors keep Portugal a Covid-19 safe place.

The message was certainly well received both in Portugal and overseas reaching by this morning around 52,000 people and shared some 380 times. What was pleasing however was the very positive nature of the responses, including several from people thanking us for the information as they were planning to visit Portugal very soon. I t is very important that  these key safety messages get across even before people start their journey so they are well prepared and understand our laws, which are there to keep them and the community here safe.

We cannot stress this message enough. Have worked very hard to get on the list, if we were to be subsequently removed due to a spike in cases seen in France, Span and Croatia recently this be a massive blow and a major problem to tourists at that time in the country. The fact is that in this respect no international travel is risk free at present, so to reduce that risk compliance with the safety rules and laws is essential.

Tomorrow morning I will be on KissFm radio at 0915 promoting this safety message so please listen in.

We will publish our next morning situation report on Wednesday 26th August but off course will make individual news reports covering any important Covid-19 developments.

Have a Safe Day

Headlines

Portugal’s reaction to the UK travel corridor decision

Passengers traveling from Portugal to the United Kingdom are no longer required to carry out a 14-day quarantine.

The Portuguese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) welcomed the decision of the United Kingdom yesterday, Thursday, August 20, to “restore the usual mobility of people” between the two countries, “of particular relevance” for more than 300 thousand Portuguese living in that country.

In a statement, the Ministry led by Augusto Santos Silva considered the measure to be a “very important decision” that “will make it possible to restore the usual mobility of people between Portugal and the United Kingdom, whatever the reason for the displacements”.

“It is, in fact, a measure of particular relevance for the more than 300,000 Portuguese who reside in the United Kingdom, as well as for the more than 30,000 British who chose Portugal to live, as well as for the many hundreds of Portuguese students in universities British and workers and professional staff who have to travel regularly between the two countries”, reads the text.

The MNE stresses that the British decision is the result of an “intense bilateral work” at the political, and technical, level of transmission of “all information regarding the Portuguese epidemiological situation and evolution”, constituting “the recognition of the positive evolution of the situation in Portugal, namely the ability to test on a large scale, detect positive cases, control their transmission and treat them in the most appropriate way”.

Covid 19 Situation Report

Yesterday Portugal registered four more deaths and another 219 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in relation to Thursday, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), released today.

According to the DGS bulletin on the epidemiological situation, since the beginning of the pandemic until yesterday, there have been 55,211 confirmed cases of infection and 1,792 deaths. The bulletin reports more than 209 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, totalling 40,473 recovery cases since the beginning of the pandemic.

In the Friday report, there are two more patients hospitalized in intensive care, with the number of hospitalized patients declining, now 321, 13 less than Thursday. The region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley recorded three deaths in the last 24 hours and another 125 cases of infection, with a total of 28,579 confirmed cases.

Health

Covid-19: Rises to 54 positive cases in the Alentejo village of Mora

The number of people infected with covid-19 in the village of Mora, in the district of Évora, has risen to 54 on Friday, four more than on Thursday, the president told Lusa news agency. Luís Simão.

The mayor, who alluded to the most recent data that he is aware of on the part of the Health Authority, indicated that “there is a record of four more infected today”, compared to the previous day.

“These four new cases were detected in tests that continue to be carried out by the community,” said Luís Simão.

At the Hospital of Espírito Santo de Évora (HESE), five patients remain hospitalized, four of them in intensive care and one in an infirmary, said the mayor, correcting a previous information given to Lusa: “They are not all men, there is a woman”. A source from HESE revealed to Lusa that the four patients admitted to the Covid Intensive Care Unit, three men and one woman, are aged between 64 and 69 years old, while the patient hospitalized in the ward, a man, is 89 years old.

Mora’s mayor has been at home since Thursday and “for a few days”, on the recommendation of the Health Authority, following tests this week on workers in the municipality, which revealed two infected people.

Criminal investigation launched concerning Mora outbreak

This Friday, the Attorney General’s Office (PGR) announced the opening of an investigation into the covid-19 outbreak in Mora, which has already registered 54 positive cases and forced five people to hospital, four of them in intensive care.

“An investigation was launched with the object of a concrete situation related to the outbreak of Mora, in the scope of which all the facts that come to the attention of the Public Prosecutor and that are likely to be part of the crime will not fail to be investigated,” he said. “This investigation is conducted by the DIAP Public Prosecutor’s Office in Évora”, he added.

Covid-19: Municipality of Montemor-o-Novo reaches a total of 30 active cases

The municipality of Montemor-o-Novo, in the district of Évora, reached on Thursday a total of 30 active cases of covid-19, one more than in previous day, the municipality said today. The data refer to the results of the tests known until 23:00 on Thursday, the day when the number of people admitted to hospital rose from one to two and one of them was admitted to the intensive care unit.

The parish of Ciborro, with 12 positive tests, continues to concentrate most of the active cases in the municipality. According to a statement from the Montemor-o-Novo Chamber, “tests will continue to be carried out in the community and in professional groups that deal with the most vulnerable people”. The Alentejo municipality activated, on Monday, the Municipal Emergency Plan (PME) of Civil Protection, which is in force until the 31st of this month.

“The activation of the PME is an immediate response to the need for direction and coordination within the scope of Civil Protection in support of the Public Health Authorities, ensuring the articulation of the various entities involved in the prevention and response to the outbreak, as well as ensuring the timely mobilization of means and resources “, explained the mayor, Hortênsia Menino, in a statement. The covid-19 outbreak in Montemor-o-Novo was released on Monday by the Director General of Health, Graça Feitas, saying that “the link between this outbreak of the disease and the outbreak in the neighbouring municipality of Mora is” still under investigation “, where there are currently 50 infected.

Vaccines

The Director-General of Health said yesterday that the definition of priority groups in access to the vaccine against covid-19 depends on the characteristics of the drug, explaining that the different vaccines may have a variable effectiveness on different groups.

“What are called priority groups for vaccination will be established and these groups are defined by specialists, but the first line of consideration is the type of vaccine and the characteristics of this vaccine,” said Graça Freitas during the usual press conference update information on the pandemic in Portugal.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister announced the purchase of 6.9 million doses of vaccines against covid-19, worth 20 million euros, adding that in Portugal vaccination will be “universal and free”. At the time, António Costa said that it would be up to the Directorate-General for Health to decide on who will have priority in accessing the vaccine.

Asked what the priority groups would be, Graça Freitas explained that this selection depends on the characteristics of the vaccine, namely whether it is targeted at specific age groups or specific pathologies. And he exemplified: “The people most at risk are the immune -suppressed, but imagine that in a given covid-19 vaccine it comes that the immune -suppression factor does not allow the vaccinated person to develop antibodies. In that case, we will not prioritize this group”.

In the case of the vaccine now purchased, that information – a kind of vaccine identity card, explained the director-general – is not yet available and, therefore, it is not possible to decide, for now, who will have priority. However, Graça Freitas said that, as a rule, there are two criteria to define this priority and that put the most vulnerable groups and health professionals and caregivers at the forefront. Also dependent on the type of vaccine is the number of doses to be administered, and it may be necessary for each person to be vaccinated twice.

Testing

Covid-19: Portugal has already done around 1.9 million tests

Portugal has already carried out around 1.9 million screening tests on Covid-19, the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales announced yesterday, who assured that there was no reduction in the capacity of testing in August. At the update press conference on the evolution of the pandemic in the country, the government official said that the average of tests this month is “at 13,600 per day”, carried out by a hundred public, private and university / military laboratories, and that laboratory capacity will be further strengthened in the coming months.

“Since March 1, around 1.9 million diagnostic tests have been carried out on covid in Portugal. Despite being a vacation period par excellence, in August, there was no decrease in testing”. He explained, detailing the distribution of tests: “ 47.4% of tests are done in public laboratories, 40.5% in private laboratories and 12.1% in academia and military laboratories. This network will, however, be expanded under the integrated autumn-winter strategy”.

Regarding other statistics on the pandemic in the country, António Lacerda Sales revealed that the global lethality rate is now 3.2%, with the lethality rate above 70 years old currently standing at 15.5%.

At the same time, the Secretary of State for Health said that the situation regarding the spread of the virus in nursing homes “maintains some stability”, but assured that the authorities continue to “carefully monitor outbreaks in the field”, valuing work in conjunction with the Social Security, institutions and city councils.

“There are 70 residential structures for elderly people with positive cases, which corresponds to 2.8% of the universe of residential structures for the elderly in Portugal. There are 532 users and 229 professionals from these positive units. 102 users are hospitalized in hospital units”, he said.

Schools

During the return period from face-to-face education at the end of the school year, cases of Covid-19 were recorded in 1.1% of educational establishments and only eight schools had to be closed, which represents 0.2% of the 3,500 educational establishments since teaching that reopened.

The figures are from the Ministry of Education and, in the opinion and Graça Freitas, director-general of Health, show that “it paid off to have actually opened part of the face-to-face education in the last weeks of the last academic year”. According to data sent by the Ministry of Education to the Renaissance, during the period from 18 May to 26 June five high schools and three kindergartens were closed due to Covid-19 cases.

Cases were detected in more than 40 educational establishments, also according to the ministry’s data, but only eight had to close. These 40 represent 1.1% of the 3,500 educational establishments that reopened at the end of the school year. Face-to-face education was only resumed for the 11th and 12th years and in kindergartens. According to the Ministries of Education, in kindergartens only adult personal cases were recorded (teaching and non-teaching staff).

“The Ministry of Education worked in conjunction with the health authorities to monitor Covid-19 cases in a school environment, which are the competent authority to decide the closure of schools”, says the note in response to the Renaissance request.

“It was in fact a very small percentage of people infected, which means that, if rules are complied with – the rules we recommend, namely physical distance, mask, hygiene, avoiding close contact, great affections, avoiding clusters – the advantages attending education far outweigh the risk, ”said the director-general of health this Friday also in response to the Renaissance.

International Travel

Ryanair prepares “wild cuts” in the operation in Portugal

The Irish airline had already announced a 20% reduction in the number of flights in September and October, pointing to a decrease in bookings due to an increase in Covid-19 cases in Europe. We are facing very uncertain times, and there is a very real prospect of wild cuts in Portugal this winter across all of our bases, in terms of capacity and in terms of planes.” The panorama was drawn up by Ryanair’s Human Resources Director.

Asked to give details and give figures, Darrell Hughes said that ” there is the possibility of wild cuts anywhere ” in the company’s operation in Europe, referring to the announcement made on Monday that the company would cut 20% of its hours planned for September and October.

“Any predictions for the winter now are likely to be wrong. We are keeping everything under great scrutiny, but we will have far fewer flights than we did last winter, that’s for sure,” said the head of the Irish low-cost airline considering that it would be “speculation” to be trying to predict numbers for reductions.

“The number we have yet to determine is precisely where the cuts will fall, but we certainly hope that some of these cuts will be in Portugal,” he said in a telephone interview. Darrell Hughes recalled that the company has an agreement with the pilots “to keep people employed, which at least gives them some protection”, but stated that the company “is not in recruitment mode”, but “in survival mode and reconstruction “.

Spain

Spain recorded yesterday in the previous 24 hours 3,349 new cases of contagion with the new coronavirus, with Madrid remaining the most affected region, with 1,020 new cases, according to figures from the Spanish Ministry of Health released today.

The data also shows that, in the last seven days, 122 people died of covid-19, 16 of them in the last 24 hours. According to the Spanish health authorities, the number of contagions added yesterday to the total since the beginning of the pandemic is 7,039, and includes records that occurred in the last few days, which are communicated by health administrations on non-coincident days.

Madrid is the region most affected, with 1,020 new cases in the last 24 hours, followed by the Basque Country (north), with 547, and Aragon (northeast), with 352. Since the beginning of the pandemic, the country has counted a total of 377,906 cases, according to the figures updated yesterday. Of that total, 28,813 people died. Spain has seen an increase in infection cases in recent weeks, reaching the highest number of new cases since late May (3,715).

 

Region Reports

Madeira Report 22nd August by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There was 1 new Covid-19 case on Wednesday, 2 new cases on Thursday and on Friday. There was also 1 recovery on Wednesday. There are currently 33 active cases, of which 32 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other active case was a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 140 cases and 107 recoveries.

There are 23 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 7 in isolation at their place of residence. There are also 2 patients in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça while 1 patient remains in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the same hospital. Yesterday, 3 passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport were identified as suspected cases. An epidemiological investigation and analysis is underway. As of Friday, there had been 1,599 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 7,564 people under active monitoring and 10,809 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 34,042 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). Overall, as of Sunday, 65,132 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. As for testing on Madeira-bound passengers, before flying from the mainland, 12,986 tests have been carried out so far.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 109 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 11,093. The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,964 calls, with 168 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/22/mais-dois-casos-de-covid-19-mais-tres-casos-suspeitos-em-estudo/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101735/Madeira_com_mais_um_caso_ativo_e_um_suspeito_de_covid-19_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101807/Mais_dois_novos_casos_de_covid-19_e_outros_dois_em_estudo_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101865/Covid-19_Mais_dois_casos_na_Regiao_e_tres_suspeitos

 

Covid-19 test booking slots unavailable for flights in August and September at Porto laboratory

ADC Porto Ocidental, a laboratory in Porto that has an agreement with the Madeira Regional Government for testing Madeira-bound passengers, has reached its maximum capacity for testing before flights in August and in the first fortnight of September. This is the information a Madeiran passenger received automatically when she tried to book a test well in advance of her flight from Porto to Madeira.

This laboratory has a maximum capacity of 50 tests per day, which are carried out 72 hours before a flight so that test results can be provided before a flight. Tests are booked according to the order of arrival of a request (along with evidence of a flight booking) and it is not possible to bested on weekends and holidays.

This passenger’s personal experience shows how popular this testing scheme has been with passengers flying into Madeira from the Portuguese mainland. Since Wednesday, two additional laboratories were added to the scheme, one in Porto and another in Loulé. So far, this scheme is available in 22 locations in the mainland and negotiations are underway with additional laboratories.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101728/Covid-19_Laboratorio_do_Porto_com_capacidade_esgotada_para_voos_deste_mes_e_setembro

Machico Municipality delivered PPE to cultural and sporting institutions

On Thursday, the Municipality of Machico delivered PPE to cultural and sporting institutions located the municipality. The delivery ceremony took place at Museu da Baleia da Madeira (Whale Museum), in Caniçal, after the municipality contacted the institutions in order to learn what their needs were.

