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Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 7th April by our Special Correspondent

Covid-19 update (as of April 5th)

There were 54 new Covid-19 cases, 84 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 21 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland and 20 cases of local transmission) and 38 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 15, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Lithuania, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain and 11 cases of local transmission) and 17 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 13, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Monday, there were 19 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela and 18 cases of local transmission) and 29 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 11, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

There were 350 active cases on Monday, of which 20 had been imported while the other 330 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Monday, there had been 8,466 cases, 8,045 recoveries and 71 deaths.

On Monday, there were 19 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 320 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 11 patients in Covid-19 units, 2 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

On the same day, there were 106 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which were all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

There were 10,548 travellers under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 609 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 179,481 samples had been collected until Monday (at 15h30). By Monday, 348,770 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 224 calls from Friday to Monday. Overall, it has received 44,747 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 8 calls from Friday to Monday. Overall, it has received 3,273 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/03/21-novos-casos-de-Covid-19-38-recuperados-166-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/04/14-novos-casos-de-Covid-19-17-recuperados-56-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/05/19-novos-casos-de-Covid-19-29-recuperados-106-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

On Friday, 59 patients with Trisomy 21 were vaccinated. Vaccination of people aged 80 or older continued in the same week.

As of April 4th, 48,501 vaccine doses (31,630 1st doses and 16,871 2nd doses) had been administered since the start of Covid-19 vaccination on December 31st. Around 88% of the Region’s residents aged 80 or older had been inoculated with the 1st vaccine dose while 60% (6,683) had been fully vaccinated.

Pedro Ramos (Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary) expected the number administered doses to have exceeded 50,000 by Monday, with the inoculation of 1,200 teachers. He predicted that all teaching and non-teaching members of staff will be inoculated by the end of the week (April 11th). Around 3,600 teaching and non-teaching staff were inoculated in the week before Easter and 6,000 will be inoculated this week.

Pedro Ramos said that after the end of vaccination in Education, Tourism professionals will be vaccinated because the hotel industry will enable the continuing economic recovery.

A shipment of 8,500 AstraZeneca vaccine doses were delivered to the Region on Saturday. And on Monday, 23,900 Pfizer vaccine doses were delivered to the Region. These were the biggest ever shipments of both vaccines to the Region. Two more shipments of both vaccines are expected to arrive in the Region in April.

These deliveries will enable an increase in the speed of vaccination and in the vaccination rate. Indeed, Pedro Ramos described the current situation as “extremely” promising due to the increase in the number of vaccine doses that will become available. He said the Region had received around 50,000 vaccine doses (AstraZeneca and Pfizer) in the first quarter of the year. In April alone, the Region is expected to receive 59,000 vaccine doses, which is more than it had received in the first quarter.

As for the the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, which is a single-dose vaccine, he explained that if 2.5% of Portugal’s total shipment of this vaccine (1.25 million doses) is delivered to the Region, it will enable the quick and full vaccination of 20,000-30,000 people. He predicted that the Region will have received more than 200,000 vaccine doses by the end of June.

A reminder that there will be 3 vaccination phases in Madeira. Priority groups will be the first to be vaccinated. Secondly, people with pre-existing conditions will be vaccinated. Lastly, the remainder of the population will be vaccinated. It is predicted that 50,000 people will be vaccinated in the 1st phase, 50,000 people in the 2nd phase and 100,000 people in the 3rd phase. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of Madeira Regional Government, stated the aim is for 70% of Region’s population (about 260,000 people) to be vaccinated by the end of the summer.

https://lifestyle.sapo.pt/saude/noticias-saude/artigos/Covid-19-madeira-recebeu-23-900-vacinas-da-pfizer

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/03/vacinas-da-astrazeneca-chegaram-hoje-ao-hospital/

https://www.sns.gov.pt/noticias/2021/02/16/Covid-19-vacinas-da-janssen/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/124185/No_final_do_verao_mais_de_70_da_populacao_podera_estar_vacinada_na_Madeira_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/124180/Covid-19_No_final_do_dia_de_hoje_terao_sido_administradas_na_Madeira_50_mil_doses_da_vacina__

https://lifestyle.sapo.pt/saude/noticias-saude/artigos/Covid-19-madeira-avanca-para-vacinacao-do-setor-turistico-apos-concluir-processo-na-educacao

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/05/ja-foram-aplicadas-mais-de-48-mil-vacinas-na-ram/


Testing in educational institutions

Mass testing of 40,000 students and staff from all of the Region’s educational institutions is underway, particularly as in-person classes in secondary schools will be resuming on Thursday and in 3º ciclo schools on Monday. Educational institutions serving the remaining education stages had already resumed.

This is the fourth testing campaign (PCR tests) in the education sector. Overall, there have been around 500 Covid-19 cases involving people from Education, of which 30 of them were in March. According to Pedro Ramos (Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary), taking into account the number of people from Education who had been tested, March’s figures are “very low”.

https://www.sabado.pt/portugal/detalhe/20210405-1819-Covid-19-madeira-avanca-para-vacinacao-do-setor-turistico-apos-concluir-processo-na-educacao

https://lifestyle.sapo.pt/saude/noticias-saude/artigos/Covid-19-madeira-avanca-para-vacinacao-do-setor-turistico-apos-concluir-processo-na-educacao


Madeira was the Region which spent the most on the pandemic

The Autonomous Region of Madeira was the Portuguese region that spent the biggest proportion of money on the Covid-19 pandemic. Total spending was €137,5 million, which represented 10% of the spending. In contrast, spending on the pandemic by the Autonomous Region of the Azores was 3.9% by the Portuguese State was 2.1%.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/124065/Madeira_foi_a_regiao_que_mais_gastou_com_a_covid


More free wireless internet hotspots in the Ribeira Brava municipality

The Municipality of Ribeira Brava announced additional free wireless internet hotspots were set up in several public spaces throughout the municipality. This is a result of 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.

According to the municipality, the new hotspots were set up in the following places:

– Seafront in Ribeira Brava (next to the Fort)

– Ribeira Brava Church

Largo dos Herédia

Campo Municipal da Ribeira Brava

– Ponte Vermelha (Red Bridge – next to the Health Centre)

Centro Intergeracional de São João

Escola de São Paulo (school next to the car park at Marginal Ribeira Brava/Tabua)

– New bus stop (nova Central de autocarros)

Praceta da Tabua

Escola Cónego João Jacinto Gonçalves Andrade (school)

Miradouro da Rocha (Rocha Viewpoint) in Campanário

– Next to the parish building of Serra de Água (Junta de Freguesia da Serra de Água)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/124175/Ribeira_Brava_aumenta_oferta_de_acessos_Wi-Fi_gratuitos_por_todo_o_concelho



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday 3rd April 2021, by our Special Correspondent.

Covid-19 update.

There were 111 new Covid-19 cases, 173 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 22 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Lithuania and 20 cases of local transmission) and 37 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 16, 3 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 17 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland and 16 cases of local transmission) and 33 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 17, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 17 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 32 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 18, 2 of whom were intensive care.

There are currently 380 active cases, of which 18 had been imported while the other 362 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 8,356 cases, 7,859 recoveries and 71 deaths.

On Friday, there were 21 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 341 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 18 patients in Covid-19 units, 2 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 71 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 10,089 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 724 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 178,017 samples had been collected until Friday (at 15h30). By Friday, 346,247 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 320 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 44,523 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 18 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 3,265 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/31/22-novos-casos-de-Covid-19-37-recuperados-86-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/01/17-novos-casos-de-Covid-19-33-recuperados-101-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/04/02/17-novos-casos-de-Covid-19-32-recuperados-71-suspeitos/


Vaccination update.

On Friday, 425 Covid-19 vaccine doses, from AstraZeneca and Pfizer, were delivered to Porto Santo. Vaccination of 338 teaching and non-teaching staff had been due to start on the same day. In addition, 87 care home residents from Lar da Misericórdia (a care home) had also been due to receive their 2nd vaccine dose. At the end of this vaccination phase, 1,160 people will have been vaccinated in Porto Santo island, 15% of whom with the first vaccine dose.

Pedro Ramos, Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary, announced that the Region is expected to receive many more vaccines than it had in the first quarter of the year. Indeed, he said the Region will receive 59,000 vaccine doses in April, which are more than it had received in the entire first quarter.

He added that the Region is waiting to find out how many Johnson & Johnson vaccine doses it will receive. The first batch is expected to arrive at the end of the second quarter.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123971/Ja_chegaram_as_425_doses_da_vacina_contra_a_Covid-19_aplicadas_hoje_no_Porto_Santo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123985/Covid-19_Madeira_deve_receber_vacina_da_Johnson_and_Johnson_ate_junho


Rapid antigen tests to arrive in Madeira this weekend.

Covid-19 rapid antigen tests went on sale on Friday. It is being sold in 500 pharmacies in the mainland. The tests are expected to arrive in Madeira this weekend. At first there will be 120,00 tests available.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123982/Testes_rapidos_devem_chegar_as_farmacias_da_Madeira_este_fim_de_semana


Police forces patrolling beaches.

On Friday, ARAE (Autoridade Regional de Atividades Económicas – Regional Economic Activity Authority) and the Maritime Police (Polícia Marítima) patrolled beaches such as Praia Formosa and beaches in Santa Cruz and Machico. This was to prevent gatherings and meetings with friends and relatives on the Region’s beaches and on businesses nearby.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/124003/ARAE_e_Policia_Maritima_em_operacao_conjunta_nas_praias_madeirenses


Porto Santo Fire Service received new equipment.

The 42-people strong Porto Santo Fire Service received a mobile command unit. Other fire brigades in the Region have also been receiving similar equipment. In addition to this, it received 5 pieces of personalised clothing to be specifically worn by the team of 5 mountain rescue experts.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123991/Bombeiros_Voluntarios_do_Porto_Santo_receberam_material


Last weekend’s storm.

More than 20 litres per square metre of rain fell in just 6 hours on the evening of March 27th than on the deadly February 20 storm, which took place in 2010.

There were also around 28,000 lightning strikes, particularly in Calheta and Palheiro Ferreiro. This resulted in several power cuts across the island of Madeira due to lightning hitting power lines and equipment. Furthermore, the power cuts led to water supply disruptions in some areas in the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal.

Around 100 occurrences were reported to the authorities. Several roads, including the tunnel at Via 25 de Abril were closed due to landslides, debris, collapsed walls and floods. The Severiano Ferraz (Red Cross) car park had to closed for several days. In the municipality of Funchal, 14 people from 5 households had to be rehoused. The reopening of Lido resort (Complexo Balnear do Lido) had to be postponed to March 31st due to the impact of flooding on its swimming pool and gutters.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/28/em-6-horas-choveram-esta-noite-mais-20-litros-por-m2-do-que-no-20-de-fevereiro-de-2010/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/28/novo-apagao-de-madrugada-devido-a-linha-vitoria-palheiro-ferreiro/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/27/madeira-as-escuras/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/28/arm-lamenta-falhas-nas-infraestruturas-de-abastecimento-de-agua-potavel/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/28/14-pessoas-necessitaram-de-ser-realojadas-no-funchal-ha-estragos-diversos/


Whale Museum reopened.

The Whale Museum reopened on Tuesday. Its opening hours are:

Tuesday to Friday – 10h-18h

Saturday & Sunday – 10h-17h

Closed – Mondays

Temporarily closed – public holidays

https://www.facebook.com/museu.baleia.madeira/photos/a.261911850574055/3778075882290950/


Power cut.

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed.

FUNCHAL – 6th April – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua D. João (number 57)

– Beco da Jacinta (numbers 3 and 4A)

8th April – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua Aspirante Mota Freitas (numbers 10 to 41)

– Rua do Padre Laurindo (numbers 1 to 15)

– Travessa Dr. Castilho (numbers 31 to 39)

SÃO VICENTE – 7th April – 10h30 to 11h30

– Achada dos Judeus

– Ribeira Grande

– Terra do Galo

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/2021/04/01/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-26-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 31st March 2021, by our Special Correspondent.

Covid-19 update

There were 111 new Covid-19 cases, 173 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 41 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 36 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 24, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 22 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 20 cases of local transmission) and 26 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital was still 17, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 24 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 23 cases of local transmission) and 35 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital was still 17, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 24 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany and 22 cases of local transmission) and 76 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 15, 4 of whom were intensive care.

There are currently 426 active cases, of which 19 had been imported while the other 407 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 8,356 cases, 7,859 recoveries and 71 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 22 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 389 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 17 patients in Covid-19 units, 4 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 89 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 8,957 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 751 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 175,958 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 342,457 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 426 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 44,203 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 25 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,247 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/27/41-novos-casos-de-covid-19-36-recuperados-93-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/28/22-novos-casos-de-covid-19-26-recuperados-92-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/29/24-novos-casos-de-covid-19-35-recuperados-82-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/30/24-novos-casos-de-covid-19-76-recuperados-86-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

As of March 28th, 46,037 vaccine doses (30,426 first doses and 15,611 second doses) had been administered since Covid-19 vaccination started on December 31st. By that same day, 87% of the residents aged 80 or older had been vaccinated with the first dose of the vaccine and 50.7% (5,605 people) had been fully vaccinated. Inoculation of patients with trisomy 21 (59 patients) started on March 26th. And Rogério Correia, the director of the Porto Santo Health Centre (Centro de Saúde do Porto Santo) predicted that 25% of the Porto Santo residents will have been vaccinated by April.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123616/Vacinas_contra_a_covid-19_administradas_na_Regiao_superam_as_46_mil

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123640/Em_abril_25_da_populacao_do_Porto_Santo_devera_estar_vacinada


Visits to care homes resumed

Visits to care homes resumed yesterday. Care homes are adapting to the resumption of visits and safety measures have been put into place to safeguard the health of residents and staff, particularly at a time when there are not any Covid-19 cases in care homes.

All visitors must book a visit beforehand and must be tested for Covid-19 (antigen test) up to 72 hours before the visit. The tests can be booked, free of charge, by sending an email to the following address: saudepublica.drs@madeira.gov.pt

Although bed-ridden residents can also receive visitors, each care home will be free to choose the most appropriate way for a visit to take place. Relatives visiting the remaining residents will be able to do so through an acrylic barrier. There is a limit of one visit per week, with each visit lasting 30 minutes.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123536/Visitas_aos_lares_so_com_teste_antigenio_feito_com_72_horas_de_antecedencia_


Secondary school students to be tested for Covid-19

More than 2,200 students from Francisco Franco Secondary School (Escola Secundária de Francisco Franco) will be tested on April 5th. Testing will take place at the school’s sports hall. Students from over 100 classes have been assigned testing slots throughout the day and must be in school 15 minutes before the testing appointment. The meeting point will be at the astro turf sports pitch. The class director will welcome and walk them to the sports hall. The school also informed that students who had tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 90 days will be exempt from Covid-19 testing and from coming to school on that day, although they will first have to inform their class director of this situation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123643/Mais_de_2200_alunos_da_Francisco_Franco_vao_ser_testados_a_covid-19


Civil Protection advice on today’s bad weather forecast

There will be very cloudy skies today and there will be showers, which will often be heavy and accompanied by thunder until the middle of the afternoon. The most critical period of rain is likely to be from 06h00 until 12h00. Porto Santo will also be affected. There will be moderate wind (20-35 km/h) from the south, sometimes with gusts up to 70 km/h, and moderate to strong wind (30 to 45 km/h) in mountain areas, with gusts up to 90 km/h, until the the start of the afternoon. Waves in the north shore are expected to be 2.0-2.5 metres high and to rise to 3-4 metres high while waves in the south shore are expected to be 1.0-1.5 metres high.

The Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Proteção Civil – SRPC) has issued the following advice:

– Doors and windows must be closed and loose objects must be removed from balconies and window sills.

– Whenever possible, avoid travel to areas that will be affected by these weather conditions.

– Do not walk in areas that have damaged buildings due to the risk of building collapses.

– Pay attention to fixed structures such as scaffolding, canopies, awnings, tents and roofs, which may be affected by strong winds and possible fallen trees.

– Pay particular attention to obstruction of roads that may be caused by objects that had been loosened by strong winds.

– Drive defensively, reducing speed and watching out for possible flooded roads.

– Ensure the drainage systems are not obstructed and remove objects that may be dragged or that may disrupt the flowing of water.

– Travel by vehicle or by walking is risky, particularly in mountain areas. Special care must be taken during the warning period.

– Possible damage to mounted or suspended infrastructure

– Pay attention to the weather forecast and comply with the guidance from the Civil Protection and the Security Forces.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123660/Protecao_Civil_emite_recomendacoes_devido_ao_mau_tempo_previsto_para_esta_quarta-feira


Madeira ‘green corridor’ for visitors

Madeira has been operating a green corridor for tourists who have either recovered from Covid-19 or who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

As written on the following article from The Guardian: “Vaccinated travellers must present an immunisation certificate in English, validated in their home country, that includes their name, date of birth, type of vaccine, and the date (or dates) it was administered. Tourists must also respect the activation period set out in the vaccine’s summary of product characteristics”.

The whole article can be read on the following link:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/mar/29/madeira-lets-in-tourists-who-can-show-covid-vaccine-passport?CMP=fb_gu&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR0GlyEPpsu0Ds7mNQliGv1XrUMjdhLy8JCNgnmvhiZqo-Rc4hkGwScvUZc#Echobox=1617017054


Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on Thursday (April 1st), from 09h00 to 16h00, in the parish (freguesia) of São Pedro. It will affect the following areas:

Caminho da Achada (up to Azinhaga de São Pedro), Rua do Paiol, Beco do Paiol, Rua dos Frias, Beco do Amaro, Rua dos Arrifes, Beco do Soca, Beco do Salvador, Beco dos Arrifes, Calçada do Pico, Levada do Pico, Rua do Castelo, Rua São João de Deus, Travessa da Calçada do Pico & Beco da Levada dos Moinhos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123694/Cortes_no_abastecimento_de_agua_na_freguesia_de_Sao_Pedro


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed.

FUNCHAL – 31st March – 09h00 to 11h00  (TODAY)

 – Caminho do Salão – São Roque (numbers 8 to 38)

– Vereda do Salão (numbers 3 to 28)

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/2021/03/30/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-25-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday 27th March 2021 by our Special Correspondent.

Covid-19 update

There were 83 new Covid-19 cases, 132 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. On Friday, the R-rate in the Autonomous Region of Madeira increased to 1.05.

On Wednesday, there were 23 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 52 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 24, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 29 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission), 37 recoveries and 1 death. An 89-year old female patient, who had pre-existing conditions, became Madeira’s 70th fatality from Covid-19. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 19, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 31 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Lithuania and 26 cases of local transmission) and 43 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 17, 4 of whom are were intensive care.

There are currently 489 active cases, of which 19 had been imported while the other 470 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 8,245 cases, 7,686 recoveries and 70 deaths.

On Friday, there were 12 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 463 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 17 patients in Covid-19 units, 4 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 155 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 6,155 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 827 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 173,107 samples had been collected until Friday (at 15h30). By Friday, 337,258 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

As for testing on passengers who had planned to travel from the Portuguese mainland to Madeira,  61,936 tests had been carried out by March 21st. A total of 536 tests came back positive, which means such passengers did not travel to the Madeira archipelago. These tests were paid for by the Madeira Regional Government and were carried out at laboratories it had signed contracts with.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 341 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 43,77 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 20 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 3,222 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/24/23-novos-casos-de-covid-19-52-recuperados-87-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/25/madeira-atinge-a-marca-das-70-mortes-com-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/25/29-novos-casos-de-covid-19-37-recuperados-91-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/26/31-novos-casos-de-covid-19-43-recuperados-155-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/26/madeira-com-rt-de-105/


Increased monetary for compliance with curfew during Easter

Monitoring will increase to ensure compliance with the curfew and other sanitary control measures. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, stressed there will be “zero tolerance”. He said that although the numbers are going down, there can be no relaxing during Easter and the period after Easter. He reinforced this by saying the alternative is to close everything down.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/123204/Madeira_reforca_fiscalizacao_ao_recolher_obrigatorio_durante_a_Pascoa


Vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, would like vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff to be complete by April 7th. This would allow secondary schools to reopen for classes on April 8th. Although he recognises a “very big effort” will be required from personnel in charge of vaccination in order to meet this deadline, he emphasised the importance of completing this vaccination process so as to “safely reopen schools”.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/122942/Governo_quer_vacinar_professores_e_funcionarios_a_tempo_do_regresso_as_aulas_no_secundario_a_8_de_abril


Loja do Cidadão to be closed from April 1st until April 4th

Loja do Cidadão will be closed from April 1st until April 4th, as part of the measures adopted by the Madeira Regional Government to control the Covid-19 pandemic. It will reopen on April 5th with its usual opening hours (from 08h30 to 17h30).

The use of digital means for accessing public services must be prioritised. Citizens who would like to visit the Loja do Cidadão premises must wear face masks, maintain social distancing (2 metres), disinfect their hands, orderly queue outside the premises and comply with all instructions provided by members of staff.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/26/loja-do-cidadao-encerrada-entre-1-e-4-de-abril/


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed.

CANIÇO

27th March – 08h00 to 10h00  (TODAY)

– Estrada da Ponta da Oliveira

– Caminho Velho da Oliveira

FAIAL

29th March – 09h00 to 10h30

– Lombo Lourenço

– Fajã do Mar

– Tojal

SANTANA

29th March – 09h00 to 10h30

– Sítio do Cortado

FUNCHAL

29th March – 09h00 to 10h30

– Caminho da Torrinha (number 162)

– Caminho Velho da Piedade (number 1 to number 31)

– Rua do Passeio da Quinta do Salvador (number 22)

– Rua da Quinta da Aragem (numbers 36 and 49)

– Rua da Torrinha (number 97-F to number 154)

– Rua do Bairro do Livramento (number 1 to number 32)

– Vereda das Lajes (numbers 37 and 37-A)

– Rampa do Ribeiro Chega (numbers 3 and 7)

29th March – 09h00 to 11h30

– Caminho do Moinho (numbers 10, 32 and 34)

– Levada do Pico do Cardo de Dentro (number 16 to number 79)

– Escadinhas do Pico do Cardo de Dentro

31st March – 09h00 to 11h30

– Vereda do Viana

– Vereda de Santa Quitéria (number 4 to number 34)

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/2021/03/25/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-23-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/27/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-24-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 24th March, by our Special Correspondent.

Covid-19 update.

There were 115 new Covid-19 cases, 198 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 29 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Luxembourg, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 26 cases of local transmission) and 52 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 25, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 29 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 41 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 27, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 23 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 53 recoveries and 1 death. An 84-year old male patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 26, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 34 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 32 cases of local transmission) and 52 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 23, 4 of whom are were intensive care.

There are currently 539 active cases, of which 18 had been imported while the other 521 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 8,162 cases, 7,554 recoveries and 69 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 11 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 505 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 23 patients in Covid-19 units, 4 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 101 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 4,882 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 972 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 171,328 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h30). By Tuesday, 333,141 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 466 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 43,436 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 22 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,202 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/20/29-novos-casos-de-covid-19-52-recuperados-128-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/21/29-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-madeira-nas-ultimas-24-horas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/22/mais-uma-morte-com-covid-19-na-ram-ja-sao-69-pessoas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/23/34-novos-casos-de-covid-19-52-recuperados-101-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

As of March 21st, 40,582 vaccine doses had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. A highlight is the fact that 82% of the Region’s residents aged 80 or older have already been administered the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine and 42.2% have been fully vaccinated with both vaccine doses.

Pedro Ramos, Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary, said Madeira was not only the first Portuguese region to resume vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine but also the first Portuguese region to start inoculating teaching and non-teaching staff.

It is estimated that 50,000 people will be vaccinated during the first vaccination phase, 50,000 during the second vaccination phase and 100,000 during the third vaccination phase.

A reminder that the Madeira Regional Health Service helpline on Covid-19 vaccination is: 800 210 263

Below are more detailed vaccination statistics from the Autonomous Region of Madeira (as of March 21st – vaccination started on December 31st):

Vaccine doses administered (1st and 2nd doses) – 40,582 (an increase of 5,442)

Vaccine doses administered (1st dose only) – 25,153 (an increase of 3,102)

Vaccine doses administered (2nd dose) – 15,429 (an increase of 2,347)

Number of inoculated people (1st dose) – 25,153 (10%)

Number of inoculated people (2nd dose) – 15,429 (6%)

Vaccine doses administered (females) – 16,406 (1st dose) & 10,408 (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate (females) – 12.1% (1st dose) & 7.7% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered (males) – 8,747 (1st dose) & 5,021 (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate (males) – 7.4% (1st dose) & 4.2% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (0-17) – 3-0.0% (1st dose) & 3-0.0% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (18-24) – 498-2.2% (1st dose) & 311-1.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (25-49) – 7,591-8.3% (1st dose) & 4,873-5.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (50-59) – 3,530-9.0% (1st dose) & 2,188-5.6% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (60-64) – 1,731-11.0% (1st dose) & 689- 4.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (65-69) – 627-4.7% (1st dose) & 324-2.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (70-79) – 2,034-10.9% (1st dose) & 1,603-8.6% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (80-80+) – 9,139-82.6% (1st dose) & 5,438-49.2% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Health professionals from both private and public sector) – 6,855 (1st dose) & 5,370 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Professionals from social care, care homes and similar institutions) – 4,508 (1st dose) & 3,385 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Professionals from Civil Protection, security forces and critical services) – 2,173 (1st dose) & 806 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (citizens aged 50-79 & aged 80 or older) – 10,551 (1st dose) & 5,849 (2nd dose)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/122565/Covid-19_Madeira_ja_administrou_39507_vacinas_e_foi_pioneira_na_retoma_da_AstraZeneca

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/23/40-582-vacinas-ja-administradas-na-ram-diz-a-secretaria-regional-da-saude/


Navy patrol vessel deployed to Madeira.

NRP Mondego, a modern Tejo-class patrol vessel which entered service in 2016, arrived in Madeira yesterday for another mission on the waters of Madeira. Its commanding officer is Lieutenant-Captain Lopes Monteiro, it has a crew of 28 sailors (6 officers, 5 sergeants and 17 enlisted) and will replace NRP Douro, which has returned to Lisbon. It will ensure there is a continuous Navy presence in Madeira and will be patrolling Portuguese waters around the archipelago. It will also be providing an additional search and rescue capability and support to the regional authorities in the event of an emergency.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/23/navio-patrulha-mondego-hoje-na-regiao-para-substituir-o-douro/


Water supply disruption.

There will be water supply disruptions in the parish (freguesia) of Câmara de Lobos, due to scheduled work on the water supply network in order to prevent water leaks. The following areas will be affected:

25th March (09h00 to 13h00) – Ribeiro Real

26th March (09h00 to 13h00) – Facho and Caldeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/122581/Interrupcao_no_abastecimento_de_agua_no_Porto_Santo_e_Camara_de_Lobos


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed.

ARCO DA CALHETA – 24th March – 10h30 to 12h30  (TODAY)

– Rochão

– Cales e Chada

– Chão de Cima

– Cova do Arco

25th March – 10h30 to 12h30

– Rochão

– Cales e Chada

– Chão de Cima

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/2021/03/22/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-22-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday 20th March 2021, by our Special Correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 106 new Covid-19 cases, 133 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 45 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 43 cases of local transmission) and 34 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 26, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 35 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission), 41 recoveries and 1 death. An 88-year old male patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died in hospital. The number of patients in hospital remained the same but the number of patients in intensive care increased to 5.

And on Friday, there were 26 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 58 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 22, 5 of whom are were intensive care.

There are currently 623 active cases, of which 19 had been imported while the other 604 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 8,047 cases, 7,356 recoveries and 68 deaths.

On Friday, there were 11 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 590 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 22 patients in Covid-19 units, 5 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 103 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 4,566 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,014 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 169,501 samples had been collected until Friday (at 15h30). By Friday, 329,047 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 409 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 42,970 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 34 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 3,180 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/17/45-novos-casos-de-covid-19-34-recuperados-118-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/18/35-novos-casos-de-covid-19-41-recuperados-139-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/18/morreu-mais-um-doente-na-madeira-com-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/19/26-novos-casos-de-covid-19-58-recuperados-103-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

Vaccination with the AstraZeneca vaccine resumed yesterday, a day after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) had provided reassurance that it is “safe and effective”. Vaccination with this vaccine resumed at Madeira Tecnopólo, which is hosting Centro de Vacinação do Funchal (Funchal Vaccination Centre). As one of the priority groups for vaccination, vaccination for teaching and non-teaching staff, who are physically working in school premises, started yesterday. About 600 teaching and non-teaching staff from nurseries, kindergartens, primary schools and special education needs were inoculated yesterday. Pedro Ramos (Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary) and Jorge Carvalho (Madeira’s Education Secretary) visited the vaccination centre to witness the start of this vaccination campaign. Vaccination will also continue in the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Ponta do Sul.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/18/vacinacao-com-astrazeneca-sera-retomada-amanha-no-tecnopolo/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/19/iniciada-hoje-a-vacinacao-de-docentes-e-nao-docentes-das-escolas-da-ram/


Care homes visits to resume

On Wednesday, Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) announced that care home visits will resume on March 31st. He also said that vaccination in care homes is nearly completed.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/18/visitas-a-lares-recomecam-a-31-deste-mes/


Breast cancer screening campaign in Machico

The 8th round of breast cancer screening in Machico started yesterday and will end sometime between July and August. A total of 4,401 of the Municipality’s female residents aged 45-69 will be contacted. Screening will take place at a mobile unit next to the Machico Health Centre (Centro de Saúde de Machico).

The eligible women will be contacted by alphabetical order. They will receive an invitation postcard stating the day, time and place where breast screening will take place.

It is also estimated women will be called up according to the parish (freguesia) where they live: Machico (between the second fortnight of March and the second fortnight of May); Água de Pena (between the second fortnight of May and the first fortnight of June); Caniçal (between the first fortnight of June and the first fortnight of July); Porto da Cruz (between the first fortnight of July and the second fortnight of July); St da Serra (second fortnight of July).

Women from the parishes (freguesias) of Camacha and São Gonçalo and from the Municipality of Santana are also expected to be invited. More details will be announced in the future.

Breast Cancer screening the Autonomous Region of Madeira is aimed at women who are asymptomatic, who do not have relevant risk factors and who are aged 45-69. They will first answer some questions about past history and past family history, hormonal medication, breast signs and symptoms, etc. Afterwards a mammography will take place in four standard ways, which will then be analysed twice by 2 radiologists. If there are any doubts or contradictions, a third analysis will take place.

If there are any suspicions, the women will be invited for an evaluation appointment, where a radiologist doctor will carry out additional inquiries such as a comparison with previous screening, touching, additional symptoms and ultrasound.

Breast Screening is aimed at asymptomatic women who do not have any relevant family risk factors, while a Breast Diagnosis will be aimed at symptomatic women in which screening will be complemented by additional steps such as inspection, touching and in many cases an ultrasound. Women who have past family history will have personalised monitoring.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/122333/Rastreio_do_Cancro_da_Mama_em_Machico__vai_comecar_e_convoca_4401_utentes


Police officer prevented deaths from drowning

A PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública) police officer from the police station in Ponta do Sol rescued 2 people who had been dragged by currents to a location that was 150 metres away from shore.

Police officers had been called up in response to an apparent suicide attempt. Upon arriving in the area, they realised a Polish tourist had accidentally fallen to the sea and that a man had immediately jumped into the water to try to rescue her. However, the currents dragged them farther and farther from the shore.

Faced with such a dangerous situation, one of the officers who has a marine licence, used a civilian vessel similar to a kayak to head into the location in order to try to rescue them. Although they were conscious, it was not possible to move them to the vessel. Despite this, the officer remained with them until the arrival of a boat from the Port of Funchal Harbourmaster (Capitania do Porto de Funchal).

Some photos of the rescue can be seen on the following website:

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/122453/Veja_as_imagens_do_salvamento_e_resgate_no_cais_da_Ponta_de_Sol

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/19/agente-da-psp-evitou-mortes-por-afogamento-na-ponta-do-sol/


Water supply disruption

The Municipality of Funchal informed there will be a water supply disruption due to scheduled work on the water supply chain at Rua das Babosas, in the parish (freguesia) of Monte. The disruption will take place on Monday (22nd March), from 09h00 until 14h00, and will affect water supply in the following areas: Caminho das Babosas, Caminho do Cemitério, Caminho da Lombada, Caminho do Lombo, Caminho da Portada de Santo António, Caminho da Confeiteira, Caminho do Monte, Estrada do Livramento and Caminho de Santo António.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/19/cmf-avisa-para-interrupcoes-no-fornecimento-de-agua-2/


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed.

 

FUNCHAL – 20th March – 08h00 to 12h00  (TODAY)

– Calçada de Santa Clara (numbers 15 and 38)

– Travessa dos Capuchinhos – number 1 (1D to 1P, Lj 1 and 3) and number 5

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/2021/03/18/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-20-2021/

 



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 17th March 2021, by our Special Correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 136 new Covid-19 cases, 189 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 30 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from France and 29 cases of local transmission) and 40 recoveries. Although the number of patients in hospital decreased to 38, the number of hospitalised patients in intensive care increased to 9.

On Sunday, there were 43 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 47 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 46, 9 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 23 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 20 cases of local transmission) and 58 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 27, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 40 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 48 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 30, 6 of whom are were intensive care.

There are currently 651 active cases, of which 17 had been imported while the other 634 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 7,941 cases, 7,223 recoveries and 67 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 10 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 611 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 30 patients in Covid-19 units, 6 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 124 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 4,376 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,222 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 168,300 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 15h00). By Tuesday, 326,138 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 504 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 42,561 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 34 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,146 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/13/30-novos-casos-de-covid-19-40-recuperados-183-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/14/43-novos-casos-de-covid-19-47-recuperados-191-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/23-casos-de-covid-19-58-recuperados-209-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/40-novos-casos-de-covid-19-48-recuperados-124-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

Vaccination using the AstraZeneca vaccine is currently suspended in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The vaccination campaign will continue through inoculation with the Pfizer vaccine.

So far, 3.543 people have been inoculated with the AstraZeneca vaccine in the Region and no serious side effects were reported.

The Regional Directorate of Health will continue to the in contact with there relevant national and international health authorities.

A reminder that the Madeira Regional Health Service helpline on Covid-19 vaccination is: 800 210 263

Below are the vaccination statistics from the Autonomous Region of Madeira (as of March 14th – vaccination started on December 31st):

Vaccine doses administered (1st and 2nd doses) – 35,133 (an increase of 7,281)

Vaccine doses administered (1st dose only) – 22,051 (an increase of 4,881)

Vaccine doses administered (2nd dose) – 13,082 (an increase of 2,399)

Number of inoculated people (1st dose) – 22,051 (9%)

Number of inoculated people (2nd dose) – 13,082 (5%)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Porto Santo) – 412 (1st dose) & 307 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Funchal) – 10,470 (1st dose) & 6,247 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Câmara de Lobos) – 1,858 (1st dose) & 1,072 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Ribeira Brava) – 1,030 (1st dose) & 567 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Ponta do Sol) – 634 (1st dose) & 332 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Calheta) – 1,065 (1st dose) & 600 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Porto Moniz) – 339 (1st dose) & 205 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (São Vicente) – 615 (1st dose) & 353 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Santana) – 829 (1st dose) & 484 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Machico) – 1,754 (1st dose) & 1,033 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Santa Cruz) – 3,045 (1st dose) & 1,882 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered (females) – 14,013 (1st dose) & 8,840 (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate (females) – 10.3% (1st dose) & 6.5% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered (males) – 8,038 (1st dose) & 4,242 (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate (males) – 6.8% (1st dose) & 3.6% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (0-17) – 3-0.0% (1st dose) & 3-0.0% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (18-24) – 456-2.0% (1st dose) & 273-1.2% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (25-49) – 6,559-7.2% (1st dose) & 4,727-5.2% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (50-59) – 3,098-7.9% (1st dose) & 2,123-5.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (60-64) – 1,595-10.1% (1st dose) & 663- 4.2% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (65-69) – 570-4.3% (1st dose) & 306-2.3% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (70-79) – 1,799-9.6% (1st dose) & 1,416-7.6% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered & vaccination rate by age (80-80+) – 7,971-72.1% (1st dose) & 3,571-32.3% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Health professionals from both private and public sector) – 5,543 (1st dose) & 5,243 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Professionals from social care, care homes and similar institutions) – 4,124 (1st dose) & 3,081 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Professionals from Civil Protection, security forces and critical services) – 1,976 (1st dose) & 766 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (citizens aged 50-79 & aged 80 or older) – 9,386 (1st dose) & 3,973 (2nd dose)

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/35-133-vacinas-administradas-na-ram-desde-dezembro-diz-o-gr/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/vacinacao-com-a-astrazeneca-suspensa-na-ram-continua-com-a-pfizer/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/gr-quer-reabrir-aulas-presenciais-do-11o-e-12o-periodos-situacao-da-vacina-astrazeneca-complica/


Remarks from the President of the Madeira Regional Government

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, said the suspension of the AstraZeneca vaccine inoculation will complicate the vaccine rollout in the Region. He said there is not factual evidence linking blood clots with inoculation of this vaccine and that there were only 30 cases out of 5 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses that had already been administered. He is hoping the European Medicines Agency’s meeting on Thursday will result in a decision on whether to continue vaccination with this specific vaccine.

The plan was for the AstraZeneca vaccine to be used to inoculate teachers and staff from primary schools and possibly teachers from years 11 and 12 before reopening schools for these students who are due to sit exams. Nevertheless, Miguel Albuquerque said the priority is always to inoculate older people and those who have pathologies and who are more vulnerable.

He made another appeal for the population to continue to comply with rules on social distancing, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene. He warned the pandemic situation could easily reverse and worsen if there are excessive meetings and gatherings or if less precautions are taken.

As for care home visits, although he acknowledged the desire for people to visit their elderly relatives, he said it is far more important to preserve the life of people in care homes.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/gr-quer-reabrir-aulas-presenciais-do-11o-e-12o-periodos-situacao-da-vacina-astrazeneca-complica/


Water supply disruption TODAY

The Municipality of Funchal informed there will be a water supply disruption due to scheduled work on the water supply chain in Caminho das Romeiras (Santo António). The disruption will take place from 09h30 until 12h00 and will affect water supply in the following areas: Caminho das Romeiras, Beco do Freitas and the stretch between Centro Cívico and the junction with Rua Dr. William Clode.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/16/cmf-avisa-para-corte-de-agua-no-caminho-das-romeiras/



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday March 13th 2021, by our special correspondent.

Covid-19 update

There were 134 new Covid-19 cases, 189 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 48 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 47 cases of local transmission and the lowest number of new cases since December 21st) and 63 recoveries. The overall number of patients in hospital increased to 36 while the number of hospitalised patients in intensive care decreased to 5.

On Thursday, there were 38 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 88 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 41, 6 of whole were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 48 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from France, 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 44 cases of local transmission) and 38 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 40, 6 of whom are in intensive care.

There are currently 708 active cases, of which 20 had been imported while the other 688 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 7,805 cases, 7,030 recoveries and 67 deaths.

On Friday, there were 11 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 648 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 40 patients in Covid-19 units, 6 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 111 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 4,295 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,072 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 167,074 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). By Friday, 322,087 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 421 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 42,057 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 22 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 3,112 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/10/48-novos-casos-de-covid-19-63-recuperados-125-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/11/38-novos-casos-de-covid-19-88-recuperados-187-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

The Regional Health Directorate (Direção Geral da Saúde) assured that the Region did not receive any vaccines from the AstraZeneca vaccine batch that may have caused some adverse reactions on some people who were inoculated with it. For instance, out of the 8,500 vaccine doses that had been delivered on March 5th, 2,400 doses have already been safely administered and without any issues.

On Thursday, vaccination continued on pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, professionals from the security forces, the fire service and the Red Cross. It took place in the Madeira Tecnopolo facilities. As of Thursday, more than 1,300 vaccine doses had been administered to professionals from the security forces, the fire service and the Red Cross, 500 of which have been second doses.

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, said the vaccination of nearly 5,000 teachers and non-teaching staff will start soon. They are professionals who deal with children in school. These children do not wear masks so this inoculation campaign is a priority. He also said they will be administered the AstraZeneca vaccine, even if they are older than 65.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/11/drs-diz-que-lote-da-astrazeneca-associado-a-reaccoes-adversas-nao-chegou-a-portugal/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/10/albuquerque-diz-que-professores-vao-receber-vacina-da-astrazeneca/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/121465/Covid-19_Vacinacao_de_equipas_das_forcas_de_seguranca_bombeiros_e_Cruz_Vermelha_decorre_hoje_no_Madeira_Tecnopolo


Tsunami warning exercise

On Wednesday a tsunami warning exercise took place across several countries as Safe Communities Portugal had reported (its website also has in-depth information tsunamis in Portugal). Madeira also took part in this exercise through the Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Proteção Civil – SRPC). It was the 4th international exercise and the 1st that staff in Madeira were involved in.

The exercise simulated the 1755 Lisbon earthquake and tsunami and took place from 08h30 util 14h00. Emergency service from Denmark, France, Germany, Morocco and the UK took part in this exercise.

The SRPC was involved in the organisation of an early-warning covering the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean regions, along with the seas around them. Its aim was to test the local response plans to a tsunami, to increased tsunami preparedness and to improve coordination across all the region.

On a national level, professionals from SRPC were tested on the notification procedures and on communications between the Comando Nacional de Emergência e Proteção Civil – CNEPC and all national entities who are entitled to act in this particular type of event. The Navy, several fire brigades from coastal and river estuary areas and the entities with rescue responsibilities also took part.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/121580/Protecao_Civil_Madeira_testa_capacidades_em_exercicio_internacional_de_alerta_de_tsunami_


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed. The following area will be affected (check the previous Situation Report for information on other scheduled power cuts today and on Friday):

QUINTA GRANDE – 6th March – 09h00 to 11h30  (TODAY)

 – Estrada João Gonçalves Zarco (numbers 960 to 1070)

– Caminho Velho

– Caminho do Vital

– Caminho da Capela

– Travessa da Vera Cruz

CAMPANÁRIO – 6th March – 09h00 to 11h30  (TODAY)

 – Caminho do Pedregal

– Caminho do Chão da Venda

– Rua Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 605 to 679)

QUINTA GRANDE – 6th March – 09h00 to 12h30  (TODAY)

 – Sítio da Fonte

– Sítio da Vera Cruz (including Vialitoral)

FUNCHAL – 16 March – 09h00 to 11h30

 – Vereda do Camacho

16 March – 09h00 to 12h00

– Estrada dos Marmeleiros (numbers 53 to 83-A)

– Beco da Penha de França (numbers 46, 2)

17th March – 09h00 to 111h30

– Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas (numbers 79-A to 140)

– Rua 31 de Janeiro (number 140)

– Rua Nova da Quinta Deão (numbers 6 to 30)

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/2021/03/13/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-19-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 10th March 2021 by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 193 new Covid-19 cases, 246 recoveries and 3 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 59 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from France and 59 cases of local transmission), 82 recoveries and 1 death. A 58 year-old male patient died at Hospital Central do Funchal. No information was provided on whether he had any pre-existing conditions. The number of patients in hospital increased to 50, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 33 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission and the lowest number of new cases since December 21st), 48 recoveries and 1 death. A 70 year-old male patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 46, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 43 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 40 cases of local transmission) and 30 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital and in intensive care remained the same.

And on Tuesday, there were 58 new Covid-19 cases (all 58 cases of local transmission) and 86 recoveries and 1 death. A 71 year-old male patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 35, 7 of whom are in intensive care.

There are currently 763 active cases, of which 19 had been imported while the other 744 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 7,671 cases, 6,841 recoveries and 67 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 16 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 712 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 35 patients in Covid-19 units, 7 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 123 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 4,167 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,040 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 166,174 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). By Tuesday, 319,146 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 455 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 41,636 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 27 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,090 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/07/59-novos-casos-de-covid-19-82-recuperados-134-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/07/mais-uma-morte-hoje-com-covid-19-na-ram-um-senhor-de-70-anos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/121053/E_preciso_recuar_a_21_de_dezembro_para_encontrar_menos_casos_do_que_hoje

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/121050/Mais_33_casos_por_covid-19_na_Madeira

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/08/43-novos-casos-de-covid-19-30-recuperados-170-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/09/morreu-mais-uma-pessoa-com-covid-19-ja-sao-67-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/09/58-novos-casos-de-transmissao-local-86-recuperados-123-suspeitos/


Extension of pandemic restrictions

The Madeira Regional Government extended the pandemic restrictions until March 15th at 23h59.

The curfew is from 19h00 until 05h00 during weekdays and from 18h00 until 05h00 during weekends; commercial, industrial and service activities and businesses must close at 18h00 during weekdays and at 17h00 during weekends; take-away deliveries can take place everyday until 22h00 and individual sports practice is allowed.