Overall, 27 kits of PPE were delivered. The cultural institutions received gloves, hand-sanitising gel and face masks while the sporting institutions received surface disinfectants, face masks, gloves and thermometers. In addition to these deliveries, the Municipality of Machico has already provided similar PPE kits to the municipality’s businesses, such as hairdressers, barbers, beauticians and taxi drivers.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101818/Machico_entrega_kits_de_protecao_as_instituicoes_culturais_e_desportivas_do_concelho

 

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on Monday, from 9h30 to 15h00, due to planned work on the water supply chain. The disruption will affect the Parish of Imaculado Coração de Maria (Rua Jaime Bruno Pereira, Rua das Lajes, Vereda das Lajes and Rua Álvaro Justino de Matos).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101797/Intervencao_na_rede_vai_afetar_abastecimento_de_agua_no_Imaculado_Coracao_de_Maria

 

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

 24th August – 09h00 to 12h00

  • Caminho de S. Roque (number 15)
  • Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas (numbers 13 to 174)
  • Rampa do Muro da Coelha (numbers 3 to 5)

24th August – 09h00 to 11h30

  • Caminhos da Partilha (number 45)
  • Caminho da Fonte (numbers 25 and 42)
  • Travessa Ribeira das Vacas (number 9)

24th, 25th and 26th August – 09h00 to 12h00

Rua dos Estados Unidos da América (numbers 104, 112 and 114)

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/21/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-61-2020/

 

Algarve

Covid 19 Situation

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) today pointed out the existence of 1007 cases of covid-19 in the Algarve, 11 more than yesterday, and totalling 17 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic

Marcelo: Portugal on the UK’s safe list makes a “brutal difference” for the Algarve

It is “great news” that makes “a brutal difference” in the economy – and the general panorama – of the Algarve. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa in Portimão commented about the inclusion of Portugal in the list of safe destinations in the United Kingdom.

He stated “It is great news. Great news for the mayors here in the Algarve for many others from other parts of the country but first of all for the 300,000 Portuguese who live and work in the United Kingdom. It is also good news for the almost 50 thousand Britons who live and like to live in Portugal and also for all those who wanted to move from one country to another”.

João Fernandes: Algarve must “make the most» air corridor to the United Kingdom”

The inclusion of Portugal in the United Kingdom’s list of safe countries to travel was deserved “for some time” and will open a window of opportunity that the Algarve region “should make the most of”, according to João Fernandes, president of Turismo do Algarve. The British Government’s decision, announced yesterday by the United Kingdom’s Secretary of State for Transport, comes at a time when “we still have four months to go”, until winter arrives.

“We have September and October still with good weather for bathing, but above all, we have new motivations for visiting, which find their peak season in this period, namely golf, which is one of the main reasons for visiting the region”, he said.

It should also be borne in mind that “September will be marked by the realization of the Portugal Masters”, in golf, and in October there are Formula 1 and Moto GP events in Portimão.

“At this moment, we start for four months of the year when we still have opportunities. We have to guarantee that we have exhausted its potential”, added a satisfied João Fernandes. This was, moreover, “a news that we had hoped for and which we had deserved for some time”. “There is a feeling here that, finally, the security that exists in Portugal is recognized, specifically here in the Algarve, the main tourist destination of the British», he illustrated.

 

Turismo do Algarve wants tourists to visit the region outside the usual “high season” period.

Turismo do Algarve is intensifying the creation of partnerships with some of the main European airlines that fly to the region, with the aim of reinforcing the effort to promote the destination and to attract the interest of new visitors until the end of this year. British Airways, Eurowings, Ryanair, Easyjet, AirFrance and Edelweiss are some of the companies that are already collaborating in the creation of joint marketing campaigns, to enhance reservations for stays in the region even during 2020.

Based on a multiplatform dissemination strategy, which integrates and combines digital and printed channels carefully selected in some of the main markets (such as the United Kingdom, Ireland, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland), these actions aim to promote the Algarve as a safe destination and place highlighted the diversity of experiences that the region has to offer.

According to João Fernandes, president of Turismo do Algarve, “with these campaigns we want to encourage last minute reservations, a trend that, given the current context, has been growing significantly”.

João Fernandes adds that “many people cancelled or postponed the holidays they had already scheduled because of the pandemic and it is mainly these tourists that we want to arrive, showing them that they are still in time to schedule these holidays in a destination that is fully prepared for the receive, with security, quality and flexibility. In addition to the diversity and richness of the region’s offer, the mild climate that the Algarve has throughout the year is another of our strong arguments, which we hope to capitalize on at this time and which we believe will be an important stimulus for travellers to book your holidays outside the traditional periods of high season”.

Aljezur: GNR detects 122 infractions in action to inspect illegal camping

On Thursday the GNR carried out several inspection actions to combat illegal caravanning and wild camping, within the scope of the “Safe Summer 2020” operation, in the municipality of Aljezur, with a special focus on the Southwest Alentejo and Costa Vicentina Natural Park.

According to a statement by that security force, of the inspection actions, “122 records were prepared, of which 97 were for offence resulting from wild camping as well as motorhome and illegal parking in prohibited places and 25 for non-compliance with the traffic sign regulation”.

The action that was carried out with the reinforcement of the Coastal Control Detachment (DCC) of Sines and in collaboration with the Regional Directorate for Nature Conservation and Forests of the Algarve, aimed to “mitigate wild camping activities and illegal caravanning”.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 21st August – 22nd August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores  

The British Government has announced that Portugal and the Autonomous regions of The Azores and Madeira will be added to the list of travel corridors, following the weekly review of data carried out by the Common Biosafety Centre.  The measure takes effect from 04:00 on Saturday, so passengers traveling from Portugal to the UK will not need to stay in quarantine for two weeks at home, but those arriving before this date will have to comply in the same the 14 days of self-isolation.

Everyone traveling from abroad to the UK will continue to be required to complete a form with personal information and contact details for tracking purposes.  Here is a useful document for all travellers going to the Azores.

https://destinoseguro.azores.gov.pt/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/Recommendations-for-a-safe-trip-to-the-Azores_compressed.pdf

There is more information here https://covid19.azores.gov.pt/?page_id=6304

Over the las few days the Regional Health Authority has reported that, from 3,442 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region recently, six positive cases of COVID-19 were diagnosed, five on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Pico.

Five of the cases were diagnosed as a part of the screening tests carried out on passengers from abroad on arrival and after the sixth day of stay in the Region, they are two men, 32 and 47 years old, and three women, aged between 21 and 43 years old.  The other diagnosed person, a man who is 39 years old, has been in close contact with a high risk, positive case, part of the chain of transmission registered on the island of São Miguel.

There has been another recovery, a 46-year-old man, bringing to 151 the number of recovered cases from COVID-19 disease.  202 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, with 23 active positive cases currently, of which 20 on the island of São Miguel, two on Terceira Island and one on Pico Island.

 

Portugal Situation Report Wednesday 19th August

Introduction

There was an interesting remark from the Prime Minister yesterday, who asked people not to let their guard down in the prevention of rural fires using the context of Covid-19. In other words both of these are in our hands to prevent.

I am not sure if he has been reading our features or listening to me on KissFm but this is exactly the message we have been previously delivering. Our article in the Algarve Resident on 11th June, “Avoiding the Perfect Storm” was exactly concerning this!

Some 98% of rural fires are from human causes so it is in our hands to prevent these. Likewise the spread of Covid-19 can be prevented by wearing facemasks, social-distancing and proper hygiene – points made.  We, as humans, bear considerable responsibilities.

Regarding rural fires, the last two days have shown a considerable reduction; just 30 and 37 fires on Monday and Tuesday respectively. Earlier this month it was ranging around 130 to 170, but even this is lower when compared with the fires of 2017, where there were at times over 300 per day. During the latter period, when we saw a State of Calamity being introduced in the context of rural fires, over 12,000 fire fighters were being deployed daily. We must never let that happen again – remember it is our own hands.

We published yesterday on Facebook the breakdown on the causes of rural fires for the first six months of this year and in case you missed it I have included this in this situation report. Nearly two thirds of all fires are caused by the extensive burning of scrubland and piled debris, which have become out of control by not following the simple safety guidelines. These in fact are often the cause of late night or early morning fires where those responsible think the authorities will not see the smoke.

In respect of Covid-19, the focus at present is the situation in care homes where there have been recent outbreaks as covered in this situation report. This has also been politicised, by calls on the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Ana Godinho, to resign after she said earlier that the scale of covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes “is not too large in terms of proportion,” in answer to a journalist question. A statement that is factually correct. Given the huge amount of work that has gone into protecting those in care homes this seems grossly unfair.

Regarding social media, we ask people not to stigmatize various people or groups of people. We should not have to keep repeating this, but maybe it is because of fear or the lack of knowledge, we sometimes encounter this. If it is on our Facebook site, we will remove these comments as we do not use unsourced statistics say for instance predicting Covid-19 trends.  In times of crisis, be it rural fires or Covid-19, it is remarkable the number of instant experts that emerge!

With that message, please have a Very Safe Day. Our next SITREP will be on Saturday although any major news will be posted in the interim.

DGS Situation Report

Yesterday Portugal registered five more deaths and 214 more confirmed cases of Covid-19 compared to Monday, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

According to the DGS bulletin on the epidemiological situation, since the beginning of the pandemic until yesterday, there were 54,448 cases of infection and 1,784 deaths.

The country currently has 39,936 recovered cases, 136 more than Monday.

There are 336 people hospitalized. In intensive care there are 38 patients, one less than yesterday.

Health

Covid-19: North with an increase in cases due to “family and social” outbreaks – DGS

The increase in cases of covid-19 in the North is due to “outbreaks with family and social origins”, said the director-general of Health today, asking that “distractions” be avoided in care during coexistence between different family nuclei.

“I leave here a pedagogical appeal, because families must be careful [regarding contagion]. Any distraction can lead to outbreaks. When families get together, don’t forget that they are different nuclei. Each nucleus is like an infection bubble. It is enough that one nucleus is infected to be able to infect others”, noted Graça Freitas, at the press conference of the Directorate-General for Health on the epidemiological situation in the country.

The official recalled that, “in the beginning”, the North region was the most affected by the pandemic, which is why in this “first phase” a “crisis office” was created that continues to work and “uses methods that were used in Lisbon ”.

“The region has all this accumulated experience and we believe it will control these outbreaks,” she said.

The Director-General of Health also said that the North “never stopped having scattered cases” and that, “at this moment, there are outbreaks of family and social origin”, with “Vila do Conde being a particularly affected municipality”.

Covid-19: Seventy nursing homes in Portugal with cases of infection

Seventy residential homes for the elderly in Portugal have cases of covid-19 with 542 residents and 2017 employees with positive tests, said the Secretary of State for Health yesterday.

In a press conference to update the pandemic in Portugal, António Sales said that this number is equivalent to less than 3 percent of the total number of nursing homes.

The situation of homes, he said, continues to be monitored by the Ministry of Health, guaranteeing however that there is “some stability” and that the tendency is to continue to decrease infections in these spaces.

“What we can guarantee is that the experience has led to corrections and improvements”, said the official, adding that, “for example, visits were made to 261 of a total of 283 homes for the elderly in the Alentejo area, with the preparation of reports about the nonconformities detected, and the services are checking corrections”.

This situation, assured Antonio Sales, “also occurs in the rest of the country, where homes have received mixed teams of Social Security, Health and Civil Protection authorities to verify the implementation of the measures”.

“This is a joint effort with institutions, municipalities and Social Security with a common objective of protecting this part of the population most vulnerable to the virus, which requires a special duty of protection”, he stressed.

Three elderly people from Lar São José, in Barreiro, died after an outbreak of covid-19, which continues to manifest itself in 48 people at the institution, the Regional Health Administration of Lisbon and Tagus Valley (ARSLVT).

Covid-19: Three elderly people died and 48 cases remain active at home in Barreiro

According to ARSLVT, “the deaths occurred over the past week”.

According to the same source, in a written note sent to the Lusa agency, the disease remains active in 35 residents and 13 home care professionals, located in the district of Setúbal.

Of the number of infected elderly people, six are hospitalized and 29 remain at home, but there are regrets for the death of three users who had tested positive, he said.

Among professionals, the disease remains active in 13 people and “there is a case cured,” he added.

The outbreak at Lar São José was detected at the beginning of the month and accounted for a total of 52 accumulated cases, of which 38 in residents and 14 in workers.

Speaking to Lusa, the mayor of the municipality, Frederico Rosa (PS) also lamented the death of the three people and added that they also had associated “other pathologies and other causes that led to this outcome”.

Regarding the situation of the home, the mayor said that “the cases are stabilized” and that when there is an “increase in body temperature, people are immediately taken to the hospital for monitoring”.

“Things are controlled, but some caution is always necessary because the ‘controlled’ are momentary situations,” he said.

71 people infected in Odivelas home

Thirty-seven residents and 34 professionals from a nursing home in the municipality of Odivelas have tested positive for covid-19. They are all asymptomatic.

The information was confirmed to JN by the municipality. In total, the institution has 60 residents and 54 professionals.

This outbreak was detected at the Amoreira Health and Rest Home, located in the Ramada area, and according to the vice-president of the Municipality of Odivelas, Edgar Valles, it was only identified “by mere chance”. “One of the users went to the hospital, for reasons unrelated to the covid and was tested, having tested positive. From then on, it was decided to test all users and employees and those who tested positive are asymptomatic”, he said.

According to the mayor of Odivelas, all employees who tested positive for covid-19 are at home in the quarantine and the users were divided into wards.

Montemor-o-Novo City Council activates Municipal Emergency Plan

The Municipality of Montemor-o-Novo activated the Municipal Emergency Plan (PME) for Civil Protection due to the outbreak of covid-19, which on Monday registered 25 active cases in that municipality in the district of Évora, the Alentejo municipality said today.