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2021/3/8/253360-medidas-de-confinamento-na-madeira-prolongadas-ate-15-de-marco/


Vaccination update

The Region started administering the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine this week, after the arrival of the first batch on March 5th.

Below are the vaccination statistics from the Autonomous Region of Madeira (as of March 7th – vaccination started on December 31st):

Vaccine doses administered (1st and 2nd doses) – 27,853

Vaccine doses administered (1st dose only) – 17,170

Vaccine doses administered (2nd dose) – 10,683

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Porto Santo) – 398 (1st dose) & 305 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Funchal) – 8,130 (1st dose) & 5,061 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Câmara de Lobos) – 1,391 (1st dose) & 877 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Ribeira Brava) – 804 (1st dose) & 456 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Ponta do Sol) – 486 (1st dose) & 257 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Calheta) – 839 (1st dose) & 463 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Porto Moniz) – 267 (1st dose) & 174 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (São Vicente) – 501 (1st dose) & 275 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Santana) – 655 (1st dose) & 386 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Machico) – 1,341 (1st dose) & 864 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by Municipality (Santa Cruz) – 2,358 (1st dose) & 1,565 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered (females) – 11,559 (1st dose) & 7,273 (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate (females) – 8.5% (1st dose) & 5.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered (males) – 5,611 (1st dose) & 3,410 (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate (males) – 4.7% (1st dose) & 2.9% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (0-17) – 0.0% (1st dose) & 0.0% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (18-24) – 1.5% (1st dose) & 1.1% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (25-49) – 5.5% (1st dose) & 4.9% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (50-59) – 5.7% (1st dose) & 4.9% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (60-64) – 4.5% (1st dose) & 3.9% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (65-69) – 2.6% (1st dose) & 2.1% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (70-79) – 9.0% (1st dose) & 5.9% (2nd dose)

Vaccination rate by age (80-80+) – 61.5% (1st dose) & 18.4% (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Health professionals from both private and public sector) – 5.516 (1st dose) & 4.908 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Professionals from social care, care homes and similar institutions) – 3.581 (1st dose) & 2.880 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (Professionals from Civil Protection, security forces and critical services) – 810 (1st dose) & 751 (2nd dose)

Vaccine doses administered by priority group (citizens aged 50-79 & aged 80 or older)7.243 (1st dose) & 2.133 (2nd dose)

Vaccination will continue on domestic workers, security and critical services personnel, health professionals from Dental Medicine and Pharmacies and other priority groups. Furthermore, Francisco Oliveira, the coordinator of Sindicato de Professores da Madeira (Madeira Teachers Union) said teaching and non-teaching staff will be vaccinated “very soon”.

The Regional Vaccination Plan (Plano Regional de Vacinação) contains the list of priority groups. Covid-19 Vaccination is dependent on the allocation of vaccines to the Region.

Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) reiterated the goal of having 70% of the Madeira population vaccinated by September, which will allow “another type of reopening”.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/08/governo-regional-diz-que-ja-administrou-27-583-vacinas-contra-a-covid-19/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/121270/SPM_vacinacao_de_professores_e_nao_docentes_avancara_muito_em_breve_na_Regiao

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/121262/Albuquerque_reafirma_intencao_de_ter_70_da_populacao_vacinada_ate_setembro_


Water supply disruption TODAY

Due to scheduled work on the water supply chain, there will be a water supply disruption today, from 09h30 until 12h00, in the parish (freguesia) of São Pedro. It will disrupt water supply in the following areas: Beco da Soca and Beco do Paiol.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/09/cmf-avisa-para-corte-de-agua-na-freguesia-de-sao-pedro-2/


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed. The following area will be affected (check the previous Situation Report for information on other scheduled power cuts today and on Friday):

FUNCHAL

12th March – 00h00 to 07h00

– Rua da Urbanização da Torrinha (numbers 4 to 19)

– Rua da Carne Azeda (numbers 28 to 91)

– Rua da Cidade do Cabo (numbers 4, 10, 12 and 24)

– Rua do Dr. Ângelo Augusto da Silva (numbers 26 to 28)

– Rua Nova do Til (numbers 3 to 24)

– Rua do Padre Lopes (numbers 1 and 2)

– Rua do Til

– Rua da Torrinha (numbers 52 to 54)

– Bairro do Til

– Travessa das Voltas (numbers 3 to 23)

– Travessa da Costa Dias

– Beco do Sales

– Beco do Sousa (numbers 1 to 8)

– Impasse 1 da Rua do Til (numbers 1 to 5)

GAULA

11th March – 09h15 to 10h00

– Sítio de São João Latrão

– Sítio de Lombadinha

– Zona do Mercado (Market area)

CANIÇO

13th March – 08h00 to 10h00

– Estrada da Ponta da Oliveira

– Caminho Velho da Oliveira

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/2021/03/10/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-18-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday March 6th 2021, by our Special Correspondent 

Covid-19 update

There were 141 new Covid-19 cases, 444 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The number of active cases went down to less than 1,000 for the first time in several weeks.

On Wednesday, there were 45 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 44 cases of local transmission) and 130 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 43, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 50 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 194 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 45, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 46 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Luxembourg, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 44 cases of local transmission) and 120 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital and in intensive care remained the same.

There are currently 819 active cases, of which 23 had been imported while the other 1,099 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 7,478 cases, 6,595 recoveries and 64 deaths.

On Friday, there were 15 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 759 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 45 patients in Covid-19 units, 8 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 196 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 3,645 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,098 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 164,949 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). By Friday, 315,003 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 521 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 41,181 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 30 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 3,063 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/03/45-novos-casos-de-covid-19-130-recuperados-118-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/04/50-novos-casos-de-covid-19-194-recuperados-96-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/05/46-novos-casos-de-covid-19-120-recuperados-196-suspeitos/


Citizens urged to update personal details due to Covid-19 vaccination

The Regional Secretariat of Health and Civil Protection highlighted the importance of patient personal details being updated at the health centre. For instance, staff from health centres in the municipality of Funchal have been trying to contact elderly citizens who are eligible for Covid-19 vaccination, but many attempts are difficult due to the lack of updated telephone numbers.

Citizens are advised to update their personal details by phoning or emailing their health centre or through the following website: http://www.sesaram.pt/portaldoutente

An appeal was made for people who have relatives aged 75-79 with pathologies (heart failure, coronary heart disease, kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) or aged 80 or older, who live in the municipality of Funchal and who have not been contacted for vaccination, to contact the local health centre of their relatives.

Alternatively, those who are interested can:

– Call the following numbers:  291 705 490 / 291 705 410 / 966 735 365 / 969 376 956 / 969 320 168 / 969 319 606

– Send an email to: vacinacaocovid19.funchal@sesaram.pt

SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) has been undergoing IT maintenance in the last days. It asked for understanding if there are any issues accessing the website.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/04/utentes-devem-actualizar-informacoes-no-centro-de-saude-por-causa-da-vacinacao-contra-a-covid-19/


Arrival of another shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines

A shipment of 8,500 doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine arrived in Madeira last night after a delay. The Portuguese Air Force aircraft carrying the shipment had been forced to remain in Porto Santo due to windy weather. An Air Force Merlin helicopter then proceeded to carry the shipment to Funchal. After arriving at Funchal Airport, the shipment was immediately taken under police escort to the pharmacy at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2021/3/5/253133-vacinas-da-astrazeneca-ja-estao-na-madeira/


Heavy seas warning

A heavy seas warning has been issued for today and will be in place until 18h00. Winds are expected to blow from North-West. Visibility is expected to be good. Waves in the north shore are expected do be 2.5-3 metres high and to rise to 3-4 metres high. As for south shore, the waves are expected to be 1-2 metres high and to rise to 1-2 metres high. Vessel owners are advised to keep their vessels docked in harbours.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/05/capitania-avisa-para-ondulacao-forte/


Nem mountain rescue vehicle for the Santana Fire Service

The Santana Fire Service received a new mountain rescue vehicle. It cost €50,000. Several entities, individuals and institutions made this acquisition possible. It is equipped with a stretcher and will provide more safety and comfort for rescuers and victims.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/05/bombeiros-de-santana-com-novo-todo-o-terreno-de-resgate-em-montanha/


British nuclear fuel carrier forced to change route while sailing in Madeira

The British nuclear fuel carrier Pacific Heron is currently on sea trials, although it is not carrying nuclear fuel. Nevertheless, NRP Douro, a Portuguese Navy patrol vessel intercepted Pacific Heron on Wednesday while it was heading towards an area between Ponta de São Lourenço and the Desert islands (it did not have permission to sail in this area), and requested it to change route and to head towards south-west. The ship is heading back to the UK.

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2021/3/3/252808-patrulha-intercepta-navio-de-transporte-nuclear-e-obriga-o-a-se-afastar-da-madeira/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/120635/Cargueiro_britanico_impedido_pelo_navio_patrulha_de_passar_entre_a_Madeira_e_as_Desertas


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed. The following area will be affected (check the previous Situation Report for information on other scheduled power cuts today and on Friday):

QUINTA GRANDE

6th March – 09h00 to 11h30  (TODAY)

– Estrada João Gonçalves Zarco (numbers 960 to 1070)

– Caminho Velho

– Caminho do Vital

– Caminho da Capela

– Travessa da Vera Cruz

CAMPANÁRIO

6th March – 09h00 to 11h30  (TODAY)

– Caminho do Pedregal

– Caminho do Chão da Venda

– Rua Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 605 to 679)

QUINTA GRANDE

6th March – 09h00 to 12h30  (TODAY)

– Sítio da Fonte

– Sítio da Vera Cruz (including Vialitoral)

FUNCHAL

8th March – 09h00 to 11h30

– Estrada Monumental (numbers 373 to 606)

– Beco da Vitória

8th March – 09h00 to 12h30

– Estrada dos Marmeleiros (numbers 53 to 83-A)

– Beco da Penha de França (number 46,2)

9th March – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua 31 de Janeiro (number 140)

– Rua Nova da Quinta Deão (numbers 6 to 30)

10th March – 09h00 to 09h20 & 11h10 to 11h30

– Caminho do Ribeiro Choco

– Rua da Quinta do Leme (numbers 1 to 67)

– Beco do Olival

– Beco do Sacristão

– Urbanização da Bela Vista (number 8)

– Urbanização do Pico dos Barcelos (number 26)

11th March – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua Dr. Barreto (numbers 48 to 50)

– Rua das Pinheiras (number 3)

– Travessa das Pinheiras

12th March – 09h00 to 12h30

– Estrada Monumental (numbers 373 to 606)

– Beco da Vitória

SANTA CRUZ

9th March – 09h00 to 12h00

– Sítio do Lugarinho

PORTO MONIZ

10th March – 09h00 to 10h00 & 12h00 to 12h30

– Casa do Elias

– Campo de Futebol (football pitch)

– Camara de Carga

FAJÃ DA OVELHA

10th March – 09h00 to 10h00 & 12h00 to 12h30

– Sítio da Fonte do Bispo

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/2021/03/04/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-16-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/06/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-17-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 3rd March, by our special correspondent.

Covid-19 update

There were 193 new Covid-19 cases, 417 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The number of new cases continued to fall and there was a big increase in the number of recoveries.

On Saturday, there were 46 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 44 cases of local transmission) and 96 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 46, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 48 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from France, 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 43 cases of local transmission) and 78 recoveries. Although the number of patients in hospital decreased to 44, the number of patients in intensive care increased to 7.

On Monday, there were 38 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 123 recoveries. Although the number of patients in hospital increased to 45, the number of patients in intensive care decreased to 4.

And on Tuesday, there were 61 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 120 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 48, 6 of whom are in intensive care.

There are currently 1,122 active cases, of which 23 had been imported while the other 1,099 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 7,337 cases, 6,151 recoveries and 64 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 16 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,058 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 48 patients in Covid-19 units, 6 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 268 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 3,573 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,110 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 163,810 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). By Tuesday, 311,609 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 537 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 40,660 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 43 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,033 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/27/46-casos-de-covid-19-96-recuperados-151-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/28/48-novos-casos-de-covid-19-78-recuperados-127-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/01/38-novos-casos-de-covid-19-123-recuperados-327-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/02/61-novos-casos-de-covid-19-120-recuperados-268-suspeitos/


Two patients from the mainland returned home

In more good news, two patients who had been airlifted from the mainland for treatment in Madeira have returned home after recovering from Covid-19. They had been in critical condition when they, along with a third patient, were airlifted by the Portuguese Air Force on January 29th. The Madeira Regional Government had offered to treat some patients from the mainland at a time when mainland hospitals were close to full capacity and Madeira had spare capacity for Covid-19 patients. Sadly, the third patient died on February 9th.

The two patients returned home after spending 30 days at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. They were enormously grateful for the Madeira health professionals and for all entities that had been involved in this process.

António Costa, the Portuguese Prime Minister, used his official Twitter account to express his gratefulness to the Madeira Regional Government and for the commitment shown by all health professionals who had been involved in this process.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/27/dois-doentes-vindos-do-continente-ja-recuperados-regressam-a-casa/

https://www.dn.pt/politica/antonio-costa-agradece-a-madeira-e-a-fpf-ajuda-no-tratamento-de-doentes-13402480.html


Vaccination update

As of February 28th, 23,301 Covid vaccine doses (15,735 1st doses and 7,566 2nd doses) had been administered to priority groups in Madeira since December 31st.

An additional 5,850 Pfizer vaccine doses arrived in Madeira on Monday morning. So far, 34,627 vaccine doses have been delivered to the Autonomous Region of Madeira. Martinha Garcia, the Coordinator of the Pharmaceutical Hub (Coordenadora do Núcleo Farmacêutico), informed that 8,500 doses of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine are due to be delivered this week. She said this will allow the region’s vaccination plan to proceed at a good speed. She added that the 2nd dose of the the Oxford/AstraZeneca can be administered three months after the administration of the 1st dose, which will make it possible for more people to be immunised.

The plan for this week is to administer 2nd vaccine doses to 1,929 elderly citizens who had received their 1st doses on February 8th-14th.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/01/23-301-vacinas-administradas-desde-31-de-dezembro/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/01/chegaram-a-madeira-mais-5-850-vacinas-da-pfizer/


Parish of Ribeira Brava tested entire workforce

The Parish (Junta de Freguesia) of Ribeira Brava was closed on Friday so that the leadership and staff could be tested for Covid-19. The tests were a preventive measure aimed at protecting citizens who visit its premises, its staff and their relatives. A total of 17 tests were carried out and all came back negative. Marco Martins, the Parish President (Presidente da Junta de Freguesia), said staff are exposed when dealing with members of the public and documentation and informed that another round of testing is scheduled to take place in April.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/01/junta-de-freguesia-da-ribeira-brava-testou-para-covid-19-com-resultados-negativos/


Health professionals praised for their role in fighting the pandemic

José Manuel Rodrigues, President of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (Madeira’s regional parliament) expressed his gratefulness, on behalf of all Madeira and Porto Santo residents, for the tireless work of all health professionals in fighting the Covid-19 pandemic in the region. He also thanked the staff responsible for the vaccination campaign. He expressed the view that Madeira’s vaccination plan is very well-structured and has been smartly implemented by health professionals, nurses and operational assistants. He advised the population to take all precautions to prevent being infected. He ended by praising Madeira for having been a pioneer in introducing the mandatory use of face masks and mandatory Covid-19 testing for passengers arriving in the Region, policies that prevented Madeira from having had more cases.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/28/jose-manuel-rodrigues-agradece-aos-profissionais-de-saude-pelo-combate-a-pandemia/


Portuguese South African young man missing in South Africa

Jason Miguel Ribeiro, 23 years old and a resident of Edenvale (Johannesburg) has been missing since February 26th. Pink Ladies, a South African organisation that provides assistance when people go missing, launched an appeal for help in finding him. His disappearance was reported to South African police.

The following information about Jason was provided by the Pink Links Facebook page:

Age: 23 yrs

Gender: male

Build: slim

Eyes: brown

Weight: 72 kg

Height: tall

Nose: round

Ears: flat

Lips: thin

“Jason was last seen on this day at about 19:00. At the time he was wearing navy jeans, button up grey work shirt, a grey jacket and black sneakers.

If you have information, contact (+27 South Africa country code):

Saps Edenvale Officer De Beer – 060 435 0664

Pink Ladies Org – 072 214 7439 / 083 378 4882 / 08600 10111

https://www.facebook.com/MissingMinorsThePinkLadiesOrganizationNgo2007/photos/a.373558899383243/5007403015998785/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/comunidades/ver/120509/Jovem_lusodescendente_desaparecido_na_Africa_do_Sul


Madeira-Porto Santo ferry services resumed

Ferry services between Madeira and Porto Santo islands resumed on Tuesday after 2 months without any journeys, due to the ferry’s annual inspection and the need for its crew to go into quarantine.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/01/lobo-marinho-retoma-ligacoes-com-o-porto-santo-com-poucos-passageiros/


Blood donation campaign in Funchal

Santander will launch a blood donation campaign in Funchal on March 8th-12th, in partnership with Hospital Central do Funchal. The aim of the campaign is to increase blood stocks in the country as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on Portuguese hospital. Its motto is “Damos Vida” (We give life). Volunteers can sign up by calling 291 705 752.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/120482/Santander_lanca_campanha_de_recolha_de_sangue_no_Funchal


Food collection campaign

On February 20th, Sonae Sierra started a food collection campaign in its shopping centres. It is aimed at collecting food for Banco Alimentar (one of Portugal’s biggest and most famous food banks) to deliver to individuals and families in need.

Customers in Madeira can drop their food donations in a box (caixa) at Centro Comercial Madeira Shopping. A team from Banco Alimentar da Madeira will collect all food donations once a week. The campaign is scheduled to last until March 17th.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/02/banco-alimentar-realca-campanha-de-recolha-no-madeira-shopping/


Two patients airlifted by the Portuguese Air Force

On Monday afternoon, two patients, aged 37 and 38, airlifted between Porto Santo and Madeira. They were airlifted by an Air Force C-295M aircraft belonging to the 502 Squadron “Elefantes“. The Portuguese Air Force are regularly deployed to airlift patients in need of urgent and/or more specialised treatment, both within Madeira and the Azores and between these archipelagos and the mainland.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/120436/Forca_Aerea_transportou_ontem_dois_doentes_entre_o_Porto_Santo_e_o_Funchal


Temporary change in waste collection bins

Due to building work in the centre of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, Águas e Resíduos da Madeira (ARM) informed that the general waste collection bin was moved from Rua Dr. António Vitorino Castro Jorge to Rua do Calvário (next to the recycling bins). This is a temporary move that will last until the building work is completed.

ARM asked residents in the area to drop their waste in bins that are available at Rua do Calvário, Rua da Marinheira and Rua Capitão Armando Pinto (next to the post office – CTT). These locations are marked with a green dot on the map. The red dot shows the bin’s previous location.

Bin collection will still take place 3 times a week (on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays).

http://www.aguasdamadeira.com.pt/noticias.aspx?n=227#.YD8rrC2cYWo


Water supply disruptions

There will be water supply disruptions today and on Friday, due to scheduled work to reduce water leaks on the water supply network in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos. The following areas will be affected:

Parishes (Freguesias) of Jardim da Serra & Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (3rd March – 09h00-13h00) – Fonte Frade; Foro & Luzirão

Parish (Freguesia) of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (5th March – 09h00-13h00) – Romeiras & Cabo Podão

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/03/01/arm-informa-para-interrupcao-do-abastecimento-de-agua/


Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut today due to planned work on the electricity supply network. This work cannot be postponed. The following area will be affected (check the previous Situation Report for information on other scheduled power cuts today and on Friday):

SANTANA

3rd March – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rocha do Navio (Cable Car)

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/2021/03/02/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-15-2021/



Madeira Situation Report 24th – 26th February by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 185 new Covid-19 cases, 243 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. All new Covid-19 cases were cases of local transmission. It has been nearly a week since there was a Covid-19 imported from outside the Region.

On Wednesday, there were 74 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Nepal, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 72 cases of local transmission), 86 recoveries and 1 death. An 82 year-old male patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça from Covid-19. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 42, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 53 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 95 recoveries. Although the number of patients in hospital remained 44, the number of patients in intensive care increased to 5.

And on Friday, there were 58 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from France and 56 cases of local transmission) and 62 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 40, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,346 active cases, of which 27 had been imported while the other 1,319 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 7,144 cases, 5,734 recoveries and 64 deaths.

On Friday, there were 26 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,279 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 40 patients in Covid-19 units, 5 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 201 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 3,623 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,555 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 162,722 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). By Friday, 302,782 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 483 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 40,123 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 38 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 2,990 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/24/sobe-para-64-o-numero-de-vitimas-mortais-da-covid-19-na-madeira/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/24/74-novos-casos-de-covid-19-86-recuperados-155-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/25/53-novos-casos-de-covid-19-95-recuperados-211-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/26/58-novos-casos-de-covid-19-62-recuperados-201-suspeitos/


Curfew extended & some changes to lockdown rules

The curfew was extended until March 8th at 23h59 (curfew is from 19h00 until 05h00 during weekdays and from 18h00 until 05h00 during weekends & commercial, industrial and service activities and businesses must close at 18h00 during weekdays and at 17h00 during weekends). There were also some changes on take-away deliveries, which can take place until 22h00 from Monday to Sunday, and on individual sports practice, which will be allowed from March 4th.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/25/gr-continua-recolher-obrigatorio-ate-8-de-marco-permite-retoma-de-desporto-individual-a-partir-do-dia-4/


Vaccination update

Pedro Ramos, Madeiras’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary, announced that more than 6,000 people have already been administered both doses of the Covid-19 vaccine. He also said the Region has so far received more than 29,000 vaccine doses and is expecting to receive 43,550 vaccine does by the end of March.

It was also announced that updates on the vaccination campaign in the Region will be provided once a week, on Mondays, to ensure better data processing on the weekends.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119986/Seis_mil_receberam_ja_as_duas_doses

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/26/dados-sobre-vacinacao-na-ram-passam-a-sair-as-segundas-feiras/


Individual sports that will be allowed next week

Athletics, canoeing, bodyboarding, swimming (in open waters), surfing, triathlon are some of the sports that citizens will be allowed to practice individually. More details are expected to become available in the next few days.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119986/Seis_mil_receberam_ja_as_duas_doses


Whale Museum to reopen its permanent exhibition

The Whale Museum will be reopening its permanent exhibition for viewing by visitors. It has launched a discount campaign to attract visitors. Children up to 11 will now have free entry, tickets for young people aged 12-17 will cost €5, adults who do not live in the Autonomous Region of Madeira will have a 10% discount and the Region’s residents will have a 50% discount when purchasing a second ticket.

The opening hours will be from 13h00 to 18h00 from Tuesday to Friday and from 13h00 to 17h00 on weekends, in order to ensure compliance with the current pandemic restrictions. The Museum will be closed on Mondays and on bank holidays (although temporarily).

In addition, the temporary exhibition called “30 Anos de Memórias” (30 Years of Memories), which was organised to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Museum, is once again opened for public viewing. Entry to this exhibition is free of charge.

The Museum may also accept visits at other times (except on Mondays) but it must be booked beforehand.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/25/museu-da-baleia-reabre-exposicao-permanente-ao-publico/


Festival do Atlântico cancelled and Festa da Flor postponed

The Regional Tourism and Culture Secretariat (Secretaria Regional do Turismo e Cultura) informed current pandemic situation in the main countries where most tourists to Madeira come from and the current pace of vaccination in Europe are reasons why some previously scheduled events are now being postponed or even cancelled.

For instance, “Festa da Flor da Madeira” (Madeira Flower Festival), which had been scheduled to take place in May, was postponed due the pandemic situation that makes it difficult, if not impossible, to have a safe event. At the moment, it is thought that the festival is unlikely to take place until the end of summer. The Regional Health Authority (Autoridade Regional de Saúde) must approve any new requests for the event to go ahead, as long as it can be safe for both residents and tourists.

As for Festival do Atlântico (Atlantic Festival), which had been scheduled to take place in June, it has been cancelled.

The Madeira Regional Government stressed once again that ensuring public safety has been at the forefront of every decision taken since the start of the pandemic, and that it has also worked to ensure a “favourable and consistent” pandemic evolution through the current vaccination process with the aim of achieving group immunity.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/25/festival-do-atlantico-cancelado-festa-da-flor-adiada/


Traffic disruptions

The following traffic disruptions will take place next week:

FUNCHAL

– March 1st to March 3rd – Caminho de São Martinho (Parish/Freguesia of São Martinho) on the stretch between Cemitério (Cemetery) and Caminho do Papagaio Verde (due to paving work)

– March 4th (08h00 – 18h00) – Rua Acciauoli (Parish/Freguesia of Santa Maria Maior) on the stretch between Avenida Santiago Menor and Rua Conde Carvalhal (due to private building work)

CALHETA

– March 1st to March 3rd (09h00 to 12h00 & 13h00 to 17h00) – Estrada Regional 222 (Parish/Freguesia of Estreito da Calheta) on the stretch between the junction with Caminho do Lameiro and the crossing with Caminho dos Reis

ER 103 (Estrada Regional 103) – Construction work on the water supply network at “Caminho dos Pretos” (along Estrada Regional 201) means there will be traffic disruptions at ER 103 (Estrada Regional 103). Traffic will be limited to one-way traffic (alternating one-way traffic). And large/heavy vehicles such as lorries and buses will be banned on the the stretch between Terreiro da Luta and Poiso (junction with ER 203-Estrada das Carreiras)

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/26/cmf-comunica-interrupcoes-a-circulacao-rodoviaria/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/26/transito-condicionado-no-estreito-da-calheta/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/120086/Transito_encerrado_entre_o_Terreiro_da_Luta_e_o_Poiso_para_viaturas_pesadas


Power cut

(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:

GAULA

27th February – 09h00 to 09h35 & 11h30 to 12h00 (TODAY)

– Sítio de São João Latrão

– Sítio da Lombadinha

– Sítio das Lajes

– Zona do Mercado (Market Area)

27th February – 09h00 to 12h00 (TODAY)

– Sítio da Fazenda

FUNCHAL

28th February – 09h00 to 11h30

– Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas (number 220-A)

2nd & 3rd March – 09h00 to 11h30

– Travessa do Tanque (numbers 18 to 51)

– Beco do Abrigo de Nossa Senhora de Fátima (number 16)

5th March – 00h00 to 07h00

– Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 668 to 849)

– Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas (numbers 145 to 242)

– Estrada da Fundoa (number 58)

– Caminho de Água de Mel (number 108)

– Caminho das Courelas

– Caminho da Fundoa de Cima

– Caminho da Igreja Nova (numbers 1 to 15)

– Caminho da Igreja Velha

– Caminho do Lombo Segundo (numbers 34 to 69)

– Caminho de São Roque (numbers 105 to 168)

– Caminho da Terça

– Ladeira da Terça

– Beco da Igreja Nova

– Beco do Lombo Segundo

– Beco da Terça

– Travessa do Dr. João Abel de Freitas (numbers 6 and 12)

– Travessa do Lombo Segundo

– Travessa da Terça

– Vereda da Igreja Velha

– Vereda do Calhau

– Vereda da Capela do Rosário

– Vereda da Cova

CAMACHA

3rd March – 09h00 to 11h30

– E.R. 102 (numbers 68 to 82)

– Caminho da Constança (Ribeiro Fernando)

– Caminho dos Tanques

– Vereda da Eira Velha (number 14)

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/2021/02/25/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-13-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/27/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-14-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 24th February, by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 213 new Covid-19 cases, 359 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. All new Covid-19 cases were cases of local transmission. It has been nearly a week since there was a Covid-19 imported from outside the Region.

On Saturday, there were 53 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission), 93 recoveries and 1 death. A 52 year old female patient died from Covid-19 at her home. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 42, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 62 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 62 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 49, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 43 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 108 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 52, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 55 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 96 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 54, although the number of patients in intensive care decreased to 3.

There are currently 1,405 active cases, of which 28 had been imported while the other 1,377 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 6,959 cases, 5,491 recoveries and 63 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 29 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,322 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 54 patients in Covid-19 units, 3 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 233 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening.

At the moment, 3,652 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,567 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 162,111 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). By Tuesday, 300,301 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 638 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 39,640 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 37 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 2,952 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/20/morreu-mais-uma-doente-com-covid-19-no-seu-domicilio/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/21/mais-62-casos-de-covid-19-igual-numero-de-recuperados-187-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/22/43-novos-casos-de-covid-19-108-recuperados-322-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/23/55-novos-casos-de-covid-19-96-recuperados-233-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

The vaccination citizens aged 80 or older and aged 75-79 who have pathologies is in its second week and so far, more than 800 people from these age groups have been vaccinated. Each municipality has a specific vaccination day. Today, those from the municipalities of Ribeira Brava and Machico will be vaccinated, tomorrow it will be the turn of those from the municipalities of Santana and Santa Cruz and on Friday it will be citizens from the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Ponta do Sol. Vaccination in the municipality of Funchal will take place during weekends.

Pedro Ramos, Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary, is pleased with the vaccination process in Madeira and said its speed will be intensified as soon as more vaccines arrive. He revealed he is in permanent contact with Rear-Admiral Gouveia e Melo, who is in charge of the national vaccination task-force.

The Region will soon receive 4,650 vaccine doses from AstraZeneca and 1,825 doses from Pfizer, which will be enough to vaccinate 2.5% of the population. So far, about 18,000 people have been vaccinated in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Pedro Ramos also said immunisation quotas have been introduced in the Civil Protection service, public office holders and in critical services. He explained that cab and public transport drivers will be vaccinated when the Region has enough vaccine doses for both the first dose to be administered and for the second dose to be administered within the recommended timeframe.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119476/Regiao_conhecera_esta_segunda-feira_novo_agendamento_da_vacinacao_contra_a_covid-19


Curfew

A reminder that the curfew times changed on Monday, after the Carnival week. This means that the curfew in the Region takes place from 19h00 until 05h00 during weekdays and from 18h00 until 05h00 during weekends. Commercial, industrial and service activities and businesses must close at 18h00 during weekdays and at 17h00 during weekends.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119550/Recolher_obrigatorio_as_19h00_e_encerramento_do_comercio_as_18h00_a_partir_de_hoje_na_Madeira


Covid-19 restrictions

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government announced that restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic will continue until Easter. However, there will be a weekly evaluation of the restrictions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119550/Recolher_obrigatorio_as_19h00_e_encerramento_do_comercio_as_18h00_a_partir_de_hoje_na_Madeira


Funchal Mayor in prophylactic isolation

Miguel Silva Gouveia, the Funchal Mayor, went into prophylactic isolation after coming into contact with an individual who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday morning. According to a press statement by the Municipality, he called the SRS24 as soon as he was informed of the development and he complied with all of the instructions. He does not have any symptoms and is working from home.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119736/Air_Nostrum_com_rota_Espanha-_Madeira_entre_17_de_julho_e_11_de_setembro


Road closures

The Municipality of Funchal announced there will be a number of road closures in the following days:

From February 22nd until March 31st (installation of electrical infrastructure) – at Caminho das Virtudes, in the Parish (Freguesia) of São Martinho, on the stretch between Rua Dr. Pita and Rua 4 de Abril (except public transport)

From February 23rd until February 25th (paving work) – at Rua da Levada dos Barreiros, in the Parish (Freguesia) of São Martinho, on the stretch between Rua Dr. Pita and Rua dos Barreiros

From February 24th until February 27th, between 09h00 and 17h00 (paving work) – at Caminho da Ladeira, in the Parish (Freguesia) of Santo António, on the stretch between Caminho das Encruzilhadas and Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas & at Ladeira da Chamorra

On February 25th (work on communications infrastructure) – at Caminho de Santo António dos Capuchos, in the Parish (Freguesia) do Monte

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119587/Transito_interrompido_em_varias_zonas_do_Funchal_nos_proximos_dias


Air Nostrum to resume flights from Barcelona to Funchal

Air Nostrum has scheduled flights Barcelona/El Prat to Funchal, which will take place once a week and from July 17th and September 11th. It will be operated by a CRJ1000 aircraft that can carry up to 100 passengers. In the coming weeks, Air Nostrum is likely to announce the return of flights from Bilbau and Madrid to Funchal, which have been taking place every summer in the last few years.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119736/Air_Nostrum_com_rota_Espanha-_Madeira_entre_17_de_julho_e_11_de_setembro


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

24th February – 09h00 to 11h30 (TODAY)

– Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas (number 242)

– Caminho da Ladeira (numbers 8 to 136)

– Rua do Poço das Fontes

– Vereda do Poço das Fontes

– Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 4 to 35)

– Rua da Encosta do Pico dos Barcelos (numbers 1 to 20)

SANTANA

24th February – 14h00 to 14h30 (TODAY)

– Avenida 25 de Maio

– Impasse C do Barreiro

– Caminho da Travessa

FUNCHAL

25th February – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua Dr. Barreto (numbers 47 to 60)

26th February – 09h00 to 11h30

– Caminho São Roque (numbers 1 to 84)

– Rua Dr. Barreto (numbers 48 and 50)

– Rua das Pinheiras (number 3)

– Travessa das Pinheiras

26th February – 00h00 to 07h00

– Caminho do Meio (numbers 1 to 114)

– Caminho das Voltas (numbers 2 to 18)

– Rua do Bom Sucesso

– Rua do Jardim Botânico

– Travessa do Jardim Botânico

– Vereda da Bela Vista

– Impasse do Caminho do Meio

– Impasse do Jardim Botânico

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/2021/02/20/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-12-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday 20th February, by our Special Correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 197 new Covid-19 cases, 213 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. This is the first time in several weeks that no deaths have been reported in an entire week, which highlights the improving Covid-19 situation in the archipelago.

On Wednesday, there were 72 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland and 71 cases of local transmission) and 87 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 47, although the number of patients in intensive care increased to 5.

On Thursday, there were 59 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 67 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 45, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 66 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 59 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 46, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,552 active cases, of which 33 had been imported while the other 1,519 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 6,746 cases, 5,132 recoveries and 62 deaths.

On Friday, there were 24 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,482 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 46 patients in Covid-19 units, 4 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 257 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening. As of Friday, there had been 8,206 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 3,910 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,667 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 160,996 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h00). By Friday, 296,484 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 561 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has received 39,002 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 33 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has receive915 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/17/72-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-181-suspeitos-97-recuperados/

https://covidmadeira.pt/publicacao/covid-19-relatorio-de-situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-em-17-02-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/18/59-novos-casos-de-covid-19-67-recuperados-236-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/19/66-novos-casos-de-covid-19-59-recuperados-257-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

As of Friday, 17,521 vaccine doses had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, of which 12,262 were first doses and 5,259 were second doses. Groups such as care home residents, healthcare professionals, members of the security forces and civil protection, elderly citizens aged 80 or older and citizens aged 75-79 who have pathologies are being vaccinated and will continue to be vaccinated. So far, 3,232 elderly citizens have been vaccinated in different municipalities. In addition, medical students on their residential with SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) were vaccinated this week.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/19/17521-vacinas-administradas-ate-hoje-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/18/estudantes-de-medicina-a-estagiar-no-sesaram-ja-foram-vacinados/


Curfew at 19h00 from Monday

The Regional Government amended the curfew rules. This means that from Monday at 00h00 the curfew must start at 19h00 and the closing hours of business activities must be at 18h00 (instead of 17h00).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119232/Recolher_obrigatorio_na_Regiao_as_19_horas_a_partir_da_proxima_segunda-feira


Covid test mandatory for ferry travel to Porto Santo

It was announced that all passengers traveling from Funchal to the Island of Porto Santo must have evidence of the negative PCR-test that had taken place up to 72 hours before boarding. The following exceptions will be applicable to: Children up to 11 years old; travellers who are resident in the Island of Porto Santo and who return to the island within 7 days (because they must have a PCR test on the 5th day after returning – must be in prophylactic isolation until then); and travellers who have a medical document, written in the last 90 days, showing they have recovered from Covid-19 or showing they have been vaccinated against Covid-19).

Travellers must book a PCR test at least 4 days in advance (96 hours) by emailing Unidade de Emergência e Saúde Pública (Public Health and Emergency Unit – saudepublica.drs@madeira.gov.pt). This test will be free for the traveller.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/19/quem-viajar-de-barco-para-o-porto-santo-vai-ter-de-fazer-teste-a-covid/


Heavy seas warning

A heavy seas warning has been issued for today and will be in place until 18h00. Winds are expected to blow from South-West and to become stronger in the morning, before blowing from North-West and becoming weaker at the end of the alert period. Visibility is expected to be good and moderate, becoming moderate and weak, often bad, from midnight. Waves in the north shore are expected do be 2-3 metres high and to rise to 3.5-5 metres high. As for south shore, the waves are expected to be 1-2 metres high and to rise to 2-3.5 metres high from midnight and to be 4 metres high temporarily. Vessel owners are advised to keep their vessels docked in harbours.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/119348/Capitania_avisa_para_agitacao_maritima_forte



Madeira Situation Report, Wednesday 17th February, by our Special Correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 296 new Covid-19 cases, 388 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. This is the first time in several weeks that no deaths have been reported on this bi-weekly situation report, which highlights the improving Covid-19 situation in the archipelago.

On Saturday, there were 85 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 115 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 49, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 60 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passengers who had arrived from Spain, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 58 cases of local transmission) and 58 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital was still 49, although the number of patients in intensive care increased to 4. On the same day, it was announced that the 2 patients who had been airlifted from Lisbon at the end of January have recovered from Covid-19, and have been moved into a non-Covid-19 ward.

On Monday, there were 72 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission) and 109 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 45, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 79 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland and 78 cases of local transmission) and 106 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 50, 3 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,568 active cases, of which 33 had been imported while the other 1,535 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 6,549 cases, 4,919 recoveries and 62 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 35 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,483 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 50 patients in Covid-19 units, 3 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 164 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline, to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service) and to airport screening. As of Tuesday, there had been 8,009 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 3,940 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,720 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 160,217 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h00). By Tuesday, 293,864 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 660 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 38,441 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 37 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 2,882 calls.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118737/Covid-19_Madeira_tem_hoje_85_novas_infecoes_e_115_recuperados

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118739/Covid-19_49_estao_hospitalizados_na_Madeira

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/14/60-novos-casos-de-covid-19-277-suspeitos-58-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/15/72-novos-casos-de-covid-19-109-recuperados-300-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

On Saturday evening, 5,850 Pfizer vaccine doses arrived in Madeira on a TAP flight. They were kept in the airport until Monday, when they were transported to Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

The vaccination plan for the elderly (aged 80 or more and aged 75-79 who have pathologies) was announced by the Regional Health and Civil Protection Secretariat. There are more than 11,000 people in the archipelago who are older than 80 year old.

Yesterday, vaccination took place at the health centre in Calheta. Today, it will be the turn of those who are resident at the health centres in municipalities of São Vicente and Porto Moniz

On Thursday, it will be the turn of those who are resident in the municipalities of Santana and Santa Cruz. The vaccination in Santana will take place at Casa da Cultura de Santana while the vaccination in Santa Cruz will take place at Pavilhão da Escola Básica e Secundária de Santa Cruz. Those entitled to be vaccinated have already been contacted.

Vaccination in the municipality of Funchal will take place on February 20th and 21st at Madeira Tecnopolo.

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Covid-19 vaccination helpline (800 210 263) or by email (vacinacao@sesaram.pt).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118809/_Covid-19_5850_vacinas_que_chegaram_ontem_a_Madeira_transportadas_amanha_para_o_hospital_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118959/Consulte_o_programa_de_vacinacao_contra_a_covid-19_na_Madeira_para_idosos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118969/Calheta_idosos_recebem_hoje_vacina_contra_a_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118970/Porto_Moniz_e_Sao_Vicente_idosos_vacinados_esta_quarta-feira_contra_a_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118972/Santana_e_Santa_Cruz_vacinacao_de_idosos_a_18_de_fevereiro

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118977/Funchal_vacinacao_contra_a_covid-19_prossegue_no_Tecnopolo_a_20_e_21_de_fevereiro


Covid-19 testing capacity

The Regional Health and Civil Protection Secretariat published a press statement on testing capacity in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. It said testing capacity is integrated on a regional strategy that is focused on containing and preventing Covid-19. This capacity has been increasing and has addressed, in a timely and safe manner, countless issues that had come up. The data suggests the testing capacity in the Region is 115,071.5 tests per 100,000 inhabitants. In contrast, the testing capacity on a national level is 75,435 tests per 100,000 inhabitants.

There were weeks when on average less than 1,000 tests were carried out per day, while there were other weeks when on average 1,500 or 2,000 tests were carried out per day. During Christmas week, an average of more than 3,000 tests were carried out per day. This was due to reasons such as airport screening on passengers, which represent nearly 50% of all tests carried out so far.

The decrease in tests carried out is due to a fall in the number of passengers flying into Madeira. On the other hand, more than 23,000 antigen rapid tests have been carried out since January 1st to address outbreaks and to detect cases in places such as institutions, schools, fire stations and prisons.

Crucially, more than 56,000 tests have been carried out in laboratories in the Portuguese mainland on passengers who had been due to fly to the Region. This scheme enabled the detection of 460 Covid-19 cases, which means such passengers ended up not flying into the Region.

According to the Secretariat, testing capacity in the Region is “confident, dynamic and proactive”. The press statement also explained that random testing is not beneficial to the population and that testing must only take place according to epidemiological and scientific criteria.


British tourist undergoing cancer treatment “stranded” in Madeira

Michael Thomas has been undergoing treatment for stage four incurable cancer. He travelled to Madeira in December for a 10-day holiday with his wife and 14-year old daughter. After the number of Covid-19 cases increased in the UK, British Airways cancelled their return flight and rescheduled it for early January. This and other replacement flights also ended up being cancelled As a result, they moved into an apartment in Madeira and Michael began chemotherapy in Madeira. Michael has been advised by his GP and oncologist that it would be dangerous for him to return to the UK and to stay in a quarantine for 10 days. This is because he requires a special diet and access to medical supplies and support. He also fears contracting Covid-10 from another guest or from a member of staff. Additionally, he is unable to access the Covid-19 vaccine he was offered in London and is also unable to get one in Madeira.

More details on this story can be read on:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/feb/17/uk-quarantine-hotels-a-death-sentence-for-at-risk-britons-says-cancer-patient


Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption on February 17th and 18th, from 12h00 to 17h00. The following areas will be affected: Rua dos Frias, Travessa dos Frias and 2ª Travessa dos Frias.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/15/cmf-avisa-para-corte-de-agua-na-freguesia-de-sao-pedro-funchal/

 



Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes – Wednesday 10th February 2021

Covid-19 update

There were 341 new Covid-19 cases, 419 recoveries and 8 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. One of the deaths was that of a patient who had been airlifted from Lisbon in January. This death was not included in Madeira’s death toll from Covid-19. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission. Only 5 cases were from people who had arrived from outside the Region. This also reflects border restrictions and the consequent reduction of the number of flights.

On Saturday, there were 91 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Northern Portugal Region and 87 cases of local transmission), 57 recoveries and 1 death. A 78-year old female patient, who allegedly had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 66, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 79 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 passenger who had arrived from Switzerland and 77 cases of local transmission), 152 recoveries and 3 deaths. Three female patients, two of them aged 87 and one aged 88, who had pre-existing conditions, died in hospital from Covid-19. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 61, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 83 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission), 72 recoveries and 1 death. An 80-year old female patient died in hospital from Covid-19. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 57, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 88 new Covid-19 cases (all cases of local transmission for a second consecutive day), 138 recoveries and 3 deaths. A 76-year old man and an 84-year old woman, both Madeira residents, died in hospital. And one of the 3 Covid-19 patients who had been airlifted from Lisbon on January 29th died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. As for the other 2 patients, one was moved from the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit to the regular Covid-19 unit while the remaining patient remains in intensive care. The number of patients in hospital increased to 61, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,757 active cases, of which 65 had been imported while the other 1,692 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 5,974 cases, 4,160 recoveries and 57 deaths. 

On Tuesday, there were 38 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,658 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 61 patients in Covid-19 units, 6 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 239 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 7,434 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 3,972 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,750 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 158,326 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 19h00). By Tuesday, 286,292 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 793 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 37,181 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 37 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has received 3,810 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/06/ram-com-51-mortos-91-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-218-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/07/mais-79-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-mais-260-suspeitos-152-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/07/mulher-de-88-anos-e-a-52-a-vitima-mortal-da-covid-19-na-madeira/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/07/mais-duas-doentes-morreram-hoje-com-covid-19-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/08/83-novos-casos-de-covid-19-241-suspeitos-72-recuperados/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118133/Covid-19_Madeira_regista_hoje_mais_uma_morte

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/09/88-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-239-suspeitos-138-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/09/mais-tres-mortos-com-covid-19-hoje-na-madeira/


Curfew at 18h00 during Carnival week

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, announced the curfew will start at 18h00 during the Carnival week, which will be next week. It will start an hour earlier than usual. Commercial activities must close at 17h00. These measures will be officially approved at tomorrow’s Council of Government (Conselho de Governo) meeting. Miguel Albuquerque explained the aim of these changes is to avoid the temptation to hold Carnival festivities.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/09/albuquerque-anuncia-recolher-obrigatorio-as-18-h-na-semana-do-carnaval/


First Covid-19 case at Legislative Assembly of Madeira

On Saturday, a legislator from the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (Madeira’s regional parliament) tested positive for Covid-19. It was the first Covid-19 case in the Assembly. Olga Fernandes, from PS (Partido Socialista), went into prophylactic isolation after testing positive. José Manuel Rodrigues, José Prada, Cláudia Gomes and Clara Tiago, the legislators who had the closest contact with Olga Fernandes, have also gone into prophylactic isolation.

On Monday, 98 rapid Covid-19 tests were carried out on Assembly legislators and staff. All tests came back negative. The Assembly building was disinfected on the same day.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117930/Mesa_da_Assembleia_Regional_em_isolamento_profilatico

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118094/98_testes_covid_realizados_na_Assembleia_deram_negativo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118082/Hemiciclo_regional_ja_esta_a_ser_desinfetado_


Vaccination update

The Madeira Regional Government set aside 90 vaccine doses so that pharmacy staff could be vaccinated against Covid-19. They started being vaccinated on Sunday, at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. So far, 38 pharmacists and 54 pharmacy technicians have been vaccinated. As a result, at least 1 member of staff from at least 50 pharmacies, which are 78% of the Region’s pharmacies, was vaccinated. Pharmacists aged 50 or over, with or without pre-existing conditions, who are 30% of all pharmacists in the Region, were classed as a priority group for Covid-19 vaccination. There are 65 pharmacies in Madeira. Pharmacy staff from the pharmacy in Porto Santo will be vaccinated this week, during a visit to the island by a vaccination team.

Prison guards from Funchal’s Prison started being vaccinated on Sunday morning. This is part of the vaccination process for the Region’s security forces. There are about 140 prison guards in the Region.

Dentists from the private sector also started being vaccinated on Sunday. It was decided that 75 of the Region’s 220 private sector dentists would be vaccinated.

The elderly, aged 80 or older and aged 75-79 who have pathologies, from the municipalities of Porto Moniz and São Vicente will be vaccinated today (Wednesday). Vaccination will take place in their respective health centres. On Thursday, vaccination will take place in Santana (Casa da Cultura) and in Santa Cruz (Pavilhão da Escola Básica e Secundária – sports hall at Escola Básica e Secundária). On Friday, vaccination will take place in Câmara de Lobos (Pavilhão do Centro Social e Desportivo – sports hall at Centro Social e Desportivo), Porto Santo (Centro de Congressos – Congress Centre) and Ponta do Sol (Pavilhão da Escola Básica e Secundária  – sports hall at Escola Básica e Secundária). And on Saturday and on Sunday, vaccination will take place in the municipality of Funchal (Madeira Tecnopolo).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117941/Covid-19_Madeira_vacina_cerca_de_80__das_equipas_das_farmacias

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117927/Covid-19_Guardas_prisionais_da_RAM_sao_ser_vacinados_este_domingo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117991/Farmaceuticos_guardas_prisionais_e_dentistas_privados_sao_hoje_vacinados_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118255/Covid-19_Vacinacao_no_Porto_Moniz_e_em_S_Vicente_esta_quarta-feira


Heavy seas warning

A heavy seas warning has been issued for today. Waves are expected to be 3-4 metre high and to temporarily increase to 3.5-4.5 metres high on the north shore, until the end of the morning. As for the south shore, waves are expected to be 1-2 metres high and 2-3 metres high in the westernmost area. Tonight, there will be small to moderate wind. Visibility is expected to vary between moderate and good. Vessel owners are advised to keep their vessels docked in harbours.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118233/Capitania_emite_aviso_de_agitacao_maritima_forte__para_amanha


Jet2 to resume flights on April 15th

Jet2 has cancelled all flights until April 14th. This means there will not be any Jet2 flights to the Madeira Region until at least after Easter.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118242/Jet2_so_retomara_operacoes_a_partir_de_15_de_abril_incluindo_para_a_Madeira


Mein Schiff 1 cruise ship sailed off the coast of Madeira

Mein Schiff 1, a cruise ship from TUI CRUISES, is well known in Madeira and is currently sailing from Santa Cruz (Las Palmas) to the Strait of Gibraltar. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is unable to dock in Madeira. Once again, it sailed within sight of Madeira and did not dock at the port of Funchal.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/118120/Mein_Schiff_1_ao_largo_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

10th February (TODAY) – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada da Fajã dos Cardos (numbers 95, 99 and 101)

– Vereda da Fajã dos Cardos (number 21-A)

– Vereda da Fajã do Capitão

– Vereda da Beira do Palheiro

12th February – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho da Barreira

– Caminho do Trapiche (numbers 149 to 176)

– Vereda do Camacho

PORTO MONIZ

10th February (TODAY) – 09h30 to 10h00 & 15h00 to 15h30

– Casa do Elias

– Campo de Futebol

– Câmara de Carga

PRAZERES

10th February (TODAY) – 09h30 to 10h00 & 15h00 to 15h30

– Sítio da Fonte do Bispo

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/2021/02/06/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-9-2021/



Madeira Situation Report, Saturday 6th February, by our special correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 295 new Covid-19 cases, 355 recoveries and 3 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission. Only 4 cases were from people who had arrived from outside the Region. This also reflects border restrictions and the consequent reduction if the number of flights.

On Wednesday, there were 90 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 89 cases of local transmission), 123 recoveries and 2 deaths. Two female patients, aged 83 and 89 and who apparently had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital increased to 75, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 97 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany and 95 cases of local transmission) and 92 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 75, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 108 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Northern Portugal Region and 107 cases of local transmission), 140 recoveries and 1 death. An 88 year old female patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 68, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,842 active cases, of which 85 had been imported while the other 1,757 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 5,633 cases, 3,741 recoveries and 50 deaths. So far, 2% of the Region’s population has been infected with Covid-19.

On Friday, there were 31 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,743 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 68 patients in Covid-19 units, 7 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit. The 3 Covid-19 patients, who had been airlifted from Lisbon on January 29th, remain in the Covid-19 Unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 245 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 7,093 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 4,686 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,047 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 157,207 samples had been collected until Friday (at 19h00). By Friday, 281,628 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 1,739 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has so far received 36,388 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira received 31 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has so far received 2,773 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/03/90-novos-casos-de-covid-19-225-novos-suspeitos-123-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/03/madeira-com-mais-duas-mortes-por-covid-19-estamos-quase-nas-50/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/04/97-novos-casos-de-covid-19-continuam-as-discrepancias-dos-numeros-regionais-com-os-nacionais/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/05/ram-atingiu-meia-centena-de-mortos-com-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/05/108-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-245-novos-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117822/5_da_populacao_da_Regiao_ja_esta_vacinada_contra_a_covid-19


Vaccination update

Vaccination is starting next week on two new groups of people in Madeira: people aged 80 or older and people aged 50 or older who have chronic pathologies.  People who have already been vaccinated but who have not finished the vaccination process will also be vaccinated. These include public and private healthcare staff, care home residents and staff and civil protection and security forces personnel. 

According to Pedro Ramos (Madeira’s Health and Civil Protection Secretary), taking into account the number of vaccine doses available, the aim is to vaccinate about 2,000 people aged 75 or older, who are about 10% of the people of this age group in the Region. He added that Madeira is “meticulously” following the Covid-19 vaccination plan and the vaccination of priority groups. He explained the aim is to reach herd immunity by vaccinating 60%-70% of the population.

Pedro Ramos said the Region is expected to receive 51,255 vaccine doses until the end of March. This will enable the vaccination of about 10% of the Region’s population (2 x 25,000). As of Friday, 5% of the Madeira population has been vaccinated. So far, 10,240 vaccine doses have been administered. And 3,203 people have been administered two vaccine doses, 1,027 of whom are older than 80 years old and 10 are older than 100 years old.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117863/Pessoas_com_mais_de_80_anos_ou_com_50_anos_e_patologia_cronica_vacinadas_na_proxima_semana

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117862/Madeira_preve_vacinar_10_da_populacao_ate_final_de_marco

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117822/5_da_populacao_da_Regiao_ja_esta_vacinada_contra_a_covid-19


Madeira to receive another 3 Covid-19 patients 

Once again, Madeira has offered to receive another 3 critically-ill Covid-19 patients from the mainland. It is not known yet when they will be transferred to Madeira. The Portuguese Air Force is likely to fly the patients to Madeira, just as it did when the first Covid-19 3 patients who were transferred on January 29th.

https://executivedigest.sapo.pt/covid-19-madeira-recebe-mais-tres-doentes-do-continente/


Hospital staff offered food by bar owners and employees

On Friday evening, the owners and staff of Os Castrinhos bar offered vinha d’alho sandwiches (sandes de carne de vinha d’alho – made with pork, wine and garlic – a traditional Madeira dish), juice and chocolates to staff from Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. Each bag had 1 sandwich, 1 pack of juice and 1 chocolate bar. Esmeralda Castro explained the aim was to bring some comfort to those who are working to serve the patients. She said it was an act of recognition for what hospital staff have been doing for others at such a difficult moment that affects everybody. She hoped this generous action will inspire others to carry out similar acts of solidarity.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117887/Covid-19_Os_Castrinhos_mimam_profissionais_no_hospital


Heavy seas warning

A heavy seas warning has been issued for today. Waves are expected to be 3-4 metre high and to increase to 3.5-4.5 metres on the north shore. As for the south shore, waves are expected to be 2-3 metres high and to gradually decrease to 1-2 metres. There will be moderate wind blowing from the north-west. Visibility is expected to vary between moderate and good. Vessel owners are advised to keep their vessels docked in harbours.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117867/Capitania_prolonga_aviso_de_agitacao_maritima_


Snow returned to Madeira

The highest areas in Madeira were hit by snow on Friday. Two roads in the Municipality of Calheta, Estrada Rochão and Estrada da Fonte do Bispo, were cordoned off and some drivers had trouble driving on snow-covered roads. People have been told not to visit these areas. The Police has warned it will be closely monitoring these areas, controlling those entering and leaving these areas and could even fine visitors and drivers.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117853/PSP_ja_esta_a_controlar_idas_a_neve_com_video

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117848/Neve_esta_de_volta_as_zonas_altas_da_Madeira_com_fotos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117791/Neve_obriga_a_fechar_duas_estradas_na_Calheta_


Stolen items recovered and returned to owners

The Regional Command of the Public Security Police (Comando Regional da PSP Madeira) announced the recovery of several stolen items, including a baby Jesus statue worth approximately €2,000. It had been stolen on January 9th from a nativity set at Avenida Arriaga. In addition to this statue, the Police recovered 10 rings, 5 watches from several brands, 3 bracelets and 3 necklaces, worth approximately €1,500, which had been stolen from several homes in December. A Honda JF93 scooter, worth approximately €100 and which had been stolen on February 4th, was also recovered. All items were returned to their owners. Three male suspects, aged 39-56, were identified for qualified theft and a 65 year old female was identified for possession of stolen goods. The court in Funchal will deal with them.

The Regional Command of the PSP empathised the importance of citizens immediately alerting the Police as soon as a crime has taken place, so that investigations can start quickly, be successful and result in the identification of suspects and the recovery of stolen items.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117860/PSP_recuperou_Menino_Jesus_roubado_do_presepio_da_Avenida_Arriaga

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/05/psp-recupera-produtos-roubados-e-detem-individuo-por-trafico-de-droga/


Man arrested for drug trafficking 

The Regional Command of the PSP (Comando Regional da PSP Madeira) announced the arrest of a 24 year old man from Funchal for drug-trafficking. His arrest took place during a Police patrol in the higher areas of Funchal-Penteada, in the early hours of Friday and during the curfew. Police apprehended 122 individual doses of hashish, 0.65 grams of liamba, 1 Kg of an undetermined psychoactive substance, a precision scale and other materials linked with drug consumption and trafficking. After appearing before a Funchal court, he was subjected to a Statement of Identity and Residence (Termo de Identidade e Residência).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117858/PSP_apreendeu_122_doses_individuais_de_haxixe_no_Funchal


Sweet potato exports to France

This year, Madeira has so far exported about 4 tons of sweet potatoes to the south of France. Associação de Jovens Agricultores da Madeira e Porto Santo (AJAMPS – Association of Young Farmers from Madeira and Porto Santo) had been contacted by a French businessman, who had visited the Region and who had been very impressed with the quality of the Region’s sweet potatoes. Vitor Castro, AJAMPS’s president, said that due to demand, shipment of sweet potatoes to the south of France could increase in the near future and take place every fortnight, depending on the reopening of borders and easier conditions for freight transport by road.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/04/madeira-exporta-batata-doce-para-o-sul-de-franca/



Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 3rd February by our Special Correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 352 new Covid-19 cases, 412 recoveries and 7 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission and none were from passengers who had arrived from abroad.

On Saturday, there were 98 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 97 cases of local transmission) and 59 recoveries and 4 deaths. Two female patients and two male patients, aged 80-88 and who had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital increased to 73, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 94 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 91 cases of local transmission), 118 recoveries and 1 death. A 90 year old male patient, an 85 year old female patient and 74 year old female patient died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. They had pre-existing conditions. The number of patients in hospital increased to 76, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 61 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 60 cases of local transmission), 149 recoveries (the highest number of recoveries on a single day this year) and 1 death. A 91 year old female patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died in a care home from Covid-19. Her death was the first death from Covid-19 in a care home in Madeira. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 75, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 99 new Covid-19 cases (from 6 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 93 cases of local transmission), 86 recoveries and 1 death. A 70 year old male patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 73, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,972 active cases, of which 102 had been imported while the other 1,870 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 5,338 cases, 3,386 recoveries and 47 deaths.

On Tuesday, there were 40 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,859 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 73 patients in Covid-19 units, 8 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit. A further 3 Covid-19 patients, who had been airlifted from Lisbon on Friday, remain in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 258 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 6,798 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 4,806 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,505 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 156,171 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 19h00). By Tuesday, 277,982 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 981 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, it has so far received 34,649 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira has so far received 2,742 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/30/4-mortos-98-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-295-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117201/Covid-19_Mais_quatro_doentes_morrem_na_Madeira

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/31/94-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-170-suspeitos-e-118-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/31/mais-uma-vitima-mortal-da-covid-19-na-madeira/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/01/61-novos-casos-de-covid-19-149-casos-recuperados-194-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/01/mais-uma-morte-por-covid-19-uma-senhora-de-91-anos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117401/Registada_a_primeira_morte_num_lar_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117404/Recorde_de_recuperados_por_covid-19_num_so_dia

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/02/99-novos-casos-de-covid-19-73-hospitalizados-258-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/02/mais-uma-morte-com-covid-19-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/


Lockdown renewed in Madeira

The lockdown period was renewed in Madeira and will remain in place until February 21st. The following measures will apply:

– The curfew will remain in place from Monday to Friday (from 19h00 to 05h00) and during weekends (from 18h00 to 05h00). 

– In person school classes for 3º Ciclo and Secondary School will remain suspended. 

– Industrial, commercial and service activities must also comply with the curfew, with the exception of pharmacies, clinics and veterinaries, services delivering oxygen and medical gas to households and petrol stations (only to fill up vehicles). 

– Restaurants can remain open until 22h00 but only for meals to be prepared for home delivery.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117306/Novo_periodo_de_confinamento_entra_hoje_em_vigor_na_Madeira


Vaccination update

On Sunday, a shipment of 11,700 Covid-19 vaccines arrived in Madeira. The shipment arrived on a TAP flight from Amsterdam, which had made a stopover in Lisbon and had landed in Funchal shortly after 15h30. The vaccines were stored at the airport until being taken to Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça on Monday, shortly after 10h00. They two boxes were taken to hospital in a cold storage van from Loginsular, under police escort from the PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Security Police). Although 17,550 new vaccine doses had been expected, only 11,700 were delivered. A third box with the remaining 5,850 vaccine doses is expected to arrive in two weeks time. Nevertheless, some vaccine doses from the December’s shipment are still available. A new shipment of 17,500 doses is expected to arrive at the start of March.

Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government), Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, Ireneu Barreto (Representative of the Republic for the Autonomous Region of Madeira), José Manuel Rodrigues (President of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira), Rafaela Fernandes (President of SESARAM – Madeira Regional Health Service), Herberto Jesus  and José Dias (President of the Regional Civil Protection Service) have been administered the Covid-19 vaccine. They have been included in Phase 1 of the vaccination campaign due to the nature of their roles as top political leaders, healthcare and civil protection leaders in decision-making roles. The remaining members of the Regional Government and the Mayors will also be vaccinated.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117265/Aviao_com_mais_17500_vacinas_ja_chegou_a_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117280/Segundo_lote_de_vacinas_chega_amanha_ao_Hospital_Dr_Nelio_Mendonca

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117323/Segundo_lote_de_vacinas_contra_a_covid-19_ja_esta_no_Hospital_Dr_Nelio_Mendonca

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117326/Covid-19_Madeira_recebeu_apenas_11700_das_17550_vacinas_previstas

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117450/Representante_presidente_da_Assembleia_e_cinco_membros_do_Governo_Regional_ja_foram_vacinados


Praia Formosa/Socorridos Promenade closed

The 2 km-long Praia Formosa/Socorridos promenade that links the municipalities of Funchal and Câmara de Lobos has been closed as a result of damage caused by rough seas in the early hours of Monday. It will remain closed the next few days for repairs and because weather conditions are likely to remain adverse.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/02/01/estragos-causados-pelo-mar-motivam-encerramento-da-promenade-da-praia-formosa/


SATA Air Açores aircraft involved emergency descent landed safely in Funchal

On Monday morning, SATA Air Açores flight S4 160 was forced to undertake an emergency descent as a result of technical damage linked to a pressurisation issue on the aircraft. Although cabin crew offered oxygen to the passengers, it was ultimately not required. The flight had departed from Ponta Delgada at 08h35 and landed safely in Funchal at 11h40, under the watchful eye of the emergency services that had been deployed in accordance with the emergency procedures for this type of situations. All 9 passengers and 5 members of crew disembarked safely. Paramedics made health checks on the passengers, one of whom is pregnant and had panicked. Aircraft technicians were carrying out checks on the aircraft.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117338/Nove_passageiros_incluindo_uma_gravida_estao_bem_apos_aterragem_de_emergencia

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117353/SATA_confirma_descida_de_emergencia_para_a_Madeira



Madeira Situation Report Saturday 30th January 2021

Covid-19 update

There were 325 new Covid-19 cases, 294 recoveries and 5 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission. Only 7 new cases were from passengers who had arrived from outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira

On Wednesday, there were 106 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela and 103 cases of local transmission) and 97 recoveries. Two of the new cases of local transmission were identified in a care home where 70 Covid cases had been detected (on 47 residents and 23 members of staff). The number of patients in hospital increased to 79, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 131 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from South Africa and 128 cases of local transmission), 112 recoveries and 3 deaths. A 90 year old male patient, an 85 year old female patient and 74 year old female patient died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. They had pre-existing conditions. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 76, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 88 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 87 cases of local transmission), 85 recoveries and 2 deaths. An 81 year old male patient and a 68 year old female patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died from Covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. As for the cases of local transmission, 2 were detected in care homes (1 resident and 1 member of staff). The number of patients in hospital decreased to 71, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,972 active cases, of which 102 had been imported while the other 1,870 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Friday, there had been 4,986 cases, 2,974 recoveries and 40 deaths.

Also on Friday, there were 42 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,859 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 71 patients in Covid-19 units, 8 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 235 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 6,446 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 4,763 visitors were under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 2,697 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 154,374 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h00). By Friday, 273,376 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 691 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, it has so far received 34,649 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira has so far received 2,693 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/27/106-novos-casos-de-covid-19-261-suspeitos-79-pessoas-hospitalizadas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/28/madeira-regista-hoje-131-novos-casos-de-covid-19-e-tres-mortos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/28/mais-duas-mortes-elevam-para-37-o-numero-de-obitos-na-madeira-por-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/28/mais-uma-morte-por-covid-19-eleva-numero-de-obitos-a-38-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/29/88-casos-de-covid-19-hoje-235-novos-suspeitos-71-internados/


Three Covid-19 patients airlifted from Lisbon to Funchal

Last evening, 3 critically ill Covid-19 patients were airlifted from Lisbon to Funchal in order to receive medical treatment there and to provide some much-needed relief to the already over-stretched healthcare system in the mainland. This was a remarkable, rare or perhaps unprecedented development because patients from Madeira are usually airlifted to a hospital in the mainland (not the other way round!) so as to receive specialised medical treatment that is not available in the Region.

On Wednesday, Miguel Albuquerque said Madeira “ought to give an example” and that 3 intensive care beds had been made available for Covid-19 patients from the mainland. He said the hospital has a cutting-edge intensive care unit and is capable of providing quality medical treatment. Júlio Nóbrega, the clinical director of Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, said that Madeirans had to express solidarity with their fellow countrymen and women. He appealed for unity in order to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic. He also reminded that since Madeira does not have a burns unit, patients had to be airlifted to the mainland, where the Portuguese National Health Service would provide medical treatment. As such, he said there was a need for reciprocity between the mainland and Madeira. He added that there are 45 respirators, 7 of which were being used on Thursday.

On Thursday, António Costa (Portuguese Prime Minister) called Miguel Albuquerque to express his gratitude for Madeira’s willingness to host Covid-19 patients from the mainland.

On Friday, 3 patients (2 who had been at Hospital Beatriz Ângelo in Loures and 1 who had been at    Centro Hospitalar Lisboa Ocidental) were flown to Funchal by a Portuguese Air Force C-130H from 501 Squadron “Bisontes”. The patients’ relatives had provided their consent to this transfer. A team of Air Force Medevac experts were on hand to provide assistance during the flight. A NRBC (Nuclear, Radiological, Biological and Chemical) team from Centro de Treino de Sobrevivência (Survival Training Centre) was also on the same flight so as to disinfect the aircraft after landing in Madeira. After landing in Funchal at around 20h15, the patients were taken by 2 ambulances from Bombeiros Voluntários de Câmara de Lobos (Câmara de Lobos Fire Service and 1 ambulance from Bombeiros Voluntários Madeirenses (Madeiran Volunteers Fire Service) to Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, where medical teams were already waiting for their arrival.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/28/madeira-devera-receber-mais-17500-vacinas-em-fevereiro/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117065/_Doentes_covid-19_chegam_as_19_horas_a_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116917/Albuquerque_disponibiliza_tres_camas_para_doentes_do_Continente_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117063/Tres_doentes_Covid-19_transferidos_hoje_do_Continente_para_a_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117120/Covid-19_Doentes_ja_comecaram_a_ser_transferidos_para_as_ambulancias

https://tvi24.iol.pt/sociedade/transferencia/covid-19-madeira-recebe-tres-doentes-do-continente

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117091/Antonio_Costa_telefonou_a_Miguel_Albuquerque_a_agradecer_o_acolhimento_de_doentes_covid


Day centres, social centres and community centres to remain closed until February 28th

The Madeira Regional Government decided to extend most Covid-19 restrictions until February 21st. However, it also decided to keep day centres, social centres and community centres closed until February 28th.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/117110/Madeira_fecha_Centros_de_Dia_Centros_de_Convivio_e_Centros_Comunitarios_ate_28_de_fevereiro


Remarks from the Present of the Madeira Regional Government

Miguel Albuquerque informed that 12 additional beds were added to the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. This means there are 228 beds for Covid-19 patients at this hospital, 15 of which are negative pressure beds.

Miguel Albuquerque also informed that the Autonomous Region of Madeira is due to receive approximately 17,500 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine in February.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/28/madeira-devera-receber-mais-17500-vacinas-em-fevereiro/


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:

CALHETA E ARCO DA CALHETA

30th January (TODAY) – 09h00 to 12h00

– Sítio das Faias

– Sítio do Pico do Atouguia

FUNCHAL

2nd February – 09h00 to 10h00

– Estrada dos Marmeleiros (numbers 221 to 254)

– Caminho dos Saltos (number 256)

2nd February – 09h00 to 11h00

– Rua de Santa Maria (numbers 166 to 175)

– Travessa das Torres (numbers 4 to 6)

2nd February – 09h00 to 12h00

– Azinhaga do Trapiche (numbers 2, 3, 6, 150 and 501)

5th February – 00h00 to 07h00

– Caminho de Santo António

– Rua Cónego António Félix

– Rua Cine Teatro

– Rua Padre Eduardo Pereira

– Rua do Coohafal

– Avenida da Madalena

5th February – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho de São Roque (numbers 1 to 84-A)

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/2021/01/28/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-6-2021/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/30/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-7-2021/ 



Madeira Situation Report – Wednesday 27th January by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 599 new Covid-19 cases (including the highest number of new cases on a single day), 480 recoveries and 4 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Friday, there were 123 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from France, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 120 cases of local transmission) and 79 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 74, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Saturday, there were 125 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from São Tomé e Príncipe, 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and 119 cases of local transmission), 86 recoveries and 1 death. An 86 year old male patient, who had been in hospital since the 21st of January and who had pre-existing conditions, became Madeira’s 32nd death from Covid-19. The number of patients in hospital increased to 84, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 85 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Romania, 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 82 cases of local transmission) and 95 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 78, although the number of patients in intensive care increased to 7.

On Monday, there were 106 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from France, 5 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and 119 cases of local transmission), 98 recoveries and 2 deaths. Two female patients, aged 84 and 85, died in hospital.

The number of patients in hospital decreased to 73, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday,  there were 160 new Covid-19 cases (from 7 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 151 cases of local transmission), 122 recoveries and 1 death. A 72 year old male Covid-19 patient died at home.  As for the cases of local transmission, 48 were detected in a public care home. So far, the outbreak at this care home has resulted in 68 infections (46 residents and 22 members of staff). More test results are being analysed. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 64, 8 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,946 active cases, of which 116 had been imported while the other 1,830 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Tuesday, there had been 4,661 cases, 2,680 recoveries and 35 deaths.

Also on Tuesday, there were 31 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,720 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 64 patients in Covid-19 units, 8 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 262 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 6,121 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 4,548 visitors were under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 2,301 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 152,880 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). By Tuesday, 267,989 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) has so far received 33,958 calls.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira has so far received 2,668 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/22/123-novos-casos-de-covid-19-294-novos-casos-suspeitos-na-ram/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/23/125-novos-casos-de-covid-19-1800-casos-activos-de-transmissao-local/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/23/homem-de-86-anos-morre-de-covid-19-aumentando-para-32-o-numero-de-obitos-na-madeira/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/24/85-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-madeira-nas-ultimas-24-horas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/25/covid-19-continua-a-matar-na-madeira-mais-duas-vitimas-hoje/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/25/mais-106-casos-de-covid-19-184-novos-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/26/vitimas-da-covid-19-na-ram-ja-sao-35/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/26/160-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-262-casos-suspeitos/


Vaccination update

The Madeira Regional Government predicts 17,500 vaccine doses will be received in February and another 17,500 will be received in March. Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, has not ruled out the possibility of delays in the delivery. This means the first vaccination phase could end after May, as originally planned.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116580/Madeira_recebe_35_mil_vacinas_nos_proximos_dois_meses_


Current pandemic measures to continue

Pedro Ramos expects the current pandemic measures to continue in the Region. He explained that two periods of incubation of the virus have passed since the end of the year and that current restrictions will be enough, as long as the epidemiological situation does not worsen. If it does worsen, stricter restrictions could be imposed.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116581/Madeira_mantem_medidas_de_combate_a_pandemia


70 Covid-19 cases detected in students arriving in the Region

Covid-19 testing on arrival in Madeira enabled the detection of 70 Covid-19 among students who had arrived in Madeira. All students must remain in prophylactic isolation until being informed of the result of the second Covid-19 that is carried out between the 5th and 7th day.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116582/Covid-19_Madeira_detetou_70_estudantes_com_teste_positivo_no_desembarque_na_Regiao


Restrictions on school classes likely to be kept until Carnival

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, said the current restrictions on school classes are likely to be kept until Carnival. However, the Regional Government is waiting for a technical decision to be taken, before making a political decision on this issue. At the moment, in-person teaching is suspended for 3º Ciclo and Secondary school students, while the remaining students are still receiving in-person teaching.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116572/Albuquerque_aulas_deverao_manter-se_como_estao_ate_ao_Carnaval


Flu vaccination update

After 17 weeks of flu vaccination, 50,899 vaccine doses have been administered by the Regional Health Service, of which 75.2% were administered in health centres and the remaining were administered at home. So far, 65.5% of the population aged 65 or older have been vaccinated, of whom more than 64% were women. And 11.2% of the population aged between 20 and 59 have been vaccinated.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116583/655_da_populacao_com_mais_de_65_anos_vacinada_contra_a_gripe_sazonal


Australian tourist shares a video of the best 25 levada walks in Madeira Island

An Australian traveler who has been traveling around the world has shared another video about some of Madeira’s wonders. This time, he shared a video about the best 25 levada walks that tourists should visit. He included a detailed description of each trail and some advice for tourists who are interested in exploring these trails. He has also shared some photos of Madeira on his personal blog.

https://www.journeyera.com/levada-walks-madeira/?fbclid=IwAR0iixG7up0XiUm1bdqssmzLUf0KAABFdk7SUT_9HIcx-Lsu779846VuzI8

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/116688/Viajante_australiano_partilha_com_o_mundo_as_25_melhores_levadas_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:

FAIAL

29th January – 09h00 to 13h00

– Sítio do Tojal

– Sítio do Lombo Lourenço

29th January – 09h00 to 09h30

– Sítio da Fajã do Mar

SANTANA

29th January – 09h00 to 09h30

– Sítio do Cortado

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/2021/01/27/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-5-2021/



Madeira Situation Report Saturday 23rd January 2021 by our special correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 285 new Covid-19 cases (including the highest number of new cases on a single day), 189 recoveries and no deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Wednesday, there were 129 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 7 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 119 cases of local transmission) and 99 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 70, 3 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 156 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 153 cases of local transmission) and 90 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 67, although the number of patients in intensive care increased to 4.

There were 1,831 active cases on Thursday, of which 114 had been imported while the other 1,717 cases had been a result of local transmission. As of Thursday, there had been 4,062 cases, 2,200 recoveries and 31 deaths.

Also on Thursday, there were 44 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,720 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 67 patients in Covid-19 units, 4 of whom were in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

On the same day, there were 271 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Thursday, there had been 5,522 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

On Thursday 4,184 visitors were under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 2,231 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 150,401 samples had been collected until Thursday (at 18h00). By Thursday, 259,982 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/20/129-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-99-recuperados-70-hospitalizados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/21/156-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-271-suspeitos-90-recuperados/


New restrictions on sale and consumption of food and drink in eateries

The Madeira Regional Government introduced new restrictions on the sale and consumption of food and drinks in restaurants, bars and other similar establishments. The day when the restrictions come into force was not announced. Below is an informal translation of the new restrictions:

– A ban on the sale or consumption of alcoholic drinks at the entrance of commercial establishments.

– A ban on the consumption of drinks or meals in restaurants, bars, cafés and similar places, in outdoor seating areas, in indoor seating areas and while standing.

– Buffet services in restaurants, bars, cafés and similar places, including hotels and canteens is only allowed if the service is provided by a member of staff and the food is protected through physical barriers (acrylic or other see-through material) that ensures separation with the customer.

Failure to comply will result in:

– the temporary closure of the establishment and the end of activities, with a deadline for adopting the necessary measures to ensure compliance.

– the dispersal of gatherings that exceed the limit on the maximum number of people allowed.

https://www.sapo.pt/noticias/atualidade/governo-da-madeira-proibe-consumo-de-bebidas-_6009c76dfeb16c5cd0462ed8


Vaccination update

The administration of the second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine started on Thursday. The same 85 people who had been administered the first vaccine dose on the 31st of December were also the first 85 people who were administered second dose on Thursday, at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. 

The first 5 healthcare professionals who were administered the second vaccine dose had also been the first 5 to have been vaccinated on the 31st of December. They were: Pedro Balza (doctor), João Caires (nurse in the Covid-19 unit), Ana Patrícia Sousa (Operational Assistant in airport screening), Ludivina Freitas (Diagnosis Technician and Clinical Analysis Therapist at the SESARAM laboratory) and Adérito Delgado (SESARAM ambulance crew – transport of non-urgent patients). Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) and Herberto Jesus (Regional Health Director) visited the hospital to witness this historic moment.

The healthcare professionals who were vaccinated on the 1st of January had been due to be administrated the second dose of the vaccine on Friday.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/21/sesaram-realiza-testes-rapidos-em-camara-de-lobos-e-da-segunda-dose-da-vacina-aos-profissionais/


Antigen rapid tests

A total of 154 antigen rapid tests were carried out in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos, mainly on the municipal staff. This is an extremely high risk municipality. SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) is in charge of rolling out rapid testing. So far, more than 11,000 antigen rapid tests have been carried out in the Autonomous Region of Madeira since the start of January.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/21/sesaram-realiza-testes-rapidos-em-camara-de-lobos-e-da-segunda-dose-da-vacina-aos-profissionais/


Warning on ‘abusive’ hearing tests

Some people have been contacted so as to invite them for hearing tests. They were contacted by individuals posing as staff from SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) or the Serviço Regional (Regional Service). These hearing tests are part of a marketing strategy to promote the sale of hearing aids with a contract for funding assistance. SESARAM stressed it does not have anything to do with these hearing tests and does not have any partnership for providing the contact details of patients. As such, SESARAM is not liable for anything that happens as a result of this situation.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/21/sesaram-avisa-para-rastreios-auditivos-abusivos/


Suspect arrested on European Arrest Warrant

The Madeira Criminal Investigation Department (Departamento de Investigação Criminal da Madeira) of the Judiciary Police (Polícia Judiciária) identifica and arrested a 69 year old who had been the subject of a European Arrest Warrant, which had been issued by Switzerland, for suspected crimes against honor, privacy violation and threats. 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/20/pj-deteve-na-madeira-um-suspeito-cumprindo-um-mandado-de-detencao-europeu/


Polish tourist rescued after getting lost on hiking trail

A 33 year old female Polish tourist was rescued after getting lost while hiking on the Ribeiro Frio-Pico do Areeiro-Pico Ruivo-Curral das Freiras hiking trail. She had called 112 (Portugal’s national emergency number) to ask for help. The weather was adverse, with extremely low temperatures, snow, strong wind and rain.

The PSP’s Mountain Search and Rescue Brigade (Brigada de Busca e Socorro, Salvamento e Resgate em Montanha, which belongs to Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Security Police)  was immediately deployed. The Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Proteção Civil) was also informed of the situation and deployed rescuers from the Santana Fire Service (Bombeiros Voluntários de Santana) and the Forest Police (Polícia Florestal).

Several teams scoured the hiking trails that start in Curral das Freiras and in Achada do Teixeira, to increase the chances of locating her more quickly. It was occasionally possible to contact her by phone, which enabled the PSP to pinpoint her exact location. As a result, rescuers located her at 22h00, next to Vereda Lombo dos Portais. She was outside the trail and in a steep area.

She was in an area of difficult access and in serious danger of falling. This meant rescuers from the Santana Fire Service were only able to safely rescue her at 01h00. She was already in hypothermia and was carried through the trail until reaching Achada do Teixeira. The rescue operation ended at 04h00 and she was taken to the Machico Health Centre (Centro de Saúde de Machico) for medical evaluation.

The PSP stressed the 9-hour long rescue operation was successful because of the excellent cooperation between the 3 institutions, under the coordination of the Santana Fire Service and facing extremely difficult conditions due to the weather and the location. Overall, 6 rescuers from the PSP, 6 rescuers from the Santana Fire Service and 2 agents from the Forest Police took part in the rescue operation, with the support of 6 vehicles.

An appeal was made for all citizens and tourists not to hike on their own, in adverse weather conditions or without appropriate clothing. 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/20/turista-polaca-resgatada-na-montanha-de-madrugada-ja-em-hipotermia/

 



Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 20th January 2021 by our correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 559 new Covid-19 cases (including the highest number of new cases on a single day), 319 recoveries and 8 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Saturday, there were 117 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain, 1 passenger who had arrived from Switzerland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 113 cases of local transmission), 107 recoveries and 4 deaths. A female Covid-19 patient (aged 38) and two male patients (aged 69 and 71) died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. Another female Covid-19 patient (aged 73) died at home. The number of patients in hospital increased to 71, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 156 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the USA, 1 passenger who had arrived from Luxembourg, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and 148 cases of local transmission) and 65 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital increased to 73, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 148 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Autonomous Region of Azores and 142 cases of local transmission), 66 recoveries and 2 deaths. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 69, although the number of patients in intensive care increased to 3. Two male Covid-19 patients (aged 84 and 89), who had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

And on Tuesday, there were 138 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Lithuania, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 131 cases of local transmission), 81 recoveries and 2 deaths. A 42 year old female Covid-19 patient, who had pre-existing conditions, died at home. In addition, a 91 year male patient, who also had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. The number of patients in hospital increased to 73, 4 of whom are now in intensive care.

There are currently 1,735 active cases, of which 112 were imported while the other 1,623 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 3,777 cases, 2,011 recoveries and 31 deaths.

There are currently 43 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,619 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 73 patients are in Covid-19 units, 4 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 153 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 5,237 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 4,668 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,189 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 149,889 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h00). Overall, 256,866 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 1,088 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, 32,065 calls have been made to this helpline.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico da Direção Regional de Saúde – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira has so far received 2,620 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/16/117-novos-casos-de-covid-19-107-recuperados-71-internados-540-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/16/quatro-mortes-por-covid-19-na-madeira-nas-ultimas-24-horas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/17/1600-casos-activos-de-covid-19-hoje-foi-batido-novo-maximo-diario-com-156-casos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/18/148-novos-casos-de-covid-19-66-recuperados-283-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/18/mais-dois-mortos-com-covid-19-hoje-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/19/138-novos-casos-de-covid-19-dos-quais-apenas-7-sao-importados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/19/madeira-regista-mais-uma-morte-por-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/19/madeira-ultrapassa-uma-trintena-de-mortes-com-covid-19/


Vaccination update

Yesterday, Covid-19 vaccination started on fire service personnel who had been on the priority list for vaccinations. A hundred civil protection professionals from different fire services and the Portuguese Red Cross, who are in charge of transporting Covid-19 patients and suspected patients, were vaccinated. 

Tomorrow (Thursday), 85 healthcare professionals are scheduled to receive the second dose of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine. 

So far, more than 4,400 people have been vaccinated in the Region. Most of them are SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) healthcare professionals and care home residents and professionals, including 152 healthcare professionals from private healthcare providers who had been on the priority list for vaccinations. 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/19/vacinacao-de-bombeiros-iniciou-se-na-regiao-diz-o-governo-regional/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115772/Primeiros_imunes_na_Madeira_no_dia_28


Remarks from the President of the Madeira Regional Government

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, criticised gatherings of people in bars selling poncha over the weekend. He said lots of people were gathering without any protection and without complying with distancing rules. He asked for bar owners and customers to have common sense. He also warned he could strengthen restrictions in bars.

He predicted that Covid-19 cases in the Region will continue to increase this week, as a result of Christmas and New Year. More optimistically, he also practiced Covid-19 cases in the Region will start to decrease in the following weeks.

He also informed that out of the 11,200 antigen rapid tests carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff in educational institutions, only 40 came back positive. In his view, this shows that schools “are a safe place”.

Lastly, he called for the postponement of this Sunday’s Presidential Elections, as result of the strong pressure on the health service and of the current social and economic crisis. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115841/Miguel_Albuquerque_defende_adiamento_das_eleicoes_presidenciais

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115728/Casos_de_covid-19_na_Madeira_deverao_ser_de_crescimento_durante_esta_semana_preve_Miguel_Albuquerque_


Water supply disruptions today

As a result of scheduled work on the water supply chain, there will be water supply disruptions in the parish (freguesia) of São Martinho (it is part of the Municipality of Funchal). The disruptions will take place today, from 15h00 to 18h00 and will affect the following areas:

– Rua da Levada dos Barreiros (between Rua Dr. Pita and Rua Estados Unidos da América)

– Rua da Amoreira

– Rua António Sousa

– Rua da Levada dos Piornais

– Rua da Fundação Zino

– Azinhaga da Casa Branca

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/19/cmf-avisa-para-corte-de-agua-em-sao-martinho/



Madeira Report 16 January 2021

Covid-19 update

There were 357 new Covid-19 cases (including the highest number of new cases on a single day), 135 recoveries and 3 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.
On Wednesday, there were 106 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 102 cases of local transmission), 56 recoveries and 2 deaths. Two female Covid-19 patients (aged 91 and 98), who apparently had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

Six of the new cases were from educational professionals from educational institutions in the municipality of Machico. They had been tested as part of Covid-19 testing on staff from educational institutions in several Madeira municipalities. The number of patients in hospital increased to 64, 9 of whom were in intensive care.
On Thursday, there were 111 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 108 cases of local transmission), 38 recoveries and 1 death. A 67 year old male patient, who was infected with Covid-19, died at home. The number of patients in hospital increased to 67, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 140 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Brazil, 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 134 cases of local transmission) and 41 recoveries. This was the highest ever number of new Covid-19 cases on a single day in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. The number of patients in hospital is still 67, 3 of whom are in intensive care.
There are currently 1,503 active cases, of which 127 were imported while the other 1,376 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 3,218 cases, 1,692 recoveries and 23 deaths.

There are currently 59 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,377 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 67 patients are in Covid-19 units, 3 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.
There are currently 245 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 4,677 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.
At the moment, 5,839 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,289 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 148,718 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h00). Overall, 251,814  samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 907 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, 30,977 calls have been made to this helpline.

The Covid-19 mental health helpline (Linha de Acompanhamento Psicológico do IASAÚDE – 291 212 399 – available every day from 09h00 to 21h00), which was set up to provide emotional and mental support to anyone in Madeira has so far received 2,606 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/13/mais-106-casos-de-covid-19-ha-64-internados-9-dos-quais-nos-cuidados-intensivos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/13/mais-duas-doentes-idosas-morreram-hoje-com-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/14/111-novos-casos-de-covid-19-199-suspeitos-67-internados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/15/recorde-de-casos-diarios-positivos-de-covid-19-na-madeira-140/

Mandatory PCR Test when traveling to Porto Santo

All passengers landing at Porto Santo Airport must present evidence of a negative PCR Test that had been carried out in the previous 72 hours. The Regional Health Directorate (Direcção Regional da Saúde) informed this test must be booked at Unidade de Emergência e Saúde Pública and at least 4 days (96 hours) before arrival. Bookings must be made to Unidade de Emergência e Saúde Pública, by email (saudepublica.drs@madeira.gov.pt). This testing policy will remain in place for as long as ferries between Madeira Island and Porto Santo Island are suspended.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115452/Teste_PCR_obrigatorio_para_desembarcar_no_Porto_Santo

Ban on visits to care homes and residential care homes for children/young people extended until January 31st

The Madeira Regional Government decided to extend the ban on visits to care homes and residential care homes for children and young people (Casas de Acolhimento para Crianças e Jovens) until January 31st. The extension came into force today at 00h00 and will be in place until January 31st at 23h59.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/14/gr-mantem-suspensoes-de-visitas-aos-lares-e-casas-de-acolhimento-ate-31-de-janeiro/

Testing of teaching and non-teaching staff

On Thursday, 580 antigen rapid tests were carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff from educational establishments (352 in the Municipality of Ponta do Sol and 228 in the Municipality of São Vicente).
And on Friday, 270 antigen rapid tests were carried on teaching and non-teaching staff from 5 educational establishments in the Municipality of Santana. All tests came back negative.
As of Friday, more than 11,000 antigen rapid tests had been carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff from educational institutions in several municipalities (Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Porto Santo, Porto Moniz, Santa Cruz, Machico, Calheta, São Vicente and Ponta do Sol) since the start of the testing campaign on January 5th. The Regional Health Service deployed its professionals to carry out this testing campaign.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/14/sesaram-realizou-580-testes-rapidos-na-ponta-do-sol-e-em-sao-vicente/

Covid-19 vaccination to be complete in 2022

As of Thursday, nearly 2,200 healthcare professionals and 800 people from care homes (residents and staff) had been vaccinated.
The vaccination of Madeira’s population is likely to end in 2022. This it the most optimistic prediction. It is estimated 206,000 people, out of a population of 267,000, will be eligible to be vaccinated. This means more than 400,000 vaccine doses will be required. The vaccination campaign will be divided into 3 phases. About 50,000 people are expected to be vaccinated in the 1st phase. The health authorities in Madeira are hoping to receive 14,625 Pfizer vaccine doses at the start of February, to complement the 9,750 doses that had been delivered at the end of 2020.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115360/Covid-19_Vacinacao_na_Regiao_concluida_em_2022

Madeira Shopping opening hours changed

The opening hours of MadeiraShopping were temporarily changed as a result of the current Covid-19 restrictions in Madeira. The new opening hours will be applicable until January 31st and  will be: Monday to Friday (08h00 to 18h00) & Saturdays/Sundays/Bank holidays (08h00 to 17h00).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/14/madeirashopping-adapta-horario-de-funcionamento-ate-dia-31-de-janeiro/

Council of the Madeira Regional Government meetings to be held by video conference

The weekly Thursday meeting of the Council of the Madeira Regional Government will be held by video conference instead of the usual in-person meeting at Quinta Vigia. This will allow each member of the Madeira Executive to take part in the meeting from his/her own office. This decision was taken at a time of stricter Covid-19 restrictions in Madeira.