The PME was activated by resolution of the Municipal Civil Protection Commission of Montemor-o-Novo, which met on Monday, and has been in force since 00:00 today until 23:59 on 31 August.

Considering “the outbreak of covid-19 recorded in the neighboring municipality of Mora and which, meanwhile, extended to the municipality of Montemor-o-Novo”, as well as “the impact of this outbreak in the municipality” and “concern about the impact of the covid -19 in risk groups, namely users of Residential Structures for the Elderly, I determine the activation of the Municipal Civil Protection Emergency Plan as of 00:00 on August 18, 2020 ”, reads the statement signed by the president of the City Hall, Hortênsia Menino (CDU).

“The activation of the PME is an immediate response to the need for direction and coordination within the scope of Civil Protection in support of the Public Health Authorities, ensuring the articulation of the various entities involved in the prevention and response to the outbreak, as well as ensuring the timely mobilization of means and resource”, concludes the document dated August 17.

The outbreak of covid-19 in Montemor-o-Novo was released on Monday by the director-general of Health, Graça Feitas, who said that “it is still under investigation” the connection of this outbreak to the outbreak in the neighbouring municipality of Mora , which accounts for 46 active cases according to the latest update from local authorities.

Prime Minister – Concern about homes is present from the first minute

“The concern with homes is present from the first minute,” said Prime Minister António Costa. “There was an increase of 5.5% in financial transfers to support homes, and a special line of support for equipment” designed to reduce the risk of contamination by Covid-19, which “shows that we do not devalue the seriousness of the situation”, he added.

The Prime Minister also said that “that is why we have carried out a very intense action of testing all the personnel who work in the homes , in order to prevent risks; that is why, for several months, we were forced to prevent home visits,to reduce the risks”.

António Costa said that “there are more than 2,000 homes in the country”, with “more than 90,000 users and more than 60,000 professionals”, homes that are owned by entities in the social economy sector.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have worked closely with institutions of social solidarity, the Misericórdias and mutual societies to reinforce the functioning conditions of homes,” he also said.

Ana Mendes Godinho reiterated that “since the beginning of the pandemic, homes have been a priority for the Government” and her: “My priority has been to create all the support mechanisms and instruments to respond to a pandemic for which no one was prepared”.

“This is what we have been working on daily since March”, with “a team dedicated only to the permanent monitoring of what is happening in homes, and to the monitoring of the application of the measures adopted”.

Homes were a priority from the start “given the risk created by the age of the people in them. More than half of the people in homes are over 80 years old, so we need to be more careful to protect them”, by supporting the institutions that own the homes.

Covid-19: Costa maintains “all political confidence” in the Minister of Labour and Social Security

The Prime Minister yesterday expressed “all political confidence” in the Minister of Labour, Solidarity and Social Security Ana Godhino, the target of criticism due to an interview that generated controversy on the subject of covid-19 cases in nursing homes.

António Costa refused to “fuel artificial controversies”, in remarks to journalists after presiding at the meeting of the National Operational Coordination Centre (CCON) of the National Authority for Emergency and Civil Protection (ANEPC), at Carnaxide headquarters.

The scale of covid-19 outbreaks in nursing homes “is not too large in terms of proportion,” replied Ana Mendes Godinho, in an interview published on Saturday in the weekly newspaper Expresso, admitting that there was still a shortage of employees in those institutions.

In opposition, the PSD called for the urgent hearing of the government official in parliament, while CDS-PP and Chega even demanded her resignation.

 

Study reveals inaccuracies in databases about new coronavirus

An analysis of the databases of the WHO, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed “a lot of inconsistencies” in the data related to covid- 19.

The news advanced by Público on Sunday reported “errors and discrepancies” between the platforms of the World Health Organization, the European Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which aggregate the data infections by the new coronavirus from several countries, with, for example, entering negative numbers in the records, or dates that do not match.

To Lusa, the researcher Jorge Bravo, who together with Afshin Ashofteh carried out the article published in the magazine of the International Association of Official Statistics, Statistical Journal, explained that “there were a lot of inaccuracies, a lot of inconsistencies between the three big databases”.

“Some countries, for example, reported negative deaths, which is an impossibility”, he added, adding that in the sample he studied, “which was already significant, there were, in some cases, significant inaccuracies”.

The study ran “from the beginning of the pandemic, until mid-April”, but the experts intend to “follow up on the initial study”, replicating what was done “with more months of observation and with more countries”.

“But what we found was that the errors did not diminish with the widening of the pandemic, on the contrary. With more countries reporting to WHO and these agencies, errors have increased. There could be less preparation in the initial phase and over time they were preparing and adjusting to needs, but what we found was that the more countries reported, the more problems we encountered ”, said the professor at Universidade Nova de Lisboa.

 

Other News

Fires – Prime Minister calls on population not to let their guard down.

The Prime Minister, António Costa, yesterday called on the population not to let their guard down regarding the prevention of the risks of rural fires, which join the context of the pandemic of covid-19.

“The appeal that I would like to make to all and all Portuguese is that, despite anomalous days for what is normal in August, do not forget that we cannot lower the guard, also in the prevention of fire risks. Just as it is essential to wear a mask, to wash our hands constantly, it is absolutely essential to avoid all risky behaviours that may create fire risks”, he stressed.

The Prime Minister made statements to journalists after chairing the meeting of the National Operational Coordination Center (CCON) of the National Emergency and Civil Protection Authority (ANEPC), at Carnaxide headquarters.

The head of the government recalled that “last July was the warmest since 1931”. “We are not all too much to be agents of Civil Protection,” he said.

“As we have seen this year, the risks really take the life and there have already been four firefighters and a pilot who lost their lives”, he also lamented.

Causes of rural fires

That 85% of rural fires start less than 500 meters from a road or from inhabited or cultivated areas. 98% of fires are of human origin. Do you also know that?

According to the Agency for the Integrated Management of Rural Fires (AGIF), from January to June 2020, 53% of the fires were investigated with the following investigation of causes:

– Burning of scrub lands and piled debris 67%

– Intentional 17%

– Other negligence 6%

– Machinery 4%

– Electricity 3%

– Natural 1%

The fire danger is real and we have to reduce the avoidable behaviours that are the source of most fires. This is a cause for all of us. Even living in the city or away from rural environments, it is possible to alert family members and friends who live in areas more prone to forest fires.

 

Region Reports

Madeira report by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There was 1 new Covid-19 case on Saturday, 2 new cases on Monday and 2 new cases on Tuesday. There were also 3 recoveries on Saturday, 1 recovery on Monday 1 recovery on Tuesday.

There are currently 29 active cases, of which 28 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other active case was a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 135 cases and 106 recoveries.

There are 23 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel and 3 in isolation at their place of residence. There are also 2 patients in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça while 1 patient remains in the Covid-19 intensive care unit at the same hospital.

Yesterday, a passenger who had arrived at Funchal Airport was identified as a suspected case. An epidemiological investigation and analysis is underway. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,594 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 7,487 people under active monitoring and 11,245 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 32,036 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 16h30). Overall, as of Sunday, 62,364 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 117 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 11,093.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,938 calls, with 168 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101394/Madeira_com_mais_um_novo_caso_de_covid-19_mas_outros_tres_recuperaram

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101432/Covid-19_Madeira_sem_novos_casos_e_com_mais_um_recuperado

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101528/Madeira_com_mais_dois_novos_casos_de_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/18/mais-dois-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-um-novo-caso-recuperado-casos-activos-sao-29/

3 people injured in gas explosion in Câmara de Lobos

Three members of the same family (father, mother and son) were injured as a result of a gas explosion at an apartment in Câmara de Lobos. The explosion took place on Tuesday at around 08h30. The father is in intensive care due to second-degree burns. Although the cause of the explosion are unknown, this is another reminder that all care should be taken when dealing with gas appliances at home.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/18/explosao-de-gas-feriu-tres-pessoas-em-apartamento-em-camara-de-lobos/

Increased police patrol in Porto Santo

Police in Porto Santo have increased their presence on the streets of Porto Santo since Friday, after several episodes of vandalism, robberies and violence in the last few weeks. Officers from GNR, PSP and the Maritime Police have been seen on the streets and on the beach.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101413/Porto_Santo_GNR_e_elementos_de_investigacao_criminal_reforcam__contingente_policial_

15 free wireless internet hotspots in Câmara de Lobos

The Municipality of Câmara de Lobos has set up 15 free wireless internet hotspots in the town centre of the municipality’s 5 parishes. According to Pedro Coelho, the Mayor of Câmara de Lobos, this means Câmara de Lobos has become the first municipality in Madeira to have a municipal wi-fi network that covers all of its parishes and areas beyond urban areas.

This is a result of a successful application for the project “WIFI4EU – Free wifi for Europeans”, a project financed by the European Commission that allows citizens and visitors in the European Union to have free and secure wireless internet access in the main places of interest. The Municipality received €15,000 for use in setting up the wireless infrastructure in areas that had previously not had free wireless internet hotspots. The use of these hotspots is free and without any time limits.

The following areas have had free wireless internet since 2017: Largo do Poço, Jardins do Ilhéu, Varadouro, the bus station next to Miradouro do Espirito Santo (Churchill), Mercado Municipal and Praça da Autonomia. Two more hotspots were set up to complement these, one at Largo São Sebastião (next to Igreja Matriz) and one at Praia do Vigário.

The following places have free wireless internet hotspots for the first time, thanks to the WiFi4EU project:

– Estreito de Câmara de Lobos – Largo do Centro Cívico do Estreito, Largo do Patim/adro da Igreja e Praça do Mercado Municipal;

– Jardim da Serra – Rua das Corticeiras;

– Curral das Freiras – Praça Central;

– Quinta Grande – Parque Infantil.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101480/Camara_de_Lobos_tem_a_partir_de_hoje_15_pontos_de_acesso_a_rede_Wi-Fi

Water supply disruptions

There will be some water supply disruptions in the following days. The following areas will be affected:

Today (09h00-13h00) – Câmara de Lobos (Torre & Espírito Santo)

Thursday (15h00-18h00) – São Jorge Parish (Achada de António Teixeira, Achada do Pico, Achada Grande, Açougue Velho, Barranco, Calhau, Covas, Cruz, Fajã Alta, Furna Pedro Jorge, Jogo da Bola, Lombo do Cunha, Lombo do Pico, Pé do Pico, Poço e Vale, Pomar, São Pedro & Tranquada)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101462/Camara_de_Lobos_Sitios_da_Torre_e_Espirito_Santo_vao_ter_falta_de_agua_no_dia_19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101602/Vai_faltar_agua_em_Sao_Jorge_esta_quinta-feira

 

Algarve

Almancil – GNR Breaks up an illegal party with more than 200 people attending

The Faro Territorial Command, through the Territorial Detachment of Loulé, on August 16, stopped an illegal party with more than 200 people, in the locality of Almancil.

In the course of several complaints informing the realization of a private party, the military of the Guard carried out several actions with a view to ascertaining the location of the event, having determined the exact location, and so proceeded to inspect the party. The event was widely publicized by the organizing company on social networks, with exclusive entrance for customers with table reservation and the location transmitted only 12 hours before its start, with several guest artists.

Promoters of the event were previously alerted by GNR to the measures in force due to the pandemic COVID-19 and warned not to hold the party. In addition, the Health Authority was asked to give an opinion, which was negative, as all preventive, protective and safety measures required for such an event were not safeguarded.

Nevertheless, the organizers continued with the event, with the GNR military arriving at the place and ending the party immediately, ordering all people to leave the place. The operation had the reinforcement of the Intervention and Public Order Group (GIOP) and the Cinotechnical Intervention Group (GIC) (Dog Unit).

The event organizers were identified and the facts forwarded to the Loulé Judicial Court.

Hotel occupancy with the lowest value ever for the month of July

Figures revealed yesterday by the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA) account for falls in all markets. Portuguese and Spanish vacationers gave some encouragement to the high season 2020.

The average national occupancy rate / room was 32.6 percent, that is, 50.9 percentage points (pp) below that seen in July 2019 (-61.0 percent). Since January, this indicator has been 63.2 percent lower (-38.5pp) than in the previous year.

According to the latest data released by the Association of Hotels and Tourist Enterprises of the Algarve (AHETA), on Monday, August 17, the average occupancy rate / bed was 32.0 percent, 2.0pp above the verified in July 2019 (+5.9 percent) With the decrease seen, the occupancy rate registered the lowest value ever for the month of July.

This year-on-year variation is justified by the pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, whose impact on hotels began to be felt at the beginning of March with reservation cancellations, evolving abruptly to a situation of progressive closure of accommodation units.

All geographic areas suffered severe falls, which ranged between -38.5pp (-53.0 percent) in Monte Gordo and Vila Real de Santo António and -59.6pp (-68.6 percent) in Albufeira.

The area of ​​Faro and Olhão registered the highest occupancy rate, 39.3 percent, while the lowest occurred in the Albufeira area, with 27.3 percent.

Covid.19: Algarve registers exponential increase in requests for food support

According to a “JN” (news) survey of 308 city councils in the country to which 178 responded, there is a worrying reality: the Algarve is one of the regions most affected by hunger.

The support of the Chambers is provided through baskets, meals and vouchers. For example, in the municipality of Lagos alone, the increase was 220% of families supported per month, representing about 660 monthly baskets, when before the pandemic, there were 120.

In the municipality of Loulé, two canteens were created, having prepared more than 24 thousand meals, adding to more than 1100 baskets delivered.

According to the same source, Faro supports 900 people, Albufeira 771 residents, Portimão 775, plus 532 baskets for families per month. Olhão supports 600 people and delivers 550 food kits.

Speaking to TVI, the president of the Food Bank against Hunger in the Algarve said that 24,000 people are supported, which is a historical value, since, before the pandemic, 16,000 people were supported. Nuno Alves stressed that he expects a further increase in requests for support after the summer.