 

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115158/Conselho_do_Governo_Regional_passa_a_reunir-se_por_videoconferencia_

Potentially dangerous large tree cut down

A large tree at Jardim Municipal do Funchal which appeared to be approaching the end of its life, was cut down by staff from the Municipality of Funchal. Fear of a potential tree fall, similar to the deadly oak tree fall in Monte in2017 (13 people, including 1 French woman and 1 Hungarian woman, were killed and about 100 people were injured), led to this decision. A large tree had also fallen during this month’s storm in Barreirinha and had nearly hit a car that was being driven.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/14/arvore-em-fim-de-vida-cortada-no-jardim-municipal/

Roadworks at Via Litoral

The exit road of Via Litoral at junction 21 (21Santa Cruz– marked in red on the map), heading from Machico to Ribeira Brava, will be closed to traffic on January 19th (Tuesday) from 09h00 to 18h00. This is due to scheduled repair work on the pavement. As a diversion, Via Litoral suggests drivers continue until junction 19 (nó 19Boaventura), where they should exit and then return to VR1 (Ribeira Brava-Machico) and head towards Santa Cruz. All information is available and constantly updated on the following website:

www.vialitoral.com

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115405/Via_Litoral_encerra_dia_19_ramo_de_saida_da_via_rapida_em_Santa_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. These works must not be postponed. The following areas will be affected:

CAMPANÁRIO

19th January – 09h00 to 11h00

– Estrada do Rodes (partial)
– Caminho do Rodes
– Caminho da Corujeira (parcial)
– Caminho de São Bento

 

FUNCHAL

20th January – 00h30 to 07h00

– Caminho de Santa Quitéria
– Travessa de Santa Quitéria
– Travessa do Pinheiro das Voltas
– Travessa das Preces
– Vereda de Santa Quitéria
– Vereda do Cascalho (number 53)
– Vereda do Viana
– Beco das Preces

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/2021/01/16/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-2-2021/

 

 

 

Madeira Report to 13th January 2021 by Daniel Fernando

New restrictions coming into force today

The Madeira Regional Government announced new restrictions due to an increase in Covid-19 cases, which was caused by the new strain that was first detected in the UK and by contacts made at the end of the year.

Failure to comply with these restrictions will be considered a crime of disobedience and punished according to existing legislation.

Curfew/Circulation Ban (until January 31st):

Monday to Friday – 19h00-05h00

Weekends & bank holidays – 18h00-05h00

The following exceptions will apply: 

– Travel for professional reasons (with written evidence);

– Healthcare professionals, professionals from healthcare and social care institutions, civil protection professionals, military personnel, ARAE (Autoridade Regional das Atividades Económicas) inspectors, security forces personnel, diplomatic personnel and clergy;

– Bakery staff (for night shifts – with written evidence)

– For health reasons, emergency shelter of domestic violence or human trafficking victims, to provide care to vulnerable or disabled people, for parental duties and urgent veterinary treatment;

– Journalists are also exempt;

– Travel to the airport to collect or drop passengers;

– Travel by public transport, taxi, TVDE (as long as in compliance with the relevant exceptions)

– For short walks and to walk pets;

– For other reasons as long as they can be shown to be unavoidable or justified

Industrial, commercial and service activities (until January 31st):

Monday to Friday – must close at 18h00

Weekends & Municipal holidays – must close at 17h00

Pharmacies, clinics and veterinaries, services delivering oxygen and medical gas to households, petrol stations (only to fill up vehicles), bakeries, port activities related to the delivery and shipment of containers and their distribution, commercial establishments at Funchal and Porto Santo airports (after passenger security screening) – are exempted from these restrictions.

Restaurants (until January 31st)

Monday to Friday – must close by 18h00. But can be open until 22h00 only for meals to be cooked for home delivery.

Weekends & bank holidays – must close by 17h00.

Only staff tasked with home delivery will be allowed to circulate in public after curfew and until 22h00. They must have the relevant ID and written evidence.

Restaurants/Bars and similar establishments in Funchal and Porto Santo airports (after passenger security screening) and restaurants in tourist resorts and other local accommodation (only to provide meals for guests staying there) – are exempted from the restrictions and can have their normal working hours.

Educational institutions:

In-person school classes (3º Ciclo and Secondary) – suspended from January 13th until January 31st.

In-person school classes (Kindergarten, Nursery Schools, 1º Ciclo, 2º Ciclo, Vocational and Special Needs) – will continue to have in-person teaching.

Public and private universities – advised to adopt remote teaching until January 31st.

All in-person extra-curricular activities – suspended until January 31st.

Sports (until January 31st) – all activities in clubs and sporting infrastructures suspended in all of the Region’s Municipalities (Concelhos) until January 31st. 

Senior Teams who participate in regular national competitions – exempted from these restrictions.

Civil Service – encouraged to work form home whenever possible and justifiable. In-person services to the public will be open between 09h30 and 15h30.

Loja do Cidadão da Madeira (LCM) – Open Monday to Friday (08h300-17h30) & Saturdays (08h30-13h30). Entry will be controlled and conditioned and could be refused to professionals and visitors who do not comply with the sanitary legislation on the use of face masks and access control.

Casinos, Gambling, Lottery and similar establishments (until January 31st)

Weekends (16th, 17th, 23rd, 24th, 30th & 31st January) – must close at 17h00.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/11/governo-restringe-liberdades-de-circulacao-como-resposta-a-pandemia/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115038/Governo_ja_oficializou_restricoes_que_entram_em_vigor_amanha_Saiba_quais


Covid-19 update

There were 391 new Covid-19 cases, 187 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Saturday, there were 115 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 113 cases of local transmission) and 42 recoveries. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 54, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 93 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 88 cases of local transmission) and 47 recoveries. Testing of teaching and non-teaching staff enabled the detection of 4 cases in educational institutions in the municipality of Funchal. The number of patients in hospital increased to 55, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 88 new Covid-19 cases (from 5 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and 81 cases of local transmission), 53 recoveries and 2 deaths. Two female Covid-19 patients (aged 69 and 89), who had pre-existing conditions, died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, Once again, testing of teaching and non-teaching staff enabled the detection of 4 cases in educational institutions in the municipality of Funchal. The number of patients in hospital increased to 58, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 95 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain, 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 89 cases of local transmission) and 45 recoveries. Testing of teaching and non-teaching staff enabled the detection of 1 case at an educational institution in the municipality of Santa Cruz. The number of patients in hospital increased to 61, 7 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,284 active cases, of which 138 were imported while the other 1,146 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 2,861 cases, 1,557 recoveries and 20 deaths.

There are currently 50 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 1,173 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 61 patients are in Covid-19 units, 7 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 287 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 4,321 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 6,908 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,244 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 147,924 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 20h00). Overall, 248,734  samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 1,089 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, 30,070 calls have been made to this helpline.

                                                  

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/09/115-novos-casos-de-covid-19-54-internados-220-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/10/93-novos-casos-de-covid-19-171-novos-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/11/88-novos-casos-de-covid-19-53-recuperados-230-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/11/mais-duas-mortes-por-covid-19-na-madeira-elevam-para-20-o-numero-total-de-obitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/12/95-novos-casos-de-covid-19-ha-61-pessoas-internadas/


Testing of teaching and non-teaching staff

As of Monday, 9,986 antigen rapid tests had been carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff from educational institutions in higher-risk municipalities (Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Porto Santo, Porto Moniz, Santa Cruz and Machico). On Monday, 1,072 antigen rapid tests had been carried out (339 in Funchal and 733 in Machico). The Regional Health Service deployed 25 professionals to carry out this testing campaign.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/12/sesaram-realizou-ontem-1072-testes-no-funchal-e-em-machico/


Vaccination update

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, said the Madeira Regional Government would like to have most of the Region’s population (pregnant women and people up to 18 years old) vaccinated against Covid-19 by the end of the year or the start of 2022. The aim is also for every eligible person to take the 2 vaccine doses.

He informed Madeira had acquired two freezers that enable the storage of all types of Covid-19 vaccines.

Overall, 206,000 inhabitants, out of a population of 267,000, are expected to be vaccinated. There is not enough evidence suggesting women and people up to 18 years old should also be vaccinated.

The Madeira vaccination plan was announced on the 22nd of December, the first vaccine shipment (9,750 doses) arrived at 01h00 on the 31st of December and the firs doses were administer by 10h00. Healthcare and social care professionals, A&E staff, civil protection staff and citizens over 50 years old who have pre-existing conditions are due to be vaccinated in the first phase. About 5% of healthcare professionals do not wish to be vaccinated. It is a statistic that has been decreasing. Pedro Ramos assured “the vaccine is safe, efficient but free and optional”.

He explained Madeira receive vaccines according to its demographic proportion, which is 2.5% of  what Portugal receives in each batch. On the 1st of February, expects to receive 3 boxes with 14,625 doses, which will allow 12,500 people to be vaccinated. Portugal has already purchased vaccines from AstraZeneca and Moderna. The first vaccination phase is expected to last until March or April.

As of January 8th, 1,215 healthcare professionals (out of 5,800) had been vaccinated. A total of 2,400 doses had been assigned for healthcare professionals and an equal number to care home professionals.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114858/Madeira_quer_populacao_vacinada_contra_a_covid-19_ate_ao_inicio_de_2022


Change on bus service availability

As a result of the new Covid-19 restrictions in Madeira, Horários do Funchal (bus company) is increasing the number of bus services between 16h00 and 19h00 while reducing the number of bus services after 21h00. This change is to ensure civil servants, professionals from the private companies that must close by 18h00, students and educational staff have more options for returning home by 19h00. Bus service availability between 19h00 and 21h00 will remain the same. And from 21h00, all there will only be hourly services on each bus service to ensure all professionals who are exempt from curfew rules can return home.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115037/Horarios_do_Funchal_reforca_carreiras_entre_as_16h00_e_as_19h00_e_reduz_servico_a_partir_das_21h00


Madeira Regional Government in favour of the State of Emergency

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, has given his approval to the declaration of the State of Emergency. The President of the Portuguese parliament had asked him to provide the Regional Government’s view on the renewal of the State of Emergency. The Today, the Portuguese parliament is due to deliberate on this.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/115060/Albuquerque_favoravel_ao_estado_de_emergencia



Madeira Report to 9th January 2021 by Daniel Fernando

ADDITIONAL COVID-19 POLICIES IN MADEIRA (applicable during this and the following weekend)

On Thursday, the Madeira Regional Government decided to introduce Covid-19 polices that will be applicable this weekend and in the next weekend. These policies are being implemented in addition to the rules that were included in the previous Situation Report (Situation Report Madeira 2nd-5th January).

Restriction on commercial activity:

Saturdays and Sundays: 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th January 

All commercial establishments must be closed between 17h00 and 08h00, including big commercial enterprises and supermarkets. 

Exceptions: pharmacies, clinics and and petrol stations (only to fill up vehicles) are exempted.

Restaurants/Bars and similar establishments:

Saturdays and Sundays: 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th January 

Must close by 17h00. Due to restrictions on circulation, takeaway and home delivery services will also be closed.

Prohibition of Circulation:

Saturdays and Sundays: 9th, 10th, 16th, 17th January 

No circulation in public spaces or roads between 18h00 and 05h00 (following day)

The following exceptions will apply: 

– Travel for professional reasons (with written evidence);

– Healthcare professionals, professionals from healthcare and social care institutions, civil protection professionals, military personnel, ARAE (Autoridade Regional das Atividades Económicas) inspectors, security forces personnel, diplomatic personnel and clergy;

– For health reasons, emergency shelter of domestic violence or human trafficking victims, to provide care to vulnerable or disabled people, for parental duties and urgent veterinary treatment;

– Journalists are also exempt;

– Travel to the airport to collect or drop passengers;

– Travel by public transport, taxi, TVDE (as long as in compliance with the relevant exceptions)

– For short walks and to walk pets;

– For other reasons as long as they can be shown to be unavoidable or justified

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/07/novas-medidas-de-controlo-da-pandemia/

https://joram.madeira.gov.pt/joram/1serie/Ano%20de%202021/ISerie-001-2021-01-04sup2.pdf


Covid-19 update

There were 278 new Covid-19 cases, 106 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

So far, there have been 2,470 cases, 1,370 recoveries and 18 deaths.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/08/91-novos-casos-de-covid-19-308-suspeitos-56-internados/

On Wednesday, there were 110 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from France, 1 passenger who had arrived from South Africa, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 103 cases of local transmission) and 31 recoveries. All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Testing of teaching and non-teaching school staff from educational institutions in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos enabled the detection of 6 of the new Covid-19 cases. The number of patients in hospital increased to 48, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 77 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from France, 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain, 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela, 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, and 64 cases of local transmission), 39 recoveries and 2 deaths. An 86 year old female patient, who had been hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça since the 4th of January, died from Covid-19. And a 47 year old female patient, who had pre-existing conditions and who had been hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça since the 2nd of January, became Madeira’s youngest fatality from Covid-19.

All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Testing of teaching and non-teaching staff enabled the detection of 4 cases in educational institutions in the municipality of Funchal and of 1 case in an educational institution in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos. The number of patients in hospital increased to 54, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 91 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Belgium, 1 passenger who had arrived from Austria, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 81 cases of local transmission) and 36 recoveries. 

The Municipality of Funchal had the biggest number of new Covid-19 cases (36 new cases). The Municipality of Santa Cruz had 22 new cases, the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos had 18 new cases and the Municipality of Machico had 8 new cases.

Once again, testing of teaching and non-teaching staff enabled the detection of 2 cases in educational institutions in the municipality of Funchal. Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital increased to 56, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 1,082 active cases, of which 181 were imported while the other 901 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 2,192 cases, 1,370 recoveries and 18 deaths.

There are currently 39 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 987 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 56 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 6 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 308 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 3,930 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 9,638 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,378 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 146,426 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h00). Overall, 243,708 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 596 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, 26,981 calls have been made to this helpline.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/06/110-novos-casos-de-covid-19-48-internados-269-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/07/madeira-tem-neste-momento-1027-casos-activos-de-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/07/morreu-mais-uma-doente-com-covid-19-no-funchal/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/07/mulher-com-47-anos-morre-no-funchal-com-covid-19/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114682/Funchal_voltou_hoje_a_ser_o_municipio_mais_afetado_pela_pandemia


26% of all Covid-19 cases detected in the first 7 days of January

The Autonomous Region of Madeira recorded 619 new Covid-19 cases in the first 7 days of January. This alarming statistic represents 26% of all Covid-19 cases that have been detected in Madeira. On average, there were 88.4 new cases in the first 7 days of January. There had been 967 new Covid-19 cases in December, which were more than half (54.9%) of the cases detected in the Region in 2020. As for deaths, 12 deaths had occurred in December, 2 had occurred in November and 4 occurred in the first 7 days of 2021. These data show the extent of the worsening pandemic situation in Madeira in the last 2 months.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114632/Covid-19_Madeira_regista_em_apenas_sete_dias_26_dos_casos_desde_inicio_da_pandemia


One infected patient feared to have caused the spread of Covid-19 in Porto Moniz

There are suspicions that one infected patient, whose professional duties required plenty of close contact with other people, was responsible for worsening the epidemiological situation in the municipality of Porto Moniz. On Wednesday, there were 19 active cases in the municipality and dozens of people, including some famous people, had been forced to go into isolation. Many of the infected patients belong to the same family. The regional education authorities ordered the closure of schools in the municipality.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114417/Apenas_um_infetado_propagou_o_virus_no_Porto_Moniz


Update on testing of teaching and non-teaching school staff

On Wednesday, 1,573 antigen rapid tests were carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff from schools in the municipality of Funchal. On Friday, 1,190 antigen rapid tests were carried out in the municipality of Funchal and 454 in the municipality of Ribeira Brava. Today, testing will be carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff from educational institutions in the municipalities of Funchal and Porto Santo.

Teaching and non-teaching staff from educational institutions in high-risk municipalities (Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Porto Santo and Porto Moniz) must be tested for Covid-19. The regional health service is in charge of the testing campaign and 25 healthcare professionals have been assigned for this task.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114439/SESARAM_realizou_1573_testes_rapidos_no_Funchal

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114674/_SESARAM_realizou_1642_testes_no_Funchal_e_Ribeira_Brava


Vaccination update

As of Thursday (at 15h00), 1,215 healthcare professionals (384 doctor and 581 nurses) from the regional health service had been vaccinated against Covid-19. The number of vaccines available is shaping the vaccination campaign. A total of 9,750 vaccine doses were delivered to the Region as part of the first vaccination phase.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114510/1215_profissionais_de_saude_do_Servico_Regional_vacinados_contra_a_covid-19


Municipality of Funchal invested €20,000 in sanitary equipment 

The Municipality of Funchal (Câmara Municipal do Funchal) invested nearly €20,000 in the acquisition of medical and personal protection equipment for its staff. A total of 60,000 disposable gloves, 40,000 disposable face masks, 500 disposable paediatric face masks, 500 FFP3 face masks, 2,500 units of hand-sanitiser gel and 2,000 units of liquid disinfectant for surfaces were purchased.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114626/CMF_investe_20_mil_euros_em_material_sanitario_para_os_servicos_camararios_


Adverse weather in Madeira

Bad weather in Madeira in the last few days caused 96 reports of occurrences such as fallen trees, floods and landslides throughout the island. There were no injuries or fatalities. Clean up work was underway on the entire north shore.

Yesterday, snowfall on higher ground forced the closure of ER202, between Poiso and Pico do Areeiro, to prevent the population from reaching these areas and to prevent difficulties for them.

Yesterday, two Madeira-bound easyJet flights, one from Lisbon and another from Porto, were forced to divert to Lisbon and Porto Santo as a result of bad weather that was affecting the area around Funchal Airport. A Binter flight from Porto Santo to Funchal, which had been due to depart at 07h30, was cancelled.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114614/Depressao_Filomena_causou_96_ocorrencias_na_Madeira_sem_danos_humanos_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114599/Limpezas_decorrem_por_toda_a_costa_norte

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114585/Temporal_Dois_voos_divergidos_e_um_cancelado


Map showing road closures and traffic disruptions

The following website provides information on road closures and traffic disruptions caused by recent adverse weather and other reasons such as roadworks or work on the water supply network. The information is updated by DRE (Direcção Regional de Estradas – Regional Directorate of Roads).

Below is a translation of some key words that appear on the map:

Encerramento de Trânsito – Road Closure

Condicionamento de Trânsito – Traffic Disruption

Encerrada/Encerrado – Closed

Aberto/Aberta – Open

Nome da via – road name

Data Encerramento – Date of road closure

Localização – Location

Entre o/a….e o/a…. – Between….and….

Estado – Current status

Coordenadas – Coordinates

Descrição – Description

Justificação – Reason/Cause

https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1286XqfwjxGF2JgDIrl3_gmiOouk&ll=32.7586081386092%2C-16.963461932811377&z=11

List of road closures and disruptions:

The following website provides a list of all road closures and disruptions on Estradas Regionais (ER – Regional Roads).

Below is a translation of some key words that appear on the list:

Estradas encerradas devido às más condições meteorológicas – Roads closed as a result of adverse weather

Com o trânsito condicionado encontram-se as seguintes Estradas Regionais em consequência das más condições meteorológicas – Regional Roads (Estradas Regionais) with traffic disruptions as a result of adverse weather

Estradas Regionais encerradas devido à queda de neve – Regional Roads (Estradas Regionais) closed as a result of snowfall

Estradas Regionais condicionadas devido à queda de neve – Regional Roads (Estradas Regionais) with traffic disruptions as a result of snow fall

Secção – Section

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/08/desobstrucao-de-zonas-afectadas-prossegue-no-fim-de-semana/


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

12th January – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua do Campo do Marítimo (numbers 29 and 31-A)

12th & 15th January – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho de S. Quitéria

– Travessa de S. Quitéria

– Travessa do Pinheiro das Voltas

– Travessa das Preces

– Beco das Preces

– Vereda de S. Quitéria

– Vereda do Cascalho (number 53)

– Vereda do Viana

13h January – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho de Água de Mel

– Rua da Ribeira de Santana

– Travessa de Água de Mel

– Beco de Água de Mel (numbers 2 to 14)

14h January – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada Monumental (number 239)

14h January – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho do Trapiche (numbers 149 too 176)

– Caminho da Barreira

– Vereda do Camacho

SÃO JORGE (SANTANA)

13th January – 09h30 to 12h30

– Sítio da Ribeira Funda

– Caminho do Lombo

CANIÇAL (MACHICO)

14th January – 09h00 to 12h00

– Sítio da Banda do Silva

– Sítio da Cerca

– Sítio das Feiteirinhas

– Sítio de Entre Águas

– Estrada de São Lourenço (number 172)

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/2021/01/09/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-1-2021/

 



Madeira Report to 6th January 2021 by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 356 new Covid-19 cases, 139 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Saturday, there were 65 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Spain, 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from the USA, 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 54 cases of local transmission) and 28 recoveries. All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 38, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 99 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Brazil, 1 passenger who had arrived from Brazil, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 93 cases of local transmission) and 34 recoveries. This was the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in a single day in the Region. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital increased to 45, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 110 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 2 passengers who had arrived from South Africa, 1 passenger who had arrived from Nigeria, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain, 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 96 cases of local transmission), 31 recoveries and 2 deaths. An 86 year old female patient and an 83 year old male patient died in hospital from Covid-19.

The record for the highest number of new Covid-19 cases in a single day in the Region was broken for the second consecutive day.. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital decreased. The number of patients in hospital increased once again. There were 49 patients in hospital, 5 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 82 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Greece, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 3 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 73 cases of local transmission) and 46 recoveries. Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 46, 6 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 912 active cases, of which 175 were imported while the other 737 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 2,192 cases, 1,264 recoveries and 16 deaths.

There are currently 39 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 827 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 46 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 6 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 261 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 3,652 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 13,207 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,498 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 144,826 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h00). Overall, 239,811 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 998 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, 26,385 calls have been made to this helpline.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/02/65-novos-casos-de-covid-19-175-suspeitos-28-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/03/99-novos-casos-de-covid-19-45-pessoas-em-internamento/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/04/numero-de-novos-infectados-com-covid-19-e-hoje-de-110/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/04/numero-de-novos-infectados-com-covid-19-e-hoje-de-110/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114237/Madeira_regista_mais_uma_morte_por_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114252/Mais_uma_morte_na_Madeira_devido_a_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/05/912-casos-activos-na-regiao-neste-momento/


New Covid-19 policies

The Madeira Regional Government held an emergency meeting on Sunday and decided to implement the following policies (will be applicable until January 15th at 23h59):

Remote working – The regional civil service will reduce to the absolute minimum the amount of work carried in the office and will opt for remote working whenever possible. This measure will be in place until January 15th.

Care Homes – All visits are suspended until January 15th. Testing and vaccination of staff and residents will continue and staff will be prevented from working in different care homes as much as possible.

Circulation in public – It is prohibited between 23h00 and 05h00. 

The following exceptions apply: 

– Travel for professional reasons;

– Healthcare professionals, professionals from healthcare and social care institutions, civil protection professionals, military personnel, ARAE (Autoridade Regional das Atividades Económicas) inspectors, security forces personnel, diplomatic personnel and clergy;

– For health reasons, emergency shelter of domestic violence or human trafficking victims, to provide care to vulnerable or disabled people, for parental duties and urgent veterinary treatment;

– Journalists are also exempt;

– Travel to the airport to collect or drop passengers;

– For short walks and to walk pets;

Bars and restaurants – Bars and restaurants must close by 22h30. This is also applicable to takeaways and restaurants in big commercial surfaces.

Gatherings – maximum of 5 people (in public areas, commercial areas and restaurants and bars) unless they are from the same households.

Non-professional sport – Current rules will be applicable until January 18th.

More monitoring – The authorities will keep monitoring to ensure compliance with the rules in the entire Region. 

https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Governo-Regional-Madeira/ctl/Read/mid/4829/InformacaoId/69254/UnidadeOrganicaId/2/CatalogoId/0

https://www.madeira.gov.pt/Governo-Regional-Madeira/ctl/Read/mid/4829/InformacaoId/69254/UnidadeOrganicaId/2/CatalogoId/0


New rules for passengers arriving in the Region

The following passengers arriving in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are exempt from being tested on arrival:

– Passengers who show a document certified by a Doctor and issued in the previous 90 days stating the passenger has recovered from Covid-19

– Passengers who show a document confirming the passenger was vaccinated against Covid-19 in accordance with the vaccination plan and having complied with the expected activation period. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114239/Passageiros_com_documento_medico_ou_vacinados_contra_a_covid-19_nao_terao_de_fazer_teste_a_chegada


New Covid-19 ward being built at Hospital dos Marmeleiros

The exponential increase of Covid-19 cases in Madeira has led the Madeira Regional Government to set up a Covid-19 wards in other hospitals. Work is currently underway to transform an entire floor at Hospital dos Marmeleiros into a Covid-19 ward. Hospital dos Marmeleiros will have 72 beds for Covid-19 patients. This will complement Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, which as 100 beds.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114316/Governo_prepara_um_piso_nos_Marmeleiros_para_doentes_covid


Vaccination update

Vaccination in Madeira’s care homes started yesterday. A total of 29 residents and 21 members of staff from Lar Bela Vista, in Funchal, were vaccinated. 

Overall, 1,015 vaccine doses have been administered (965 on healthcare professionals and 50 on care home residents and staff).

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, announced the expected arrival of a further 14,000 vaccine doses means Madeira will have received 25,000 vaccine doses by February 1st. He added the Region will receive 2,5% of all vaccine doses purchased by Portugal.

So far, Miguel Albuquerque is happy with the vaccination process in Madeira. However, his only issue is the lack of enough doses of the vaccine. He explained that although an average of 200 vaccinations have taken place everyday, he hopes to ramp up vaccination if the additional 14,000 vaccine doses arrive before February. He is also hopeful that all care home residents will have been vaccinated within a week.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114293/Madeira_totaliza_25_mil_doses_ate_1_de_fevereiro

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114323/Vacinacao_ja_comecou_nos_lares_da_Regiao

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/05/912-casos-activos-na-regiao-neste-momento/


Rapid testing in schools

All teaching and non-teaching staff of schools in high-risk or higher-risk municipalities (Funchal, Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava and Porto Santo) will be tested for Covid-19. About 100,000 antigen rapid test kits were acquired and 21 healthcare professionals were deployed.

Testing started yesterday, with 1,007 tests being carried out on teaching and non-teaching staff from schools in the municipality of Câmara de Lobos. An additional 1,500 rapid tests are due to be carried out today on teaching and non-teaching staff from schools in the Funchal municipality. It is hoped 6,495 people will have been tested by Saturday, with testing taking place at Escola Profissional Dr. Francisco Fernandes, in São Martinho. Teaching and non-teaching staff from schools in Ribeira Brava are scheduled to be tested on the 8th of January at Escola Padre Manuel Álvares. There is still no scheduled date for 160 teaching and non-teaching staff from schools in Porto Santo to be tested. 

Testing in all schools is being carried out because it is possible that cases could increase after the reopening of schools. Schools are due to reopen pending the test results. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114333/Mais_de_mil_testes_rapidos_efetuados_hoje_em_Camara_de_Lobos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114252/Mais_uma_morte_na_Madeira_devido_a_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114297/Ate_sabado_sao_testados_6495_docentes_e_nao_docentes


Renewal of the State of Emergency 

Miguel Albuquerque gave his approval to the renewal of the State of Emergency in Portugal, after being asked by the Presidency of the Portuguese Parliament to provide his view on this issue. The Portuguese President had proposed to Parliament the renewal of the State of Emergency.

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2021/1/5/245363-miguel-albuquerque-deu-parecer-favoravel-a-renovacao-do-estado-de-emergencia/


Appeal for information on missing German tourist

Jascha Hardenberg (aged 28) went missing on a mountain in Calheta (Rocha Vermelha trail) on the 29th of December. His relatives spoke to Rádio Calheta and asked for news of his disappearance to be spread more widely. They also asked anyone who has any information to contact the Police (PSP).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114211/Familia_de_jovem_alemao_apela_a_difusao_da_noticia_do_seu_desaparecimento

 



Madeira 30th December to 1st January 2021 by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 216 new Covid-19 cases, 80 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Wednesday, there were 67 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Slovakia, 5 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 60 cases of local transmission), 19 recoveries and 1 death. All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital increased to 37, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 73 new Covid-19 cases (from 6 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 3 passengers who had arrived from France, 3 passengers who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 passenger who had arrived from Brazil, 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain, 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Azores and 49 cases of local transmission), 30 recoveries and 1 death. A 65 year old female patient, who had been in hospital since the 16th of December, became Madeira’s 14th fatality from Covid-19. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital increased to 44, 3 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 76 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from Venezuela, 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from France, 1 passenger who had arrived from Russia, 10 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 58 cases of local transmission) and 31 recoveries. This was the highest number of Covid-19 cases in a single day in Madeira. Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital decreased. There were was 40 hospitalised patients, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 697 active cases, of which 177 were imported while the other 520 cases were a result of local transmission. There are 51 transmission chains but there isn’t any community transmission. More than 70 cases were detected in December, after the mandatory 2nd Covid-19 test had been carried out. This led Miguel Albuquerque, to ask for prophylactic isolation to be mandatory between the 1st and 2nd Covid-19 test. So far, there have been 1,836 cases, 1,125 recoveries and 14 deaths.

There are currently 32 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 625 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 40 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 4 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 168 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 3,296 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 142,202 samples had been collected until Friday (at 20h00). Overall, 232,951 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

At the moment, 23,874 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,253 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and of Porto Santo.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 1,144 calls from Sunday to Friday. Overall, 25,387 calls have been made to this helpline.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/30/madeira-com-novo-recorde-67-novos-casos-de-covid-19-e-mais-uma-morte-em-24-horas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/31/2020-termina-na-madeira-com-recorde-diario-73-novos-casos-de-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/31/14a-morte-por-covid-19-na-ram-no-ultimo-dia-de-2020/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/01/76-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-no-primeiro-dia-de-2021/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113973/Albuquerque_diz_que_primeira_leva_de_vacinas_e_destinada_a_Saude_e_Protecao_Civil


Sanitary cordon and lockdown warning

The regional government and health authorities have not ruled the introduction of new restrictions, including sanitary cordons and even a new lockdown in January, if the pandemic situation worsens. And Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, demanded compliance with prophylactic measures. He reminded that non-compliance with isolation requirements led to an outbreak in Ribeira Brava, where at least 30 Covid-19 cases have been linked to a pig slaughter event that had not complied with Covid-19 rules. Several Portuguese expats, who had arrived from the UK, attended the event and appeared not to have complied with isolation requirements and other Covid-19 rules. They have been identified by the health authorities. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113942/Governo_admite_novo_confinamento_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113974/Albuquerque_pondera_cercas_sanitarias_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113899/Matanca_do_porco_ja_vai_em_cerca_de_30_casos_positivos


Covid-19 vaccine arrived in Madeira

The first shipment of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine arrived at Cristiano Ronaldo Airport (Funchal) on Wednesday evening, at 23h45. The 10 boxes, containing 9,750 vaccine doses, arrived on TAP flight 1693 and were then taken to Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary), Herberto Jesus (Regional Health Director) and several members of staff witnessed the arrival of the vaccine at the hospital. The PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Security Police) provided heavy security during the delivery of the vaccines in Madeira. The vaccines will be stored in special fridges in a secure and restricted area of the hospital. On Friday, a Portuguese Air Force aircraft shipped some vaccine doses to Porto Santo so that 30 frontline workers could be vaccinated. A second shipment of 14,625 vaccine doses is scheduled to arrive in the Region at the start of February. The Oxford-AstraZeneca and Moderna Covid-19 vaccines are also likely to become available.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113937/Covid-19_Primeiras_vacinas_da_Pfizer_ja_estao_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113939/Covid-19_Secretario_e_diretor_regional_da_Saude_na_chegada_das_vacinas_ao_hospital

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113938/Covid-19_PSP_acompanha_esperanca_contra_a_pandemia_ate_o_hospital_dr_Nelio_Mendonca

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113973/Albuquerque_diz_que_primeira_leva_de_vacinas_e_destinada_a_Saude_e_Protecao_Civil

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114018/Veja_como_decorreu_o_inicio_da_vacinacao_contra_a_covid-19_no_Porto_Santo_com_imagens

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114016/30_profissionais_da_linha_da_frente_do_Porto_Santo_recebem_vacina_contra_a_covid-19


First Covid-19 vaccines administered in Madeira

The first Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine doses were administered in Madeira on Thursday morning at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The first vaccine doses were administered to 5 frontline professionals: Pedro Balsa (doctor), João Caires (nurse in the Covid-19 unit), Ana Silva (Operational Assistant in airport screening), Ludivina Freitas (Diagnosis Technician and Clinical Analysis Therapist at the SESARAM laboratory) and Adérito Delgado (SESARAM ambulance crew). Susana Pedro, one of the five nurses who administered the vaccine to the first 5 healthcare professionals, said this was one of the highlights of her career and said there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) and Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) witnessed the start of the vaccination in Madeira. A total of 85 people were scheduled to be vaccinated on Thursday and 180 were scheduled to be vaccinated on Friday. The first vaccine doses were administered in Porto Santo on Friday. Miguel Albuquerque, Pedro Ramos, Herberto Jesus (Regional Health Director) and Rafaela Fernandes (SESARAM President) flew to Porto Santo on the same Air Force flight that carried the vaccine in order to witness the start of the Covid-19 vaccination on the golden island.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/31/principiaram-hoje-as-vacinacoes-no-sesaram/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113972/Madeira_ja_comecou_vacinacao_contra_a_covid-19_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113968/Ha_uma_luz_ao_fundo_do_tunel_diz_enfermeira_antes_da_administracao_da_primeira_vacina

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113966/Covid-19_265_pessoas_serao_vacinadas_entre_hoje_e_amanha_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113973/Albuquerque_diz_que_primeira_leva_de_vacinas_e_destinada_a_Saude_e_Protecao_Civil

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114016/30_profissionais_da_linha_da_frente_do_Porto_Santo_recebem_vacina_contra_a_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114018/Veja_como_decorreu_o_inicio_da_vacinacao_contra_a_covid-19_no_Porto_Santo_com_imagens


Travellers to Porto Santo to be tested on the 5th day

Miguel Albuquerque informed that passengers arriving in Porto Santo must be tested on the 5th day after arrival. This is because in January it will only be possible to travel to Porto Santo by airplane.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114020/Viajantes_nos_voos_para_o_Porto_Santo_fazem_teste_ao_quinto_dia


Search for missing German tourist

Police (PSP) are investigating the disappearance of a 28 year old German tourist in a forest in Calheta. The tourist went missing on Tuesday. He had called a friend at about 14h00 to warn him that he had become lost on a trail in Rabaçal. A search and rescue operation was launched at about 20h00, which was when the authorities had been informed of his disappearance. The entire area was searched by the Fire Service, Forest Police (Polícia Florestal) and the Police (PSP). The search and rescue operation was called off on Thursday and the PSP took over the investigation.

https://tvi24.iol.pt/sociedade/turistas/caso-do-turista-desaparecido-em-area-florestal-na-madeira-passa-para-tutela-da-psp


New Year celebrations

Thousands of people witnessed the 8-minute long New Year firework display in Funchal. The Regional Government had set up specific areas where people could have watched it. The designated areas, known as “bolsas” were clearly marked and separated, where up to 5 people (preferably from the same family) could have stood while complying with social distancing and the use of face masks. The 2,060 designated areas had a maximum capacity of 10,300 people. It is thought that around 25,000 people from outside the Region, such as returning university students, tourists and expats, had attended the celebrations. Three cruise ships, carrying 1,400 people, were in the Funchal bay during the fireworks display. All bars in Funchal closed at 1am.

Miguel Albuquerque expressed his gratefulness for the “exemplary behaviour” of the Region’s population during the New Year celebrations. He said people watching the New Year firework display in downtown Funchal and in viewpoints had rigorously complied with the Covid-19 rules. 

A video and some photos of the New Year firework display can be watched on the following website: https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114006/E_foi_assim_a_despedida_de_um_ano_para_esquecer_com_video_e_fotos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114021/Albuquerque_agradece_comportamento_exemplar_da_populacao_na_passagem_de_ano

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114010/Madeira_assinalou_passagem_de_ano_com_oito_minutos_de_fogo_de_artificio


First baby of 2021 in Madeira

Maria Leonor was the first baby to have been born in Madeira in 2021. She was born at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça on the 1st of January, at 12h53, and weighed 3,425 Kg. Both baby and mother are doing well. Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) visited the hospital to deliver the first Kit Bebé (Baby Kit) card to her father. The card has the baby’s name, is worth €500, was introduced in 2019 to promote an increase in the regional birth rate and is given to all children who are born at this hospital and in private health clinics in the Region. It can be used until the child’s 1st birthday, It can be used for the purchase of goods, such as medication, vaccines that are not included in the National Vaccination Plan (Plano Nacional de Vacinação), which are crucial to a baby’s well-being, health, safety and growth. These goods can be purchased at any pharmacy in the Region. So far, more than 3,500 families have been given a Kit Bebé card.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2021/01/01/primeiro-bebe-do-ano-chama-se-maria-leonor/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/114034/_Secretario_regional_da_Saude_entregou_o_1_cartao_Kit_Bebe_de_2021


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

5th January – 09h00 to 12h00 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Travessa do Tanque (numbers 18 to 51)

– Beco do Abrigo de Nossa Senhora de Fátima (number 16)

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/2021/01/02/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-100-2020/



Madeira 28th and 29th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 107 new Covid-19 cases and 37 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Monday, there were 47 new Covid-19 cases (from 6 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Luxembourg, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 passenger who had arrived from France, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 35 cases of local transmission) and 23 recoveries. All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 27, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 60 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from France, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain, 6 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 49 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. Most cases had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Epidemiological investigations were still taking place. The number of patients in hospital increased to 35, 4 of whom are in intensive care.

There are currently 563 active cases, of which 163 were imported while the other 400 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 1,620 cases, 1,045 recoveries and 12 deaths.

There are currently 55 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 473 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 35 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 4 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 120 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 3,080 suspected cases.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 140,223 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h00). Overall, 228,399 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

At the moment, 26,653 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,185 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/28/47-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-116-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/29/60-novos-casos-de-covid-19-ha-35-pessoas-internadas-no-hospital/


Rules for New Year firework display

Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, asked people and not to leave their homes to watch the New Year firework display in Funchal. The firework display can be watched on RTP-Madeira (TV channel) and on naminhaterra.com (online TV channel).

However, there are still ways for people to watch the firework display outside their homes. The Regional Government will set up specific areas where people can watch it. Designated areas, known as “bolsas” will be set up and clearly marked and separated, where up to 5 people (preferably from the same family) can stand. Social distancing and the use of face masks will be mandatory. There will be 2,060 designated areas, where as many as 10,300 people will be allowed to watch the firework display.

 The designated areas (“bolsas”) will be located in the following places:

– Praça CR7

– Avenida Sá Carneiro

– Avenida do Mar

– Miradouro da Nazaré (Nazaré Viewpoint) & miradouro das Neves (Das Neves viewpoint) – access will be controlled and limited to 380 people

– Miradouro Pico dos Barcelos (Pico dos Barcelos Viewpoint) – up to 515 people

On the 31st of December, bars and restaurants can be open until 1am on the 1st of January.

Three cruise ships will be on the bay of Funchal, where 1,400 passengers will watch the firework display without disembarking.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113741/Governo_pede_para_os_madeirenses_verem_o_fogo_em_casa

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/29/ja-comecaram-as-ser-desenhadas-no-chao-as-mais-de-2-mil-bolsas-para-ver-o-fogo/


More details on the new Covid-19 variant detected in Madeira

It was revealed that 18 Covid-19 patients were infected with the new variant that had been initially detected in the UK. One of the patients had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region while the remaining 17 had arrived from the UK. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, assured that all these passengers had been taken into isolation after their arrival and had complied with the prophylactic isolation requirement. The Madeira health authorities had sent 21 samples for analysis at Instituto Ricardo Jorge. More samples are due to be sent to the same institution.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/28/vacinas-devem-chegar-a-31-18-infectados-com-a-nova-estirpe-do-coronavirus/


Vaccine arrival

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, said he was not sure if the vaccines will arrive today or tomorrow. The vaccines had been due to arrive on Monday. Nevertheless, he assured that everything is ready so that vaccines can be defrosted in just 6 hours and administered. He also informed that a representative from Pfizer is in Madeira to provide training on the vaccine and its administering.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/28/vacinas-devem-chegar-a-31-18-infectados-com-a-nova-estirpe-do-coronavirus/


British couple refused entry into Madeira

On Sunday, a British couple who had arrived in Madeira via Bucharest, refused to be tested for Covid-19 and to go into isolation. As a result, they were refused entry into the Region and were deported.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/28/vacinas-devem-chegar-a-31-18-infectados-com-a-nova-estirpe-do-coronavirus/

https://observador.pt/2020/12/28/covid-19-madeira-nao-sabe-ainda-quando-ira-receber-vacinas/

 



Madeira Report 23rd – 27th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 224 new Covid-19 cases, 77 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Wednesday, there were 54 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Switzerland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 50 cases of local transmission), 10 recoveries and 1 death. A 64 year old male, who was infected with Covid-19, died at his home after having had a cardiac arrest. He became Madeira’s 11th fatality with Covid-19.

All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Three of the new cases were from 3 healthcare professionals, 1 of whom was linked to a positive case from outside a professional context. The number of patients in hospital increased to 22, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 38 new Covid-19 cases (from 8 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Angola, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 passenger who had arrived from Switzerland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 26 cases of local transmission) and 10 recoveries. 

All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital increased to 25, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Friday, there were 48 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 3 passengers who had arrived from Spain, 5 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 36 cases of local transmission) and 26 recoveries.

All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital increased once again. There were was 29 hospitalised patients, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Saturday, there were 35 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from France, 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Switzerland, 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 23 cases of local transmission), 17 recoveries and 1 death. A 91 year old female patient, who had been in hospital since the 21st of December, became Madeira’s 12th fatality from Covid-19.

All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 27, 2 of whom were in intensive care.

And on Sunday, there were 49 new Covid-19 cases (from 7 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 35 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries.

Most cases had already been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Epidemiological investigations were still taking place. As for the new cases, 15 were identified (13 residents and 2 members of staff) after contact tracing in a private long-term healthcare unit where a new case had been identified on Saturday. The number of patients in hospital increased to 30, 4 of whom are in intensive care.

There are currently 493 active cases, of which 145 were imported while the other 348 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 1,513 cases, 1,008 recoveries and 12 deaths.

There are currently 61 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 402 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 30 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 4 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 244 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Sunday, there had been 2,973 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 138,212 samples had been collected until Sunday (at 19h00). Overall, 224,244 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

At the moment, 26,653 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 2,185 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 1,326 calls from Tuesday to Sunday. Overall, 24,243 calls have been made to this helpline.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/23/recorde-de-54-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-madeira-em-24-horas/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113415/Madeira_regista_11ª_morte_com_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/24/38-novos-casos-de-covid-19-114-casos-suspeitos-10-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/25/48-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-160-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/26/madeira-com-35-novos-casos-positivos-e-uma-morte-por-covid-19-nas-ultimas-24-horas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/26/madeira-regista-mais-uma-morte-por-covid-19-sendo-agora-12-as-vitimas-mortais/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/27/49-novos-casos-de-covid-19-244-suspeitos-14-recuperados/

Important information on 2nd Covid-19 test 

Unidade de Emergência de Saúde Pública (UESP – Public Health Emergency Unit) informed that if passengers, who are on their 4th day after arrival in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, have not been contacted to book a 2nd Covid-19 (SARS-Cov-2) test, they can call the following numbers: 966 735 594 or 969 381 326. Tests can take place from 09h00 until 21h00.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/23/informacao-sobre-testes-covid-19-na-ram/

Proof of prophylactic isolation

The Regional Health Directorate informed that proof of prophylactic isolation can be requested though the following website:

http://apps.iasaude.pt/S-Alerta/COVID19/DIP/

This form can be used to justify absence from the workplace as a result of prophylactic isolation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113498/Saiba_onde_pode_pedir_a_sua_declaracao_se_estiver_em_Isolamento_profilatico_na_Regiao__

New Covid-19 variant detected in Madeira

On Sunday, it was confirmed the new Covid-19 variant, which had spread throughout the UK, was detected in passengers who had arrived from the UK. The Regional Health Directorate (Direção Regional de Saúde) had sent samples from Covid-19 patients for genomic sequencing at Instituto Nacional de Saúde Doutor Ricardo Jorge.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113634/Confirmada_a_presenca_da_nova_estirpe_do_virus_do_Reino_Unido_na_Madeira

Covid-19 vaccination in Madeira

The Autonomous Region of Madeira will receive 400,000 vaccine doses. Senior citizens, people with certain pathologies and healthcare professionals will be among the first to be vaccinated. This means 50,000 people are expected to be vaccinated in the 1st phase, 50,000 people in the 2nd phase and 100,000 people in the 3rd phase.

The 1st phase is likely to start before the new year. Although 9,750  Pfizer vaccine doses were originally scheduled to arrive in Madeira in the first week of January, they have arrived in the mainland earlier than expected and are likely to arrive in the Region today. 

Military and security forces, under coordination by Comando Operacional da Madeira (Madeira Operational Command), led by Admiral João Dores Aresta, will be responsible for the delivery of the vaccine to the Region. 

Today, SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) healthcare professionals will be provided training on administering the vaccine. Vaccination will be optional and free of charge. The vaccine must be administered twice.

From today, a Covid-19 vaccination helpline (800 210 263 – available from 09h00 to 20h00 – for administrative support) and email address (vacinacao@sesaram.pt – for queries and vaccination bookings) are available. 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/23/madeira-tera-tres-fases-de-administracao-da-vacina-contra-a-covid-19/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/23/linha-regional-de-apoio-a-vacinacao-covid-19-operacional-a-partir-de-28-de-dezembro/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113592/Vacinacao_arranca_na_Madeira_antes_do_fim_do_ano

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113455/Covid-19_Idosos_doentes_e_profissionais_de_saude_sao_os_primeiros_a_receber_a_vacina_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113495/Covid-19_Comando_Operacional_vai_coordenar_transporte_da_vacina_na_RAM

SESARAM provided medical treatment and psychological assistance after Northern Madeira floods

Several residents were unable to leave their homes as a result of the floods that hit the Municipality of São Vicente. As a result, SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) covered the dialysis treatments of 4 citizens who had been affected by the floods. The Fire Service helped some of these patients leave their homes and provided transport so they could receive treatment. SESARAM also made inquiries to assess the needs of other patients, particularly in regards to the provision of medication. 

A team of SESARAM psychologists was also deployed to provide psychological support to those who were affected by the floods. This team can be contacted by calling the São Vicente Health Centre (Centro de Saúde de São Vicente – 291 840 065).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/26/sesaram-responde-aos-doentes-da-ponta-delgada-e-proporciona-apoio-psicologico/

Clean up after Christmas Day floods

Most roads in Ponta Delgada, apart from Lombinho (due to reopen today), have been reopened to traffic. However, drivers are asked to be cautious because there is still some damage and cleaning and repair work is still underway. Drivers are advised to drive in affected roads only in case of extreme need.

Two days after the floods, the sunny weather in Ponta Delgada helped to speed up the removal of debris from roads and homes. Water supplies have been mostly restored. However, Miguel Freitas, President of the Parish (Freguesia) of Ponta Delgada, said the most worrying situation is access to the higher areas of the parish, particularly the 3 Lombadas.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113662/Acessibilidades_repostas_na_Ponta_Delgada_com_excecao_do_sitio_do_Lombinho

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113662/Acessibilidades_repostas_na_Ponta_Delgada_com_excecao_do_sitio_do_Lombinho

Cruise ships arriving in Madeira

In more cheerful news, the cruise ship Mein Schiff 3 will be sailing along the Funchal bay during the New Year celebrations. The ship is currently approaching Porto Santo and will stay in the Region until the first minutes of January. In addition, the cruise ship MS Europa 2from Hapag Lloyd Cruise Lines, is scheduled to sail around Madeira after the New Year fireworks. None of the ships will be docking in Funchal.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113644/Mein_Schiff_3_chega_esta_noite_MS_Europa_2_esta_a_caminho



Madeira Reports 19th – 22nd December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 142 new Covid-19 cases, 96 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. The majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Saturday, there were 43 new Covid-19 cases (from 11 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from France and 31 cases of local transmission) and 26 recoveries.

All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. One of the new cases was from a member of staff of a care home. The number of patients in hospital increased to 19, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 31 new Covid-19 cases (from 10 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy, 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 14 cases of local transmission), 19 recoveries and 1 death. A 97 year old female patient, who had several pre-existing conditions, became Madeira’s 9th fatality from Covid-19.

All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Among the new cases of local transmission, 1 was from a hospitalised patient and 1 was from a healthcare professional who had contact with an infected person outside work. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 16, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Monday, there were 26 new Covid-19 cases (from 7 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Central Portugal and 17 cases of local transmission), 23 recoveries and 1 death. An 80 year old female patient, who had several pre-existing conditions and who had been in hospital since the 11th of December, died from Covid-19.

All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Among the new cases of local transmission, 1 was from a SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) healthcare professional, 2 were residents from a private care home where there had already been Covid-19 cases. The number of patients in hospital was 16, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

And on Tuesday, there were 42 new Covid cases (from 9 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 3 who had arrived from Venezuela, 2 who had arrived from Mexico, 1 who had arrived from the Netherlands, 1 who had arrived from Angola, 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 25 cases of local transmission and 28 recoveries. So far, most cases of local transmission have been linked to previously identified cases or contacts. One of the new cases of local transmission was from a SESARAM healthcare professional who had contact with an infected person outside work. The number of patients in hospital increased to 23, 1 of whom is intensive care.

There are currently 348 active cases, of which 110 were imported while the other 238 cases were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 1,289 cases, 931 recoveries and 10 deaths.

There are currently 36 patients in isolation in a dedicated hotel, 289 patients in isolation in their own accommodation and 23 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 1 of whom is in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 145 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, which are all linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 2,749 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 130,661 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 20h00). Overall, 213,157 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

At the moment, 22,097 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. The number of visitors under monitoring more than doubled in the last week, which reflects the increase in the number of passengers who have been arriving in the Madeira archipelago. There are also 1,940 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) has so far received 22,917 calls.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/19/43-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-63-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/20/31-novos-casos-131-novos-casos-suspeitos-de-covid-19-na-regiao/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/20/morreu-mais-uma-doente-com-covid-19-na-madeira-ja-sao-nove/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/madeira-soma-10-mortos-com-covid-19-hoje-ha-26-novos-casos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/22/42-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mais-145-casos-suspeitos/


Mandatory testing for UK arrivals

The Madeira Regional Government informed that all travellers arriving in the Region from the UK (only Portuguese citizens or foreign nationals legally resident and their relatives can travel to Portugal) who do not have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test must be tested on arrival. While awaiting for the test results, they must also remain in prophylactic isolation in their own accommodation or in a hotel requisitioned by the Regional Government. They must also be tested for a second time, between the 5th and 7th day after the 1st test had been carried out, and must remain in prophylactic isolation in their own home or accommodation.

https://observador.pt/2020/12/21/covid-19-viajantes-do-reino-unido-sem-testes-negativos-a-chegada-a-madeira-obrigados-a-dupla-testagem/

https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal?fbclid=IwAR3jGDUNjcmCIve_OHQ5hSiMM3aDoRkRXy16MUvy9nTy8CSrnFzhw4Pyc0s


President of Madeira Regional Government criticised treatment of BA passengers

Miguel Albuquerque said it was very unpleasant that passengers on a British Airways flight that had landed in Funchal had been forced by SEF (Serviço de Estrangeiros e Fronteiras – Portuguese Immigration and Borders Service) to stay aboard the aircraft for about 3 hours, despite the fact an airport room had been arranged where passengers would have been more comfortable while waiting for the outcome of their situation. The flight had been carrying more than 40 passengers who are not Madeira residents. He made it clear this situation is not compatible with Madeira’s welcoming tradition.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/caso-do-aviao-britanico-tudo-isto-foi-muito-desagradavel/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113280/Covid-19_Proibicao_do_desembarque_de_43_passageiros_ingleses_foi_excesso_de_zelo


Genetic sequencing to be carried out

The Madeira Regional Government will carry out genetic sequencing to check if a more aggressive variant of Covid-19, which was first spotted in the UK, is present in Madeira. The research will be carried out in cooperation with Instituto Ricardo Jorge.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113278/Governo_vai_fazer_analise_genetica_para_ver_se_variante_detetada_no_Reino_Unido_esteve_ou_esta_na_Madeira


9,750 Covid-19 vaccine doses to arrive in the first week of January

Miguel Albuquerque informed that the 9,750 doses of the new Covid-19 vaccine are due to arrive in the Region in the first week of January. The fridges that will be used to store the vaccine arrived in the Region last week and are ready to be used. Albuquerque assured that Madeira and Porto Santo have all the necessary conditions for the vaccine storage, logistics and administration. He added that the regional team in charge of the vaccine rollout have been in regular contact with the national vaccine task force.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/9750-vacinas-contra-a-covid-19-deverao-chegar-em-janeiro/


New Year fireworks display to go ahead

Miguel Albuquerque insisted the planned New Year fireworks display will ahead. Viewpoints, squares and Avenida do Mar will be monitored to ensure compliance with social distancing. Bars, restaurants and other similar places must close at 1am on the 1st of January and customers should return home while avoiding gatherings. He added that each person must behave responsibly and that people either comply with the rules, ensuring a controlled situation in January or do not comply with the rules and the consequences will not be good.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/fogo-de-fim-de-ano-esta-programado-e-vai-ser-dado/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113287/Albuquerque_diz_que_locais_mais_procurados__para_ver_o_fogo_de_artificio_vao_ser_alvo_de_controlo_apertado


Appeal for compliance with Covid-19 rules

Miguel Albuquerque appealed for every person to comply with social distancing rules, hand hygiene, the use of face masks, otherwise there will be a big price to pay. He advised families to avoid meals with people from other households, to avoid unnecessary travel and to be very careful when meeting with older relatives. He reminded that this is currently the most dangerous period and that more must not be demanded from the healthcare teams.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/albuquerque-nao-ha-ate-agora-transmissao-comunitaria/


Non-compliance with mandatory isolation

There have been reports of students who had arrived in Madeira from outside the Region and who had not complied with mandatory isolation. For instance, some students were spotted meeting relatives and friends even before the results of the first Covid-19 had been known. Reacting to this, Miguel Albuquerque said it was an absolutely irresponsible situation and that the police must take action whenever such situations are known.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113280/Covid-19_Proibicao_do_desembarque_de_43_passageiros_ingleses_foi_excesso_de_zelo


Big supermarkets and shopping centres threatened with closure

Miguel Albuquerque said bars and restaurants are now complying with the Covid-19 rules after a period of time when this was not happening. On the other hand, he showed his frustration with the situation in big supermarkets and shopping centres. He had visited one and had witnessed large numbers of customers doing Christmas shopping while not complying with temperature measuring, social distancing and other rules. He warned there could be a big price to pay as far as public health is concerned. He added that Madeira can not afford to jeopardise everything now that the vaccine is due to arrive. He also issued a final warning to big supermarkets and shopping centres, threatening to close them if they do not comply with maximum capacity limits and other Covid-19 rules. To aid in monitoring capacity limits, Madeira Shopping security guards have been provided an app that allows them to check how many people are inside the premises.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/miguel-albuquerque-agastado-com-as-grandes-superficies-comerciais/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113362/Aplicacao_permite_ver_quantas_pessoas_circulam_no_Madeira_Shopping


Madeira testing capacity

Miguel Albuquerque stressed that Madeira’s testing capacity has been constantly improved and adjusted as necessary. At the moment, the SESARAM laboratory is capable of processing over 2,000 tests per day. In contrast, at the start of the pandemic it was only capable of processing 50 tests per day.  He praised the laboratory for its performance. He also revealed that as of Sunday, 46,513 Covid-19 tests had been carried out in the Portuguese mainland on passengers that had been due to travel to Madeira. As a result, 252 tests came back positive, which meant Madeira managed to prevent the arrival of dozens of infected travellers. Furthermore, the mandatory second Covid-19 test, carried out between the 5th and 7th day after the arrival of passenger in Madeira, has enabled the detection of 11 Covid-19 cases. As of Monday, 6,011 second Covid-19 tests had been booked since the 2nd of December.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/miguel-albuquerque-agastado-com-as-grandes-superficies-comerciais/

Number of Covid-19 beds can be doubled within 24h

Miguel Albuquerque informed that the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça has 65 beds, 20 of which are currently being used. The Covid-19 unit for suspected cases has 25 beds, 10 of which are currently being used. He assured that if necessary, the number of beds in both units can be doubled within 24 hours. He also said that a new Covid-19 unit, with 12 negative pressure rooms, will be set up below the Accident & Emergency department in the first fortnight of January 2021.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/miguel-albuquerque-agastado-com-as-grandes-superficies-comerciais/


Additional measures introduced after outbreaks in care homes and healthcare providers

In response to Covid-19 outbreaks in care homes and healthcare providers, Miguel Albuquerque said additional measures were taken. These include the ban on long visits, more testing of professionals, residents and visitors and the restriction on professionals to move between different health centres and care homes.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/21/miguel-albuquerque-agastado-com-as-grandes-superficies-comerciais/



Madeira Report 16th – 18th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 59 new Covid-19 cases, 68 recoveries and 2 deaths from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Once again, the vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Wednesday, there were 24 new Covid-19 cases (from 6 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 16 cases of local transmission), 17 recoveries and 1 death. An 87 year old female patient became Madeira’s 7th fatality from Covid-19. She had several pre-existing conditions and been hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit since December 3rd.

All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Two of the new cases were from hospitalised patients who had been tested for Covid-19 while in hospital and 2 were from social care (1 beneficiary and 1 member of staff). There were 14 patients in hospital, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 18 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland and 13 cases of local transmission) and 32 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases or contacts. Among the new cases of local transmission, 4 were from hospitalised patients and 1 was from a healthcare professional at SESARAM (Madeira Health Service). The number of patients in hospital increased to 18, 1 of whom was in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 17 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy and 16 cases of local transmission), 19 recoveries and 1 death. A 92 year old female patient, who had several pre-existing conditions, died in hospital. Her death means Madeira has 8 deaths from Covid-19.

As of Friday, there have been 1,147 cases, 835 recoveries and 8 deaths.

The following data is from Thursday, as no updated figures were provided on Friday:

On Thursday, there were 307 active cases, of which 72 were imported while the other 235 cases were a result of local transmission. Also, 44 cases were from non-residents while 263 were from Madeira residents.

On Thursday, there were 35 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 253 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 18 patients in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 1 of whom was in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 122,036 samples had been collected until Thursday (at 18h30). Overall, 201,117 samples had been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Also on Thursday, 12,103 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There were also 1,986 people, who had contact with positive cases, being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) had received 446 calls from Tuesday to Thursday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline was 21,413.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/16/24-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-66-suspeitos-e-mais-uma-morte/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/16/mais-uma-vitima-idosa-da-covid-19-na-madeira-eleva-numero-de-mortes-para-sete/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/17/mais-18-casos-de-covid-19-129-novos-casos-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113073/Faleceu_mais_um_doente_covid_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113069/Madeira_com_mais_17_novos_casos_e_apenas_um_importado

New Covid-19 prevention measures to be announced on Monday

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, will hold a press conference on Monday at 17h00. He will comment on the outcome of the measures that had been  previously implemented and will also announce new measures that will be applicable during the Christmas and New Year period.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113013/Covid-19_Miguel_Albuquerque_anuncia_novas_medidas_de_prevencao_na_segunda-feira

Students, teachers and school staff tribute to healthcare professionals

On Thursday morning, students, teachers and staff from Escola Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia paid tribute to the SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) professionals. The Madeira Education, Science and Technology Secretary was in attendance. The school courtyard is in front of Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça and the group launched balloons and sang Christmas songs. In response, the healthcare professionals thanked the group for their gesture. A video of the tribute can be watched on the following website:

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/112819/Veja_aqui_a_bonita_homenagem_que_a_escola_Horacio_Bento_de_Gouveia_prestou_ao_SESARAM__Video

Motorcycle group made donation to food bank

Bikers from a motorcycle group (Guardiões da Madeira Moto Clube) visited the Banco Alimentar da Madeira warehouse, where they delivered a donation of food. Carlos Ventura, the founder of this motorcycle group, said the current social and economic crisis is a source of great concern to its bikers and hope this donation will help the Region in the fight against hunger. Fátima Aveiro, the director of Banco Alimentar da Madeira, hosted the group and expressed her gratitude for the donation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/113065/Motards_solidarios_com_o_Banco_Alimentar_da_Madeira

Tourism in Madeira in better performance than the rest of the country

Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, said Madeira has been having more success than other Portuguese tourists destinations. He said Madeira has been losing fewer tourists than other destinations in Portugal (Madeira had a reduction of 63% while Lisbon Airport had a reduction of 80%). Eduardo Jesus said the resilience of Madeira’s businesspeople had helped to provide trust in Madeira as a safe destination. He added that the Regional Government has been doing everything possible for tourism to recover and to provide support to the tourism sector.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/112978/Madeira_tem_registado_desempenho_turistico_melhor_do_que_o_pais

Regional Government to donate 10 patrol cars to the PSP

Pedro Calado, the Vice-President of the Madeira Regional Government, will preside over the handover ceremony of 10 patrol cars to the PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Safety Police). The donation is based on a collaboration protocol signed between the Autonomous Region of Madeira, through the Vice-Presidency of the Madeira Regional Government and Parliamentary Affairs (Assuntos Parlamentares), and the PSP. As a result of this protocol, 1 all-terrain search and weather vehicle, 4 900cc motorbikes, 6 125cc motorbikes, search and rescue and mountain rescue equipment (individual and collective), 2 emergency lighting systems, 1 laser radar and 2 sound level meters have been provided to the PSP.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/112970/Governo_Regional_vai_entregar_10_carros_patrulha_a_PSP

 

Madeira Situation Report 16th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 63 new Covid-19 cases, 56 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Once again, the vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Wednesday, there were 29 new Covid-19 cases and 20 recoveries. All new cases were cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases. Five of the new cases were from children, aged 8-15, who attend schools in the municipalities of Funchal, Machico and Santa Cruz;  1 new case was from a healthcare professional from SESARAM (Madeira Health Service); 5 new cases were from social care professionals (1 who works in the Municipality of Santa Cruz, 1 who works in the Municipality of Funchal and 3 who work at an institution in the Municipality of Funchal); and 2 of the new cases were from professionals working for the Municipality of Funchal. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 13 and 4 of whom were in intensive care.

On Thursday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (from 7 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 8 cases of local transmission), 22 recoveries and 1 death. 

An 80 year old female patient, who had several pre-existing conditions and had been in the Covid-19 unit of Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça since the 6th of December, became Madeira’s 3rd fatality from Covid-19. The office of Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) expressed its deepest condolences to her grieving family. 

Most new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases. One of the new cases was from an adult who works at an educational institution in Funchal. Another new case was from a social care professional working in the Municipality of Funchal. There were 13 patients in hospital and 4 of them were in intensive care.

And on Friday, there were 19 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 16 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases. Among the new cases of local transmission, 3 were from children, aged 4-10, who attend educational institutions in the municipalities of Machico and Santa Cruz; 1 was from an adult who works at another educational institution in the Municipality of Machico; 2 were from 2 patients who were already hospitalised in SESARAM and 1 was from a healthcare professional who works in public and private healthcare providers. The number of patients in hospital increased to 14, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 265 active cases, of which 54 were imported while the other 211 cases were a result of local transmission. Also, 28 cases are from non-residents while 237 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 997 cases, 729 recoveries and 3 deaths.

There are currently 16 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 235 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 14 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 4 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

At the moment, 8,347 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,868 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

There are currently 194 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, of which 1 was identified through airport screening while the remaining 193 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 2,457 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 116,012 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h30). Overall, 190,134 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 623 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 20,302. 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/09/29-novos-casos-de-covid-19-130-novos-suspeitos-ha-4-internados-nos-cuidados-intensivos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/10/mais-15-casos-de-covid-19-e-143-novos-suspeitos-no-dia-em-que-se-verificou-mais-uma-morte/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/10/morreu-mais-uma-doente-com-covid-19-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/11/mais-19-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-quase-200-novos-casos-suspeitos/

 


Madeira recognised by IHF’s Beyond the Call of Duty for Covid-19

The International Hospital Federation has recognised Madeira for its integrated response to the Covid-19 pandemic. It praised the Regional Secretariat for Heath and Civil Protection for having adopted an approach that “showed that early and decisive action is crucial to fight a pandemic”. Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, said this award is an international recognition for all the work carried out to fight the Covid-19 pandemic in the Region and is a source of pride for all healthcare and civil protection professionals who took part in this integrated response.

The Beyond Call of Duty for Covid-19 award was also awarded to several other Portuguese hospitals:

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/15/distincao-internacional-para-resposta-integrada-a-covid-19-na-ram/


Day care centres ordered to close as a Covid-19 prevention measure

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, has ordered day care centres to close from Friday onwards in order to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Although he said the existence of Covid-19 cases in a hospital setting means the virus reaches hospitals and care homes, he stressed the sanitary authorities are still in control of the transmission chains and testing is ongoing. He added that from today care home professionals will not be allowed to work in different care homes. Care home visits will still be possible while taking all precautions. Miguel Albuquerque said an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases is to be expected and reinforced the need to control the transmission chains.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/15/albuquerque-diz-que-centros-de-dia-vao-fechar-como-prevencao-contra-a-covid-19/


Municipality of Ribeira Brava delivering 3,150 face masks to students

Yesterday, the Municipality of Ribeira Brava started the delivery of 3,150 face masks to students from educational institutions in the municipality. Each student from 1º Ciclo, 2º Ciclo, 3º Ciclo and Secondary School will receive 2 face masks, made from textiles and by professionals from the Region. The aim of this measure is to make young people more aware of what needs to be done to fight Covid-19 in the Region, particularly in the Municipality of Ribeira Brava. This includes the use of face masks, frequent hand washing and disinfection, social distancing and respiratory etiquette. The correct use of a face mask is crucial to prevent the spread of Covid-19. This is why the municipality decided to deliver 2 face masks to each student, so that each mask can be used and replaced according to the instructions. Young people were also encouraged to be Public Health agents and to encourage their relatives to comply with all Covid-19 guidelines.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/15/ribeira-brava-inicia-distribuicao-de-cerca-de-3150-mascaras-a-alunos/


More firefighters and Covid-19 equipment for Porto Santo Fire Service 

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, was in Porto Santo, where he took part in the swear-in ceremony of 12 new Firefighters and in the delivery of new equipment for the Porto Santo Fire Service. There are now 42 civil protection professionals. The Porto Santo Fire Service also received a BIO-BAG EBV – 30/40IN-CH capsule, a pioneering equipment that enables patients with infectious diseases, namely Covid-19, to be safely transported. Pedro Ramos highlighted the role of the Porto Santo Fire Service and expressed the importance of reinforcing its operational capacity not only through the provision of more equipment but also through professional recognition and training of its staff. He also explained that investment in civil protection has been a reality and stated that the Regional Government has invested more than €22M in the current Regional Government term.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/12/porto-santo-reforcado-com-a-entrada-de-uma-duzia-de-bombeiros/


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 27th of December, for travel between the 11th of January and the 28th of February 2021. Fares will start at €72,86 for flights to the Canary Islands on Wednesdays. 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://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/15/binter-avanca-com-promocao-para-voar-entre-a-madeira-e-as-canarias/


Water supply disruptions

There will be water supply disruptions in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobs, to allow for scheduled work to be carried out in the water supply network in order to prevent water leaks. The disruption will affect the following areas:

17th December (09h00 to 13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Ribeiro Leal, Lourencinha and Fajã) & Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Covão, Panasqueira and Vargem)

17th December (11h00 to 15h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Fajã, Palmeira and Torre)

18th December (09h00 to 13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Saraiva)

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/13/arm-alerta-para-interrupcao-no-fornecimento-de-agua-em-camara-de-lobos/



Madeira Report 12th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 63 new Covid-19 cases, 56 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Once again, the vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.
On Wednesday, there were 29 new Covid-19 cases and 20 recoveries. All new cases were cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases. Five of the new cases were from children, aged 8-15, who attend schools in the municipalities of Funchal, Machico and Santa Cruz;  1 new case was from a healthcare professional from SESARAM (Madeira Health Service); 5 new cases were from social care professionals (1 who works in the Municipality of Santa Cruz, 1 who works in the Municipality of Funchal and 3 who work at an institution in the Municipality of Funchal); and 2 of the new cases were from professionals working for the Municipality of Funchal. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 13 and 4 of whom were in intensive care.
On Thursday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (from 7 passengers who had arrived from outside the UK and 8 cases of local transmission), 22 recoveries and 1 death.

An 80 year old female patient, who had several pre-existing conditions and had been in the Covid-19 unit of Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça since the 6th of December, became Madeira’s 3rd fatality from Covid-19. The office of Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) expressed its deepest condolences to her grieving family. Most new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases. One of the new cases was from an adult who works at an educational institution in Funchal. Another new case was from a social care professional working in the Municipality of Funchal. There were 13 patients in hospital and 4 of them were in intensive care.
And on Friday, there were 19 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 16 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. Most cases of local transmission had already been linked to previously identified cases. Among the new cases of local transmission, 3 were from children, aged 4-10, who attend educational institutions in the municipalities of Machico and Santa Cruz; 1 was from an adult who works at another educational institution in the Municipality of Machico; 2 were from 2 patients who were already hospitalised in SESARAM and 1 was from a healthcare professional who works in public and private healthcare providers. The number of patients in hospital increased to 14, 4 of whom were in intensive care.

There are currently 265 active cases, of which 54 were imported while the other 211 cases were a result of local transmission. Also, 28 cases are from non-residents while 237 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 934 cases, 729 recoveries and 3 deaths. There are currently 16 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 235 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 14 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 4 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit. At the moment, 8,347 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,868 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.
There are currently 194 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, of which 1 was identified through airport screening while the remaining 193 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 2,457 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed. As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 116,012 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h30). Overall, 190,134 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 623 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 20,302.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/09/29-novos-casos-de-covid-19-130-novos-suspeitos-ha-4-internados-nos-cuidados-intensivos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/10/mais-15-casos-de-covid-19-e-143-novos-suspeitos-no-dia-em-que-se-verificou-mais-uma-morte/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/10/morreu-mais-uma-doente-com-covid-19-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/11/mais-19-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-quase-200-novos-casos-suspeitos/

 

Remarks from the President of the Madeira Regional Government on the pandemic

On Wednesday, Miguel Albuquerque ruled out, once again, the creation of a sanitary cordon in Machico. He argued a sanitary cordon will only be imposed the situation gets “out of control” and there is community transmission. He also said he had received classified information pointing to the increase of cases in Machico and reinforced the view that Madeira is currently facing one of the most complicated phases and a period of great risk. He appealed for the Covid-19 rules to be fully complied with and warned there will be rigorous inspections to check compliance with them on bars and restaurants. He specifically asked business owners to be very careful and to ensure compliance with social distancing rules, to prevent gatherings, to ensure hand hygiene and the use of face masks. Miguel Albuquerque also said that although a recent outbreak at Santa Casa da Misericórdia had been brought under control, it could have been much worse. He added that all transmission chains have been identified, which means there is no need for sanitary cordons to be imposed. However, he guaranteed he will not hesitate to impose a new lockdown if Madeira starts to face a situation of active community transmission even if it means disrupting the Christmas and New Year celebrations.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/112093/Albuquerque_rejeita_cerca_sanitaria_em_Machico_mas_avisa_que_havera_fiscalizacao_rigorosa

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/112350/Confinamento_na_Madeira_nao_esta_fora_de_hipotese

Warning on fake phone calls to elderly residents

The Municipality of Santa Cruz has issued a warning about fake phone calls being made to several elderly residents. The fake callers have been telling elderly residents to head towards a van that is supposedly parked next to the the football pitch (campo de Futebol das Faias) in Achada de Gaula, in order to be tested for Covid-19. The Municipality made several contacts, including to the local health authorities, and confirmed that this information is false. The aim of these fake calls is not known and the Municipality has warned the population to be alert and not to head to the aforementioned place.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/09/camara-de-santa-cruz-alerta-para-telefonemas-falsos/

Air Force airlifted 8 patients in the last week

From the 30th of November until the 6th of December, the Portuguese Air Force airlifted 8 patients for urgent medical treatment. A total of 5 patients were airlifted within the Azores, 1 from the Azores to the Mainland, 1 within Madeira and 1 from Madeira to the Mainland. The Air Force used C-295M aircraft from 502 Squadron “Elefantes“, Falcon 50 aircraft from 504 Squadron “Linces” and EH-101 Merlin helicopters from 751 Squadron “Pumas” to carry out these missions, which had a total flight time of 21h35.
https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/112164/Forca_Aerea_transporta_oito_doentes_na_ultima_semana_

Disruptions due to public works

The Municipality of Funchal announced the following traffic disruptions will take place, due to public works, on the 14th of December:
Modernisation of the water supply network at Caminho de Santo António, scheduled to last until the 4th of January 2021:
– Caminho de Santo António (between Rua Nova do Pico de São João and Rua das Maravilhas) to be cordoned off, except for residents;
– Access to Caminho de Santo António from Travessa da Cruz de Carvalho to be cordoned off, except for residents:
– Drivers at Levada de São and Travessão de São João, heading towards Caminho de Santo António, will be diverted to Rua das Maravilhas

Road resurfacing at Caminho da Igreja, in São Gonçalo, scheduled to last until the 16th of December:
– Caminho da Igreja (between Rua Conde Carvalhal and Caminho da Bica de Pau) cordoned off for road traffic, except for residents;
– Bus service number 37 (Horários do Funchal bus company) – heading upwards will head through Rua Conde Carvalhal towards Estrada da Camacha and will then resume its scheduled route & heading downwards will head through Estrada da Camacha towards Rua Conde Carvalhal and will then resume its scheduled route.
https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/11/cmf-avisa-para-condicionamentos-devidos-a-obras-publicas/

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
15th December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00
– Estrada do Lombo chão (numbers 31 to 51)
– Vereda das Balseiras (numbers 9, 11 and 37)
– Impasse das Balceiras

16th December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00
– Estrada da Fajã dos Cardos (numbers 95, 99 and 101)
– Vereda da Fajã dos Cardos (number 21-A)
– Vereda da Fajã do Capitão
– Vereda da Beira do Palheiro

ARCO DA CALHETA
16th December – 10h00 to 12h00
– Sítio do Pinheiro

CANHAS
16th December – 10h00 to 12h00
– SítIo do Pomar; Sítio da Levada do Poso (including britadeira AFA); Sítio das Eiras; Sítio do Chope; Sítio da Cova grande; Sítio da Malhadinha (including britadeira)
– Parque Empresarial dos Canhas
– Vacaria
– 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.
https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/12/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-97-2020/

 

 

 

Madeira Report Wednesday 9th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 76 new Covid-19 cases and 43 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Once again, the vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission.

On Saturday, there were 11 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Russia, 1 who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from Venezuela and 7 cases of local transmission) and 7 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases. The number of patients in hospital increased to 11 although none were in intensive care.

On Sunday, there were 23 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from outside the UK, 2 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 2 who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 17 cases of local transmission) and 11 recoveries. Four children, 3 of whom from educational establishments in the municipalities of Funchal and Machico, and 2 healthcare professionals from SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) were among the new cases. The number of patients in hospital increased to 13, with 2 of them being in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

On Monday, there were 29 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Romania and 28 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. Seven children from schools in the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos, Funchal and Machico and 3 professionals from the security and military forces were among the new cases of local transmission. Most cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases and 1 was still under epidemiological investigation. The number of patients in hospital increased to 17, with 3 of them going into the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

And on Tuesday, there were 13 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 who had arrived from Poland, 1 who arrived from Germany, 1 who had arrived from Venezuela and 9 cases of local transmission) and 11 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases. Among the new cases of local transmission, 1 was from a child who attends an educational establishment in the municipality of Funchal, 2 were from adults who work at an educational establishment in the municipality of Machico, 1 was from a healthcare professional who works in health and social care in both private and public sector and 1 was from an adult who works for the Municipality of Funchal. The number of patients in hospital decreased to 14, 3 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

There are currently 259 active cases, of which 50 were imported and identified through airport screening while the other 209 cases were a result of local transmission. Also, 29 cases are from non-residents while 230 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 934 cases, 673 recoveries and 2 deaths.

There are currently 23 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 222 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 14 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, 3 of whom are in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit..

At the moment, 8,087 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,503 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

There are currently 203 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, of which 10 were identified through airport screening while the remaining 193 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Tuesday, there had been 2,394 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 113,979 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h30). Overall, 187,197 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 654 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 19,679. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111800/Covid-19_Madeira_regista_hoje_11_novos_casos_sendo_7_de_transmissao_local

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111801/Covid-19_Doentes_internados_passam_a_ser_11

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/06/23-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-ram-319-suspeitos-13-internados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/07/mais-29-casos-de-covid-19-os-internados-sao-ja-17-143-novos-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/08/mais-13-casos-activos-203-novos-casos-suspeitos-de-covid-19/


12 Madeiran companies donated more than 1.7 Tonnes of food to Food Bank

Banco Alimentar da Madeira (the Madeira branch of Banco Alimentar – one of the most famous food banks in Portugal) received a donation of 1,773 Kg of food through Operation Christmas Tonne (Operação Tonelada de Natal). This donation by 12 Madeiran companies aims to reinforce the effort to respond to an increasing number of requests for help. Fátima Aveiro, the leader of Banco Alimentar da Madeira praised the “commendable” attitude of these companies, which have also been facing their own troubles. She explained a regular volunteer to the institution had challenged this group of businesspeople to join forces to collect food to donate. Despite this sizeable donation, she explained the importance of increasing the number of donations.

The increase in unemployment highlights the urgent need to help whoever has lost their livelihoods as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. She added that Banco Alimentar da Madeira needs plenty of food to be donated because it is not known how the pandemic situation will develop. According to her, the number of requests for help increased by more than 100% in comparison with the period before the pandemic. At the moment, 8.500 families in the Autonomous Region of Madeira are being supported by Banco Alimentar da Madeira. All food donated to Banco Alimentar da Madeira is distributed to several institutions in the region which subsequently deliver it to families in need.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111834/12_empresas_madeirenses_doam_mais_de_17_toneladas_a_Banco_Alimentar


Two people arrested for drug trafficking

The Regional Command of PSP Madeira (Comando Regional da Polícia de Segurança Pública da Madeira) announced the arrest of two males, aged 30 (from the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos) and 32 (from the Municipality of Funchal), for hashish and heroin trafficking. 

One of the men was arrested on the 5th of December at his home, where Police seized 5 cannabis plants and dried cannabis leaves that were ready for consumption weighing 286.30 grams. He is subject to a statement of identity and residence. 

The other man was arrested in the early hours of Sunday after being stopped in a traffic stop and attempting to escape. Police seized 396 doses of hashish, 376 doses of cocaine, a digital scale, a motorbike and a wide range of equipment for use in illegal trafficking of drugs. He was remanded in police custody while waiting to appear at court.

The Regional Command of PSP Madeira reiterated its commitment to fight against drug trafficking and highlighted that the Câmara de Lobos Police Division has already made 21 arrests for drug trafficking this year.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/07/psp-deteve-dois-individuos-por-trafico-de-haxixe-e-cocaina/


Volunteers invited to help clean coastal areas in Porto Santo

The project “Porto Santo Sem Lixo Marinho” (Porto Santo Without Marine Litter) will be taking place from the 14th to the 19th of December. The aim of this project is to clean coastal areas and even streams and other areas that contribute to the build-up of potential marine litter. If you are interested in helping, you must gather a group of people from your family or friends (maximum 5 people), choose a day and time you are all available, choose the place where you would like to help, sign up for the project and head to the city hall (Câmara Municipal de Porto Santo) to collect the cleaning equipment. Applications can be made until the 11th of December at 12h30 by sending an email to rubinabrito@cm-portosanto.pt

Below is a translation of the application form:

Ficha de Inscrição – Application Form

Local da limpeza – Place to clean up 

Coordenadas GPS (não obrigatório) – GPS coordinates (not required)

Nome Participante – Name of the volunteer

Data de Nascimento – Date of birth

Nº do Cartão Cidadão – Citizen Card Number (Passport number may also be accepted)

NIF – Tax Number (perhaps not required)

Morada – Address

Código Postal – Post Code

Localidade – Location

Contacto Telefónico – Phone number

Endereço de E-Mail – Email address

https://cm-portosanto.pt/porto-santo-sem-lixo-marinho-2/


Water supply disruptions

As a result of scheduled work on the water supply chain, there will be water supply disruptions in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos. The following areas will be affected:

– 9th December (from 09h00 to 13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Nogueira and Pedregal) & Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Garachico)

– 9th December (from 11h00 to 15h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Nogueira)

– 10th December (from 09h00 to 13h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Nogueira and Pedregal)

http://www.aguasdamadeira.com.pt/noticias.aspx?n=200#.X9BswS10cWo


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

10th December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho de São Roque (numbers 1 to 84-A)

11th December – 00h00 to 07h00

– Caminho do Monte (numbers 155 to 240)

– Caminho dos Pocinhos

– Caminho da Lombada (numbers 49 to 54)

– Caminho das Lajinhas (numbers 3 to 28)

– Caminho do Desterro (until number 62)

– Caminho da Confeiteira (number 1)

– Caminho das Babosas (numbers 8 to 10)

– Azinhaga da Cancela (number 39)

– Largo das Babosas

– Beco do Pereira

– Vereda das Quintas (until number 33)

– Vereda do Cabeço (numbers 3 and 7)

CÂMARA DE LOBOS

10th December – 09h00 to 11h00

– Estrada de Santa Clara (between even number 174 and odd number 203)

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/2020/12/05/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-95-2020/



Madeira Situation Report 5th December by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 60 new Covid-19 cases and 38 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Once again, the vast majority of new cases were cases of local transmission. On Friday, Madeira registered the highest ever number of new Covid-19 cases in a single day.

On Wednesday, all 13 new Covid-19 cases were cases of local transmission. One of the cases was from a healthcare professional working in the private sector. There were also 10 recoveries.

On Thursday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 13 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. All new cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases and 3 of them were from children (aged 5-12) attending schools in the municipalities of Funchal and Câmara de Lobos.

And on Friday, there were 32 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 31 cases of local transmission) and 14 recoveries. Most cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases while 3 are still under epidemiological investigation. Five of the new cases were from children (aged 2-16) with 4 of them attending schools in the municipalities of Funchal and Machico. One of the cases was from an adult who works at the same school in the municipality of Machico.

There are currently 226 active cases, of which 42 were imported and identified through airport screening while the other 184 cases were a result of local transmission. Also, 27 cases are from non-residents while 177 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 858 cases, 630 recoveries and 2 deaths.

There are currently 27 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 190 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 9 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

At the moment, 6,252 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,259 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

There are currently 136 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, of which 8 were identified through airport screening while the remaining 128 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM (Madeira Regional Health Service). As of Friday, there had been 2,2318 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 111,841 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h30). Overall, 181,370 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 517 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 19,025. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111518/Madeira_com_mais_13_novos_casos_de_transmissao_local

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111610/Madeira_com_mais_15_novos_casos_13_de_transmissao_local

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/04/32-novos-casos-de-covid-19-136-suspeitos-actualmente-ha-9-internados-no-hospital/


53,000 rapid antigen tests available in Madeira

Yesterday, The Portuguese Air Force delivered a batch of 50,000 Covid-19 rapid antigen tests. Madeira had already received 3,000 rapid antigen tests last week. The health authorities hope to use these tests in very specific contexts, namely in situations in which the risks are known, in order to quickly identify and isolate positive cases. These tests can be processed without using any laboratory equipment and at the same place where the sample is collected.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111609/53_mil_testes_rapidos_de_antigenios_ja_estao_na_Madeira


Remarks from Miguel Albuquerque

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, expressed approval for the renewal of the State of Emergency, said Madeira is facing “the most critical complicated, risky and difficult moment” in the pandemic and advised young people to very careful. He warned young people can also develop complications from Covid-19. He is also worried that people have still not understood that this year’s festivities must be celebrated in a different way. 

As for the Covid-19 vaccine, he remains confident that the vaccine task force will present a “thoroughly structured plan” in due time. He confirmed the Region will receive 200,000 vaccine doses and said Covid-19 vaccination in Madeira is likely to begin at the start of 2021. He refused to commit to a specific date so as not to raise expectations.

He also praised Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission, for having ordered vaccine supplies for all European Union countries despite Public Health not being an area of competence for the EU. He argued her intervention not only prevented a race and a dispute for the vaccine but also ensured equal treatment for all member-states.

On a lighter note, Miguel Albuquerque praised the Christmas lights that were set up in Funchal and highlighted the technological innovations, particularly at Largo do Chafariz.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/04/miguel-albuquerque-da-parecer-favoravel-a-renovacao-do-estado-de-emergencia/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111607/Albuquerque_elogia_iluminacoes_e_reforca_apelo_a_contencao_dos_madeirenses

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2020/12/3/241425-albuquerque-resfria-expectativas-sobre-uma-rapida-vacinacao/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111550/Albuquerque_alerta_jovens_que_a_covid_pode_trazer_consequencias_graves_nao_apenas_para_os_idosos


Levada do Barreiro walking route temporarily closed

The PR 4- Levada do Barreiro (Poço da Nave – Casa do Barreiro) walking route is temporarily closed for safety reasons due to the collapse of the canal and pavement at Levada do Barreiro as a result of bad weather, which caused obstructions along the route.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111580/Percurso_pedestre__da_Levada_do_Barreiro_encerrado_por_motivos_de_seguranca_


Porto Moniz hotel closed due to Legionnaires’ disease 

A case of Legionnaires’ disease was detected on a Madeiran resident who had stayed in a hotel in the Municipality of Porto Moniz. An epidemiological investigation carried out by the regional health authorities on the hotel building, equipment and water samples collected from the compound found traces of the Legionella bacteria. The hotel was closed and will remain so until there is no risk to public health.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111698/Bacteria_encerra_unidade_hoteleira_no_Porto_Moniz


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

7th December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas (numbers 71 to 140)

– Rua do Cano

– Travessa do Cano (numbers 6 and 7)

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/2020/12/05/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-95-2020/



 

Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 2nd December 2020 by our volunteer Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 46 new Covid-19 cases and 28 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany, 1 who had arrived from Sweden, 1 who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region and 11 cases of local transmission) and 8 recoveries. Five of the new cases of local transmission were from children and young people (aged 11-19) who attend educational establishments in the Municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Funchal, including a higher education establishment.

On Sunday, there were 12 new Covid-19 cases, all from local transmission. Three of the cases were from children (aged 8-12) who attend educational establishments in the Municipalities of Santa Cruz and Funchal; one case was from an adult who works at an educational establishment in the Municipality of Machico while another case was from a SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) healthcare professional. There was also 1 recovery.

On Monday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from France, 1 who had arrived from Luxembourg and 1 who had arrived from Poland and 9 cases of local transmission) and 9 recoveries. Most of the 25 cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified positive cases and 1 was still under investigation.

And on Tuesday, there were 5 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain and 4 cases of local transmission. Most cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases and 1 was still under investigation. There were also 10 recoveries from Covid-19.

There are currently 204 active cases, of which 42 were imported and identified through airport screening while the other 162 were a result of local transmission. As for the active cases, 27 are from non-residents while 177 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 798 cases, 592 recoveries and 2 deaths.