For this person, many of these people were employed, “they had a normal life and never thought about resorting to food support”. There has been additional aid in addition to the food emergency network, businesspeople in the region and foreigners. Until November, the Food Bank has reserves to provide support. Nuno Alves hopes that the next big fundraising campaign will materialize to help from that period. However, due to the unpredictability of the pandemic, there is no certainty about the expected results.

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 16th August – 19th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of 1,203 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 24 hours, a positive case of COVID-19 on Terceira Island has been diagnosed and there have been four recoveries.

The diagnosed case is a 51-year-old man, a non-resident, who arrived in the Autonomous Region of the Azores on August 17th by air from the continent, he obtained a positive result when he was tested on arrival. He is in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

The four recoveries are three men aged between 30 and 56 years old, and one woman, aged 25 years old, all located on the island of São Miguel, the number of recovered cases are now 150.

Thus, so far, 196 cases of infection with the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 19 active positive cases, of which 17 on the island of São Miguel and two on Terceira island.

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 15th August

Introduction

Good morning – The focus in the last few days has once again been on the UK travel corridor and a reminder that effective 0400 hrs this morning Saturday 15th August, those travellers from France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba will be required to enter in to quarantine upon entering the UK.

British Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Friday that the main criterion used by the British authorities is 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a moving average over seven days and that countries that exceed this figure are now considered risk. If this is the case, then Portugal is unlikely to be added to the exemption list at present.

This coupled with a survey by the UK’s Office of National Statistics (ONS) that around 20% of travellers had cancelled their holidays abroad this year and that nearly two thirds would not travel overseas at present, presents a dismal picture to the already troubled travel industry.

However efforts are being taken to promote the Algarve overseas as a safe destination, a fact that most people living here, off course, are well aware off.

Safe Communities published a reminder in this week’s Portugal News, which is in effect a check list for visitors concerning the wearing of face masks, social distancing and hygiene requirements in Portugal when they arrive here. It is important that they realise that this measures are compulsory, including maximum social gatherings of 20 people. Visitors are off course very welcome provided they respect our laws and help keep the Algarve a Safe place.

As part of the safe destination efforts, Safe Communities will tomorrow Sunday be participating in an event with the Secretary of State, José Apolinário, in an awareness-raising action, part of the National Campaign of the National Federation of Youth Associations (FNAJ) “Desconfinar Jovem – Your cause”. This has the support of the Presidency of the Portuguese Republic and is in partnership with the National School of Public Health of the Universidade Nova de Lisboa and the District and Regional Federations of Youth Associations.

This event intends to remind people of the security measures to be taken in this phase of the pandemic and to commit young people in the fight against Covid-19, positioning them as public health agents, in this case with young volunteers, coming from Albufeira.

If you would like to participate in events that help the community please contact us atinfo@safecommunitiesportugal.com

With that please have a Safe weekend

DGS Cov-19 Situation Report

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced this Friday the existence of 1,772 deaths and 53,783 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic.

The death toll rose by two more than on Thursday. The number of infected people increased by 235. The number of people hospitalized is 348, 10 less than on Thursday, and in intensive care there are 41 people, plus 2. The number of patients reported to have recovered from covid-19 has increased again in the last 24 hours to 39,374, 197 more than on Thursday.

Health

Reinforcements of health multidisciplinary teams in Lisbon Metropolitan area

Reinforcements of the multidisciplinary teams to fight covid-19 will be reinforced in six municipalities in the Lisbon Metropolitan Area.

According to information provided by DGS deputy director-general, Almada, Seixal, Barreiro, Moita, Setúbal and Vila Franca de Xira represent an increased risk of infection, due to population density and unstable socioeconomic levels. The reinforcement comes after the substantial increase in new cases in the region.

Covid-19 outbreak detected at home in Sintra

Forty-three users and 12 employees of the care home of the TAP Staff Solidarity and Social Support Association, in Sintra, tested positive for covid-19, a source from the city council said this Friday to Lusa.

According to the source of the authority, 43 users, out of a total of 83, and 12 workers, out of a total of 51, were tested after a confirmed case was identified in the home.

According to the same source, the municipality “learned on Sunday of a positive case in the home in question and, in conjunction with the health authorities, the Mayor of Sintra triggered the covid-19 tests of the municipality to be tested for all users. The interior and exterior of the site were also disinfected, as well as reinforced personal protective equipment, according to the same source.

According to the source, users “remain at home, respecting the rules and guidelines of the health delegate”. The source also revealed that the municipality “continues, with the health authorities, to monitor the situation until the resolution of this outbreak “.

Masks must be mandatory on the street, defends Portuguese Lung Federation

After the Order of Doctors, it is now the Portuguese Lung Foundation (FPP) that recommends the mandatory use of a mask in all public places outside in public areas, in order to prevent further contagion by the new coronavirus. “The only exception should only be situations in which the social distance of two meters is undoubtedly guaranteed”, says the FPP in a statement.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have had a clear position: everyone should wear a mask. Even when the general idea was that it was not necessary,” says the president of the FPP, José Alves, to the PUBLICO. With specialists divided on the effectiveness of this equipment abroad, the pulmonologist says that “the role of prevention in medicine is very important. The only measure we can take to prevent it is to wear a mask and be careful”.

Covid-19: Number of people infected in Mora rises to 30 with three hospitalized

The number of people infected with covid-19 in the village of Mora, in the district of Évora, rose yesterday to 30, with three of them admitted to the hospital, including one in intensive care, said the Mayor. The new four positive cases (there were 26 on Thursday) were detected in about 40 tests carried out on Thursday in the Alentejo village and the results of which were known this morning, said Luís Simão, in statements to the Lusa agency.

According to the mayor, the number of people admitted to the Hospital of Espírito Santo de Évora (HESE) rose to three (one more), with one of them in the intensive care unit. The positive cases of covid-19 in Mora are “people from the community”, being “mostly family members and members of the households” from the first infected in the village, he said, indicating that tests will continue to be carried out in the facilities in the next few days. of the People’s House.

The Paços do Concelho building, the Oficina da Criança, the Casa da Cultura and the sports equipment of Mora are closed at least until Monday, just in case, due to the outbreak of covid-19 detected in the village.

The Municipal Emergency Plan has also been activated, following a meeting of the Municipal Civil Protection Commission, held on Tuesday, to deal with this outbreak. In addition to the municipal services, the Leisure Activities Center of Mora and some commercial establishments also temporarily closed their doors.

Ventilators purchased in China arrive in Lisbon on Sunday

A shipment of 114 ventilators purchased months ago by the Portuguese government from China is expected to arrive at Lisbon airport on Sunday, in an operation coordinated with the Portuguese embassy in China.

According to a statement from the air carrier EuroAtlantic Airways (EEA), the ventilators will be transported by a Boeing 767 from Beijing International Airport and arriving at Humberto Delgado Airport at 20h25 on Sunday. The 114 ventilators are part of a total of 1,151 purchased by the Ministry from Chinese companies in early June.

Schools have already received funds to buy masks for students and staff

Schools have already received funds to buy the masks that they will distribute free of charge to students and staff and some schools are planning to have extra equipment so that no one is prevented from entering the school. Within a month, when the new academic year begins, only the smallest students will be able to enter the school without a mask, since from the 2nd cycle onwards, its use is mandatory.

“The mask will be the most important school material, because without it, they are prevented from entering school. Manuals are essential, but they can enter the school if they leave them at home, the same will not happen with the mask”, warned Filinto Lima, president of the National Association of Group Directors and Public Schools (ANDAEP), speaking to Lusa.

According to figures put forward by the Minister of Education, Tiago Brandão Rodrigues, the Government will spend around seven million euros to guarantee masks and other personal protective equipment for schools to return to school in September.

Schools have already received funds to buy the material that will be made available free of charge by students and staff: it will be a ‘kit’ with three washable masks that will be used for the first period of classes, since “each mask can be washed 25 times”, explained Filinto Lima.

Manuel Pereira, president of the National Association of School Directors (ANDE), added that it is necessary to open public tenders to choose the company from whom they will buy masks and other materials, believing that within a month everything will be ready to receive students safely. To ensure that no one is prevented from entering the school grounds, managements are already planning solutions, such as having masks at the school’s stationery.

In addition to masks, when classes start, schools will also have individual protective equipment, ranging from aprons to gloves and visors to alcohol-based solutions.

Travel

Two-thirds of Britons avoid holidays abroad due to quarantine

Nearly two-thirds of Britons consider it unlikely to take a holiday abroad if they have to quarantine on their return to the UK due to the covid-19 pandemic, according to a study published on Friday.

According to the pandemic social impact barometer conducted by the British statistics institute ONS, 62% of respondents said it was unlikely to travel abroad during the summer holidays if they were to be in isolation for 14 days on their return. According to the same ONS study, 20% of Britons said they had cancelled travel plans abroad because of the quarantine imposed by the British government.

Portugal remains outside the British list of safe destinations, a decision that the Portuguese Government considered was not “based on facts and figures that are public”. The United Kingdom is the main outbound market for tourists to Portugal, having represented around 20% of the total.

Transport Minister Grant Shapps said on Friday that the main criterion used by the British authorities is 20 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in a moving average over seven days and that countries that exceed this figure are now considered risk.

On Thursday night, the British Government announced that France, the Netherlands, Monaco, Malta, the Turks and Caicos Islands and Aruba will be removed from the list as of 4 am on Saturday, similar to what happened last week with Belgium, Andorra and the Bahamas and earlier with Spain and Luxembourg.

UK Travel Corridor

Portugal is the only member state of the European Union with the indicator of new cases below the Union average that is excluded from the UK’s ‘safe list’ from which three more European countries were excluded yesterday.

The UK excludes France, Malta and the Netherlands from the “safe list” of countries from which passengers do not need to comply with mandatory quarantine as they return to the UK as of this Saturday. In total, there are now ten member states of the European Union in this situation: the three mentioned plus Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Bulgaria, Luxembourg, Romania and Sweden that had already been excluded in previous reviews.

Although the full exclusion criteria from the UK’s “safe list” is not entirely known, the member states that are excluded from the list as of today coincide with the countries that currently have an accumulated value of cases, in the last 14 days, for 100 thousand inhabitants, higher than the EU average. This average has been rising and is now 33.2 cases.

There are 9 countries with higher values, all of them excluded from the British list, and 19 with lower values, among them, Portugal – with 26.1 cases, in the last 14 days, per 100 thousand inhabitants – the only one excluded from the list. In the last five weeks the evolution in Portugal has been positive, but the line that marks the average of the last 7 days is no longer in a clear downward trend.(Source Expreso)

Spain

Covid-19 numbers in Spain are increasing rapidly again. Over 2,987 infected in 24 hours

In Spain, nearly 3,000 new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded this Friday in the last 24 hours. These are daily data that confirm a tendency towards an accelerated increase in contagions in Spanish territory. It is the biggest daily increase in infected since the end of May.

Madrid leads the new infections with 731 cases, followed by Aragon and the Basque Country. There were still 12 dead from yesterday to today. All Spanish regions will close the nightlife venues and prohibit smoking in open places, when it is not possible to maintain social distance, a measure that was already in force in two of the 17 Spanish autonomous regions. The restaurants will close at 01:00 and cannot admit customers after midnight.

At a press conference, Health Minister Salvador Illa called for avoiding gatherings with more than ten people and advised young people not to consume alcoholic beverages in public spaces.

At an emergency meeting of health authorities in Spanish regions, the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, and regional officials decided this Friday to coordinate a series of public administration decisions to halt outbreaks of the new coronavirus , which manifests itself ” different “throughout Spain since the state of alarm ended on June 21.

Beaches closed

Praia dos Pescadores, in Ericeira, Mafra municipality, was banned from bathing yesterday after an analysis of water quality revealed “microbiological values ​​above reference parameters” and, therefore, it is “unfit for bathing”.

According to a statement released by the National Maritime Authority (AMN), the red flag was raised at 16:10 on this beach in Ericeira, in Mafra (Lisbon district), after an analysis by the Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), which revealed “microbiological values ​​above the reference parameters, the water being unsuitable for bathing”. APA will maintain “water quality monitoring and on Monday” a new reassessment will be made, the statement said.

“If the analysis shows that the values ​​are within normal parameters, the ban will be lifted”, adds the AMN.

Algarve

According to DGS on Friday the number of confirmed cases in Algarve since the start of the pandemic is 957, an increase of 11 since Thursday. Local health authority has reported 229 active cases as at 13th August 2359 hrs. A total of nine are in hospital and there are none in ICU. A total of 700 have recovered

The epidemiological situation in the Algarve “is stabilized”, after two weeks “with, practically, every day with a number of new single digit daily cases”, explained Ana Cristina Guerreiro, the Regional Health Delegate, at the press conference balance sheet of the pandemic, which took place today, the 14th, in Loulé.

Numbers achieved “at the height of summer, at a time when the population of the Algarve has tripled” and which, in practice, means that the Algarve has a ratio of less than 20 infected per 100 thousand inhabitants, that is, it is within the norms Europeans consider it a safe region.

According to José Apolinário, Secretary of State who is the coordinator of the State of Alert in the Algarve, the number of active cases “has been decreasing since the beginning of the month”, thanks to the “work and commitment” of the regional entities, whether in the sector health and civil protection. He gave the example of the outbreaks that arose in the Civil Construction sector, which, according to Ana Cristina Guerreiro, became “a great concern”, but which are now under control.

“As soon as these outbreaks emerged, we immediately carried out verification and awareness actions in shipyards with more than 20 workers”, he recalled. According to the Regional Health Delegate, many of the new cases are “imported”, since they are from foreigners or Portuguese who are on vacation in the Algarve. “Every day we have cases of foreigners. Usually, people arrive here without symptoms and develop them when they are here” she said. There have also been cases related to “emigrants and foreigners working here”

GNR issues 116 administrative offenses.

The National Republican Guard (GNR), through the Territorial Detachment of Portimão, the Regional Directorate of the Institute for the Conservation of Nature and Forests (ICNF) of the Algarve and the Municipality of Vila do Bispo – Municipal Civil Protection Service, carried out on 13th August, an inspection in the municipality of Vila do Bispo, against wild camping and motorhome.

The operation took place in the Sudoeste Alentejano e Costa Vicentina Natural Park and involved 22 personnel. Taking place between 8:00 am and 1:00 pm, it resulted in a total of 116 vehicles being checked surveyed, of which 91 were misdemeanours resulting from camping and wild caravanning were identified, as well as illegal parking in non-permitted places, and 25 for non-compliance with the traffic sign regulation.

Wild camping and campervans “is a problem that has been identified for a long time and constitutes a factor in the destruction of habitats, some of which are protected, in addition to representing an illegal occupation which results in a degradation of the places used by uncontrolled deposition of waste”, explains the ICNF. Thus, these inspection actions aim to “discourage illegal and strongly degrading practices in an area of ​​high natural value but also tourism”.

Azores

Situation Report Azores 13th August – 15th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The Portuguese Navy and the Ponta Delgada Maritime Search and Rescue Coordination Centre (MRCC Delgada), has provided assistance to a UK flag, sailing vessel “Della Myra”. The yacht is being crewed by an 80 year-old British man. It was sailing about 178 nautical miles (about 330 kilometres) west of the island of Faial, with food shortages, engine problems and damaged sail.  The oceanic patrol vessel Sines was immediately sent out to provide support to the sailboat, this included logistical assistance and support for engine repair.

After the Navy ship arrived to where the yacht was, a technical team boarded the sailboat to supply foodstuffs and repair the propulsion damage.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that the 1,316 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region, in the last 24 hours, did not reveal new positive cases of Covid-19, but there has been a recovery. The recovered case is a 53-year-old woman, bringing the total recoveries in the Region to 143.

So far, 193 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 25 active positive cases, all on the island of São Miguel.

Madeira Situation report 15th August from Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There was one new Covid-19 case on Wednesday and 2 new cases on Thursday and 1 new case on Friday. A patient recovered on Monday.

There are currently 30 active cases, of which 27 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 3 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 130 cases and 100 recoveries. A passenger was identified as a suspected case during screening at Funchal Airport. An epidemiological investigation is underway. As of Friday, there had been 1,589 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 25 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 2 in isolation at their place of residence, 2 are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça while 1 is in intensive care at the same hospital.

There are 7,946 people under active monitoring and 11,230 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 28,406 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). Overall, 58,311 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 125 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,976.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,911 calls, with 167 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101193/Covid-19_Ha_um_novo_caso_na_Regiao_e_quatro_suspeitos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101268/Madeira_com_mais_dois_casos_ativos_de_covid-19_e_tres_em_estudo

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/14/madeira-chega-aos-30-casos-activos-de-covid-19-ha-tambem-um-novo-caso-suspeito/

Spa reopened at VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira

VidaMar Resort Hotel Madeira’s Thalasso Sea SPA has reopened with a special campaign for guests staying at the hotel or simply using the spa services. The spa’s opening hours are from Wednesday to Sunday, between 10h00 and 19h00. The spa has been given the Clean & Safe seal.

It has adopted the following safety guidelines, due to the pandemic: bookings must be made beforehand, the use of masks is mandatory unless it is during treatment/massaging sessions, there is the possibility of receiving treatment sessions in outdoor areas, individual facilities are thoroughly disinfected after each use and there is a mandatory time span between each booking.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101317/VidaMar_Resort_Hotel_Madeira_reabre_spa

New support packages for workers, businesses and the unemployed

The Madeira Regional Government approved a new €28 million extraordinary support package to provide support and protection for workers, businesses and the unemployed. The support packages are the “Incentivo Regional à Normalização da Atividade Empresarial” (Regional Stimulus to the Normalisation of Business Activity), “Complemento Social Regional” (Regional Social Complement and “Programa Qualificar + para Empregar” (Qualify + to Employ Scheme). According to the Regional Government, “30,000 workers, 1,000 companies and 200 unemployed will benefit from this new measures.”

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101287/Novos_apoios_para_30_mil_trabalhadores_mil_empresas_e_200_desempregados

Youths making the most of free entry to museums managed by the Regional Government

International Youth Day is being celebrated through free entry, for youths aged between 12 and 29, at all museums managed by the Madeira Regional Government. This scheme started on Wednesday (12th August) and will end today. Guided tours are being provided for groups of youths or youths visiting with relatives. So far, large numbers of youths have been taking part in this scheme. A list of all museums managed by the Regional Government can be found on the following website:

https://cultura.madeira.gov.pt/en

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/13/jovens-tem-aderido-a-entradas-gratuitas-em-museus-sob-tutela-do-governo-regional/

Doca do Cavacas to be closed on Monday

The resort of Poças do Gomes – Doca do Cavacas will be closed on Monday due to maintenance work. The connecting tunnel between Poças do Gomes and Praia Formosa will also be closed.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101341/Doca_do_Cavacas_encerra_na_proxima_segunda-feira

Water supply disruption on Monday

There will be a water supply disruption on Monday (17th August), from 14h00 and 19h00, due to scheduled maintenance work to prevent water leaks on the water supply network. The disruption will affect the following areas (all in Machico Municipality): Poço do Gil, Paraíso and Ribeira Seca.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101289/Vai_faltar_agua_em_Machico_esta_segunda-feira

 

Portugal Situation Report Wednesday 12th August

Introduction

Good morning. Yesterday marked a change in weather for some parts of the country, with a consequential reduction to 79 in the number of rural fires, compared with 106 the day before and less than half of that a week ago.

The heavy rain, thunderstorms and hail occurred yesterday evening in the municipality of Chaves, in the district of Vila Real, causing some flooding in houses and roads. According to the District Relief Operations Command (CDOS) of Vila Real, heavy rains occurred mainly in the city parishes of Chaves, in Santa Maria Maior and Santa Cruz Trindade and Sanjurge.

However, this was far less than in Spain, where heavy downpours caused flooding in the streets in towns in the Sierra Sur of Seville, especially in Estepa, where there were thirty incidents, including cars being washed away, in a region where there were also several power outages and blocked roads.

The intense rain also reached the region of Herrera at around 1400 hrs yesterday less than one hour from mainland Portugal. Severe Weather Europe is forecasting severe storms with a threat of large hail, severe winds, and torrential rainfall with flash floods are expected across Spain, France, England, Benelux, Germany, and across the Alps into western Balkans on Wednesday.

This is an illustration of the unstable weather conditions that Europe is experiencing, including the dry thunderstorms in Portugal just over a week ago. Also a week ago there were nearly 150 municipalities in Portugal at maximum fire risk. Today there are just nine for the whole country. The country badly needs rain but hopefully not heavy downpours which cause flash floods, due to the ground being so dry at this time of the year.

There is relatively little news concerning Covid-19 except that Portugal’s figures decreased yesterday with 120 cases and two deaths. We hope therefore that this helps in respect of Portugal being added to the UK’s travel corridor when the next review takes place. This is in contrast to Spain, where since Friday there have been 8,618 new Covid-19 cases. The total deaths in Spain to date is 28,576, sixteen times that of Portugal with a population 4.5 times the size.

Please have a Safe and hopefully cooler day.

DGS Covid 19 Situation Report

On Tuesday Portugal registed two more deaths by covid-19 and 120 new cases of infection.

According to the daily bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health, two deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours in Portugal, bringing the total number of deaths to 1761. With the new confirmed cases this brings the total now to 52,945 infections since the beginning of the pandemic.

On Monday there were 29 people in intensive care units (ICU), the lowest since March, but this increased yesterday by 6 bringing the total to 35. The total of people in hospital decreased 374 to 365 since Monday

The fatal victims, two men over the age of 80, lived in the Northern Region, which now totals 834 deaths from covid-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, and 19128 infections

The Central Region there were six more cases, bringing the total to 4526, with no further deaths, standing at 253 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Alentejo and Algarve added three new cases each, bringing their totals to 770 and 934 respectively. Deaths remain: 22 south of the Tagus and 17 in the Algarve.

Health

Covid-19: 90 cases registered in Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim in one week

There is an increase in the number of infected by Covid-19 in Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim.

The parish of Guilhabreu has 37 confirmed cases. The church is closed and the cemetery will be closed on Wednesday. The outbreak started in the rehearsals of the church choir, but the president of the parish council would not confirm this, and denied that the priest is at the origin of the outbreak.

Visits to nursing homes and the Integrated Care Units of Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim are suspended. The decision was made by the health delegate of the region who also asked for a reinforcement of the patrolling of the GNR in spaces open to the public.

Visits to nursing homes and Integrated Care Units in Vila do Conde and Póvoa de Varzim are suspended for two weeks.

Ordem dos Médicos recommends consideration in the use of the mask in open public spaces

The Order of Doctors issued on Monday a set of six recommendations that aim to “improve the fight against the pandemic in the immediate” and prepare for winter.

In a statement sent to the newsrooms, the Ordem dos Médicos made six recommendations that resulted from an extraordinary meeting, with the aim of analysing the current national and international epidemiological situation.

The Crisis Office of the Portuguese Medical Association for covid-19 recommends considering the use of the facial mask “in open public spaces and in accordance with the local risk assessment”, without prejudice “to the adoption of other measures to prevent transmission and contributing to the protection of other respiratory viruses “.

To RTP3, António Dinis, a pulmonologist and member of the Crisis Office, underlines that this is a recommendation that aims to address situations of “large clusters of people”.

Covid-19: There are 164 active outbreaks in Portugal – DGS

Portugal has 164 active outbreaks of covid-19, said yesterday the deputy director-general of Health, indicating that some have originated in contagions between members of the same family.

“The situation of the outbreaks and the transmission of the disease have changed,” said Rui Portugal at the regular press conference to update information about the pandemic.

In the Centro region, for example, half of the 10 active outbreaks are of “family origin”, which is due to cohabitation during vacation periods.

“It is no longer a matter of work or social interaction”, contagion arises from “coexistence between cohabitants, as a family”, said the head of DGS. Rui Portugal warned that “it is not because it is a family” that someone is free to transmit or be infected.

In the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley there are 84 active outbreaks, in the North 41, in the Alentejo 13 and in the Algarve 16.

Regarding outbreaks in care homes, he pointed out that in the São José home, in Barreiro, there are 31 out of 80 users, infected and 14 out of 41 professionals tested positive for covid-19. Five of the users of this home are hospitalized, he said.

At the Nossa Senhora da Luz home in Torres Vedras, 49 of the 80 users are infected with the new coronavirus and 25 of the 78 employees are sick. Inpatients are 28 home users.

In relation to a new general prohibition of visits to homes, Rui Portugal stated that for now, homes where covid-19 cases arise will be evaluated “case by case”, emphasizing preferring “local assessments” to any type of “national decision”.

Government authorizes mobility of 220 doctors

The Government has authorized the transfer of 220 doctors, on a mobility basis, so that they can reconcile their personal needs with the needs of the services. Doctors already integrated in their careers who wish to change their place of work between the units of the National Health Service may request mobility.

The order, signed by the Secretary of State for Health, António Lacerda Sales, and published in the Diário da República refers to 56 jobs for the general and family medicine specialty, 16 for public health and the remaining 148 for hospital specialties.

Mobility covers doctors who, cumulatively, “hold the specialist degree, or the consultant degree, in one of the corresponding areas of specialization, integrated in the special medical career or in the medical career, and are, respectively, holders of a bond of public employment for an indefinite period previously established or an open-ended employment contract ‘.

In the area of ​​general and family medicine, 14 jobs are covered in the area of ​​the Northern Regional Health Administration, 13 in the Center, 17 in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo, 5 in Alentejo and 5 in the Algarve.

The 16 public health jobs are distributed between the central services of the Regional Health Administrations of the Algarve (2) and Alentejo (1) and the health center groups of Baixo Alentejo (2), Alentejo Central (2) , Arco Ribeirinho (2), Baixo Mondego (1), Pinhal Interior Norte (1), Arrábida (1), Barlavento Algarve (1), Central Algarve (1) and Sotavento Algarve (1) and the Northeast Local Health Unit ( 1).

Covid-19: Deco received 150 complaints about PPE charges and calls for Government intervention

Deco (the consumer organisation) has received around 150 consumer complaints related to the charging in health units of individual protection equipment (PPE) against covid-19 and disinfection kits, calling on the Government to impose limits on the amounts charged.

“The main reason for complaint is invariably related to the lack of prior information. Consumers reschedule their appointment, their examination and are not informed of the collection of this amount, ”Ana Sofia Ferreira, coordinator of the Consumer Support Office of the Consumer Protection Association (Deco), told Ana Lusa today.

The complaints came in May, when the “state of emergency” ended, and the Portuguese began to go to private hospitals to resume consultations and therapies and were surprised by the payment of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks or gloves, used by health professionals.

This charge “is very variable in private health units”, ranging from “from five euros to 25, 30 euros”, and is also variable depending on whether it is a consultation, an exam or an internment.

For Ana Sofia Ferreira, the number of complaints received “is considerable”, but she pointed out that at the moment there are fewer complaints and that there has been “an improvement” of information on the websites of some private health groups and “greater transparency” of this information.

But that information doesn’t always work out. Sometimes, the consumer is faced with another value after the medical act provided, which “is not admissible”. There are situations in which the value of the PPE “is equal to or greater than the act itself”, he warned, exemplifying that there are health subsystems in which the consumer pays 3.99 euros for a consultation and then pays five, eight, sometimes 15 euros for kit, depending on the health unit.

High temperatures

July was the hottest month recorded since 1931. The average air temperature, 25.08 degrees centigrade, in July 2020, was much higher than normal, + 2.91 ° ​​C as reported yesterday by the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA).

The average maximum air temperature in July 2020 was 33.34 ° C, the highest since 1931, with an anomaly of + 4.61 ° C. The average minimum air temperature was 16.83 ° C, with an anomaly of + 1.21 ° C was the fifth highest value since 1931.

During the month, the temperature values ​​(average and maximum) of the air were almost always higher than normal, with emphasis on days 5 to 7, 16 and 17 with an average value of the maximum air temperature in the continent above 35 ° C.

Also, the minimum air temperature was almost always higher than the normal monthly value, standing out on the 17th, with an average minimum temperature on the continent close to 20 ° C.