Below are the total number of Covid-19 cases by municipality (since the start of the pandemic):

Funchal: 198

Câmara de Lobos: 106

Santa Cruz: 94

Machico: 17

Ponta do Sol: 14

Calheta: 8

Ribeira Brava : 6

Porto Santo: 4

Santana: 2

São Vicente: 2

Porto Moniz: 1

There are currently 28 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 173 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 3 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, including 1 patient who remains in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

At the moment, 5,941 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,392 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

There are currently 119 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. One of the suspected cases was identified through airport screening while the remaining 118 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19, to calls made to the SRS24 helpline and to referrals by SESARAM. As of Tuesday, there had been 2,258 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 971 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h30). Overall, 178,672 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 488 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 18,508. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111143/Covid-19_15_novos_casos_11_de_transmissao_local

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111207/Covid-19_Madeira_tem_12_novos_casos_todos_de_transmissao_local

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111362/Madeira_com_mais_14_novos_casos_de_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111427/Covid19_Ha_hoje_mais_um_doente_internado_no_hospital_dr_Nelio_Mendonca

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/01/5-novos-casos-activos-de-covid-19-119-novos-suspeitos-10-recuperados/


Overcrowded bars and restaurants

Two bars were forced to close and several owners were fined for not complying with social distancing and the maximum capacity limits. A joint operation by ARAE (Autoridade Regional de Atividades Económicas – Regional Economic Activity Authority), BIR (Brigada de Intervenção Rápida – Rapid Intervention Brigade) and the Criminal Investigation department of PSP (Polícia de Segurança Pública – Public Security Police) was carried out on Saturday evening and in the early hours of Sunday in bars and restaurants in the municipalities of Câmara de Lobos, Machico and Santa Cruz. There had been similar inspections in the previous 2 weekends.

Reacting to these developments, Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) revealed the Regional Government has been working to ensure there is a decrease in these situations and appealed for the public, particularly bar and restaurant customers to comply with the Covid-19 rules. He also praised the ARAE and the PSP for their role in enforcing compliance with these rules.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111206/Acoes_de_fiscalizacao_da_ARAE_e_PSP_apanham_bares_e_restaurantes_cheios

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111364/Pedro_Ramos_Governo_esta_a_acompanhar_a_situacao_dos_excessos_nos_bares_e_restaurantes


Small tourism recovery in October

It is estimated that 57,300 tourists visited Madeira in October and accounted for 285,800 stays. This is an increase from the number of stays in September. This is the first time there has been such an increase in the current century. It is also also estimated the number of stays was bigger in October than in August.

As for the main tourist markets, there was some recovery despite the figures being lower than in October 2019. For instance, the French market recorded the biggest fall in the number of stays (-80.2%). The German market fell by 67,7% while the British market had a smaller decrease (-46.6%. The British market also accounted for 34,400 more stays in October than in September.

It was also revealed that 50.4% of local tourist accommodation establishments were closed or did not host any guests in October, while 72.2% of hotels hosted guests (compared to 68.9% in September).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111256/Alojamento_turistico_Dormidas_na_RAM_em_outubro_foram_superiores_as_do_mes_de_setembro

 Christmas lights in Funchal

In some rare cheerful news, Christmas lights have been set up in Funchal. Locals and tourists have already been cheered by the sight of these lights. Readers can view photos of Funchal’s beautiful Christmas lights on the following link:

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/12/01/funchal-ja-refulge-com-as-luzes-de-natal/

 



Madeira Situation Report Saturday 28th November by our correspondent

Covid-19 update

There were 45 new Covid-19 cases and 25 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases and 7 recoveries. All of these new cases were cases of local transmission, including those of a professional form the security forces and of a teacher and 2 children (aged 11-15) from 2 schools in the Municipality of Funchal and 1 school in the Municipality of Santa Cruz.

On Thursday, there were 12 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Northern Portugal, 1 passenger who had arrived from Germany and 9 cases of local transmission) and 9 recoveries. A healthcare professional from SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) tested positive after returning to the Madeira Autonomous Region and another tested positive as a case of local transmission. Another 2 new cases were from a non-teaching member of staff at a school in the Municipality of Funchal and from a child who attends another school in the same Municipality.

And on Friday, there were 26 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from France while the remaining were cases of local transmission) and 9 recoveries. Most of the 25 cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified positive cases. An investigation is still ongoing on the contacts of 2 of them. And 6 new cases of local transmission were from students from educational establishments in the Municipalities of Funchal, Câmara de Lobos and Calheta. These establishments have already activated their Covid-19 contingency plans.

There are currently 189 active cases, of which 45 were imported and identified through airport screening while the other 144 were a result of local transmission. As for the active cases, 29 are from non-residents while 160 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 752 cases, 561 recoveries and 2 deaths.

There are currently 32 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 155 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 2 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. A patient remains in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

At the moment, 6,563 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1,392 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

There are currently 98 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. Five of the suspected cases was identified through airport screening while the remaining 93 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Friday, there had been 2,212 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 109,669 samples had been collected until Friday (at 18h30). Overall, 174,841 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 453 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 18,020. 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/25/7-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-7-recuperados-e-100-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/26/172-casos-positivos-na-ram-182-novos-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/27/26-novos-casos-de-covid-19-quase-uma-centena-de-novos-casos-suspeitos/


Miguel Albuquerque remarks and announcements

On Wednesday, Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, made a speech on the evolution of the Covid-19 pandemic and announced new measures to fight it. Important announcements were made on testing for travellers arriving in the Region and on guidelines for the Christmas and New Year festivities. Below is a summary of his speech:

Miguel Albuquerque thinks the pandemic is under control because all Covid-19 connections and local transmission circuits are currently known. He explained the current epidemiological situation in Madeira is not comparable at all with that of the rest of the country, which means there is no need for Madeira to introduce confinement or a ban on travel between municipalities. Indeed, he assured that the Portuguese Government

decree renewing the state of emergency from the 24th of November (00h00) until the 8th of December (23h59) will not be applicable in the Autonomous Regions of Azores and Madeira. He also reinforced the need to avoid community transmission. 

Regarding testing, he was asked if mass testing of the population, as carried out in some Asian countries, would be a more efficient strategy. He said Madeira had already carried out a high number of tests (twice the national average) and had to test with some rationality and aims. He highlighted professionals from risk jobs have been tested, testing have been carried out in the night places (airports, ports) and so far the procedures have been successful. He also informed Madeira will spend over €12M on testing until the end of the year. He assured that the Region is ready to reinforce its testing capacity to cope with increasing demand from the 172 additional flights TAP is scheduled to operate. He explained there are currently 25 testing stations and the infrastructure is in place to deal with an increase in the number of tourists and visitors. He also praised staff from the Tourist, Healthcare and Security sector for their meritorious work at the airport.

Furthermore, he also announced that all Madeira residents, emigrants and students who have arrived at the Region’s airports and flown in from outside the Autonomous Region of Madeira will have to be tested twice, during an experimental period from the 27th of November until the 11th of December (23h59).

According to him, Madeira expects to receive about 200,000 doses of a Covid-19 vaccine. He added that a task force has been activated in order to plan for its arrival and distribution.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110835/Covid-19_A_pandemia_neste_momento_esta_controlada_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110836/Covid-19_Governo_corrige_decreto_e_esclarece_que_medidas_nao_se_aplicam_a_Madeira_e_Acores

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110834/Covid-19_Madeira_vai_gastar_mais_de_12_milhoes_em_testes_ate_ao_final_do_ano

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110831/Covid-19_Albuquerque_garante_que_operacao_de_testagem_no_aeroporto_esta_preparada_para_o_aumento_dos_visitantes

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110825/Covid-19_Madeira_espera_receber_cerca_de_200_mil_vacinas_

https://observador.pt/2020/11/27/covid-19-dupla-testagem-na-madeira-a-estudantes-e-emigrantes-tem-periodo-experimental/


Christmas and New Year festivities

Miguel Albuquerque also made the following announcements regarding the upcoming Christmas and New Year festivities:

– All food and drink vendors must only sell through take-away.

– They must also present a contingency plan that complies with sanitary regulation.

– There will be no evening markets, circus displays and theme parks.

– The Region’s markets can remain open at their usual opening hours and must present their contingency plans that comply with the sanitary regulation.

– No gatherings will be allowed in markets and surrounding areas

– The sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks will be forbidden in public areas, except for licensed outdoor eating spaces.

– All bars must close at 01h00 on the 1st of January.

– There will be the traditional New Year’s fireworks display.

– The public is advised to watch the fireworks display from their homes or accommodation. The Regional Government is aware not everyone will be able to do so. As a result, there will be a plan ensure social distancing in public areas such as squares and viewpoints in Funchal.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110822/Nao_havera_noites_do_mercado_circos_nem_parques_de_diversoes

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110823/Covid-19_Bares_encerram_a_01h_na_noite_do_fim_do_ano_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110824/Fogo_de_artificio_deve_ser_assistido_nas_residencias_da_populacao_e_havera_limitacao_nos_espacos_publicos


Orange level warning for adverse sea

The north shore of Madeira and Porto Santo will be under orange warning from Sunday afternoon.  Waves are expected to be up to 12 metres high from Sunday afternoon until the early hours of Monday. For the time being, a yellow warning will be applicable from Friday (19h) until Monday (09h00). It will then become an orange warning. There will be very cloudy weather, showers until the end of today’s morning, in which rainfall will become less frequent. There will be moderate wind (20-35 km/h) until the middle of the morning. it will become stronger (25-40 km/h) in the afternoon. In higher points, there will be moderate wind (25-40 km/h) in the morning and strong wind (40-50 km/h) in the afternoon and gales (up to 85 km/h) are likely 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/111076/Aviso_laranja_para_a_agitacao_maritima_a_partir_da_tarde_de_domingo


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

2nd and 4th December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua dos Ferreiros (numbers 139 to 161)

3rd December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho de S. Roque (numbers 1 to 84-A)

– Rua Campo do Marítimo (numbers 29 and 31)

4th December – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada Monumental (number 239 and numbers 403 to 606)

– Beco da Vitória

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.

Publicidade: O fornecimento de energia será interrompido nos dias horas e locais abaixo indicados – anúncio 93 – 2020



Madeira Report 25th November by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 47 new Covid-19 cases and 40 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 12 new Covid-19 cases and 8 recoveries. All of these new cases were cases of local transmission, including that of a child (aged 0-2) who was linked to previously identified cases at a nursery school in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos.

On Sunday, there were 11 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 8 cases of local transmission) and 11 recoveries.

On Monday, there were 8 new Covid-19 cases and 8 recoveries. All of these new cases were cases of local transmission that were linked to previously identified cases. Three of the new cases were from children (aged 7-9) who attend schools in the Municipality of Funchal.

And on Tuesday, there were 16 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers – 1 from the UK, 1 from the Netherlands, 1 from Switzerland and 1 from the UK & 6 cases of local transmission) and 13 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases, 3 of them from children (aged 10-14) who attend schools in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos.

There are currently 169 active cases, of which 49 were imported and identified through airport screening while the other 120 were a result of local transmission. As for the active cases, 30 are from non-residents while 139 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 707 cases, 536 recoveries and 2 deaths.

There are currently 24 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 141 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 3 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. A patient remains in the Covid-19 Intensive Care Unit.

At the moment, 6,679 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 1207 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

There are currently 61 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. One of the suspected cases was identified through airport screening while the remaining 60 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Tuesday, there had been 2,167 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 109,110 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 18h30). Overall, 172,434 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 487 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 17,567.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110549/Covid-19_Identificados_12_casos_na_Regiao_todos_de_transmissao_local

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110591/Covid-19_Onze_novos_casos_de_infecao_e_onze_recuperados_hoje_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110678/Mais_8_novos_casos_positivos__de_transmissao_local

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/24/16-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-mais-61-casos-suspeitos-na-regiao/

New Covid-19 measures to be announced today

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, will announce new measures to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly taking into account the upcoming Christmas season.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110768/Novas_medidas_anunciadas_amanha_as_12h00

Coordination between the Madeira Regional Government and the Covid-19 vaccine task force

Yesterday, Pedro Ramos (Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary) had a video conference with members of the Health Ministry task force that is dealing with the logistics of distributing and administering the Covid-19 vaccine to a significant proportion of the population.

The task force is composed of representatives from the DGS (Direção-Geral da Saúde – Directorate-General of Health), Infarmed (Autoridade Nacional do Medicamento e Produtos de Saúde – National Authority of Medicines and Health Products), the Armed Forces and Civil Protection.

The aim of the meeting was to prepare the coordination between the Health Ministry and the Autonomous Region of Madeira in rolling out the Covid-19 vaccine. A vaccination plan will be made. The plan will address issues such as who will be vaccinated, where the vaccination sites will be, where the vaccines will be stored, how potential side effects of the vaccine will be monitored and the communication strategy.

Pedro Ramos highlighted the importance of this coordination so as to take into the account the Region’s needs.

The Covid-19 vaccines will be delivered in the Portuguese mainland and the Portuguese Air Force will then airlift them to Madeira.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/24/madeira-ja-prepara-articulacao-com-a-forca-tarefa-responsavel-pelas-vacinas-contra-a-covid-19/

Adverse weather warning

Vessel owners are advised to ensure their vessels remain at docked because heavy wind (51-62 km/h) and heavy seas are expected today and tomorrow. Waves ranging from 5-6 metres are expected on the north shore and they could be 10 metres high.

On the south shore, heavier wind is expected today and tomorrow at Madeira’s highest points, with wind ranging from 70 km/h to 90 km/h. Temperatures will be around 12-13ºC. Snowfall is also a possibility.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110766/Capitania__do_Porto_do_Funchal_alerta_para_mau_tempo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110757/Vento_forte_e_queda_de_neve_nos_picos_mais_altos_

Porto Santo Line service cancelled today

Porto Santo Line announced that the Funchal-Porto Santo and Porto Santo-Funchal services, which had been scheduled for today, will be cancelled due to adverse weather conditions that pose a hazard to the safety of the ferry and its crew and passengers.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110753/Viagem_para_o_Porto_Santo_de_amanha_cancelada

Former Funchal Mayor will not go on trial over deadly oak tree fall

Paulo Cafôfo, a former Funchal Mayor, will not go to trial over the death of 13 people as a result of the fall of a tree. However, Idalina Perestrelo (Deputy Mayor) and Francisco Andrade (Head of the Divisão de Jardins e Espaços Verdes – Municipality Division of Gardens and Green Areas) will go on trial. The decision was announced by Tribunal Judicial do Funchal (Funchal Judicial Court).

The tree fall, which happened in Monte on the 15th August 2017, killed 13 people (including a French woman and a Hungarian woman) and left about 100 people injured.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/23/paulo-cafofo-nao-vai-a-julgamento-responder-por-consequencias-da-queda-da-arvore-no-monte/

Christmas lighting being tested

In more cheerful news, Christmas lights are being set up in Madeira and some, in areas such as on the bridge at Ribeiro Sêco, have already been tested. It is hoped Christmas lighting will being some joy after such an unusual year.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110586/Luzes_da_Festa_ja_estao_a_ser_experimentadas



Madeira Situation report 21st November by Daniel fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 44 new Covid-19 cases and 24 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 23 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 4 passengers who had arrived from Germany, 3 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic and 10 cases of local transmission) and 3 recoveries. Regarding the cases of local transmission, 6 of the cases were from children (0-1 year old) in 2 in nursery schools (1 in the Municipality of Funchal and 1 in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos) while another case was from a healthcare professional from the Madeira Health Service.

On Thursday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Autonomous Region of the Azores and 12 cases of local transmission) and 9 recoveries. And on Friday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 6 cases of local transmission) and 12 recoveries. Most of the new cases of local transmission are linked to previously identified cases and there are 2 cases that are still under investigation. One of the cases of local transmission was of a child (0-1 year old) who attends a nursery school in the Municipality of Funchal. The nursery school has activated its contingency plan.

There are currently 162 active cases, of which 58 were imported while the other 104 were a result of local transmission. As for the active cases, 40 are from non-residents while 122 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 660 cases, 496 recoveries and 2 deaths. There are currently 36 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 121 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 5 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

One of the patients in hospital is a Portuguese-Venezuelan man who is currently on a ventilator. He had recently arrived in Funchal and had tested negative for Covid-19 at the airport. A few days later he started showing symptoms and a test carried out in hospital came back positive on the 15th of November. His condition was already serious when he was hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. On Wednesday his respiratory condition worsened and he was taken to intensive care, where he remains in critical condition and on a ventilator. At the moment, 7,886 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 879 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and in Porto Santo.

 

There are currently 93 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. A total of 17 suspected cases were identified through airport screening while 98 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 (including in schools) or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Friday, there had been 2,120 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed. As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 107,741 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h30). Overall, 168,963 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 406 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 17,080.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/18/23-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-ram-117-novos-suspeitos-quase-todos-locais/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110390/Mais_14_casos_por_covid-19_nas_ultimas_24_horas

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/20/covid-19-7-novos-casos-93-casos-suspeitos-12-recuperados-um-doente-nos-cuidados-intensivos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110365/Covid-19_Luso_venezuelano_nos_cuidados_intensivos_com_suporte_do_ventilador_

Water supply disruptions

There will be water supply disruptions due to scheduled work on the water supply chain in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos in order to prevent water leaks. The disruptions will affected the following places:

Municipality of Câmara de Lobos

23rd November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Barreiros, Castelejo and Covão)
23rd November (11h00-15h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Barreiros, Casa Caída, Castelejo, Marinheira and Pomar do Meio)
24th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Covão, Panasqueira and Vargem)
24th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Rancho)
25th November (09h00-15h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Nogueira and Pedregal)
25th November (11h00-15h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Garachico)
26th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Ribeiro Real, Lourencinha and Fajã)
27th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Nogueira)

Municipality of Câmara de Lobos

25th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Campanário (Calçada, Carmo, Chamorra, Corujeira, Igreja, Lombo do Romão, Serrado and Rodes)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110480/Camara_de_Lobos_e_Ribeira_Brava_com_interrupcoes_de_abastecimento_de_agua

 

 

 

Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 18th November by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 33 new Covid-19 cases and 83 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Most new Covid-19 cases were a result of local transmission. 

On Saturday, there were 12 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Central Portugal and 11 cases of local transmission) and 32 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to recently identified cases. 

On Sunday, there were 5 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela and 4 cases of local transmission) and 8 recoveries.

On Monday, there were 13 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from the Netherlands and 8 cases of local transmission) and 22 recoveries. Three of the local transmission cases were from children aged between 2 and 13 from 2 educational establishments (1 in the Municipality of Funchal and 1 in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos). Both educational establishments had already been identified and their contingency plan had been activated.

And on Tuesday, there were 3 new Covid-19 cases as a result of local transmission linked to previously diagnosed positive cases. There were also 21 recoveries.

There are currently 142 active cases, of which 64 were imported while the other 78 were a result of local transmission. As for the active cases, 50 are from non-residents while 92 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 616 cases, 472 recoveries and 2 deaths.

There are currently 33 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 105 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 4 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

At the moment, 8,544 visitors are under monitoring by the health authorities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app. There are also 845 people being monitored by the health authorities of several Madeira municipalities and 10 people being monitored in Porto Santo.

There are currently 115 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. A total of 17 suspected cases were identified through airport screening while 98 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 (including in schools) or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Tuesday, there had been 2,076 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 107,254 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, 166,967 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 445 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 16,674. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109919/Covid_hoje_ha_12_novos_casos_positivos_a_reportar

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109960/Mais_cinco_casos_novos_por_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/16/mais-13-casos-activos-8-de-transmissao-local-incluindo-criancas/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/17/3-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-115-casos-suspeitos-21-recuperados/


Caniço pharmacy to reopen today

The pharmacy in Caniço (Farmácia do Caniço) is reopening today, after its professionals twice tested negative for Covid-19 and the health authorities allowed them to end isolation. They had been in isolation since the 10th of November. Its premises were thoroughly disinfected. To ensure continuity in providing services and to increase safety, its professionals will once again be divided into two teams. Its opening hours will be from 09h00 until 22h00. An evening service for urgencies (Serviço de Disponibilidade Nocturna) will be operated from 22h00 until 09h00 (following day). This pharmacy will continue to have home delivery for purchases paid for by MBWay or by holders of a “Farmácia do Caniço” card. Orders can be made by email (entregas@farmaciadocanico.pt) or by text message on WhatsApp (+351 915500800).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110187/Farmacia_do_Canico_abre_amanha_ao_publico

Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship to sail by Madeira for New Year fireworks

Europa 2, the newest and biggest Hapag-Lloyd cruise ship, will be sailing by Madeira on New Year’s Eve so that its guests can watch the traditional fireworks display. The ship, which has been at sea since August, will not anchor in Madeira. It is scheduled to leave Tenerife on the 23rd of December and to return on the 4th of January. It will provide its guests with a different Christmas and New Year celebration.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/110184/Cruzeiro_da_Hapag-Lloyd_passa_pela_Madeira_para_ver_o_fim-de-ano



Madeira Report Saturday 14th November by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 29 new Covid-19 cases and 32 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 who arrived from Germany, 1 who had arrived from Switzerland and 10 cases of local transmission) and 7 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to recently identified cases and had already been under monitoring by the regional health authorities. These include a second case at a nursery school in the Municipality of Santa Cruz.

On Thursday, there were 4 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, 1 and 1 case of local transmission) and 17 recoveries.

And on Friday, there were 10 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain and 7 cases of local transmission) and 17 recoveries. All cases of local transmission were linked to previously identified cases.

There are currently 192 active cases, of which 121 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 71 were a result of local transmission. As for the active cases, 104 are from non-residents while 88 are from Madeira residents. So far, there have been 583 cases, 389 recoveries and 2 deaths.

At the moment, 14,068 people are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app.

There are currently 65 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 123 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 4 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 56 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. A total of 2 suspected cases were identified through airport screening while 54 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Friday, there had been 2,043 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 10,430 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. In addition, 625 people who had contact with positive cases are under monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 105,386 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h30). Overall, 163,479 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 377 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 16,229.

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, stressed there has not been any community transmission so far and rejected the idea that sanitary cordons are required in Funchal and Santa Cruz. As Christmas approaches, he also appealed for Madeiran university students returning to the Region to get tested for Covid-19 before flying into Madeira. He expects the Christmas season to be the most critical one. He added that the Government expects to spend €20 million on airports in Madeira and Porto Santo.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109665/Hoje_ha_15_novos_casos_positivos_de_covid_a_reportar

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109763/Covid-19_Ha_na_Regiao_17_novos_recuperados_e_4_novos_casos

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/13/mais-dez-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-7-dos-quais-de-transmissao-local/

More sample collection points to be created for testing on Madeira-bound passengers

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, had a video call with representatives from the 6 labs the Regional Government have agreements with for Covid-19 testing on passengers flying to the Madeira archipelago from the Portugal mainland. All representatives showed an interest in maintaining this partnership and some pledged to increased the number of sample collection points from 33 to 44. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, said about 40,000 tests have already been carried out in the mainland and that more than 100 came back positive, which meant such passengers did not travel to Madeira.

The Madeira Regional Government has agreements with the following labs:

– Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas (CEDOC), in Lisbon (since July 1st);

– Laboratório de Análises Clínicas da Universidade de Coimbra (since July 13rd);

– Administração Regional de Saúde do Norte – ARS Norte – (since July 21st)

– Centro Hospital Universitário do Algarve e a Universidade do Algarve (since August 6th)

– LUMILABO, Laboratório de Análises Clínicas SA, in Lisboa, Porto and the Algarve (since August 1st).

– Laboratório AVELAB – Laboratório Médico de Análises Clínicas (since September 1st).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109699/700_pessoas_estao_ligadas_aos_71_casos_de_transmissao_local_de_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109859/Laboratorios_vao_criar_mais_postos_para_testes_PCR_em_Portugal_Continental

Flu vaccination update

At the of the 7th week of the flu vaccination campaign, 50,539 vaccine doses had been administered, of which 75,1% were administered in health centres while 7,6% were administered in IPSS (Instituições Privadas de Solidariedade Social – Private Institutions of Social Solidarity). Regarding those aged 65 or older, 53,5% of that population has already been vaccinated, which means 23,082 vaccines have already been administered to them.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109851/Gripe_sazonal_Vacinados_mais_de_40_mil_na_Madeira

Heavy rain and wind until Monday

Although tropical storm ‘Theta’ is likely to lose intensity and to become a post-tropical storm on Monday, it will still bring heavy rain and wind, sometimes with thunder, until Monday. The storm is expected to bring winds ranging from 63 km/h to 118 km/h. Heavy seas are also likely, with waves up to 4 metres high.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109841/Tempestade_Theta_perde_intensidade_mas_vai_trazer_muita_chuva_e_vento_no_fim_de_semana

Water supply disruptions

Water supply disruptions will take place in the Municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava, to reduce water leaks:

16th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Ribeira da Alforra, Heras, Preces, Fonte da Rocha and Serrado da Adega) & Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Church and Ribeira Fernanda)

17th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Torre)

18th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Caldeira and Rancho) & Parish of Tabua (Zimbreiros, Candelária, Praia Tabua and Lugar da Serra)

19th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Achada and Pomar do eio)

20th November (09h00-13h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos (Lourencinha and Ribeiro Real)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109823/ARM_alerta_para_a_interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_potavel_na_Ribeira_Brava_e_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:

FUNCHAL

16th and 17th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminhos da Barreira e do Trapiche (numbers 113 to 172)

– Beco do Ribeiro Pereiro

– Vereda do Camacho

17th November – 09h00 to 11h30

– Rua da Montanha

16th and 17th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho da Azinhaga

– Ladeira de Santana (number 35)

– Travessa do Salão (numbers 1, 3 and 5)

– Becos da Azinhaga e do Terraço

– Impasse da Azinhaga

18th November – 09h00 to 11h30

– Estrada da Camacha (numbers 107 to 117)

18th and 19th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho da Terça

– Caminho do Velho da Igreja

– Travessa da Alegria

– Travessa da Terça

– Vereda da Alegria

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/2020/11/14/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-88-2020/

 

Madeira Report 11th November by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 50 new Covid-19 cases, 32 recoveries and 1 death from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Saturday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 who arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from France, 1 who had arrived from Italy, 1 who had arrived from Malta and 6 cases of local transmission) and 9 recoveries. Two of the cases of local transmission are connected with travellers from outside the Region who had tested positive after returning home, while the other 4 are close contacts with 1 person who had recently tested positive for Covid-19.

On Sunday, there were 13 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passenger who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from Austria and 8 cases of local transmission) and 7 recoveries. Two of the local transmission cases are linked with travellers from outside the Region while 6 are close contacts of people who had recently tested positive. One of the cases is from a SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) healthcare professional. A second Covid-19 patient died in Madeira at around 21h00 on the same day. The male patient was 94 years old and had been hospitalised at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça since the 4th of November, the day he had been diagnosed with Covid-19.

On Monday, there were 9 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from the UK, 1 who had arrived from Venezuela, 1 who had arrived from Central Portugal and 2 cases of local transmission) and 10 recoveries. The 2 cases of local transmission are linked with patients who had recently tested positive for Covid-19.

And on Tuesday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from Germany, 1 who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 who had arrived from Switzerland and 9 cases of local transmission) and 6 recoveries. All cases of local transmission are linked with close contacts who had tested positive for Covid-19, including 2 healthcare professionals from dental healthcare and 1 student from a school in the Municipality of Santa Cruz.

There are currently 204 active cases, of which 143 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 61 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 554 cases, 348 recoveries and 2 deaths. As for the active cases, 123 are from non-residents while 81 are from Madeira residents. 

At the moment, 14,068 people are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app.

There are currently 76 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 125 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 3 patients are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 61 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. A total of 7 suspected cases were identified through airport screening while 54 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Tuesday, there had been 2,014 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 11,198 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. In addition, 487 people who had contact with positive cases are under monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 104,643 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, 161,836 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 430 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 15,852. 

So far, a total of 12 schools in Madeira have been affected by confirmed cases or isolation requirements for possible suspected contacts with infected people. Only 10 of the schools have activated their contingency plans for such situations.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/08/14-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-na-ram-46-casos-suspeitos-e-9-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/08/mais-13-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-na-ram-ha-70-novos-casos-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/09/9-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-52-casos-suspeitos-e-10-recuperados/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/09/morreu-mais-uma-pessoa-com-covid-19-na-madeira/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/10/mais-14-casos-de-covid-19-61-novos-casos-suspeitos-e-6-recuperados/

More flu vaccine doses administered than in 2019

As of the 7th of November, 38,729 doses of the flu vaccine had been administered in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. So far, more than 60% of the healthcare professionals (3,325) and 52% of the elderly population (22,263) have been vaccinated. This year, more people have been vaccinated against flu than last year. The health authorities are awaiting for the delivery of a further 15,000 doses in the last week of November and the beginning of December. There are issues with the vaccine’s supply in the country, which means some health centres are likely to have shortages of the vaccine. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109391/Numero_de_Vacinas_Contra_a_Gripe_administradas_superam_o_total_da_campanha_de_2019

Search called off for missing German tourist

The search for a missing German tourist has been called off. SANAS Madeira (a search and rescue organisation) expressed its deep regret that his body had not been found despite all the efforts by the regional authorities. An extensive 20-day search had been carried out in adverse sea and weather conditions. The young German tourist had gone missing after falling into the sea next the dock in São Jorge (Municipality of Santana), on the north shore of Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109556/Sanas_encerra_buscas_por_turista_desaparecido_em_Sao_Jorge

Madeira Military Museum to commemorate the Armistice Day

Today is the 102th anniversary of the Armistice and of the end of the First World War. As such, the Madeira Military Museum (Museu Militar da Madeira) will have an exhibition at São Lourenço Palace (Palácio de São Lourenço), from the 11th to the 13th of November. Entry will be free. As a result of the pandemic, a maximum of 8 people are allowed inside at the same time. Visitors are advised to book in advance.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109480/Museu_Militar_da_Madeira_assinala_102_aniversario_do_Armisticio

Navy patrol vessel arrived in Madeira

NRP Figueira Foz, a Viana do Castelo-class patrol vessel that was launched in 2003, arrived in Madeira yesterday for another mission on the waters of Madeira. Its commanding is Lieutenant-Captain Neves Cabrita, it has a crew of 53 sailors (14 officers, 9 sergeants and 30 enlisted) and will remain in the area until the start of December. It will replace NRP Auriga and will be patrolling Portuguese waters around Madeira, maintaining an additional search and rescue capability, providing support to the regional authorities in the event of a calamity or natural disaster and cooperating with other state departments that deal with issues related to the sea.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109413/Navio_Figueira_da_Foz_chega_esta_terca-feira_a_Regiao_para_mais_uma_missao

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

12th November – 09h00 to 12h00

– Caminho do Pinheiro das Voltas (numbers 2, 12 and 158)

– Caminho do Poço Barral (numbers 15 to 156)

– Rua de Santa Rita (number 102)

– Vereda dos Alecrins (number 1)

12th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada do Lombo Chão (numbers 31 to 51)

– Vereda das Balceiras (numbers 9, 11 and 37)

– Impasse das Balceiras

12th and 13th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua Pedro José de Ornelas (numbers 33 and 35)

– Travessa do Damião

– Rampa do Damião

13th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada das Murteiras (number 38)

– Estrada da Terra Chã (number 31 and 74)

– Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 238 to 301)

– Caminho das Voltas (number 33)

– Caminho da Ladeira (number 2 to 136)

– Rua Edmundo Bettencourt (number 22 to 47)

– Rua do Poço das Fontes (number 2 to 19)

– Vereda da Terra Chã (numbers 29 to 112)

– Vereda do Poço das Fontes (number 3 to 30)

– Travessa da Terra Chã (number 31)

– 2º e 3º Impasses da Vereda da Terra Chã

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/2020/11/07/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-86-2020/


Madeira Situation Report 7th November by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 19 new Covid-19 cases and 29 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.
On Wednesday, there were 10 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 1 passenger who had arrived from Italy and 5 cases of local transmission) and 5 recoveries. One of the cases of local transmission was from a young student from a school in Funchal. As a result, 20 students from 1 class were ordered to go into isolation.
On Thursday, there was 1 new Covid-19 case (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the Czech Republic) and 1 recovery.
And on Friday, there were 8 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 passengers who had arrived from Germany, 1 passenger who had arrived from Spain,1 passenger who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 2 cases of local transmission) and 23 recoveries. The cases of local transmission are from a SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) professional and a healthcare professional from a private pharmaceutical unit.

There are currently 187 active cases, of which 150 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 37 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 504 cases and 316 recoveries. As for the active cases, 131 are from non-residents while 57 are from Madeira residents. The number of deaths from Covid-19 remains at 1.
At the moment, 14,068 people are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app.
There are currently 84 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 100 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 3 patient are in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.
There are currently 30 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. A total of 10 suspected cases were identified through airport screening while 20 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Friday, there had been 1,964 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 13,842 travellers are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. In addition, 586 people who had contact with positive cases are under monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out through the MadeiraSafeapp.
As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 102,515 samples had been collected until Friday (at 17h30). Overall, 157,922 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.
The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 441 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 15,422.
So far, a total of 12 schools in Madeira have been affected by confirmed cases or isolation requirements for possible suspected contacts with infected people. Only 10 of the schools have activated their contingency plans for such situations.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108955/Mais_10_casos_de_covid-19_Madeira_ja_ultrapassou_as_duas_centenas_de_casos_ativos

https://covidmadeira.pt/publicacao/covid-19-relatorio-de-situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-em-04-11-2020/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/05/hoje-ha-apenas-um-caso-positivo-de-covid-19-importado-da-republica-checa/

https://covidmadeira.pt/publicacao/covid-19-relatorio-de-situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-em-05-11-2020/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/06/mais-8-casos-activos-de-covid-19-na-ram-23-recuperados-e-30-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109019/Covid-19_ja_atingiu_12_escolas_da_Regiao_

Reduction in maximum capacity in Horários do Funchal buses

Grupo Horários do Funchal informed that the maximum passenger capacity on its buses will be reduced to 2/3. If necessary, there will be additional services on routes and at times of greater demand. Although additional services can be provided, passengers who do not have educational or professional commitments are advised to travel at times of lesser demand, which are from 9h00 to 12h00, from 14h00 to 16h00 and after 19h0. Hand sanitiser is available to passengers and the buses are disinfected daily and the use of face mask is mandatory while onboard the bus. Horários do Funchal also asked for passengers to behave sensibly, both at bus stops and onboard its buses.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/109068/Reducao_da_lotacao_maxima_nos_autocarros_do_Grupo_Horarios_do_Funchal

Water supply disruption
There will be several water supply disruptions next week in the Municipalities of Câmara de Lobos and Ribeira Brava, due to scheduled work on the water supply network to prevent water leaks. The following areas will be affected:

Municipality of Ribeira Brava:
Parish of Quinta Grande (Quinta Grande, Church, Igreja, Lombo and Vera Cruz) & Parish of Campanário (Tranqual, São João, Pinheiro and Lugar da Ribeira) – from 23h00 (09th November) until 03h00 (10th November)
Municipality of Câmara de Lobos:
Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Ribeira da Alforra, Heras, Preces, Fonte da Rocha and Serrado da Adega – 10th November (from 9h00 until 13h00)
Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Ribeira Fernanda and Quinta do Leme) – 12th November (from 9h00 until 13h00)
Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Torre and Pé do Pico) – 13th November (from 15h00 until 17h00)

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/06/arm-avisa-para-cortes-na-agua-potavel-na-quinta-grande-e-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:
FUNCHAL
10th November – 09h00 to 11h30
– Caminho 1º de Maio
10th November – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00
– Caminho de Santo António (number 127)

Beco da Barrqueira (numbers 3 to 27)
Azinhaga Levada do Cavalo

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/2020/11/07/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-86-2020/

 

 

Madeira Report Wednesday 4th November from Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 45 new Covid-19 cases and 19 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. And sadly, Madeira suffered the first death from Covid-19 on Sunday. 

On Saturday, there were 7 new Covid-19 cases (from 3 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 4 cases of local transmission) and 12 recoveries. There were 2 cases among healthcare professionals from the Regional Health Service and private healthcare providers. They had spent time with a traveller from Northern Portugal who tested positive after staying in Madeira for less than 5 days.

On Sunday, there were 8 new Covid-19 cases (from 4 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 1 passenger who had arrived from France and 3 cases of local transmission that are linked to other positive cases) and 2 recoveries. On that same day, the first death from Covid-19 in the Autonomous Region of Madeira was announced. A 97 year old female patient who lived in Funchal and who had several pre-existing conditions passed away in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. She had been in hospital since the 27th of October.

On Monday, there were 16 new Covid-19 cases (from 6 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 3 who had arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from France, 1 who had arrived from Belgium and 4 cases of local transmission) and 4 recoveries.

And on Tuesday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 5 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 3 who had arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from Spain, 2 who arrived from and 1 who had arrived from the Czech Republic and 1 case of local transmission linked to a recently diagnosed patient) and 1 recovery. The case of local transmission is linked to a case that had recently been detected in the community.

There are currently 197 active cases, of which 167 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 30 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 485 cases and 287 recoveries. As for the active cases, 148 are from non-residents while 49 are from Madeira residents. The number of deaths from Covid-19 remains at 1.

There are currently 84 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 112 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 26 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis. Only 1 was identified through airport screening while 25 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or to calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,945 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

At the moment, 14,631 people are under monitoring by the health authorities of several municipalities. Monitoring is being carried out through the ‘MadeiraSafe’ app.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 101,292 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, 155,699 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 493 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 14,981. 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108552/Covid-19_Mais_sete_casos_positivos_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108609/Madeira_com_oito_novos_casos_positivos_de_covid-19

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108746/Madeira_regista_16_novos_casos_positivos_de_covid-19

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/11/03/mais-14-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-na-regiao-26-novos-casos-suspeitos/

Madeira Regional Government to announce new Covid-19 preventive measures on Wednesday

On Monday, Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) informed that new and additional Covid-19 preventive measures will be announced on Wednesday. As for the possible return of the State of Emergency in the Portuguese mainland, he thinks it should have already been restored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108733/Covid-19_Miguel_Albuquerque_anuncia_novas_medidas_de_prevencao_na_quarta-feira_

Schools took preventive measures after Covid-19 cases

Escola Salesiana do Funchal took preventive measures after being informed that the father of a Year 7 student had tested positive for Covid-19. The father himself acted very responsibly and contacted the school to inform of his diagnosis. This allowed the school to implement preventive measures very quickly, particularly because all students from that same class had reportedly attended the same birthday party. The entire class was advised to go into isolation and Covid-19 tests have been carried out on them.

Colégio de Santa Teresinha, in Funchal, also activated their contingency plan after a student tested positive for Covid-19. The student’s 22 classmates are now in isolation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108711/Pai_de_aluna_dos_Salesianos_testa_positivo_e_escola_adota_medidas_preventivas

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108535/Covid-19_Ha_mais_um_caso_positivo_numa_escola__do_Funchal

Yellow level warning due to rough seas

A yellow level warning was issued in Madeira due to rough seas. The warning is applicable to the north shore of Madeira Island and the entire island of Porto Santo, with 4-meter high waves expected from 12h00 until 18h00 (today). The warning will be in effect until today (Wednesday). Autoridade Marítima Nacional (AMN – National Maritime Authority) advised the population to remain vigilant while at sea or in coastal areas; to avoid walking by the sea or coastal areas, on beaches and cliffs; to avoid practicing sports in areas that are exposed to heavy seas; to avoid recreational fishing in areas that are hit by waves and to reinforce the mooring and anchoring of vessels.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108733/Covid-19_Miguel_Albuquerque_anuncia_novas_medidas_de_prevencao_na_quarta-feira_

Transavia suspended flights between Madeira and Porto

On Friday, Transavia has temporarily suspended flights between Funchal and Porto due to Covid-19 restrictions in France. Staff from Jornal de Notícias searched for future flights on this route and discovered there will be no flights until the 2nd of December. Transavia explained passengers are entitled to a refund if their flight is cancelled. Alternatively, they can change their booking and choose a new flight, for a travel until the 30th of October 2021, without incurring any charges for re-booking.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108607/Transavia_suspende_ligacoes_entre_o_Porto_e_a_Madeira

 

Madeira Situation Report 31st October  by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 26 new Covid-19 cases and 5 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report.

On Wednesday, there were 9 new Covid-19 cases (from 1 passenger who had arrived from the UK, Germany, Poland, Italy, Finland, Australia and Northern Portugal and 2 cases of local transmission) and no recoveries. On Thursday, there were 4 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the UK and 1 who had arrived from the Czech Republic and 1 case of local transmission linked to a recently diagnosed patient) and 3 recoveries. And on Friday, there were 13 new Covid-19 cases (from 2 passengers who had arrived from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 2 who had arrived from the Czech Republic, 1 who had arrived from Poland, 1 who had arrived from the Netherlands and 7 case of local transmission) and 2 recoveries.

There are currently 172 active cases, of which 152 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 20 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 440 cases and 268 recoveries. As for the active cases, 138 are from non-residents while 34 are from Madeira residents. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.There are currently 80 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 90 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 2 patients hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

 

There are currently 25 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, 9 of which were identified through airport screening while 16 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19 or two calls made to the SRS24 helpline. As of Friday, there had been 1900 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed. There are 6,452 people under active monitoring and 9,841 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, 97,242 samples had been collected until Friday (at 16h30). Overall, 149,561 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 206 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 14,488. 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 2,364 calls, with 195 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/28/covid-19-continua-a-aumentar-ram-ja-tem-160-casos-activos-mais-19-suspeitos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/29/mais-4-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-na-ram-sao-agora-161-os-activos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/30/13-novos-casos-de-covid-19-com-7-casos-de-transmissao-local-25-novos-suspeitos/

More details on the 7 cases of local transmission

The Madeira health authorities informed that 2 civil servants from the Madeira Social Security Institute (Instituto de Segurança Social da Madeira) and 3 relatives of one of the (2 young students and 1 adult) tested positive for Covid-19. In addition, the epidemiological investigation on a case that was diagnosed this week enabled another case to be identified. The other case of local transmission is of young student who is linked to a recently diagnosed Covid-19 case and who had already been in isolation for a week and under monitoring by the health authorities. As a result of these cases, the Madeira Social Security Institute, 2 schools in the Municipality of Funchal and the Municipality of Funchal activated their contingency plans.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/30/13-novos-casos-de-covid-19-com-7-casos-de-transmissao-local-25-novos-suspeitos/

Miguel Albuquerque remarks

Wikipedia

After the confirmation of several cases of local transmission of Covid-19, Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government made several remarks regarding the pandemic. He appealed for calm and believed the situation will be under control, particularly because the young student who had tested positive had already been in isolation for a week. He called on parents and schools to comply with the rules and assured the Regional Health Service is monitoring the evolution of the pandemic. Although he ruled out the existence of community transmission, he said it is likely that new cases will be detected since there has been an exponential increase in the number of cases. Furthermore, he said big restrictions will likely have to be introduced if the current pandemic situation continues. He also reminded that the sale of alcoholic drinks will be banned during the public Christmas festivities and that all care will be taken to avoid gatherings. He finished by saying there will be the traditional Christmas lighting, because it is about the psychological side of things and the Christmas spirit is part of what being a Madeiran is all about.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108475/Albuquerque_confirma_casos_de_transmisao_local_e_apela_a_tranquilidade

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108350/Se_a_pandemia_continuar_a_evoluir_desta_forma_vamos_ter_de_introduzir_grandes_restricoes

Fines for not wearing face masks

The use of face masks will be mandatory in public places where for social distancing is not possible. Failure to comply will result in a €100 to €500 fine for individuals and a fine of up to €5,000 for businesses, with 75% of the money generated going to the Autonomous Region of Madeira and 25% going to ARAE (Autoridade Regional das Atividades Económicas – Regional Economic Activity Authority).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108385/Falta_de_mascara_vai_dar_multa_

More than 27,000 vaccine doses administered in Madeira.As of the 28th of October, 27,756 doses of the flu vaccine were administered, with 55% being administered to people aged 65 or older. The vaccination campaign started on the 28th of September and vaccines can be administered from Monday to Saturday in places such as health centres, care homes, day centres and at home. A total of 56,000 doses were purchased by the Madeira Regional Government for a total cost of €460,000.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108240/Mais_de_27_mil_vacinas_administradas_na_RAM

Wizz Air flights from the UK to Madeira.

Wizz Air announced it will be launching flights between London Luton and Madeira. The first flight will take place on the 15th of December. There will be flights on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108356/Wizz_Air_anuncia_voos_para_a_Madeira_a_partir_de_dezembro

Water supply disruption

There will be several water supply disruptions next week in the Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, due to scheduled work on the water supply network to prevent water leaks. The following areas will be affected:

2nd November (9h00 e as 13h00) –  Ribeira da Caixa, Ribeira Fernanda, Pico e Salões, Igreja (Church) and Quinta do Leme

4th November (9h00 e as 13h00) – Ribeira da Alforra, Heras, Preces, Fonte da Rocha and Serrado da Adega

5th November (9h00 e as 13h00) – Rancho

6th November (9h00 e as 13h00) – Caldeira and Rancho

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/desporto/ver/108480/Fornecimento_de_agua_sera_interrompido_em_varias_zonas_de_Camara_de_Lobos__

 

   

 

 

Madeira Report 28th October by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 56 new Covid-19 cases and 16 recoveries from Covid-19 in Madeira since the previous Madeira Situation Report. Although Madeira has just witnessed the biggest 7-day increase in the number of Covid-19 infections (101 cases in the last 7 days), most cases were detected through airport screening and only a handful were cases of local transmission. 