During the month there were 3 periods with a heat wave: from 4th to 13th that covered the northern and central interior regions; 9th to 18th in the northern, central and southern interior regions; 25th to 31st especially in the northern interior.

The average amount of precipitation in July, was just 4.0 mm, corresponds to just 30% of normal levels.

During the month, conditions of atmospheric instability were observed in some places in the centre and south of the territory, which caused the occurrence of downpours, which were locally strong, sometimes with hail and accompanied by thunderstorms.

The percentage distribution by classes of the PDSI index (drought) in the territory is 8.4 percent normal, 71.4 percent weak drought, 19.9 percent moderate drought and 0.3 percent severe drought.

Bathing prohibited on two beaches in Cascais after the presence of ‘Medusa Velella’

The beaches of Carcavelos and São Pedro do Estoril, in Cascais, are now banned from bathing, with the red flag flying after the presence of ‘Medusa Velella’ was detected, National Maritime Authority (AMN).

“The entities involved will maintain the monitoring of this situation and the ban on going to baths will be lifted as soon as all safety conditions are met”, informed the AMN, in a statement, stating that the action on these beaches was articulated between the health delegate port captain and Cascais Town Hall.

The decision to raise the red flag on the beaches of Carcavelos and São Pedro do Estoril, in Cascais, Lisbon district, was determined today by the port captain and local commander of the Cascais Maritime Police, “after the presence of ‘Medusa Velella’ on these beaches “.

In this context, AMN announced that bathing on these beaches is prohibited, “for the sake of safeguarding bathers, after receiving the alert for the appearance of these organisms by lifeguards on these beaches”.

In the last few days, the presence of ‘Medusa Velella’ was recorded in Praia da Vieira, in Marinha Grande, district of Leiria, which also led to the raising of the red flag and the advising against going to baths, measures that were raised on Monday. fair, after two days without detection of the presence of ‘Medusa Velella’ at sea, informed the captain of the Captaincy of the Port of Nazaré.

Spain

Spain reports 8,618 new Covid-19 cases since Friday

According to the latest figures, 1,486 infections were recorded in 24 hours, with Catalonia, Madrid and Aragón detecting the highest number

Spain’s Health Ministry on Monday reported 8,618 new coronavirus infections since Friday, of which 1,486 were diagnosed in the last 24 hours. This brings the total number of confirmed cases to 322,980 since the epidemic took hold, according to the data that Spain’s regions report to the central administration.

Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Center for Health Alerts (CCAES), stated on Monday evening at a press conference that the bulk of the new cases are being detected in Catalonia, Madrid and Aragón. Of the 65 Covid-19 deaths reported in the last seven days, more than half of them were in Aragón, with 38, followed by Madrid and Andalusia, which both reported six fatalities in the last week. The total number of confirmed coronavirus deaths in Spain now stands at 28,576.

The data was reported on Monday after a delay due to a problem with the IT system, but unlike on previous occasions, all of Spain’s regions had reported their figures

Region Reports

Algarve

Data from the epidemiological bulletin of this Tuesday, August 11

Yesterday the Algarve had three more cases of Covid-19 according to the epidemiological bulletin of this Tuesday, August 11 released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

The number of infected with the new coronavirus in the Algarve since the beginning of the pandemic is now 934.

In Alentejo there are also three more cases this Tuesday compared to yesterday’s DGS bulletin with the cumulative total rising to 770.

Man arrested for theft of more than 200 kilos of carob in Algoz

A 43-year-old man was arrested yesterday suspected of stealing carobs, with 212 kilos in his possession, in the town of Algoz, Silves municipality, according to the National Republican Guard (GNR).

The arrest occurred following a complaint that a man was stealing carob from a piece of land, so the GNR military went “immediately to the place”, where they surprised the suspect, “who was caught in possession of 212 kilograms of subtracted carob, already packed in bags for transportation”.

In a statement, the GNR reported that the suspect was arrested and the carob recovered, adding that the facts were referred to the Silves Judicial Court.

In this context, GNR highlighted the Campo Seguro operation, which takes place throughout the national territory, in which the soldiers of this security force remain attentive to the phenomenon of theft of agricultural products, especially in the Algarve region.

Madeira Situation Report – 12th August by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases on Monday and 2 new cases on Tuesday and no new cases on Sunday. A patient recovered on Monday.

There are currently 26 active cases, of which 23 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 3 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 126 cases and 100 recoveries. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,585 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 23 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 2 in isolation at their place of residence and 1 is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are 8,150 people under active monitoring and 11,262 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 26,485 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h00). Overall, 55,561 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 40 calls from Sunday to Monday and 49 calls from Monday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,851.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,881 calls, with 165 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101012/Covid-19_Madeira_sem_novos_casos_pelo_segundo_dia_consecutivo

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/11/dois-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-na-ram-2-novos-casos-suspeitos/

Porto Santo bars closed early as a protest

The main bars in Porto Santo closed at 22h30 on Tuesday evening, as a protest against the maximum capacity limit of 50%. Zarco, Taskaki, Boutique da Poncha and Mr Outlet were some of the bars which closed early.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101109/Bares_da_noite_do_Porto_Santo_fecharam_em_sinal_de_protesto

Botanical Garden Cable Car reopening

The Botanical Garden Cable Car is reopening on the 14th of August. To celebrate its reopening, there will be a special discount of 20% on a trip.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101065/Teleferico_do_Jardim_Botanico_reabre_a_14_de_agosto

Meals from Pingo Doce can be delivered at home through Bring Eat

It is now possible to have home delivery of meals from Pingo Doce, through a partnership with Bring Eat, a home delivery service. Pingo Doce ensures its meals are delivered in Funchal, Câmara de Lobos and Caniço. Meals can be purchased online, through the app or by phone. The meals will be sourced from the restaurant at Pingo Doce La Vie and bookings can be made on Bring Eat’s website (www.bringeat.pt), its app or by phone (+351 304 500 510). Payment can be made by cash, debit card or MB Way.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100969/Pingo_Doce_associa-se_a_Bring_Eat_e_passa_a_entregar_encomendas_de_take_away_em_casa_

Exhibition celebrating the arrival of Gibraltarians during the Second World War

An exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the arrival of about 2,000 Gibraltarians, mostly women and children, in Madeira has opened at the Funchal town hall. They arrived in Madeira between July 23rd and August 13th 1940, were well-received and found refuge that enabled them to live in peace during wartime. Many Gibraltarians and their relatives visit Funchal every year to remind them of their stay and to show their relatives the place were they found plenty of happiness. Indeed, 38 Gibraltarians had been expected to celebrate this year’s anniversary but were unable to, due to the pandemic. Since they are over 80 years old, doctors advised them against travelling to Madeira, which would have required travelling through 4 airports. The exhibition can be viewed in the atrium (átrio) of the Funchal Municipality town hall until the 18th of August and includes work from students from Funchal schools, from the Funchal Senior University and from a group of customers from Ginásio da Barreirinha (gym).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101077/Funchal_celebra_os_80_anos_da_chegada_dos_gibraltinos_a_Madeira_com_exposicao_no_atrio_da_CMF_

Water supply disruptions

There will be water supply disruptions today and tomorrow, in the following places:

Today

Parish of Santa Maria Maior (Rua de Santa Maria – between Rua Brigadeiro Oudinot and Rua da Boa Viagem) – 15h00-17h00

Tomorrow

Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Saraiva) – 09h00-12h00

Municipality of Porto Santo (Serra de Fora & Porto dos Frades) – 14h00-18h00

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101054/Corte_de_agua_entre_a_Rua_Brigadeiro_Oudinot_e_a_Rua_da_Boa_Viagem

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101090/Interrupcao_de_agua_quinta-feira_em_Camara_de_Lobos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/101101/ARM_informa_que_vai_faltar_agua_no_Porto_Santo

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 11th August – 12th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores 

There are 27 active cases of Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel. The most recent cases have occurred due to community transmission in the night spots of the island.  The health department is concerned and because of this situation, the Government of the Azores, in an extraordinary meeting of the Government Council held today, by videoconference has determined that for the island of São Miguel, between 00:00 hours on 13 August and 24:00 on September 1, the following:

  1. Closure of drinks and similar establishments, with dance spaces;
  2. Closure, from 10:00 pm, of bars and other beverage establishments, with or without a show, with or without terrace service;
  3. From 22:00 onwards, fuel filling stations can maintain their operation, exclusively for the purpose of selling fuel and supplying vehicles to the public.

In addition to these, and within the framework of a number of other measures already in force, the Government Council decided to extend the public calamity situation until midnight on September 1, the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial, as well as the alert situation on the islands Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo.

The Regional Health Authority has reported that, as a result of the 2,497 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the last 48 hours, four positive cases of Covid-19 on the island of São Miguel were diagnosed, as well as four recovered cases

The diagnosed cases are three men aged 32, 33, and 39-years-old. All of them have had close contact with two positive cases diagnosed in the last two days.  This is a local transmission chain under investigation in the municipality of Ponta Delgada.

They are all in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Municipal Health Delegation.

 

Portugal Situation Report Monday 10th August

Introduction

Good morning – I hope those of you reading this were not affected by the various rural fires in several parts of the country in the last few days. I was on KissFm radio on Sunday morning and mentioned that in the last week there had been just over one thousand rural fires. The only positive trend was that, since last Thursday, which was described by the ANEPC as a ”complicated day” with 181 fires, the numbers have been steadily decreasing with 106 yesterday.

Just before going on air there were two early morning fires in Silves and Tavira which were quickly dealt with. Without pre-judging the causes, early morning or night time fires are often a result of the burning of debris, which is prohibited during the Situation of Alert period.

Although the Situation of Alert finished at midnight last night, this is no reason to relax. People often ask if it is illegal whether or not to do something, but in my view the question should be “whether it is safe or not to do something”. Therefore common sense is often the best judge of this.

We are emphasising through our Facebook page at present the need for everyone to be aware of rural fire self-protection measures. We cannot repeat this message enough. In small fires this may not be an issue, but in larger and multiple fires, in difficult to access locations, it is a fact that fire fighters cannot be everywhere. Knowing what action to take should be instinctive and the time to familiarize yourself with procedures, which could save your life is “now”, not after the fire has started. We will be repeating these during this coming week.

Regarding Covid-19, I would like to highlight a statement made over the weekend by the President of the Chinese League in Portugal, Y Ping Chow, that Chinese restaurants suffered more business breaks than national restaurants due to the stigma associated with products from China. He explained “Many people, wrongly, made an association, often due to lack of information and fear, but essentially they are not well informed, and they thought that they could possibly be infected in a Chinese restaurant and this is obviously not true.

Unfortunately “stigma” is something we quite regularly come across on various social media sites. This can be concerning travellers who people feel are infected, for no other reason that they are from overseas; Brazilians because people feel they have flown in from Brazil, but have in fact lived here all their lives and, when the border with Spain was closed, grave suspicion against anyone driving a foreign plated car, motor caravan owners, etc, etc. In my view Y Ping Chow is correct, that stigma often arises because those concerned are not well informed, or are misinformed – in part due to misinformation rife on social media.

If you invite a question on social media, “Can anyone tell me………………………..? Of course, there will be many answers but which if any are correct? How do you tell? This is why it is important in times of crisis to examine the source of information carefully. Is the page trusted, is there proper Admin monitoring, can the information been verified etc.  This is exactly why at Safe Communities we take a responsible line on this topic by regular monitoring and if necessary removing unsourced information particularly if it amounts to gossip, hearsay and speculation. I regret to say sometimes people have ulterior motives for what they post, so never believe what you reading is true.

Have a Safe Day

DGS Covid 19

The Directorate-General for Health (DGS) announced on Sunday the existence of 1756 deaths and 52,668 cases of Covid-19 in Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic.

The number of deaths rose from 1,750 to 1756, 6 more than on Saturday – 4 in the Lisbon region, 1 in the North and 1 in the Algarve.

The number of infected people increased from 52,537 to 52,668, plus 131.

The Lisbon and Tagus Valley region today totals 27,110 cases of covid-19, 69 more than on Saturday, which represents 52.6 percent of the total new cases nationwide.

In percentage terms, in the last 24 hours the increase in the number of confirmed cases was 0.24% (from 52,537 to 52,668) and the death toll represented 0.34%.

The number of people hospitalized is 366, 9 more than on Saturday, and 33 people remain in intensive care.

The number of patients recovered increased to 38,511, 147 more than on Saturday.

As for confirmed cases, the North region has 19,049, a further 48 cases, and the Centre region has 4,514 confirmed infections, one more than those recorded the day before, according to the bulletin.

The Algarve totals 929 cases, three more than on Saturday, and the Alentejo has 764, two more.

Madeira registers another case, totalling 123 confirmed infections, and no deaths, and in the Azores there are 179 cases of infection, nine more than on Saturday. The number of people who died with covid-19 in the archipelago remains at 15.

The North region continues to record the highest number of deaths (832), followed by the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley (617), the Centre (253), Alentejo (22), Algarve (17) and the Azores (15).

Cases by age groups

In national terms, there are more people infected in the  40 and 49 years age group (8,700), followed by those between 30 and 39 years, which now counts 8,608 cases.

The age group between 20 and 29 years old has 8,073 cases in Portugal since the beginning of the pandemic, while in the 50 to 59 age group, there are 7,937.

With more than 80 years old, 5,956 people had confirmed infections, while 5,272 people are between 60 and 69 years of age.

Covid-19 has already affected 1,922 children up to 9 years old in Portugal (five more than those counted on Saturday) and 2,461 between 10 and 19 (plus ten).

Health

National Network of Integrated Continuous Care records only one case of COVID-19

There is only one person with COVID-19 from the National Network of Integrated Continuous Care (RNCCI), which has 393 units, the Secretary of State for Health, announced yesterday during the press conference concerning COVID-19.

António Lacerda Sales said that there has been no deaths since April 10 in these units. In order to improve the response of hospitals in all, more than 7,600 patients have been transferred from hospitals of the National Health Service to RNCCI since March 9 and more than 700 social responses have been found that have made it possible to release hospital beds.