On Saturday, there were 15 new Covid-19 cases (from 8 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 3 who had arrived from France, 2 who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 2 cases of local transmission and 2 recoveries.

On Sunday, there were 8 new Covid-19 cases (from 5 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from the Czech Republic and 1 case of local transmission linked to a recently diagnosed patient) and 2 recoveries.

On Monday, there were 19 new Covid-19 cases (from 6 passengers who had arrived from Poland, 5 who had arrived from the UK, 4 who had arrived from France, 3 who had arrived from Germany and 1 who had arrived from the Czech Republic) and 5 recoveries

And on Tuesday, there were 14 new Covid-19 cases (from 9 passengers who had arrived from the UK, 2 who had arrived from Germany, 1 who had arrived from Poland ,1 who had arrived from Northern Portugal and 1 case of local transmission) and 7 recoveries.

There are currently 151 active cases, of which 141 were imported and identified through airport screening, while the other 10 were a result of local transmission. So far, there have been 414 cases and 263 recoveries. As for the active cases, 128 are from non-residents while 23 are from Madeira residents. Madeira remains the only Portuguese district and autonomous region without any deaths from Covid-19.

There are currently 75 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 75 patients in isolation at their own accommodation and 1 patient hospitalised in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are currently 37 suspected cases under epidemiological investigation and analysis, 21 of which were identified through airport screening while 16 are linked to patients who tested positive for Covid-19. As of Tuesday, there had been 1874 suspected cases, of which 1,460 were not confirmed.

There are 7,724 people under active monitoring and 8,697 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, 95,279 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h00). Overall, 147,085 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 193 calls from Friday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 14,282. 

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 2,358 calls, with 194 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107864/Covid-19_Registados_15_novos_casos_na_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107934/Covid-19_IASAUDE_regista_oito_novos_casos_na_Regiao

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/10/26/mais-19-casos-activos-de-covid-19-surgiram-hoje-na-ram-ha-21-casos-suspeitos/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107936/Covid-19_Ha_49_casos_suspeitos_em_estudo_25_estao_relacionados_com_contactos_com_infetados

https://covidmadeira.pt/dashboard/

Regional Government looking for another hotel to host Covid-19 patients

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, confirmed the Regional Government has been meeting with hotel owners in order to find another hotel where Covid-19 patients can stay. Infected tourists will have to cover some of the cost of staying in isolation in a hotel. He is very concerned with the spread of the pandemic in Portugal and reinforced his appeal for all precautions to be taken. As for mandatory use of face masks in Portugal, he said the Regional Parliament will have to legislate on this but that the Madeiran people have been complying with this recommendation for a long time.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108078/Governo_Regional_procura_novo_hotel_para_acolher_doentes_com_covid-19

New equipment to transport patients with infectious diseases

Two innovative pieces of equipment that can safely transport patients with infectious diseases, particularly Covid-19, were purchased by the Madeira Regional Government, through its Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Proteção Civil). According to Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, Capsule BIO-BAG EBV – 30/40IN-CH is a mobile equipment that enables a patient with infectious diseases or with weak a immune system to be to be safely moved while protecting them from exposure to outside elements. It allows contact with patients to be safely and efficiently.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/107617/Protecao_Civil_adquire_equipamento_para_assegurar_transporte_de_doentes_com_doenca_infeciosa_na_Regiao

Miguel Albuquerque worried with risks of sports teams travelling into the mainland

The President of the Madeira Regional Government is worried with non-professional sports teams travelling into the mainland. As a result, the Regional Government will announce preventive measures on Wednesday. One of the measures could be the requirement of a second Covid-19 test linked to mandatory quarantine. It is currently attempting to reach a consensus with sports federations and associations so as to prevent infections in places where athletes meet, such as schools. Miguel Albuquerque appealed once again for the population to travel only if necessary.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108011/Covid-19_Albuquerque_apreensivo_com_os_riscos_associados_as_deslocacoes_de_equipas_

12 ambulances acquired

The Regional Civil Protection Service (Serviço Regional de Proteção Civil) will start public tender for the acquisition of 12 ambulances, with each costing €660,000. The Regional Government expects to invest over €700,000 on this project. The ambulances will increase the fleet of several fire services and Portuguese Red Cross Delegations and will increase the ability to provide pre-hospital emergency care and to reply to emergency calls to the European Emergency Number (112).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108020/Proteccao_Civil_compra_12_ambulancias_de_emergencia

TUI UK start Madeira flights

TUI OK started flights to Madeira on Monday. It brought forward the first flight by two months. The  189-seat aircraft carried 180 passengers  on the London Gatwick-Funchal flight. TUI OK is planning to have 1 weekly flight to Madeira, although this number could increase.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/108002/TUI_UK_inicia_voos_para_a_Madeira_com_aviao_cheio

 

 

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/

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

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

 

 

 

Madeira report by Daniel Fernandes, Wednesday 14th of October

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/

 

Madeira report by Daniel Fernandes, Saturday 10th of October

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

 

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.

 

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/

 

Madeira Report for Wednesday 30th of 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/

 

 

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

 

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

Paulette tropical storm 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/

 

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__

 

Madeira Situation report 14th – 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/

 

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 travelling from Madeira to England, Wales and Northern Ireland, passengers travelling 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, 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 test.

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/

 

 

Madeira Report Wednesday 9th September 2020

Covid-19 update

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

 

Saturday 5th of september

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

Madeira situation report from Daniel Fernandes, September 2nd 2020

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

 

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

 

Madeira Report 22nd August by Daniel Fernandes

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

 

 

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/

 

 

Madeira report by Daniel Fernandes Wednesday 19th August 2020

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

 

 

 

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

 

Madeira Situation Report – 12th August 2020 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

 

 

Madeira by Daniel Fernandes Monday 10th August 2020

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/

 

Madeira by Daniel Fernandes Saturday 8th of August

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.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/07/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-59-2020/

 

 

Madeira report Wednesday 5th August 2020 by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 5 new Covid-19 cases on Monday and 1 new case on Tuesday. The 5 cases from Monday were from 5 passengers who had been under epidemiological investigations and analysis, after screening at Funchal Airport. The other 2 suspected cases turned out to be negative. The case from Tuesday was from another passenger who had already been under epidemiological investigation and analysis.

On Monday, 2 passengers were placed under epidemiological investigation and analysis, with 1 coming back positive and another coming back negative. On Tuesday, 2 more suspected cases were identified and were waiting for the test results. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,576 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

So far, there have been 117 cases. There are currently 19 active cases, of which 16 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.

There are 14 patients in isolation at a dedicated hotel, 4 in isolation at their place of residence and 1 is in the Covid-19 unit at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

There are 7,314 people under active monitoring and 9,390 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, 20,315 samples had been collected until Tuesday (at 17h30). Overall, 48,447 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 126 calls from Sunday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,424.

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 1,832 calls, with 161 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/03/casos-de-covid-19-aumentam-na-madeira-hoje-ha-mais-5-total-agora-e-de-18/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/04/mais-um-caso-confirmado-de-covid-19-na-ram-ha-hoje-mais-dois-casos-suspeitos/

Another Lisbon laboratory where travellers to Madeira can be tested

Passengers traveling from mainland Portugal to Madeira can now be tested for Covid-19, free of charge, in 6 laboratories, after the Madeira Regional Government signed a deal with LUMILABO. This laboratory has the capacity to carry out 250 tests per day and has 13 sample collection points. Testing can be booked by phone (21 7210480) or by email (geral@lumilabo.pt or mail@lumilabo.pt). Sample collections take place from Monday to Saturday (07h00-19h00).

The Madeira Regional Government had already signed an agreement with 5 labs in the Portuguese mainland: 1 in Lisbon (Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas (CEDOC)), 1 in Coimbra (Laboratórios da Universidade de Coimbra), 1 in Porto (ADC Porto Ocidental), 1 in Vila Real (ADC Vila Real) and 1 in Barcelos (ADC Barcelos).

https://jornaleconomico.sapo.pt/noticias/madeira-estabelece-protocolo-com-laboratorio-em-lisboa-para-testes-gratuitos-para-covid-19-621611

Madeira residents can be tested for free before traveling to Azores

Madeira residents can be tested for Covid-19, free of charge, at SYNLAB, before traveling to the Azores archipelago. The laboratory is located at Rua do Bom Jesus (number 18). Testing must be booked by contacting SYNLAB by phone (291143454) or by email (agendamentos.funchal@synlab.pt). The ticket receipt or the electronic ticket of the flight to the Azores must be presented and samples can be collected from Monday to Friday (11h00-12h00 & 14h00-18h00).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100483/Covid-19_Testes_de_despiste_antes_de_viagem_para_os_Acores_sao_realizados_no_SYNLAB_do_Bom_Jesus

 Bathing ban at Praia das Palmeiras for several days

Bathing is banned at Praia das Palmeiras (Palmeiras Beach), located in Santa Cruz due to a rupture of the waste water lifting station in the municipal market. The rupture was detected on Friday. On Tuesday, it was found that the rupture had led to a discharge of sewage into the sea, which resulted in a bathing ban in the area between the swimming pool at Praia das Palmeiras and Praia de São Fernando (São Fernando beach – next to Hotel Vila Galé). The complexity of the necessary repair work means bathing in Santa Cruz is forbidden for several days. The red flag was raised at Praia das Palmeiras. Although the seawater swimming pool at Praia das Palmeiras can still be used, bathing could be banned if the problem has not been resolved by the time the sea water is renewed.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100467/Santa_Cruz_Praia_das_Palmeiras_interdita_a_banhos_durante_alguns_dias

Biggest ever heroin haul seizure in Madeira

Polícia Judiciária (PJ) made the biggest ever heroin haul seizure in Madeira after arresting a woman carrying about 10 Kg of heroin, the equivalent of about 120,000 individual doses. The arrest was made during an operation in the last weekend, after a four-month investigation. The 55 year-old woman was in possession of about 10 Kg of heroin at the time of her arrest, shortly after landing at Funchal Airport. The woman was remanded in custody. The PJ is continuing its investigation.

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/policia-judiciaria-faz-maior-apreensao-de-heroina-registada-na-madeira

Water supply disruptions

There will be several water supply disruptions today:

(09h00-12h00) – Caminho da Ladeira (Santo António)

(09h00-12h00) – Parish of Estreito de Câmara de Lobos – Castelejo, Rochas Altas, Casa Caída and Fajã das Galinhas

(14h00-17h00) – Parish of São Jorge – Farrobo, Achada Grande, Achada Felpa, Achado do Vigário, Covas, Corrida, Achadinha, Lombo do Cunha, Pé do Pico, Pico, São Pedro and Tanque

And there will be a water supply disruption tomorrow, from 14h00 to 18h00, in Porto Santo, affecting the following areas: Lombas and Matas.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/04/cmf-anuncia-corte-na-distribuicao-de-agua-amanha-em-santo-antonio/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/04/arm-avisa-para-interrupcao-no-abastecimento-de-agua-potavel-no-estreito-de-camara-de-lobos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/04/fornecimento-de-agua-interrompido-em-sao-jorge-no-dia-5-de-agosto-das-14-as-17h/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/04/arm-avisa-para-mais-um-corte-de-agua-desta-feita-no-porto-santo/

 

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes, Monday August 3rd 2020

Covid-19 update

There were 2 new Covid-19 cases on Saturday and 3 new cases on Sunday. The 3 cases from yesterday are from 3 tourists who had arrived from Switzerland. They had already been in isolation and under monitoring after a member of the group had tested positive on arrival last week. And 7 travellers are under epidemiological investigations and analysis after screening at Funchal Airport.

In more positive news, a patient who had arrived in Madeira and who had been in isolation in a designated hotel has recovered. So far, there have been 111 cases, 98 recoveries and 13 active cases. Ten of the active cases were imported and identified through screening at Funchal Airport, while the other 3 active cases were a result of a local transmission chain. And 8 patients are in isolation in a designated hotel while 5 are in isolation in a temporary home.

There are 6,467 people under active monitoring and 8,413 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Saturday, there had been 1,570 suspected cases, of which 1,459 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 17,794 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 45,654 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 113 calls from Friday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,424.

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 1,811 calls, with 160 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100260/Covid-19_Dois_novos_casos_identificados_na_Madeira

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/08/02/mais-3-casos-de-covid-19-na-ram-outros-sete-casos-suspeitos-sob-investigacao/

President of the Madeira Regional Government does not believe mandatory use of masks will deter visitors to Madeira

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, acknowledged the use of a face mask is “boring” but he does not believe its mandatory use in public places will deter visitors from coming to Madeira. Although he was aware this policy would be controversial, he believes it is preferable to have this policy in place than to face transmission chains and uncontrollable situations.

He reinforced this by highlighting two crucial developments coming up. The first is connected to the pandemic situation in countries such as Spain, France and Germany, which is “reaching alarming levels”. Madeira will be very exposed to tourists from these countries. The second is the reopening of schools and nurseries in the first fortnight of September. He said there will be 43,000 students and 6,000 teachers  which will mean more gatherings and a greater risk of transmission. Furthermore, the Region is expecting the arrival of 70,000 tourists in August and 80,000 in September.

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100155/_Nao_acredito_que_ninguem_deixe_de_vir_a_Madeira_por_causa_do_uso_da_mascara

Return of Jet2 to is a “happy day to Madeira”

Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, was very pleased with the return of Jet2 flights to Madeira after several months without any. Jet2 is the biggest British tourism operator to Madeira and today it will carry hundreds of people though several flights to the archipelago. He said this is happening despite the quarantine requirements for tourists when returning to the UK. He added that Jet2 had managed to motivate a large number of tourists who believe Madeira is a safe destination and who are still willing to come to Madeira on holiday, even if it means being in quarantine after their return. He believes Jet2 and the British market have shown great trust in Madeira due to the policies adopted by the Regional Government to ensure it is a safe destination and to the “exemplary control of the pandemic” in the Region. He finished by saying “the recovery is underway” and “it is necessary to believe and to use these positive news” to motivate the entire tourism industry.

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100310/Regresso_da_companhia_aerea_Jet2_e_um_dia_feliz_para_a_Madeira_diz_Eduardo_Jesus

Roadworks at Via Rápida (VR1)

The exit road of VR1 at junction 18 (nó 18 – Gaula– marked in red on the map), heading from Funchal towards Ribeira Brava, will be closed to traffic due to scheduled work on the road pavement, from August 4th (10h00) to August 5th (02h00).

As a diversion, Vialitoral suggests drivers exit at the previous junction (junction 19 – Boaventura) or at the following junction (junction 17 – Porto Novo). Vialitoral asked drivers to comply with all existing road signs. All similar information is available and constantly updated on the following website:

www.vialitoral.com

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100162/Vialitoral_encerra_saida_da_via_rapida_em_Gaula_no_sentido_Funchal_-_Ribeira_Brava

Water supply disruptions

There will be water supply disruptions tomorrow due to scheduled work on the water supply chain to prevent water leaks. The disruptions will affect the following areas:

Municipality of Câmara de Lobos – Vila, Pé do Pico and Espírito Santo (09h00 to 12h00)

Municipality of Santana – Corrida, Curral Velho, Fonte da Pedra, Lombo de Antão Alves, Pico, Pinheiro, Serra de Água, Silveira and Serrado (14h00 to 18h00)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100178/Abastecimento_de_agua_afetado_em_Camara_de_Lobos_a_4_de_agosto

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100180/Remodelacao_na_rede_deixa_Santana_sem_agua_em_varios_sitios_na_proxima_terca-feira

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

4th August – 09h00 to 11h30

– Calçada da Cabouqueira (numbers 17, 21, 62, 64, 76 and 80

5th August – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua do Lazareto (number 239)

– Beco do Ribeiro Seco (São Gonçalo)

5th and 6th August – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua dos Álamos (numbers 3 and 5)

6th August – 09h00 to 12h00

– Rua Nova da Igreja (S. Gonçalo) & Rua Prof. Modesto Trindade

– Beco do Carteiro

– Travessa Pedra Mole

– Calçada do Pico (numbers 12 and 14)

CAMPANÁRIO

4th August – 09h00 to 11h30

– Caminho da Pedra de Nossa Senhora & Caminho da Gloria

– Ribeiro dos Melões (including Via Litoral)

– Vigia (partial)

4th August – 09h30 to 09h45 & 16h00 to 16h15

– Chamorra de Baixo, Cima e Porta Nova

ARCO DA CALHETA

5th August – 09h30 to 11h30

– Faias

CALHETA

5th August – 09h30

– Pico Atouguia

SÃO VICENTE

5th August – 09h00 to 09h30 & 17h00 to 17h30

– Ginjas, Miradouro (Ginjas) and Parque Empresarial de São Vicente

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/2020/08/01/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-57-2020/

 

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There was a new Covid-19 case on the 29th of July, that of a traveller who had been tested at Funchal Airport. There are now 106 cases, with 9 active cases and 97 recoveries. Six active cases were imported and discovered as a result of monitoring at Funchal Airport while three were a result of a local transmission chain. There are 7 patients in isolation in a designated hotel and 2 in isolation at home. A suspected case was identified yesterday at Funchal Airport. An epidemiological investigation and lab analysis are being undertaken on the passenger.

There are 5,926 people under active monitoring and 7,720 people in self-monitoring. As for Covid-19 testing, 43,804 samples have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab).

A total of 16,108 samples had been collected at airports in Funchal and Porto Santo until yesterday (at 16h30). The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 163 calls from Tuesday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,311.

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 1,797 calls, with 160 people being monitored.

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-31-07-2020/

Exemptions on the mandatory use of face masks in outdoor public places

From the 1st of August, face mask use in most outdoor public spaces will be mandatory. However, there are a few exemptions:

  1. a) Children up to 10 years old;
  2. b) Disabled people (who have trouble inserting and removing the mask without assistance);
  3. c) Practicing sports;
  4. d) Beaches, swimming resorts and access to the sea, with the exception of toilets, where face mask use is mandatory;
  5. e) For physical exercising or leisure activities that require physical effort;
  6. f) Leisure and sporting activities in forests and recommended pedestrian trails, while complying with social distancing rules.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/30/estas-sao-algumas-das-excecoes-ao-uso-da-mascara-na-madeira-a-partir-de-1-de-agosto/

A&E expansion will ensure a better response to an eventual second wave of Covid-19

Work is being carried out to expand the A&E department at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, in Funchal. Other departments at the hospital are also being expanded. Expansion work started in April and is expected to end in August, after an investment of €1,5M. The Madeira Regional Government is confident this will ensure the hospital is able to provide a better response if there is a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, highlighted there are an additional 14 beds and that this expansion comes at an important time. He said that, if required, the hospital will be able to deal with nearly 100 Covid-19 patients at the same time. He added that the contingency plan for the flu-season will start in September and will have special features as a result of the ongoing pandemic.

Regarding healthcare staff, Pedro Ramos said the Regional Government hired 1,528 professionals in the previous government term. He added that it plans to hire more than 600 professionals in the next term, with an annual quota of 150 professionals, and that this year’s quota has been nearly filled. He also reminded that there are nearly 100 healthcare and APM (Associação de Promoção da Madeira – Madeira Promotion Bureau) staff on a permanent basis in both of the Region’s airports to screen passengers arriving in the Region.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100054/Covid-19_Ampliacao_das_urgencias_do_Funchal_permite_resposta_a_eventual_segunda_vaga

Flight frequencies at Madeira Airport to increase to 140 in August

The number of weekly frequencies at Madeira Airport (Funchal) is set to increase from 60 in July to 140 in August. Most visitors are Portuguese and European and there were also American visitors. The following airlines are planning to have flights to Madeira in August: TAP, easyJet, Transavia, Binter, Sata, Edelweiss Air, Jet Air Fly, Tui Fly, Jet 2, Smartwings, Lufthansa and British Airways.

Flights from Madeira to the following airports have been restored or will be restored: Lisbon, Porto, Paris, Amsterdam, Ponta Delgada (with connections to the USA), Canary Islands, Brussels, Zurich, Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Prague and British airports including London, Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds, Edinburgh and East Midlands. It is hoped the increase in frequencies will lead to a greater number of visitors to the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

READ MORE HERE

July reopening of Madeira tourism exceeded all expectations

The July reopening of tourism in Madeira exceeded all expectations, with the arrival and departure of 46,000 travellers. So far, 72% of all hotel accommodation has reopened and it is hoped this will increase to 84% by the end of August. Other hotels are expected to reopen in September and in October and about 10 have no reopening date, due to building work or other decisions that are not related to the reopening.

Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, argued that Madeira was “heavily punished” by the fact that several countries looked at national data as a whole and without distinguishing the Covid-19 situation in different regions. He added that Madeira made contact more than 80 times with the governments of the countries of origin of most tourists, in order to clarify and inform them of the real epidemiological situation in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

He said Madeira performed very well, not only though its control of the pandemic but also though the fact it is the only Portuguese region not to have had any Covid-19 deaths. He highlighted this by reminding that there had been 90 cases and 1 or 2 active cases before Madeira’s reopening to tourism, while a month later, there have only been another 10 cases, which means the current measures are being successful.

He added that Madeira was the first tourist region in Portugal to implement a good practices manual, to start the process of certifying the sanitary safety of Madeira and to introduce screening on arrival at its airports. He finished by saying the mandatory use of face masks in public spaces is a culmination of Madeira’s reopening.

Bruna Gouveia, Vice-President of IASAÚDE (Institute of Administration of Health), informed it could soon be possible for samples to be collected at hotels in Porto Santo. This could happen as a result of an increase in the number of tourists to the golden island and will have to be carried out under the guidance of the health authorities.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100142/Covid-19_Reabertura_do_turismo_na_Madeira_em_julho_superou_as_expectativas

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/100192/Covid-19_Hoteis_do_Porto_Santo_poderao_vir_a_fazer_colheitas

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption in the parish of Câmara de Lobos due to scheduled work on the water supply chain to prevent water leaks. The disruption will take place on the 4th of August, from 09h00 until 12h00, and will affect the following areas: Vila, Pé do Pico and Espírito Santo.

MORE INFORMATION HERE

 

Madeira Situation Report 27th – 28th July by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in the last two days. Overall, there have been 105 cases, with 8 active cases and 97 recoveries. Five of the active cases were imported into Madeira and identified after health checks at Funchal Airport and three were the result of local transmission. There are 7 patients in isolation in a designated hotel and 1 in isolation at home.

There are 5,119 people under active monitoring and 7,134 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Monday, there had been 1,563 suspected cases, of which 1,458 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 14,146 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 16h00). Overall, 41,435 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 88 calls from Sunday to Tuesday (34 from Sunday to Monday and 54 from Monday to Tuesday). Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,148.

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 1,763 calls with 159 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/28/madeira-continua-com-8-casos-ativos-de-covid-19/

Situation of Calamity extended

The Madeira Regional Government decided to extend the Situation of Calamity for another month,  from the 1st of August until the 31st of August.

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/covid-19-madeira-prorroga-situacao-de-calamidade-e-determina-uso-obrigatorio-de-mascara

Mandatory face mask use on ALL public spaces

The use of face masks will be mandatory on all public spaces in the Madeira Autonomous Region.  This measure will come into effect on the 1st of August. Children up to 10 years old, disabled people who find it difficult to insert and to remove the mask without assistance will be exempted from this measure. ARAE (Autoridade Regional das Atividades Económicas – Regional Economic Activity Authority) and the security forces will monitor compliance with this new measure.

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/covid-19-madeira-prorroga-situacao-de-calamidade-e-determina-uso-obrigatorio-de-mascara

Passengers who refuse to be tested for Covid-19 on arrival could be subjected to mandatory confinement

Passengers travelling to the Autonomous Region of Madeira who refuse to be tested on arrival could be charged with a crime of disobedience, and could be forced by health authorities to be in mandatory confinement in a designated hotel for 14 days. Such passengers would be charged for this period of quarantine.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99901/Passageiros_que_recusem_teste_na_chegada_a_Madeira_ficam_em_confinamento_obrigatorio

New rules for passengers

Passengers who had departed from Funchal and Porto Santo airports and returned within 72 hours must be tested between the 5th and 7th day.

Passengers on flights that had been diverted to Porto Santo must remain in mandatory isolation until boarding a new flight. Passengers who wish to stay in Porto Santo or to travel to Madeira by sea must be tested for Covid-19 (PCR test) at Porto Santo Airport, and remain in mandatory isolation until the test results are known. Passengers who fly from Porto Santo to Funchal must be identified and reported to the health authorities.

https://24.sapo.pt/atualidade/artigos/covid-19-madeira-prorroga-situacao-de-calamidade-e-determina-uso-obrigatorio-de-mascara

Roadworks at Via Rápida (VR1)

The exit and entrance roads to VR1 at junction 13 (nó 13 – Boa Nova – marked in red on the map), heading from Ribeira Brava towards Funchal, will be closed to traffic due to scheduled work on the road pavement, from July 31st to August 1st, between 21h00 and 07h00 (following day).

As a diversion, Vialitoral suggests drivers enter or exit at the previous or next junctions (junctions 12 and 14). Vialitoral asked drivers to comply with all existing road signs. All similar information is available and constantly updated on the following website: www.vialitoral.com

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99876/Vialitoral_encerra_dia_31_saida_e_entrada_da_via_rapida_do_no_13_Boa_Nova_no_sentido__Ribeira_Brava-Funchal

Water supply disruptions TODAY

There will be some scheduled water supply disruptions today. The following areas will be affected:

Câmara de Lobos (freguesia – parish) – Torre, Ponte dos Frades and Palmeira  (09h00-12h00)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99781/ARM_diz_que_havera_interrupcao_do_abastecimento_agua_em_Camara_de_Lobos

São Pedro (freguesia – parish) – Calçada de Santa Clara, Rua das Mercês and Largo Severiano Ferraz (14h00-18h00)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99849/Abastecimento_de_agua_sera_interrompido_amanha_na_Travessa_das_Capuchinhas

Santana (freguesia – parish) – Feiteira do Nuno, Atalho, Lamaceiros and Lombo do Curral (14h00-18h00)

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99856/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_em_Santana

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

29th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Rua de Santa Luzia (numbers 16 to 99)

– Travessa do Pina (numbers 1 to 18)

29th July to 31st July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Avenida Santiago Menor (numbers 58 and 60)

– Rua Dr. António Jardim de Oliveira (number 8) & Rua do Lazareto

– Travessa do Lazareto (numbers 2A and 7A) & Travessa 2ª do Lazareto

30th July – 09h00 to 12h00

– Rua Nova da Igreja (S. Gonçalo) & Rua Professor. Modesto Trindade

– Beco do Carteiro

– Travessa da Pedra Mole

31st July – 08h30 to 10h00

– Rua Dr. Fernão de Ornelas (number 41)

31st July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Travessa do Tanque (numbers 63, 65 and 69)

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/2020/07/25/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-54-2020/

 

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes  27th July 2020

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The suspected case that had been identified at Funchal Airport turned out to be negative. There were 2 recoveries. There are now 105 cases, with 8 active cases and 97 recoveries. Five of the active cases were imported into Madeira and identified after health checks at Funchal Airport and three were the result of local transmission. There are 7 patients in isolation in a designated hotel and 1 in isolation at home.

There are 4,919 people under active monitoring and 7,015 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Sunday, there had been 1,563 suspected cases, of which 1,458 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 12,762 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 16h00). Overall, 39,870 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 Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,060.

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 1,754 calls with 158 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/26/nao-se-confirmou-novo-caso-suspeito-de-covid-19-na-madeira-hoje-ha-mais-2-recuperados/

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

27th July – 09h00 to 12h00

– Caminho dos Saltos (number 191)

– Travessa da Casa Branca (number 4)

– Escadinhas dos Saltos

28th July – 09h00 to 12h00

– Beco da Pena (numbers 13, 15, 17 and 19)

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

– Caminho das Preces; Caminho de Santa Quitéria (numbers 66 to 76)

– Vereda dos Farias (numbers 1 to 43)

– Beco das Preces (numbers 1 to 11)

  • Travessa das Preces (numbers 28 to 41)

SÃO VICENTE

27th July – 09h30 to 10h00 & 12h00 to 12h30

– Sítio do Lanço; Sítio da Ribeira do Passo; Sítio das Furnas

27th July – 10h00 to 12h00

– Sítio da Ribeira do Passo

CAMACHA

28th July – 10h00 to 10h30 & 11h30 to 12h00

– Sítio do Rachão de Baixo; Sítio da Eira de Fora; Sítio do Lombo Barreto (IGA)

28th July – 10h00 to 12h00

– Sítio do Ribeiro Serrão

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/2020/07/25/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-54-2020/

 

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes  26th July 2020

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. However, another suspected case, of a traveller who had arrived at Funchal Airport, was identified by the health authorities. Laboratory testing and an epidemiological analysis are underway. There are 105 cases, with 10 active cases and 95 recoveries. There are 8 patients in isolation in a designated hotel and 2 patients in isolation at their residence.

There are 4,913 people under active monitoring and 7,021 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Friday, there had been 1,562 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 12,295 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 16h00). Overall, 38,884 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 45 calls from Friday to Saturday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 10,020.

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 1,752 calls with 158 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/25/madeira-com-mais-um-caso-suspeito-de-covid-19/

Madeira Tourism Secretary upbeat with tourist demand as a reaction to the control of the pandemic

Eduardo Jesus (Madeira Tourism Secretary) met with Grupo Abreu to learn more about its “Sonhando” campaign, which will bring 3,300 visitors, from Lisbon and Porto, to Porto Santo. He said Grupo Abreu’s visit to the Region allowed it to gain more knowledge of the Region as a tourist destination so it can advertise it more successfully. He also revealed his happiness with the tourists’ reaction to the pandemic control procedures Madeira introduced and added that the number of visitors and flight occupancy for tourism are very encouraging.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99701/Secretario_do_Turismo_otimista_com_a_reacao_da_procura_ao_controlo_da_pandemia

 

IASAÚDE announces new suspected case

IASAÚDE reported yesterday, in the update of the epidemiological situation in the Region, the identification of yet another suspicious case, which is being studied by the health authorities.

He is a traveller identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport, which arrived in the Region yesterday and whose epidemiological investigation and laboratory analyses are already underway.

Until July 24, 1562 notifications of suspected cases of covid-19 were counted in RAM, 1457 of which were not confirmed. The Region has so far recorded 105 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of whom 95 are recovered cases and 10 are active cases.

The 10 active cases consist of seven imported cases identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport and three cases of local transmission. Eight people are in isolation in a dedicated hotel unit. The other 2 active cases remain in isolation, in their own home.

To date, .people are being monitored by the health authorities of the various counties in the region, now using the MadeiraSafeToDiscover application, 4913 of these people are under active surveillance.

 

Madeira Situation Report 25th July 2020

Covid-19 Madeira registers three more cases

Madeira has recorded three new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the number of active patients to 10 and the total recorded in the archipelago to 105, the Institute of Administration of Health (IASAÚDE).

“Today, there are three new positive cases for covid-19 to be reported in the region, three of whom are residents of the municipality of Machico [east side of the island], who were being monitored by the health authorities for being close contacts of a case recently diagnosed imported positive “, said IASAÚDE vice president, Bruna Gouveia, in videoconference, in Funchal.

The archipelago now records a total of 105 confirmed cases, of which 95 are recovered. The first case was reported on March 16.

“The 10 cases of active infection consist of seven cases imported and identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport and three are the cases currently notified of local transmission”, said Bruna Gouveia.

The head of IASAÚDE explained that these three people are all from the same household and shared the home.

Eight of the active patients are in isolation in a hotel unit requested by the Regional Government and two remain at home, without the need for hospital care.

Bruna Gouveia indicated, on the other hand, that 11,513 travellers have already been subjected to the covid-19 test at Madeira and Porto Santo airports, out of a total of about 21,000 that disembarked since the screening operation took effect on July 1.

On this date, the Regional Government, of the PSD / CDS-PP coalition, replaced the quarantine regime with the obligation for passengers to present a negative test carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip, or else to do it on arrival.

Travelers are also monitored through an application, called ‘MadeiraSaveToDiscover’, in which more than 30,000 people are already registered.

Currently, 11,303 people are being monitored by the archipelago’s health authorities, of whom 4,767 are under active surveillance.

 

Madeira Situation Report 24th July 2020

Testing for Covid-19 now available in Vila Real when travelling to Madeira

Since July 1, passengers wishing to travel to the Autonomous Region of Madeira can take the PCR test in continental Portugal, free of charge, in Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto and now also in Vila Real.

The protocol was signed between the Regional Government, through the Health Administration Institute with the Center for the Study of Chronic Diseases (CEDOC) in Lisbon, with the Clinical Analysis laboratory of the University of Coimbra, in Porto, and in Vila Real with the Northern Regional Health Administration (ARS Norte).

In the case of CEDOC, interested parties have been able to do this since July 1st, in Coimbra since July 13th, in Porto since July 21st and in Vila Real since July 22nd.

In all situations, interested parties only have to present a copy of their electronic ticket or travel receipt.

In the case of Lisbon, the passenger must contact CEDOC, by phone, email and / or using the mentioned form, to schedule the harvest (Contacts: 910459769 / email: diagnostico.covid@nms.unl.pt).

In the case of Coimbra, it is possible to harvest at a Health Center or at the University of Coimbra. Schedules are from 9 am to 8 pm, on working days, and from 2 pm to 8 pm, at the weekend. Interested parties can schedule their test through the phone: 239 240800.

In the case of Porto, interested parties may request the sample collection schedule through one of the following modalities: Sending an email to adc.pocidental@arsnorte.min-saude.pt with the following data: name; SNS user number; date of birth; mobile number; email contact; destination address; copy of electronic ticket and / or travel receipt. Test location: Rua da Constitution, 1656 | 4250-162 Porto (ADC PORTO OCIDENTAL).

In the case of Vila Real, it is possible to carry out the PCR test for covid-19, free of charge, through the following contacts: Scheduling the harvest through email: adc.vreal@arsnorte.min-saude.pt. Test location: Vila Real ADC – Vila Real Health Center nº 2 | Rua 3 Lagares, Quinta da Redonda – Mateus | 5000-577 Vila Real (ADC VILA REAL)

This measure is part of the regional strategy to contain and prevent covid-19 in the Region.

No water in some areas of São Gonçalo

The Funchal City Council informs that, today, Friday, July 24, due to an urgent and urgent intervention in the Boa Nova water network, in the parish of São Gonçalo, it will be necessary to interrupt the water supply, between the 9 am and 4 pm, in the following streets: Estrada da Boa Nova; Ladeira da Fonte and Caminho da Fonte.

The municipality thanks everyone for their understanding.

 

Madeira Situation Report 23rd July 2020

Covid 19 Statistics

The Region has so far recorded 102 confirmed cases of covid-19, of which 94 are recovered cases and 8 are active cases.

The 8 active cases consist of imported cases identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport.

To date, 10,956 people are being accompanied by the health authorities of the various counties in the Region, using the MadeiraSafeToDiscover application.

4,722 of these people are under active surveillance.

Jamie Filipe Ramos – Madeira has been abandoned by Lisbon

The leader of the PSD parliamentary bench again criticized the options of the Government of the Republic and said that “Madeira has been abandoned by Lisbon”.

“It was more important to guarantee the pot of gold to Mário Centeno” or to inject 1.2 billion euros into TAP “than to respond to the needs of Madeirans”, he said, mentioning that the Region is assuming “alone” the costs with the Covid-19.

“If Portugal is clamouring – and rightly – for foreign aid, at least it should set an example and help all regions”, he criticized, demanding “lost funds and new ways” to overcome the installed crisis.

For the leader of the PSD parliamentary bench, all the answers that exist to combat the covid-19 are within the proposal of the supplementary budget.

“This is not the time to falter. Nor for lyricism. This is one of the times when courage, determination and stability are needed”, so “Madeira more than ever needs this parliamentary majority to mitigate fear”, he said.

 

Madeira Situation Report 22nd July 2020

Madeira has eight active cases of covid-19 infection, detected in the screening carried out at the region’s Airport, totalling 102 infected and 94 recovered patients, the health authority said yesterday.

In the epidemiological bulletin distributed by the Institute of Health Administration (IASAÚDE), it can be read that, “until the end of July 20, 1,559 notifications of suspected cases of covid-19 were recorded in the Autonomous Region of Madeira, 1,457 of which have not been confirmed”.

The eight cases that remain active “are imported” and were “identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport”, in Funchal.

Of these patients, four “were transferred” from the Inpatient Unit of Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, in Funchal, to a hotel unit, “where they will remain in isolation and accompanied by health authorities”, with the rest being in their own home.

“To date, 10,592 people are being monitored by the health authorities of the various counties in the region, now using the ‘MadeiraSafeToDiscover’ application, and 4,566 are under active surveillance”, mentions IASAÚDE.

In the traveller screening operation carried out at the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo, “there is a cumulative total of 9,923 harvests for testing the covid-19 carried out on site” until 6:30 pm today.

As for the total number of tests carried out in Madeira, the regional health authority indicates that “35,711 samples were processed by the end of the 20th”.

Covid-19 Madeira Assembly Plenary Sessions with all Deputies from 15th September

The plenary sessions of the Madeira Assembly will once again take place with all elected deputies, 47, representing five parties (PSD, PS, CDS, JPP, CDU), as of September 15, announced today the president of the regional parliament.

“It was decided that as of September 15, if there is no resurgence of the pandemic, the plenary will now have the 47 deputies in office, instead of the operating and deliberation quorum that we had been adopting in this period more difficult to confine and gradually de-define parliamentary work ”, declared the president of the Legislative Assembly of Madeira (ALM).

José Manuel Rodrigues (CDS-PP) was speaking at a press conference, after the meeting of the Conference of Representatives of the Parties with a seat in the island parliament.

The Legislative Assembly of Madeira is composed of 47 deputies, being 21 from PSD, 19 from PS, three from CDS, three from JPP and one from PCP.

The president of the island parliament also informed that the ALM will invest in the remodeling of the audio-visual media, to allow the creation of a parliament channel in the medium term, and in the facilities destined to the journalists who cover the parliamentary activity.

One of the projects, he said, is “the remodelling of the journalists’ room, which will be transformed into an auditorium and also into a support room for professionals who cover parliamentary work, with better physical and technical conditions”.

Another planned investment highlighted by José Manuel Rodrigues is in the “audio-visual media of the regional parliament, in the sense that in the medium term ALM may have a parliamentary channel, similar to what happens with the Assembly of the Republic and other regional and the national parliaments”.

Madeira Situation Report Tuesday 21st July

Madeira

Madeira remains with 102 confirmed cases of Covid-19

The Region currently maintains 102 confirmed cases of covid-19, of which 94 are recovered cases and 8 are active cases.

In the epidemiological report published today by IASAÚDE, until the end of July 19, 1,559 notifications of suspected cases of covid-19 were recorded in RAM, 1,457 of which were not confirmed.

The 8 active cases consist of imported cases identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport.

Four people are in isolation at the Polyvalent Inpatient Unit dedicated to covid-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça.

To date, 10,321 people are being monitored by the health authorities of the various counties in the region, now using the MadeiraSafeToDiscover application, 4603 of these people are under active surveillance.

Regarding other tests for covid-19 screening performed, in RAM, 34,421 samples were processed (until the end of 07/19/2020).

In the context of the operation of screening travelers at the entrance to the airports of Madeira and Porto Santo, there is a cumulative total of 9,279 harvests for testing the covid-19 carried out on the spot (until 17:30 today).

Cristiano Ronaldo Jersey raises 3250 Euros for Covid-19 Emergency fund

The solidarity auction of a Juventus jersey signed by the best football player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, ended last July 6. The highest bid reached 3,520 euros.

An action promoted by the Emergency Fund opens: COVID-19, which is intended to provide access to medicines, health products and services to citizens who have become economically more vulnerable as a result of the current pandemic.

According to the organization, “with this amount it will be possible to give a hand to more people”.

The winning couple, Vânia Moreira and Nuno Vieira, affirm that “in life, we do not walk alone. Our well-being depends on so many known and unknown people around us. It was with great pleasure that we took part in this solidarity action, allowing open: continue to bring health to those in need, with the satisfaction that we feel every time Cristiano Ronaldo gives us a joy. And it has given us so many “.

It should be noted that the auction took place over two weeks on the eSolidar Platform, had dozens of tenders and aimed to help the most disadvantaged in accessing the medicine.

The value of the winning proposal was fully incorporated into the Emergency Fund abem: COVID-19.

Emergência abem: COVID-19 is a solidarity movement, created by Associação Dignitude in March this year to face the negative consequences of the pandemic COVID-19. By helping economically most vulnerable people to access medicines, health products and services, the aim is to minimize the social effects already felt by thousands of Portuguese.

The auction is over, but the need to help those most in need remains.

Therefore, everyone can show solidarity and make a donation to the Emergency Fund abem: COVID-19 through bank transfer to IBAN: PT50.0036.0000.99105930085.59 ; via MB WAY: 932 440 068 ; directly on the website www.abem.pt or page Facebook ABEM: . Donors can send proof of transfer, name and TIN to geral@dignitude.org , in order to receive the donation receipt.

It should be noted that this is an initiative supported by Portugal Inovação Social, through European Union Funds.

President of Madeira Regional Government wants tightened supervision at Madeira Wine rally

The President of the Regional Government said yesterday did not like to see the images of gatherings of people attending the Calheta rally, last weekend, and warned that the moment we live in “is not for games”.

“Unfortunately, there was a group of people – not many – who did not comply” with the social distance and the wearing of the mask in the Calheta rally, Miguel Miguel found today, on the sidelines of the 8th anniversary of Banco Alimentar – Mão Solidária, in Santo António, in Funchal.

For this reason, the inspection will tighten again, to “control and contain any pandemic outbreak in the Region”.

“I want to point out that what happened at the bar level is already being controlled by PSP and GNR. And the Government is with the PSP and the GNR. So it’s public health; we are not going to play” he said.

Because of the relaxation that has been seen, the Regional Government will now talk to the director of the Madeira Wine Rally that will take place from 6 to 8 August.

Miguel Albuquerque clarifies that the Government does not want to take punitive action, and relies on people’s “common sense” to adjust their behavior.

“No one will be walking around here with a stick behind people, but people, even the youngest, have to realize that they can have fun, keeping the rules of distance,” he said.

But if they don’t comply, “I have no problem taking the measures I have to take. What I don’t want is to have to close this again, and we get into a situation of social catastrophe,” he said, admitting that they are on the table “all measures”.

In this sense, he concluded: “the rally – any event – will not jeopardize public health in Madeira”.

Even so, Miguel Albuquerque does not intend to suspend the rally, as he believes that “everything can be done as long as it is within the rules”.

Madeira news Monday 20th of July

Covid – 19

Four people are in isolation at the Multipurpose Inpatient Unit dedicated to COVID-19 at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The 8 active cases consist of imported cases identified in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at the Covid-19 Screening Unit at Madeira Airport.

To date, 9970 people are being monitored by the health authorities of the various counties in the region, now using the MadeiraSafeToDiscover application, 4570 of these people are under active surveillance.

 https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99146/Covid-19_Quatro_doentes_continuam_em_isolamento_no_hospital_dr_Nelio_Mendonca

Porto to Ponto Santo flights

SATA Azores Airlines have guaranteed two weekly flights, between Lisbon and Porto and Porto Santo, between the months of July and the end of September, says the newspaper ‘Açoriano Oriental’.

It is a sign of the company’s resumption that will thus establish the weekly air operation with the golden island. The newspaper also said that flights between Lisbon and Porto Santo, depart from the Portuguese capital every Monday at 3 pm and from the city of Porto, on the same day, at 8.20 pm.

Bars closed and PSP tow away cars in Funchal

The Public Security Police (PSP) ordered the closure of at least two bars in Funchal and towed several vehicles parked at bus stops on Avenida do Mar. Traffic tickets for irregular parking were also imposed on cars parked near the Old Town of the city

The President of the Regional Government had already warned that he requested, with the security forces, an increased inspection at Madeiran night, precisely because there were some spaces overcrowded. People were not complying with the rules enacted by health authorities. At the end of Saturday night and during this early morning, in Funchal, Miguel Albuquerque’s words were very noticeable.

The Public Security Police (PSP) mobilized several agents for the field over the last night, who started by fining several vehicles owners in the vicinity of the Old Town of Funchal, more specifically at Rua Bela de São Tiago. In question will be violations for irregular parking along this artery.