Purificação Gandra, the coordinator of RNCCI, highlighted the progress of the epidemiological situation in the units of the network and stated that in the second half of April, the network had “a maximum of 110 infected patients in 26 units, with 16 patients admitted to hospitals of the SNS due to the worsening of their clinical status ”.

He also pointed out that the Algarve was the only region without infected patients in its 19 units in the network and that there were 15 deaths in the North and Lisbon and Tagus Valley regions.

He added that since the beginning of the pandemic, 14,400 tests have been carried out, of which 167 were positive.

Currently, there are 12 infected professionals, “who do not pose any risk to patients as they are at home doing their isolation. “The concern about the virus entering the units was and is a constant that has led to an increased effort by health professionals and all stakeholders to control it,” he said.

Covid-19: Outbreak at Barreiro’s home with 47 positive cases and “controlled” situation

An outbreak of covid-19 in Lar São José, in Barreiro, accounts for 47 positive cases and two hospitalizations for the elderly, but the “situation is under control”, the health chief said yesterday.

The home “currently has 32 positive elderly people, out of a total of 80, and 15 [positive] employees, out of a total of 44. There are two elderly people admitted to the Centro Hospitalar Barreiro-Montijo, who are stable, the rest are asymptomatic”, said Nuno Lopes to the Lusa agency.

Yesterday, an elderly person in the positive group “started respiratory symptoms and went to the hospital”.

According to this official, the tests were carried out on Friday and the results were known on Saturday, with the home activating the contingency plans, beginning “with the separation in three wings after the visit of the coordinating health delegate of the Arco Health Centers Group Riverside”.

“Positive employees are quarantined at home. The others, according to the contingency plan, are assigned to the different wards and are working. The home is being very well monitored, has several positives, but there are no serious cases and no deaths. The situation is under control”, he concluded.

Consumer management issues four alerts on the same day about defective masks

Four models of masks with insufficient retention of particles in the filtering material were, in a single day, the subject of alerts from the Directorate-General for Consumers (DGC) and the European rapid alert system for non-food products (Rapex).

The four alerts, published on Tuesday on the DGC website, reveal the “insufficient” particle / filter retention of four products that increase the risk of infection if additional protective measures, such as social detachment, are not used.

The DGC has banned the marketing of one of the products, ordered the destruction of another and has issued warnings about the risks to the health and safety of users.

The four products subject to alert are the self-filtering respiratory protection masks of the model FFP2 KN 95 , model KN 95 , model YK01 FFP2 and the brand JY.M9 .

The self-filtering respiratory protection mask YK01 FFP2, notified under the Safety Gate – RAPEX (Rapid alert system for dangerous non-food products), with nasal clip and elastic tapes to secure it behind the ears, sold in a cardboard box containing 20 units, originating in China , bears the CE marking but is not certified as protective equipment by a notified body.

 

Four DGS officers were replaced in a few weeks. It was “coincidence”

In the midst of an unparalleled pandemic, in the last few weeks there have been four replacements of people in leadership positions in the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).

Graça Freitas’ previous number two, Diogo Cruz, says that his departure was a “temporal coincidence”, since his decision to leave the Directorate-General for Health had already been taken before the pandemic.

The general director of Health, Graça Freitas, now has two new deputy directors-general, the public health doctor Rui Portugal and hospital administrator Vanessa Gouveia.

More than 3,000 health units suspended activity during the pandemic. There are still 75 closed

Of the establishments that suspended the activity, 3073 belong to the private, social and cooperative sector. Of those who have not yet activated registration, none has any conventions with the NHS. The situation affected spas, dental clinics, health units without hospitalization and others with hospitalization

Since the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal, the Health Regulatory Authority (ERS) has approved “3,110 requests to suspend the registration of establishments providing health care, of which 3,101 were due to pandemic”. The figures are reported this Sunday by the newspaper ‘Público’.

These are hospitals, laboratories, medical and dental clinics, dialysis units, nursing centers, spas, among others.

Of these, 3,073 establishments belong to the private, social and cooperative sector.

The publication cites data from the regulator, according to which “today there are still 75 health care establishments with suspended registration”.

Economy

Stigma with Chinese products and drop in tourists leave Chinese restaurants in crisis

Chinese restaurants suffer more business breaks than national restaurants due to the stigma associated with products from China, a country where the new coronavirus was first detected, and because the Asian tourist stopped visiting Portugal.

“Many people, wrongly, made an association, often due to lack of information and fear, but essentially they are not well informed, and they thought that they could possibly be infected in a Chinese restaurant and this is obviously not true. They are safe restaurants like so many others as long as they comply with the rules. But this fear made the problems a little more acute”, felt by Chinese businessmen in the restaurant industry, said Daniel Serra, president of the national restaurant association PRO.VAR.

The president of the Chinese League in Portugal, Y Ping Chow, who also owns the Chinese restaurant in Porto – King Long – and president of the Portugal-China PME Chamber of Commerce, told the Portuguese agency that businessmen are registering breaks in the order of “50% to 60%” in Chinese restaurants in Portugal, both in terms of in-room attendance and take-away service, also assuming that the crisis in catering is more severe with Chinese restaurants, because they lived a lot of customers Asian, who no longer can travel to Europe.

“Chinese restaurants had a bigger drop [than Portuguese restaurants], because they work a lot with Asian tourists. At this moment, there is a huge drop in this type of tourists”, acknowledged Y Ping Chow.

Regional Reports

Algarve

Covid-19

Covid-19: DGS records another death in the Algarve and three new cases

The Algarve has one more death caused by Covid-19 and three new cases of the disease, according to the epidemiological bulletin this Sunday, August 9, which has just been released by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS). This is the second day in a row with deaths in the region, according to DGS data.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, in accumulated numbers, there have already been 929 infections in the Algarve and 17 deaths, according to DGS.

This is the second consecutive day that the Directorate General for Health counts deaths in the Algarve after more than two months without deaths in the region.

A man from the municipality of Aljezur, over 70 years old, who had been hospitalized “for several weeks in intensive care” is the latest mortal victim of Covid-19 in the Algarve, this being the death that was reported in the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate- General Health

The two men the other from Loule, according to the same source, “were hospitalized for several weeks in intensive care”.

José Gonçalves, Mayor of Aljezur, regretted the death of the citizen who, “he knew well”.

There are currently 17 confirmed deaths from Covid-19 in the Algarve, according to DGS. In the figures of the Regional Health Authority, however, there are 19 fatalities accounted for, since two deaths of people who died in the region were also included in their data, despite being from other districts.

Truck of Hope ends tour of the Algarve in Lagoa

The Truck of Hope has done a thousand tests in the Algarve.

Camião da Esperança (Truck of Hope) is from today and until August 14 in the municipality of Lagoa next to the Senhora da Rocha promontory doing molecular and serological tests to Covid-19 and advising the population about public health care and practices during the pandemic.

Camião da Esperança (Truck of Hope) is a mobile unit prepared to carry out tests on the new coronavirus and with a team of health professionals available for medical advice consultations and free nursing treatments to the population.

The molecular test (detects the presence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus) requires a medical prescription has resulted in 24 hours (through Unilabs) and a cost of 100 euros.

The serological test (detects the presence of antibodies) does not need a prescription has an immediate result and costs 40 euros. The opening hours to the public are from 9 am to 2 pm.

Madeira 

Covid-19 update

There were 3 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and no new cases on Sunday. A patient recovered on Sunday.

There are currently 25 active cases, of which 22 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 3 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. So far, there have been 124 cases and 99 recoveries. As of Saturday, there had been 1,583 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 20 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 2 in isolation at their place of residence and 3 are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are 8,015 people under active monitoring and 10,479 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 24,082 samples had been collected until Sunday (at 16h00). Overall, 53,240 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 46 calls from Friday to Saturday and 38 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,762.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,866 calls, with 164 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/08/ram-com-mais-3-casos-de-covid-19-ha-mais-2-casos-suspeitos-total-e-agora-de-26-casos-activos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/09/ram-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19-ha-um-doente-recuperado/

Increase in monitoring of safety and distancing guidelines in Porto Santo

Dr. Rogério Correia, the health delegate at Porto Santo, warned there will be a greater monitoring of compliance with the safety and distancing guidelines during the evenings. Although these guidelines are being complied with, there is a trend for compliance to more relaxed during the evenings, in part due to alcohol consumption. He warned “there will only be an active island if Porto Santo is a safe island”.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100864/Rogerio_Correia_diz_que_controle_no_Porto_Santo_sera_mais_apertado_a_partir_da_proxima_semana

Number of deaths increased in Madeira during the pandemic

There were 919 deaths among the Region’s residents between March 17th and July 19th. The number of deaths increased this year despite the lack of deaths from Covid-19.  The number of deaths in the same period of time last year and in 2019 was 851 and 916 respectively. There were 243 deaths in April 2020 (232 deaths in April 2018 and 219 deaths in April 2019); 231 deaths in May 2020 (214 deaths in May 2018 and 213 deaths in May 2019). The were fewer deaths in June 2020 (182) than in June 2018 (215) and in June 2019 (197). As of July 19th, the data from July suggest there will be a similar trend to April-May.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100902/Estatistica_Numero_de_mortos_aumentou_na_Madeira_durante_a_pandemia

Authorities praise the public for their behaviour at Rally Vinho da Madeira

Members of the public watching Rally Vinho da Madeira were praised by the authorities for their behaviour during the event. They complied with the event’s safety and distancing guidelines. Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, said the event had been “a great success regarding safety and prevention”, with spectators having “complied with the regional and national guidelines issued by the health authorities”. There was “a spirit of civic duty and solidarity”. He finished by pointing out that this event had been an example, “at a time when we need some well-organised festivals and events”.

Despite this, there was still plenty of criticism on social media and in the media about the fact this event had taken place while other events, such as Festa da Flor (Madeira Flower Festival), which attract plenty of tourists to the Region, had been cancelled. They were also critical of the lack of social distancing among spectators in several places.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/09/autoridades-civis-nao-poupam-nos-elogios-ao-rally-vinho-da-madeira/

 

Azores

Situation Report Azores 9th August – 10th August 2020 – From our colleague in the Azores

The President of the Regional Government of the Azores “Vasco Cordeiro” presented his ‘preliminary’ proposal for an ‘Agenda for the Social and Economic Recovery of the Region’ at the weekend.  It is a strategic, ‘consultative’ document that includes 250 ‘suggested’ measures for ‘discussion’, primarily aimed at supporting the tourism sector.

The document is wide-ranging and contributions are being welcome from everyone:  https://agendarelancamento.azores.gov.pt/

Meanwhile, the Regional Health Authority reported on Saturday 8th Aug that, as a result of 1,404 tests carried out in the two reference laboratories in the Region in the previous 24 hours, six positive cases of COVID-19 on the island of São Miguel were diagnosed.

The diagnosed cases are four men, aged between 13 and 45 years old, and two women, aged 22 and 37 years old, five of whom landed in the Region by air from the mainland on 6th and 7th August, having obtained a positive result for the SARS-CoV-2 virus on arrival.

One of them who arrived on July 6th and obtained negative results in the screening tests then, started showing signs and symptoms of infection.  The person contacted the Azores Health Line and was validated as a suspected case and subjected to the collection of more biological samples and respective laboratory analysis, with subsequent positive result.  This person had already been infected in his/her country of origin.  Documentation was submitted and information that supported its recovery from the infection caused by SARS-CoV-2, so the patient will now be under active surveillance under the coordination of the Municipal Health Delegation.

 Covid-19 Situation

On Sunday after 1211 tests were taken three more positive cases have been diagnosed.  They relate to a man, who is 45 years old, and two women, 27 and 34 years old, who disembarked in the Region from air connections with the mainland, having performed screening tests prior to boarding and proof of negative results for the SARS-CoV-2 virus was presented upon arrival in the Region.

Following their stay in the Region, new screening tests were carried out after the sixth day, with all three showing a positive result.

All of them are in a stable clinical condition and the procedures defined for confirmed cases, testing and surveillance of close contacts have already been taken care of by the Local Health Delegations

So far, 188 cases of infection by the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19 disease, have been detected in the Region, and there are currently 27 active positive cases, all of them on the island of São Miguel.  The last time the island had this many active cases was around 15th May this year.

 

 

Portugal Situation Report Saturday 8th August

Introduction

We have seen over the last three to four days an increasing trend in the number of new Covid-19 confirmed cases with yesterday’s daily increase registering 290. At the start of the week, government announced the first day without deaths and marginally just over 100 confirmed cases. The main focus is still on certain parts of Lisbon. The deputy Director General of Health said yesterday that the situation in the Lisbon area “is not yet stabilized”. However, “there has been a reduction in the average infection rate in the region for five weeks,” he added.

Off interest was a statement yesterday by health officials that outbreaks are, at this moment, mainly based on family social gatherings of those who do not normally live together, but are coming together during vacations. Labour issues are no longer “worrying the same way they did” before. The way to help prevent transmission was through proper social distancing.

With massive spikes in Spain and France (yesterday 4000 and 1520 confirmed cases respectively) it is a question of how long can Portugal avoid a similar situation? The importance of the basic rules of social distancing, hygiene and face mask therefore cannot be overstated.

On the subject of travel corridors there is much media speculation on whether the UK will remove France from its travel corridor list. If so this will have a significant impact on travel to Europe as well as the fact that there are over 400,000 British tourists already there, and many more who have booked holidays. We wait and see as we do with other countries, if they will be added to, or taken off the list.

One thing is for certain that due to Spain’s removal from the travel corridor list, this has increased concern among holiday makers as to whether or not an overseas holiday is worth it – rather than just staying at home. A very uncertain time for international tourism industry.

Now turning to rural fires. The Government yesterday announced the extension “until 23.59 hrs Sunday” of the declaration of a situation of alert in all districts of mainland Portugal, in view of the risk of rural fire, calling for compliance with the ban the use of fire.

“The next 48 hours continue to inspire care, inspire attention, we will keep some districts on red alert and others on orange.

It is extremely important to follow the advice of the authorities, given the way that the fires can spread very quickly especially in windy conditions. Related to this was a call from the ANEPC Deputy National Operations commander yesterday for people not to visit the scenes of fires for obvious reasons. This echoes calls we have made in the past because this irresponsible actions not only puts your life at risk, but also those of fire fighters whose work becomes detracted trying to deal with “fire spectators”.

Have a Safe Day

Covid-19 DGS Situation Report

On Friday DGS reported that since Thursday a total of three deaths and 290 confirmed cases have been registered. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 1746 people have died and 52,351 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus have been registered in Portugal.

In the last 24 hours, 247 patients recovered from the virus, making a total of 38087 cases recovered.

Of the new cases, 61 were in the North, 14 cases were in the Centre, 208 new patients were registered in Lisbon and Vale do Tejo (where the three fatalities were also reported), six more cases in the Algarve and two more patients in the archipelago of Wood.

The Directorate-General for Health made a correction to the figures for the Alentejo region, with one less infected than the previous day (761 cases). “Today’s report reflects a decrease in the total number of cases in the Alentejo region, due to the need to correct the historical series and the real attribution of them to other health regions”, they clarify in the bulletin.

Health

Covid-19 outbreaks

This Friday, the region of Lisbon and the Tagus Valley has 92 active covid-19 outbreaks. According to the Directorate-General for Health Portugal, there are 178 active outbreaks distributed as follows: 45 in the North, 11 in the Center, 15 in the Alentejo and 15 in the Algarve.

According to Rui Portugal, Deputy Director-General for Health, the most relevant outbreak is that of Lar Nossa Senhora da Luz (Torres Vedras) and the vast majority come from family gatherings.

Rui Portugal, said that the situation in the Lisbon area “is not yet stabilized”. However, “there has been a reduction in the average infection rate in the region for five weeks,” he added.

The Nossa Senhora da Luz Home in Torres Vedras has 72 people infected with covid-19, of whom 18 are hospitalized and are all users, revealed today the Deputy Director-General for Health, Rui Portugal.

Lar de Torres Vedras 18 hospitalized users and 72 infected

All 80 residents and 78 employees of Lar de Nossa Senhora da Luz were tested at covid-19, said the deputy director-general of Health, during the DGS press conference on the situation of the covid-19 pandemic in Portugal.

Tests revealed that there were 48 residents and 24 employees infected with covid-19. At the moment, there are 17 hospitalized users because they had a positive test and another whose test was negative, but who was also hospitalized due to another type of morbidity, added Rui Portugal.

Most are admitted to the Torres Vedras Hospital (12 people), with four other cases at the Hospital de Abrantes and another person at the Hospital de Santa Maria, in Lisbon. Among the 78 employees, there are 24 who are in quarantine because they tested positive, and new tests are already scheduled for the 12th and 19th of August, according to information from DGS. To ensure that users continue to receive the necessary care, the Red Cross has made available two medical health care aids to fill the absence of workers who are sick.

Reguengos de Monsaraz Care home

Following the report that shows that the Reguengos de Monsaraz care home did not meet the standards of the health authorities, DGS stated this Friday, that the homes are the responsibility of the Regional Health Administrations (ARS).

Asked about the statements made by the president of the Order of Doctors, who said, this Thursday, that the Directorate-General for Health (DGS) should monitor more closely situations such as the home of Reguengos de Monsaraz, where an outbreak of covid -19 killed 18 people, Rui Portugal, deputy director-general of Health, defended that the responsibility of the homes lies with the ARS and local authorities.

Although Portugal admits a possible revision of the procedures proposed by DGS, Rui Portugal recalls that the scope of DGS action is well defined and that homes are not under its direct responsibility.

Nurses want outbreak jn Reguengos de Monsaraz care home to be investigated 

The Portuguese Nurses Union (SEP) defended investigations by the Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) and Social Security this Friday to the outbreak of covid-19 at the home in Reguengos de Monsaraz, considering the conclusions of the doctors’ audit worrying and serious.

“We look at the results of the audit with great concern. These are serious conclusions and naturally deserve an investigation,” he told the agency Lusa Celso Silva, from the SEP’s Regional Directorate for Alentejo.

The union leader spoke about the report of the commission of inquiry of the Order of Doctors (OM) to assess the clinical circumstances of the outbreak of covid-19 in the home of the Maria Inácia Vogado Perdigão Silva Foundation (FMIVPS), in Reguengos de Monsaraz (Évora), which spread to the community.

Covid-19 Tests

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has carried out more than 1.7 million diagnostic tests on the covid-19, and in August, the daily average is over 13 thousand, said António Lacerda Sales.

Reinforcements

At the usual press conference to present the country’s epidemiological data, the Secretary of State for Health also pointed out that, in addition to the reinforcement of tests, there has also been a reinforcement of human resources so that the National Health System (SNS) can respond to the challenges imposed by covid-19.

He stated that “4,300 health professionals were hired, 1,800 of whom were operational assistants, 1,300 nurses, 170 doctors, among others”. It should also be noted that 435 jobs were opened in the specialty of General and Family Medicine, “the largest number of vacancies for family doctors in recent times”.

Government invests 36.7 million in the SNS24 line over the next three years

The Government will invest 36.7 million euros in the contact centre of the SNS24 to maintain the dimension and capacity of care achieved during the pandemic, said the Assistant Secretary of State and Health today.

The contract to be launched this year, which will be in force for the next three years, represents “an increase of 10 million euros compared to the previous one”, declared Jamila Madeira to journalists after a visit to the contact centre of SNS24, in Lisbon.

The investment will also be invested in new services, in the adoption of artificial intelligence tools and in more modern channels – not just telephone – of service to users, and to make definitive services such as mental health care, created during the period of the confinement imposed by covid-19.

SNS 24 Digital transformation

Inserted in the process of digital transformation in Health, the SNS 24 started operating in July 2017, creating a form of communication between the citizen, the health professional and the entities of the National Health Service. In 2018, the SNS 24 answered just over 1.2 million calls, taking an average of 58 seconds to wait. In 2019, it answered 1.486 million calls, with the wait taking an average of 1 minute and 36 seconds in the first half, which dropped to 1 minute and 5 seconds in the second quarter.

In the first seven months of 2020, the service answered 1,495 million calls – of these, 1.4 million were answered from the beginning of March; except for the month of March, in which the average wait was 1 minute and 56 seconds, in all others it was 30 seconds. This exponential increase in demand for SNS 24 services was due to the Covid-19 pandemic, and forced a strengthening of technological infrastructure and an increase in personnel working in the service.

Businesses

Companies have until August 31 to define deferred payments to Social Security

Employers with overdue social contributions have until the end of this month to define tranches and payment deadlines for Social Security debts, according to a diploma published today.

The postponement for another month, ending on August 31, of the definition of the payment plan for the contributions of deferred companies, under an exceptional regime created by the Government in response to the pandemic of the new coronavirus, was published today in Diário da República. “In July or August 2020, employers must indicate in the Social Security Direct which payment deadlines”, reads in the diploma.

In July, the deadline for employers to indicate to Social Security the form of payment of deferred social contributions ended, but on 30 of that month, in a statement from the Council of Ministers, the Government announced the postponement for another month.

Almost half of the companies reduced activity

Almost half (47%) of the companies reduced their activity and almost a fifth (17.4%) closed or totally stopped “their operations, according to the study” MDS Research: Economic Situation in Portugal “released today. MDS, a Portuguese multinational of risk and insurance consultancy, adds that the “Portuguese business fabric is facing an unprecedented crisis, with a significant reduction in activity”.

According to a study based on a survey of 115 national companies in almost two dozen sectors, “less than half of the companies managed to maintain their level of activity, but a small fringe (5.2%) managed to grow in the shadow of the pandemic “. (Lusa)

Nightclubs

Measure that allows turning clubs into pastry shops or cafes without membership A week after the entry into force of the new rule that allows nightclubs to function as pastry shops or cafes, nightlife entrepreneurs reiterate the non-viability of the alternative and warn of the sector’s collapse.

“This does not solve anything. It is a non-response and causes the same problems to remain in the sector. What he says is that discotheques must remain closed”, he says to the agency Lusa José Gouveia, of the National Association of Discotheques.

Spain highest number of Covid-19 cases

Spain is the country in Western Europe with the most cases of covid-19

Spain, with 309,855 infected, overtook the United Kingdom and is already the country in Western Europe with the highest number of cases of covid-19, according to the count made by Johns Hopkins University, in the United States.

According to the count, among European countries only Russia has the highest number of cases, with 870,187. The UK currently has 309,796 cases. In terms of number of deaths, the United Kingdom remains the highest European country, with 46,498 deaths, followed by Europeans by Italy with 35,187, France with 30,308 and Spain with 28,500.

 

Region Reports

Madeira by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 2 new Covid-19 cases on Wednesday, 2 new cases on Thursday and no new cases on Friday. All these new cases were imported.

So far, there have been 121 cases. There are currently 23 active cases, of which 20 were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 3 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. There have been 98 recoveries. Screening at Funchal Airport has detected 3 suspected cases that are currently under epidemiological investigation and testing. As of Thursday, there had been 1,580 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

There are 18 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 2 in isolation at their place of residence and 3 are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. There are 7,772 people under active monitoring and 9,976 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 22,419 samples had been collected until Friday (at 16h00). Overall, 51,314 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 254 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,678. The Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to provide emotional and mental support to Madeira residents has received 1,857 calls, with 164 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/05/dois-novos-casos-de-covid-19-ram-tem-ja-21-casos-activos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/06/madeira-com-23-casos-de-covid-19-hoje-surgiram-dois-casos-activos-ha-mais-dois-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/07/mais-tres-casos-suspeitos-de-covid-19-tres-internados-no-hospital-23-casos-activos/

Increased police patrol at Rali Vinho Madeira to be funded by the Regional Government

The Madeira Regional Government will fund the increase in the number of PSP police officers on duty during Rali Vinho da Madeira 2020. This decision was taken to ensure compliance with the regional, national and international sanitary and safety rules on the Covid-19 pandemic. The event organisers have designed a Covid-19 contingency plan and a safety plan for drivers and spectators.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/06/governo-regional-vai-pagar-a-psp-para-reforcar-fiscalizacao-durante-o-rali-vinho-madeira/

Portuguese President on holiday in Porto Santo

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Portuguese President, has been on holiday in Porto Santo. He arrived on Thursday and is due to leave today. It is his 10th visit to Madeira since becoming President, although the current visit is not an official visit. He has been spending time walking and swimming at Porto Santo beach. He has also been approached by beachgoers and has not refused to take selfies with them!

He noticed that while in the past beachgoers were more likely to go to the beach earlier in the day, this year they have been more likely to go to the beach later in the day. He was also spotted eating ice-cream from Lambecas, Porto Santo’s most famous ice cream parlour, and visiting a bar that serves poncha (traditional Madeira alcoholic drink).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100659/Marcelo_ja_chegou_ao_Porto_Santo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100732/Marcelo_nadou_durante_30_minutos_nas_aguas_limpidas_do_Porto_Santo_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100693/Marcelo_desfruta_de_uma_das_maravilhas_do_Porto_Santo

“If not for Covid-19, this would have been the best ever tourist year” in Porto Santo

Idalino Vasconcelos, the Mayor of Porto Santo, expressed his sadness with the fact 2020 would have been the best tourist year in Porto if the Covid-19 pandemic had not happened. He said Porto Santo is a safe and crime-free destination, doesn’t have big social problems and has one of the best beaches in Europe.

He highlighted the praise Porto Santo received from “European Best Destinations” and “Forbes” as a safe tourist destination. Once again, he asked for all health guidelines to be complied with. He also mentioned UNESCO recently approved Porto Santo’s bid to be included in the UNESCO’s World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100722/Se_nao_fosse_o_covid-19_teriamos_hoje_o_melhor_ano_turistico_de_sempre_Idalino_Vasconcelos

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

ARCO DA CALHETA

11th August – 09h30 to 10h30

– Sítio do Pinheiro

CANHAS

11th August – 09h30 to 10h30

– Eiras, Chope, Pomar, Cancela – Vacaria, Malhadinha (including Britadeira and Cova Grande), Levada do Poiso (including Britadeira AFA), Ovo Girão

However, power could be restored during the time frame mentioned above. So, for safety purposes, it should be assumed that there will be power at any time during this period of time.

If necessary, customers can contact the free Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

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Algarve

Covid-19 Statistics

The number of cases yesterday increased by six bringing the total to 909 since the start of the pandemic. The total of deaths stands at 17 registered. There are 252 active cases of whom 10 are in hospital and three in intensive care. A total of 640 have recovered i.e. 70.4%

Covid-19: Outbreaks in the Algarve related to family gatherings

Many of the new covid-19 outbreaks are related to family gatherings, especially in the Algarve, the Directorate-General for Health warned today, recalling that there are currently 178 active outbreaks in the country. However, the authorities are now paying particular attention to the south of the country: “Everyone wants to socialize and everyone is at risk and this is what is happening in the Algarve”, warned Rui Portugal.

“Outbreaks are, at this moment, mainly based on family,” said Rui Portugal, explaining that it is the meetings of people who do not live together that are potentiating the new cases. “Despite being from the same family and having the same names, they have to realize that if they are in different nuclei, contagions from one nucleus to another may occur,” he warned, asking everyone to continue to maintain the rules of social distance.

Rui Portugal also recalled that the danger is not limited to groups of young people: “At this stage, a lot of attention is paid to the risk that occurs in a more social gathering, for all generations”. Labour issues are no longer “worrying the same way they did”, and are now replaced by reunions during vacation times.

 

ABC to test Algarvians travelling to Madeira

Through an agreement established with the Regional Government of Madeira, the Algarve Biomedical Center (ABC) begins to test, as of today, the citizens of the region who travel to Madeira departing from the Mainland.

The tests are free and mandatory to be booked up to 72 hours before the flight, which can be done by email (harvesting.estadio@abcmedicalg.pt, with the title “Viagem à Madeira” and reference in the email body to the postal code of residence) or by phone (966418469, between 3 pm and 7 pm), according to a statement from ABC.

Both when scheduling and when testing, the following are required: name, phone number, email and passenger’s card number / passenger’s National Health Service number; destination address in Madeira; copy of airline ticket / travel receipt. The tests are carried out between 17h30 and 20h00, at Estádio do Algarve.

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