At Rua das Fontes, where at midnight there was a large crowd of people consuming alcohol on the public road – which is not allowed, by law, in Madeira – everything “was transformed at a glance”. The police arrived, dispersed the crowds, noted non-compliance and approached the owner of one of the spaces located there, who was forced to close the door earlier. At Zona Velha, namely Rua de Santa Maria, one of the best known nightlife establishments, Venda Velha, also ended up closing early on a Saturday night, at 00:30. The administrator of Grupo Café do Teatro, Dário Silva, criticised this on his personal Facebook account.

PSD-Madeira is hesitant to come together in the next 2021 Local elections.

The party president, Miguel Albuquerque, said yesterday he does not want to make the mistakes of 2017 and will listen to local political commissions. What is certain is that an agreement with the CDS extended to the entire Region is complicated. Funchal, on the other hand, remains the biggest unknown.

And there are several other situations to resolve. For example, in Ribeira Brava, support for Ricardo Nascimento implies places on the list for the municipality. And in mainland Portugal, the national PSD sent a message that is surprising social democrats.

 

Madeira Situation Report Sunday 19th of July

Covid-19 statistics

Yesterday there was a new positive case of COVID-19 to report, namely a traveller tested for COVID19 in the context of the surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport.

The region has so far recorded 102 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of whom 93 are recovered cases and 9 are active cases. Earlier in the day according to the DGS bulletin Madeira has had 101 cases of infection since the beginning of the pandemic.

It is recalled that the two new cases of covid-19, announced yesterday by IASAÚDE, do not reside in Madeira and are installed in the municipality of Santa Cruz. Thus, Madeira has eight active cases, while the total number of positive cases recorded since the beginning of the pandemic in the Region now stands at 101.

Miguel Albuquerque Guarantees the Madeira Airport has “The ability to monitor and control outbreaks of infection”

During a visit to a private project in Montado das Rabaças, in Ponta do Sol, Miguel Albuquerque was questioned by journalists regarding Fridays’ arrival of the British Airways flight, which marks the resumption of flights from London, replying that the entire monitoring of Madeira Airport “is working very well” and that alarmism is not necessary.

The president of the Regional Executive ensured that all passengers arriving at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport are monitored. “Through the computer and the algorithm we were able to contact everyone. The system is operating in full security” he said, stressing that the airport has “the ability to monitor and control outbreaks of infection”.

“I think this flight is capable of bringing tourists, but it will mainly bring Madeirans who will return to their land (…) England is one of the countries with the highest infection rates, we are taking great care of the control at the airport and in monitoring who disembark”. He said that “there is no point in panicking, because the monitoring system we have is working very well”.

Miguel Albuquerque took the opportunity to appeal to the owners of bars and restaurants in the region. “The situation is not normal, we are in a situation of full pandemic and therefore people have to comply with the rules. I appeal to the owners of bars and restaurants who have to determine and alert customers to distance, the use of a mask and not to allow crowds to happen”.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99050/Miguel_Albuquerque_garante_que_o_Aeroporto_da_Madeira_tem_capacidade_de_monitorizar_e_controlar_os_focos_de_infecao

The PSD Parliamentary Group considers that Madeira is an example at national and international level in the fight against Covid-19.

In an initiative carried out at the entrance of the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, where the Unit dedicated to the pandemic is installed, Mrs Conceição Pereira stressed that this disease led Madeira to adopt specific measures in order to prevent the spread of the infection, with the concern to protect the population, patients and health professionals.

In view of this scenario, the deputy underlined, for the Region Budget for 2020, presenting in January of this year, “it was necessary to present a supplementary budget in which the largest percentage goes to health, in the order of 115 million euros, to face expenses already incurred and future ones that may occur “.

“We know that it was necessary to purchase personal protective material, masks, gloves, gowns, ventilators for adults and children, and other types of material, including disinfection and acrylic dividers, as well as creating their own spaces. All of this led to an increase in spending and the need for more funds. ”

The deputy stressed that this pandemic also led to more mobilization of the staff, noting that, since March of this year, about 510 health professionals, mostly doctors and nurses, are attached to the specific care unit Covid, which also implies more costs. Conceição Pereira added that at Madeira and Porto Santo airports there are 100 professionals, ensuring a permanent service.

In addition, and of all the material that has already been acquired, the deputy said that it is also necessary to think about the future and the possibility of an aggravation of the pandemic, with more tests and the acquisition of new medication that may eventually arise, therefore, the Region must be endowed with funds to prevent this situation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/99043/Orcamento_suplementar_preve_mais_115_milhoes_para_a_saude_afirma_PSD

 

Madeira Situation Report Saturday 

Our colleague Daniel Fernandes is currently taking a well deserved holiday so this is a shorted version of the daily report he has kindly provided

Playgrounds allowed to reopen today

The Madeira Regional Government authorised the reopening of playgrounds in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The following rules and guidelines must be complied with:

  1. a) The owner/operator of the playground must have a contingency plan and must place, in a visible place, information on the respiratory etiquette and correct hand washing rules as well as the operating rules.
  2. b) Mandatory use of face masks by children aged 10 or older and their companion.
  3. c) Maintain social distancing – a minimum of 2 metres, unless people are from the same household or a child’s companion.
  4. d) There must be a mechanism to monitor/control the use of slides, swings and similar equipments in order to avoid gatherings of parents and children, ideally with a distancing of 3 metres.
  5. e) Respiratory etiquette must be complied with.
  6. f) It is forbidden to share materials and equipments and to bring toys to the playground.
  7. g) Owners/operators must provide an antiseptic or alcohol-based solution and its dispensers must be placed at the entrance of the playground, entrance and exit of the toilets and at the areas where there are equipments such as slides.
  8. h) The entities responsible for the playgrounds must ensure the playground is properly enclosed and there are appropriate entrance and exit points, so as to prevent gatherings and people coming into close contact with each other.
  9. i) The child’s companion or guardian must carry an antiseptic or alcohol-based solution and frequently disinfect the child’s hands.
  10. j) There must be more frequent cleaning and disinfection of the premises, surfaces and equipments. There must also be a cleaning record sheet.
  11. k) Water fountains should be avoided, even if they have a foot pedal.
  12. m) It is forbidden to eat or drink.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98133/Parques_infantis_da_Regiao_autorizados_a_reabrir_a_18_de_julho_Conheca_as_regras

Grupo Sousa to triple support for Banco Alimentar da Madeira

Grupo Sousa has renewed a partnership with Banco Alimentar da Madeira (the Madeira branch of one of the most famous food banks in Portugal). This partnership has been taking place since 2014 and has enabled Banco Alimentar da Madeira to participate in the “Papel por Alimentos” (Paper for Food) campaign, to ensure the reception of food sent by Federação Portuguesa dos Bancos Alimentares (a federation of Portuguese foodbanks) and to provide support the annual food collection campaigns.

Overall, and until 2019, 18 containers carrying 425 tons of paper were sent to the mainland, which ended up being exchanged for 34 tons of food that benefited deprived people in Madeira.

The partnership renewal came at a particularly demanding period for Banco Alimentar da Madeira, due to the social needs caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, Grupo Sousa decided to triple the amount of donations to Banco Alimentar da Madeira. This means Banco Alimentar da Madeira will receive €24,000 from Grupo Sousa. This will provide some breathing space to Banco Alimentar da Madeira. Fátima Aveiro, from Banco Alimentar, revealed there are 55 donors and that 300 people asked Banco Alimentar da Madeira to provide food.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98849/Grupo_Sousa_triplica_apoio_ao_Banco_Alimentar_da_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98980/Banco_Alimentar_Contra_a_Fome_recebe__24_mil_euros_do_grupo_Sousa

 

Madeira situation report Friday 17th July by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. However, another patient was taken to the Covid-19 unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça hospital. There are now 2 patients in hospital. Both hospitalised patients are non-residents and had previously been in isolation in the Municipality of Funchal and the other in the Municipality of Santana. The number of cases remains at 99, with 93 recoveries and 6 active cases. All active cases came from outside the Madeira archipelago and were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport.

There are 4,577 people under active monitoring and 4,609 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Wednesday, there had been 1,556 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 7,130 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 32,165 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 45 calls from Wednesday to Thursday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,654.

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 1,670 calls, with 155 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/16/sao-agora-dois-os-internados-com-covid-19-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/

Regional Government decision on camping in forests and protected areas

The Government Council met yesterday and announced camping is allowed as long as the following compulsory measures are complied with:

1) Compliance with a capacity limit of 50% of the normal capacity (tents/number of campers).

2) Keep social distancing – 5 metres between tents, unless campers are from the same household.

3) Gatherings are forbidden, unless they belong to the same household and have a maximum limit of 10 people.

4) Campers must social distancing – 2 metres between campers, unless they are from the same household.

5) Comply with breathing etiquette and hand-hygiene rules, and take all necessary precautions for individual protection, particularly regarding the use of face masks.

6) Sanitary facilities will remain closed, apart from those that can be regularly cleaned and disinfected.

7) Campers must collect all rubbish they produce, regardless of their type, and drop them at the proper collection points.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98887/Verifique_as_conclusoes_do_Conselho_do_Governo_desta_quinta-feira

Successful merchant ship crew change

The first merchant ship crew change, since the 13th of March, took place on Monday at the Port of Funchal. The operation involved 6 crew members, 3 who disembarked and 3 who boarded the ship. This was possible due to a special legislative and operational framework, created by the Region, to overcome the global restrictions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic so as to allow maritime ship crew changes to take place.

The crew members who had been due to board the ship were tested on arrival at Funchal Airport and were placed in isolation in a hotel while waiting for the test results. They were allowed to board the ship after the negative test result had been announced.

The crew members who disembarked the ship were tested on arrival in a Covid-19 isolation room at Port of Funchal and were placed in isolation in a hotel while waiting for the test results. They were allowed to leave the Region after the negative test result had been announced.

The operation took place offshore, using a vessel whose crew were wearing full PPE, as a precaution against potential suspected cases. Adequate social distancing was ensured between the crew who disembarked and the crew who boarded.

This operation was coordinated by APRAM – Portos da Madeira (Madeira Ports) and several entities including the shipowner, the shipping agent, the port authority, the health authorities, the maritime authority, border control and customs authority.

According to Rui Humberto Lopes, Covid Protection and Coordination Officer, the operation was judged to have been a success and since Madeira is on the path of the traditional transatlantic routes, it is expected that similar operations will take place in the future.

APORMAR – Agência Portuguesa de Marítimos (Portuguese Seafarers Agency) issued a statement highlighting that “few countries allow their ports and airports to be used for crew changes, enabling crew members to disembark and their replacements to board”. It added that as a result of the Region’s decision and availability, crew members who had been at sea for months were allowed to have a rest and to return to their countries and families, while others were able to return to work and to earn a living.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98782/Covid-19_Tripulantes_de_navio_mercante_substituidos_com_sucesso

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:

CAMPANÁRIO

17th July – 10h030 to 10h45 & 16h00 to 16h30

– Sítio do Pinheiro & Sítio do Tranqual (partial)

– Rua Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 550 to 605)

RIBEIRA BRAVA

17th July – 09h00 to 11h30

– Sítio da Boa Morte (including IGA and western entry of Túnel da Boa Morte at ER 112)

CANIÇO

18th July – 14h00 to 16h00

– Estrada Avelino Pinto (between Rua Baden Powell and Rua Encosta dos Magos)

– Rua Encosta dos Magos & Rua Baden Powell (partial)

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/2020/07/16/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-51-2020/

Madeira Situation Report 16th July by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The number of cases remains at 99, with 93 recoveries and 6 active cases. All active cases came from outside the Madeira archipelago and were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. Three active cases are from Madeira residents and three are from non-residents. There are 2 active cases in Funchal (1 resident and 1 non-resident), 2 active cases in Santa Cruz (1 resident and 1 non-resident), 1 active case in Santa Cruz (1 resident) and 1 active case in Santana (non-resident). One patient remains in the Covid-19 unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça hospital.

There are 4,314 people under active monitoring and 3,908 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,556 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 6,268 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 31,499 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 26 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,609.

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 1,653 calls, with 154 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/15/nao-ha-novos-casos-covid-19-a-reportar-continuam-6-activos-um-dos-quais-internado/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98797/Casos_ativos_de_covid-19_confinados_em_Santana_Santa_Cruz_Machico_e_Funchal

Madeira Regional Government in negotiations for tourists to be tested at the country of departure

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, revealed that the Regional Government has been involved in negotiations so that tourists from the main source markets of tourism (for example England and Germany) can be tested before flying into Madeira. He said such an approach, in cooperation with tour operators, would be less risky and more practical. However, he also said this idea will only succeed if there are affordable prices.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98793/Madeira_negocia_para_testar_na_origem_turistas_dos_principais_mercados_emissores

Consuls and hotel representatives toured Covid-19 monitoring units

The Consuls of Belgium, Finland, France, Norway and Spain and some of the Region’s hotel representatives toured the Public Health Unit (Unidade de Saúde Pública) at Bom Jesus Health Centre (Centro de Saúde do Bom Jesus). This unit has a multidisciplinary team led by Dr. Maurício Melim, a doctor specialised in public health, that is working everyday to monitor the Covid-19 situation in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

Afterwards, the same group headed to Madeira International Airport (Funchal), where it had the opportunity to visit the tracking and epidemiological surveillance unit that has been dealing with all passengers who have landed since the 1st of July.

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, highlighted the importance of these units in ensuring a safe reopening of the Region. He also thanked all the entities that were represented on this visit that allowed their representatives to see for themselves the Regional Government strategy for preventing Covid-19 in the Region.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98807/Consules_e_hoteleiros_visitaram_unidade_de_rastreio_a_covid-19

Funchal Municipality promoting “Stock Off Funchal”

The Municipality of Funchal is promoting the “Stock Off Funchal” campaign, which aims to help the Funchal city centre shops to promote themselves, increase sales and make customers aware of their brands and discounts. Shops must have special offers and discounts that boost their business, increase sales and stock renewal. This digital marketing campaign is part of the Municipality’s reopening strategy and is taking place until the 31st of August. So far, 30 shops have already signed up to this scheme.

Customers can find out all the participating shops, divided by categories, on its Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/stockoffunchal/). Shop owners can submit an application by filling an online form (https://forms.gle/TmVKNPfojwwgsBcQ9). The law on discounts and other promotional offers must be complied with. The Municipality of Funchal is available to answer any queries related to this campaign, by email (stockoff@cm-funchal.pt) or by telephone (291 211 041).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98783/CMF_promove_Stock_Off_Funchal_ate_31_de_agosto

Flights cancelled or diverted due to heavy winds

An easyJet flight from Lisbon had to return to Lisbon and an easyJet flight from Porto had to return to Lisbon due to heavy winds at Cristiano Ronaldo International Airport (Funchal). In addition, a TAP flight to Lisbon, the first flight of the day (07h10), was cancelled. There were no departures or landings at Funchal Airport for most of the day. Binter, which has flights between Funchal and Porto Santo, did not operate any flights either.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98734/Vento_forte_no_Aeroporto_da_Madeira_faz_divergir_mais_um_voo_proveniente_de_Lisboa_

Possible water supply disruption in Santa Luzia

The Municipality of Funchal announced that there will be sscheduled work on the water supply chain will be carried out today, from 09h00 until 16h00, at Rua Pedro José de Ornelas, in Santa Luzia. This could result in a water supply disruption at the aforementioned street.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98761/Abastecimento_de_agua_podera_ser_afetado_amanha_na_Rua_Pedro_Jose_de_Ornelas

 

Madeira Wednesday 15th of July

Covid-19 update

There was a new Covid-19 case yesterday. The number of cases remains 99, with 93 recoveries and 6 active cases. All active cases came from outside the Madeira archipelago and were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. Three active cases are from Madeira residents and three are from non-residents. One patient remains in the Covid-19 unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça hospital.

There are 4,281 people under active monitoring and 3,897 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Monday, there had been 1,556 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal and Porto Santo airports, 6,143 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 31,047 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 32 calls from Monday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,589. 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 1,639 calls, with 154 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/14/nao-ha-novos-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-mantem-se-seis-casos-activos-na-regiao/

Checks on compliance with Covid-19 guidelines

Yesterday, several teams from ARAE (Autoridade Regional das Atividades Económicas – Regional Economic Activity Authority) carried out an inspection in Funchal to check if Covid-19 guidelines such as social distancing, the use of face masks, maximum capacity limits and distancing between tables were being complied with. They checked if business owners, employees and customers were complying with the guidelines. Several establishments, including supermarkets, were inspected.

 

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/14/arae-fiscaliza-lotacao-distanciamento-e-uso-de-mascaras-nos-estabelecimentos-comerciais/

40 Madeira companies signed up to certification

More than 40 Madeira companies have already adhered to the SGS Portugal certification on good practices in managing biological risks. According to SGS Portugal, there was high interest in this certificate from a wide range of Madeira companies such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, tourist entertainment, car rental and others that aimed to prove their compliance with good practices and to increase tourist trust.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98648/40_empresas_da_Madeira_ja_aderiram_a_certificacao_de_boas_praticas_na_gestao_de_riscos_biologicos_

MadeiraShopping complies with the highest hygiene standards

MadeiraShoping has adopted hygiene and cleaning procedures through a partnership with SGS, a world leader in inspection, monitoring, testing and certification. This partnership aims to the ensure the safety and well-being of all customers, visitors, staff and suppliers.

MadeiraShopping received a hygiene monitoring certification and an evaluation of SGS disinfection, after a thorough inspection. It confirmed the rigorous implementation of protocols and guidelines and reinforced Sonae Sierra’s commitment on safety and prevention.

MadeiraShopping enhanced its current protocols on hygiene in the management and mitigation of risks related to Covid-19, thus providing added safety for all customers, visitors, staff and suppliers. Some of the measures that have been implemented include cleaning more frequently, more training and specialised training for cleaning staff, social distancing and correct hygienisation and disinfection.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98561/MadeiraShopping_assegura_cumprimento_dos_mais_elevados_padroes_de_higiene_com_certificacao_SGS

Fátima Lopes making masks for Savoy Palace

Fátima Lopes, a famous clothing designer, is making face masks for exclusive use by all Savoy Palace staff. She already designs the entire team uniform for its staff. The mask complies with all the DGS (Directorate-General of Health) guidelines, has a simple but elegant design, is made from materials approved but CITEV and has its design exclusively registered on INPI. Fátima Lopes explained that since it is a piece of equipment that has to be used for several consecutive hours and its elastic component hurts and leaves sore marks on the skin, this new mask does not contain any elastic materials.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/14/arae-fiscaliza-lotacao-distanciamento-e-uso-de-mascaras-nos-estabelecimentos-comerciais/

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:

TABUA

 15th July – 10h00 to 11h45

 Lugar da Serra & Lugar da Candelária (partial)

15th July – 12h00 to 12h30

Zimbreiros (next to ER 222)

FUNCHAL

17th July – 00h00 to 07h00

  •  Estrada Curral dos Romeiros (numbers 1 to 30)
  • Caminho Curral dos Romeiros (entrance number 7)
  • Caminho do Meio (numbers 1 to 191)
  • Caminho das Voltas (numbers 1 to 118)
  • Rua Clube Choupana (number 28) & Rua do Miranda (numbers 4 to 7)
  • Vereda Ribeiro Domingos Dias (numbers 3 to 47)
  • Escadas Ribeiro Domingos Dias (numbers 1 to 27)

17th July – 09h00 to 12h00

  • Caminho das Voltas (number 47)
  • Vereda da Terra Chã (number 24)

17th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Caminho do Palheiro (numbers 153 to 190)
  • Rua das Murteiras (numbers 2 to 18)
  • 2º e 3º Becos das Murteiras
  • Travessa das Murteiras (number 3)

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/2020/07/14/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-50-2020/

 

Madeira Tuesday 14th of July

Covid-19 update

There was a new Covid-19 case yesterday. The number of cases is 99, with 93 recoveries and 6 active cases. Three patients are Madeira residents and three are non-residents. One patient remains at Dr. Nélio Mendonça hospital. All current active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport.

There are 4,128 people under active monitoring and 3,756 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of yesterday, there had been 1,556 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 5,758 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 30,334 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 33 calls from Sunday to Monday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,551.

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 1,629 calls, with 154 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/13/madeira-com-mais-um-caso-de-covid-19-ha-agora-seis-casos-activos/

Binter to increase Madeira-Canary Islands flights in August

Binter announced it will have three weekly flights between Funchal and Gran Canaria and a weekly flight between Funchal and Tenerife. This new flight schedule will start in August. The aim is to connect the two regions, after an improvement in their sanitary context and to actively contribute to the recovery of tourism in both territories.

The flight from Funchal to Gran Canaria will take place on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. It will depart from Funchal at 12h00 and arrive in Gran Canaria at 13h30. The return flight will be at 14h25 and arrive in Funchal at 15h55.

The flight to Tenerife will take place on Saturdays, with the flight departing Funchal at 12h00 and arriving at Tenerife Norte – Cidade de La Laguna at 13h20. The return flight will depart at 14h25 and arrive in Funchal at 15h45. Flights can be booked online (www.binter.pt), by phone (291 290 129 or through travel agencies.

All passengers flying from Madeira must comply with the Spanish Government strategy on early detection, surveillance and control of Covid-19, which means there are sanitary checks on Spain’s entry points.

All passengers flying from outside Spain must fill an electronic public health questionnaire that must be presented when arriving in the airport at the destination. The form can be filled online (https://www.spth.gob.es) or through a free app called “SPAIN TRAVEL HEALTH-SpTH”. After filling in the questionnaire, the traveller will receive a QR Code that must be presented when arriving in Spain.

All passengers arriving in Spain, by air or sea, must face a sanitary check before entering the country, These checks could include body temperature measuring to detect fever (a temperature of 37,5ºC or above), documentation checks and a visual check on the health situation of the passenger.

Binter said it had implemented protocols and procedures to ensure the safety of passengers and airline staff, with a rigorous compliance with all European and Spanish guidelines such as, the mandatory use of face masks, covering the nose and mouth, while travelling.

To increase safety onboard its aircraft, Binter has adopted the following measures: phased boarding and disembarking, the distribution of disinfecting wipes to all customers, the elimination of onboard service to reduce touching of surfaces, enhanced cleaning procedures in addition to cleaning between stopovers and disinfection at the end of each daily operations, and  new deep disinfection procedures to ensure a comprehensive hygienisation of the entire fleet.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/11/binter-vai-aumentar-voos-entre-a-madeira-e-canarias-a-partir-de-agosto/

Water supply disruption in Santana

Scheduled work on the water supply chain, to prevent water leaks, will be carried out tomorrow, from 14h00 until 18h00, in the Parish of Santana. The following areas will be affected: Achada da Cruz, Achada Gramacho, Barreiro, Caminho Chão, Faias, Fonte Grande, Igreja, Pico, Pico Tanoeiro, Queimadas e Fontes, Serra de Água e Serrado.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98575/Interrupcao_do_abastecimento_de_agua_em_Santana_no_dia_15_de_julho

Roadworks at Via Rápida (VR1)

The exit road to VR1 at junction 9 (nó 9 – Pilar– marked in red on the map), heading from Funchal towards Ribeira Brava, will be closed to traffic due to scheduled overnight paving work, from July 15th to July 16th, between 21h00 and 07h00 (following day).

As a diversion, Vialitoral suggests drivers leave VR1 at junction 10 (Santo António – previous junction) or junction 8 (São Martinho – following junction). All similar information is available and constantly updated on the following website: www.vialitoral.com

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98599/No_do_Pilar_na_via_rapida_encerrado_ao_transito_de_quarta_para_quinta-feira

 

Madeira Monday 13th of July

Covid-19 update

There was a new Covid-19 case yesterday. The patient is in isolation at home. The number of cases is 98, with 93 recoveries and 5 active cases. A patient is at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. All current active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport.

There are 3,638 people under active monitoring and 3,740 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of yesterday, there had been 1,555 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 5,157 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 17h30). Overall, 29,637 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 22 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,518.

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 1,628 calls, with 154 people being monitored.

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-12-07-2020/

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

15th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Caminho da Casa Velha (numbers 88 to 107)
  • Vereda da Bela Vista (number 2)
  • Travessa do Pomar (numbers 1 to 54 and entrances 30 to 48)

16th July – 09h00 to 12h00

  • Caminho da Fajã Escura (numbers 13 to 36)
  • Vereda da Fajã Escura (numbers 2 to 11)

16th July – 09h00 to 12h00

 Caminho da Hortelã (numbers 11 to 56)

16th & 17th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Rua dos Álamos (number 3 and 5); Rua da Orquídea (numbers 1 to 20); Rua Dr. Gastão de Deus Figueira (numbers 4 to 22); Rua Dr. Fernando Rebelo (numbers 30 and 32)
  • Vereda do Cascalho (numbers 3 to 9)
  • Impasses 1 and 2 Rua Dr. Gastão de Deus Figueira
  • Beco do Cascalho
  • Bairro Santo Amaro (numbers 1 to 4)

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/2020/07/11/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-49-2020/

 

Madeira regional report Sunday 12th of July

Covid-19 update

There were 2 new Covid-19 cases yesterday. They belong to the group of 3 people had been listed as suspected cases on Friday. One of them was ruled out after laboratory analysis. The number of cases remains at 97, with 93 recoveries and 4 active cases. All current active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. The patients live in Funchal, Machico, Santa Cruz and the other patient is not a Madeira resident. They are currently in isolation and have not required hospital treatment so far.

There are 3,380 people under active monitoring and 3,817 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of yesterday, there had been 1,554 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 4,814 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 28,989 samples have been processed in the Autonomous Region of Madeira. The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 34 calls from Friday to Saturday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,496.

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 1,621 calls, with 154 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98463/Casos_ativos_residem_no_Funchal_Machico_e_Santa_Cruz

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/11/ram-regista-mais-dois-casos-de-covid-19-confirmaram-se-dois-casos-suspeitos/

 

Four Views Hotels to reopen

Four Views Hotels announced it will reopen its hotels in Madeira. The Four Views Oásis, next to Reis Magos Beach, in Caniço, will reopen on the 15th of July. The Four Views Monumental, in Lido, will reopen on the 1st of August. Four Views Baía, its most recent hotel, is scheduled to open in December and will have some new features at different levels.

The new program is called “Maximum Care, Minimal Impact” (Máximo Cuidado, Mínimo Impacto), is focused on the customer, and aims to protect guests and staff so they feel safe and cared for, through the implementation of several measures every day.

At the same time, the chain intends “to provide guests the experience of a quality stay, just as they are used to, in order to fully enjoy their holidays while minimising the impact of these measures”.

The hotel chain is certified by SGS on Covid-19 good practices; has ALS GLOBAL, a Health and Safety international company  as its partner; has partnered with DIVERSEY, an international company focusing on Cleaning Products and Solutions; and has partnered with ERGORAM, a local company that is market leader on Safety, Hygiene and Health in the Workplace.

Some new features for guests include the possibility of checking-in and checking-out online, thus avoiding queues and gathering at the hotel hall; the viewing of restaurants and bar menus on their mobile phone or tablet, which also provides the possibility of booking services such as Room Service or Spa Treatments.

It should be emphasised that, since the 4th of May, all Four Views hotels have been certified with the “Clean & Sale” seal, issued by Turismo de Portugal.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98264/Grupo_Four_Views_reabre_hoteis_na_Madeira_

 

Caniço school children warn about the danger of discarded face masks

The school and Parish challenged students, in May and June and as a celebration of the World Oceans Day, to find a way of warning the population not to discard disposable disposable PPE on the floor, particularly face masks, gloves and cleaning wipes. They also encouraged the population to use reusable face masks so as to generate less rubbish.

The Year 1 to Year 4 students (1º Ciclo) and their parents took part in this project and presented dozens of drawings on these topics. A team of juries from the two local institutions evaluated all the projects and the 5 highest scored projects were awarded gifts provided by the following sponsors: VMT-Madeira, Farmácia do Caniço, Whale Museum-Caniçal, CTM and Loja Flow.

The Caniço Parish (Junta de Freguesia) will produce copies of the winning drawings and will distribute them throughout the Parish public spaces in order to inform the population on the need for disposable face masks, gloves and cleaning wipes to be always discarded in general waste rubbish beans and never on the floor.

The website below shows the children’s drawings:

https://freguesias.dnoticias.pt/escola-primaria-e-junta-do-canico-alertam-para-o-perigo-das-mascaras-abandonadas-na-via-publica/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98281/Alunos_do_Canico_alertam_para_o_perigo_das_mascaras_abandonadas_na_via_publica

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

13th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Caminho do Monte (numbers 6 to 54)
  • Rua João Carlos Gomes (number 29)
  • Rua da Quinta dos Reis (number 52)
  • Beco do Pão Duro (numbers 10C D, 10C E, 15 and 17)

14th & 15th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Rua dos Ferreiros (numbers 128 to 138)
  • Caminho da Levada dos Barreiros (numbers 13 to 32)

PORTO MONIZ

14th July – 09h00 to 10h00 & 15h00 to 15h30

  • Casa do Elias
  • Câmara de Carga
  • Campo de Futebol

FAJÃ DA OVELHA

14th July – 09h00 to 10h00 & 15h00 to 15h30

  • Fonte do Bispo

SÃO JORGE

14th July – 10h00 to 10h30 & 11h30 to 13h00

Rocha de Baixo

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/2020/07/11/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-49-2020/

 

Madeira Situation Report Saturday 11th July by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. Despite this, 3 suspected cases were identified at Funchal Airport and they are now isolation in the Municipality of Funchal. The suspected case that had been identified yesterday at the same airport turned out to be negative, after additional laboratory analysis. The number of cases remains at 95, with 93 recoveries and 2 active cases.

There are 3,111 people under active monitoring and 3,065 people in self-monitoring. So far, 12,045 people are registered in the “Madeira Safe to Discover” tracking app. These include people who are already in the Region and passengers scheduled to travel in the following days or even in the following months. This app has been operational since the 1st of July.

As of Thursday, there had been 1,552 suspected cases, 1,457 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 28,511 samples from 21,473 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). A total of 4,460 samples were processed in the last seven days (a daily average of 637 tests). A total of 4,323 passengers have been tested at airports in Funchal and Porto Santo, of whom 3,161 in the last seven days.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 47 calls from Thursday to Friday. This week there was a slight increase in calls, with 327 calls in the last seven days. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,462.

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 1,469 calls, including 141 in the last seven days, with 154 people being monitored (an increase of 9 in the last seven days).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/10/sao-ja-mais-de-doze-mil-as-pessoas-registadas-no-sistema-madeirasafetodiscover/

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-10-07-2020/

Covid-19 tests available in Coimbra for Madeira-bound travellers

Coimbra is the second city in the mainland where passengers travelling to Madeira can be tested, free of charge, for Covid-19. This protocol is particularly aimed at the more than 500 university students from Madeira who are studying in Coimbra.

Samples can be collected in health centres, at the University of Coimbra or at Laboratório de Análises Clínicas de Coimbra. The same laboratory will analyse the samples. Testing can be done from Monday to Friday, between 09h00 and 20h00, and on Saturdays and Sundays, between 14h00 and 20h00.

The Coimbra laboratory has a daily testing capacity of 450 tests. Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, added that negotiations are underway to extend this scheme to laboratory in Porto and a decision on this is likely to be made by Monday.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/10/viajantes-para-a-madeira-poderao-agora-realizar-teste-a-covid-19-em-coimbra/

750 face shields donated to the PSP

The PSP-Madeira Regional Command received a donation of 750 face shields for use by its officers. The shields were donated by Loja Susana, a company based in Funchal (Avenida Luís Camões Loja 7/8 – S. Martinho). The shields were produced by a Portuguese company, have a very high-quality standard and are certified by ASAE. The Regional Command will distribute the shields to PSP officers. The PSP was the first public institution, other than healthcare providers, to distribute and use face shields. So far, the Madeira Regional Command has been one of the few that has not had any personnel infected with Covid-19.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98360/PSP_recebe_doacao_de_750_viseiras_de_protecao_individual_

Roadworks at Via Rápida (VR1)

The entrance road to VR1 at junction 10 (nó 10 – Santo António – marked in red on the map), heading from Funchal towards Ribeira Brava, will be closed to traffic due to scheduled overnight paving work, from July 14th to July 15th, between 21h00 and 07h00 (following day).

As a diversion, Vialitoral suggests drivers enter VR1 at junction 11 (Santa Luzia – previous junction) or junction 9 (Pilar – following junction).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98368/Vialitoral_informa_encerramento_da_entrada_para_a_via_rapida_em_Santo_Antonio_

 

Madeira Situation Report Friday 10th July by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. However, a suspected case was identified at Funchal Airport. The passenger was tested in the airport and is currently in isolation in a residence in the Municipality of Funchal. Laboratory analysis and an epidemiological investigation are underway. The number of cases remains at 95, with 93 recoveries and 2 active cases. All current active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. They are currently in isolation in their own homes and have not required hospital treatment so far.

There are 3,045 people under active monitoring and 3,181 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Wednesday, there had been 1,552 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 3,869 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 27,918 samples have been processed in the Madeira Autonomous Region. The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 55 calls from Wednesday to Thursday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,415.

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 1,601 calls, with 154 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/09/novo-caso-suspeito-de-covid-19-detectado-hoje-no-aeroporto/

PSP to increase monitoring in restaurants, catering and drinking premises

The Madeira Regional Command of the PSP (Police) announced it will increase monitoring in such premises and reaffirmed its commitment to ensure compliance with all legal and sanitary rules that aim to prevent Covid-19 contagion in Madeira and Porto Santo.

All premises (commercial and retail, service providers, within shopping centres, restaurants and catering services, for drinking, with or without a dance floor and other nightclubs) must close at 02h00. However, premises with a closing time before 02h00 (pharmacies, clinics, veterinary centres with Accident and Emergency departments and funeral homes), must close at the time that had been originally authorised.

Petrol stations can be open after 02h00, solely for the sale of petrol and for cars to be refuelled. However, the sale of alcoholic drinks is forbidden at petrol or service stations, from 00h00 until 08h00. The consumption of alcoholic drinks is forbidden for the entire day (24 hours) in outdoor areas accessible to the public and on the streets. Outdoor spaces belonging to licensed restaurants, cafes and bars, are exempt from this ban.

Crowd gatherings must be avoided at the entrance of such premises, which must comply with the maximum capacity limits, as long as sanitary safety distancing is kept. The PSP will fine those who do not comply with these rules. The PSP can also order the temporary closure of premises and the end of activities, order crowds to disperse. This does not prevent the issuing a potential fine for the crime of disobedience and the arrest for resistance or repeated non-compliance with the rules.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98284/PSP_diz_que_vai_intensificar_acoes_de_fiscalizacao_nos_estabelecimentos_de_restauracao_e_bebidas

Water supply disruption in Funchal

The Municipality of Funchal informed that work will be carried out today on a water reservoir, from 09h00 until 13h00. The following areas will be affected: Caminho dos Saltos, Levada da Corujeira and Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98286/Intervencao_no_reservatorio_dos_Saltos_vai_comprometer_abastecimento_de_agua_no_Monte

 

Madeira Situation Report Thursday 9th July 2020 by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. There were also 3 recoveries, 2 from Madeira residents who had returned to the island, and another from a non-resident traveller who had arrived in Madeira last week and who has been staying in the Municipality of Calheta. This means the number of cases remains at 95, with 93 recoveries and 2 active cases. All current active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. They are currently in isolation in their own homes and have not required hospital treatment so far.

There are 2,911 people under active monitoring and 3,326 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Tuesday, there had been 1,552 suspected cases, of which 1,457 were not confirmed.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 3,545 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 27,710 samples have been processed in the Madeira Autonomous Region.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 52 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,360.

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 1,585 calls, with 153 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/08/numero-de-casos-activos-na-ram-agora-e-so-de-2-ha-3-recuperados/

Most vessels allowed to dock in Madeira

All vessels, apart from cruise ships, are now allowed to dock in the Madeira Autonomous Region. Passengers and crew members who would like to board or disembark must not have Covid-19 symptoms and/or fever.

Docking is authorised under the following circumstances:

a) All passengers and crew members must have their temperature measured on arrival at ports and marinas in the Madeira Autonomous Region

b) All passengers and crew members must complete the traveller registration form on arrival or before arrival in the Madeira Autonomous Region. The form is available online (https://madeirasafe.com/#/login).

c) All passengers and crew members must present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test, carried out by laboratories certified by national and international authorities, in the 72 hours preceding departure from the previous port.

d) If such evidence is not presented, passengers or crew members must be tested for Covid-19 by the regional health authorities. All passengers and crew members who had been tested must remain in the vessel until the test result is announced. Passengers and crew members will only be allowed to disembark if the Covid-19 test comes back negative.

e) Passengers and crew members who have been sailing for more than 14 days are exempt from being tested for Covid-19 and if there is not anyone with Covid-19 symptoms and/or fever. Such situation will always be verified by the regional health authorities.

These guidelines could be reversed if there is a risk to public health.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/08/todos-as-embarcacoes-podem-acostar-a-partir-de-hoje-menos-navios-de-cruzeiro-veja-quais-as-regras/

Alcohol ban

The Madeira Regional Government announced the consumption of alcoholic drinks is forbidden in outdoor areas accessible to the public and on the streets. Outdoor spaces, belonging to licensed restaurants, cafes and bars, are exempt from this ban and must close by 02h00.

All retail and service businesses, including those within shopping centres and including restaurants, bars and nightclubs must close by 02h00.

There is a ban on sale of alcoholic drinks in service/petrol stations, between 00h00 and 08h00.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98155/Esta_proibido_o_consumo_de_bebidas_alcoolicas_em_alguns_espacos_ao_ar_livre_na_Madeira

Possible bus services disruption this morning

Grupo Horários do Funchal (Madeira bus company) announced there could be some bus services disruptions between 08h30 and 13h30, due to a staff plenary meeting organised by Syndicate Nacional dos Motoristas (a trade union). All efforts will be made to minimise the disruption.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/08/grupo-horarios-do-funchal-alerta-para-possiveis-constrangimentos-amanha/

Possible water supply disruptions in Santa Maria Maior and Santa Luzia

The Municipality of Funchal informed that work will be carried out today on the water supply chain in Reservatório do Lombo, from 22h00 until 06h00 (following day). The following areas might be affected:

 

 

Madeira Situation Report by Daniel Fernandes Wednesday 8th of July

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The number of cases remains 95, with 90 recoveries and 5 active cases. All 5 active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. All patients are in isolation in a designated hotel or in their own homes and have not required hospital treatment so far.

There are 2,520 people under active monitoring and 3,003 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Monday, there had been 1,550 suspected cases.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 2,962 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 26,786 samples have been processed in the Madeira Autonomous Region.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 62 calls from Monday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,308. 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 1,572 calls, with 153 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/07/hoje-nao-ha-novos-casos-de-covid-19-ram-mantem-5-casos-activos/

Return of charter flights to Jersey

Charter flights between Funchal and Jersey resumed yesterday, after being suspended for several months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

This flight will also take place on the 14th, 21st, 28th and 30th of July. Additionally, this flight will take place on the 4th, 11th, 13th, 18th, 25th and 27th of August,

A one-way flight costs €299 while a return flight cost €599 (applicable to adults and children – taxes included). Bookings can be made by phone (291 206 564) or by email (helena.ferreira@intertours.com.pt). It is also possible to visit the office in Largo do Phelps 18 (next to Rua Fernão d’Ornelas), from Monday to Friday (10h30-13h00 & 14h30-17h30).

The video on the following website shows passengers arriving from Jersey and the two different lanes for passengers. The lane on the left is for passengers who will be tested on arrival while the lane on the right is for passengers who have evidence of Covid-19 test carried out 72h before the flight.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98068/Chegou_o_primeiro_voo_de_Jersey_com_cerca_de_uma_centena_de_passageiros_com_video

https://www.dnoticias.pt/2020/7/6/56522-voos-charter-para-jersey-estao-de-volta

Madeira Promotion Bureau video showing Madeira is a safe destination

Madeira Promotion Bureau (Associação de Promoção da Madeira – APM) published a video showing that “Madeira and Porto are already open to visitors”. The one-minute long shows all the safety procedures that were adopted at the Region’s airports and the island’s beautiful landscapes.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/98033/Associacao_de_Promocao_da_Madeira_lanca_video_para_mostrar_que_a_Regiao_e_segura

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts in Funchal in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

9th July – 09h00 to 10h30

  • Estrada da Camacha (numbers 6 to 163)
  • Estrada do Aeroporto (number 39)
  • Rua Fonte das Moças (numbers 4 to 22)
  • Vereda Fonte das Moças

10th July – 09h00 to 12h00

  • Rua Levada dos Barreiros
  • Caminho da Levada dos Barreiros (numbers 13 to 32)

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/2020/07/08/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-47-2020/

 

 

Tuesday 7th of July Madeira by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were 2 new Covid-19 cases. Both cases were identified on Sunday as a result of Covid-19 checks at Funchal Airport. The infected passengers are not related to each other and were tested at the airport. They are currently in isolation, one in a residence in the Municipality of Calheta and the other in a residence in the Municipality of Machico. An epidemiological investigation is underway.

The number of cases is now 95, with 90 recoveries and 5 active cases. All 5 active cases were discovered as a result of checks at Funchal Airport. All patients are in isolation in a designated hotel or in their own homes and have not required hospital treatment so far.

There are 2,108 people under active monitoring and 3,001 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Sunday, there had been 1,550 suspected cases, 1,457 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 2,580 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 18h00). Overall, 25,832 samples have been processed in the Madeira Autonomous Region.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 40 calls from Sunday to Monday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,246. 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 1,563 calls, with 153 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/06/mais-dois-infectados-com-covid-19-na-ram-o-total-e-agora-de-cinco-pessoas/

Portuguese President promised to speak to the British Ambassador

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Portuguese President, assured Miguel Albuquerque (President of the Madeira Regional Government) that he will mention the particularities of Madeira and Porto Santo when he hosts Chris Sainty, the British Ambassador, at the President’s official residence.

This is one of the steps the Portuguese President will take in order to explain to the British Government the current situation in the Madeira Autonomous Region, as a safe destination. The aim is for Madeira to be able to host British tourists without them having to quarantine for 14 days after their return to the UK. Miguel Albuquerque reminded that British Airways is planning to resume flights to Madeira on the 16th of July while Jet2 is planning to do so on the 20th of July, which means there is still “some time left to address this issue”.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/06/mais-dois-infectados-com-covid-19-na-ram-o-total-e-agora-de-cinco-pessoas/

Continente stores awarded “Covid Safe” seal

Madeira’s Continente stores were awarded a “Covid Safe” seal by APCER. Continente is the first food retailer in Portugal to be awarded this certification, after an evaluation by APCER that certified all Continente, Continente Modelo and Continente Bom Dia stores are following the official guidelines to control the Covid-19 pandemic. The “Covid Safe” seal is awarded to organisations that comply with the sanitary and labour authorities’ guidelines on health and safety in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic — Directorate-General of Health (DGS), Working Conditions Authority (ACT) and International Labour Organisation (OIT).

The following Continente stores received the “Covid Safe” seal: Continente Modelo Machico Centro, Continente Modelo Santana, Continente Modelo Machico, Continente Modelo Camacha Shopping, Continente Modelo Caniço, Continente Modelo Cancela, Continente Modelo Seminário, Continente Modelo Viveiros, Continente Modelo Santo António, Continente Modelo São Martinho, Continente Modelo Madeira Shopping, Continente Modelo Estreito Câmara de Lobos, Continente Modelo Câmara de Lobos, Continente Modelo Ribeira Brava Meia Légua, Continente Modelo Ribeira Brava Centro.

The independent auditing process on Continente, Continente Modelo and Continente Bom Dia stores evaluated the implementation of procedures and the company’s practices, based on official guidelines and taking into account more than 300 assessment criteria.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/06/lojas-continente-da-madeira-certificadas-com-selo-covid-safe-pela-apcer/

4 cruise ships scheduled to dock in September

Several cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Madeira in September. And about 50 cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Madeira in October. These dockings are scheduled but cannot be guaranteed.

Hebridean Sky is scheduled to be the first cruise ship to dock in Funchal on the 18th of September at 07h00 and to depart on the same day at 23h00.

Amadea is scheduled to dock in Porto Santo on the 25th of September at 08h00. The same cruise ship is scheduled to dock in Funchal on the 26th of September at 07h00 and to depart towards Malaga at 14h00.

Costa Favolosa is scheduled to dock on the same day at 08h00 and to depart at 17h00.

Silver Spirit is scheduled to dock on the 27th of September and to depart on the 28th of September.

Although these cruise ships are scheduled to dock in Madeira, there is a lack of definitive confirmation. Many cruise ship docking that had been scheduled ended up being cancelled.

Madeira has not hosted any cruise ships since March. It has occasionally hosted yachts that dock for a short stay to restock supplies. The Port of Funchal is mainly used for cruise ship stopovers and rarely for boarding.

Nowadays, the Covid-19 pandemic is serious and looks likely to remain among us for some time. This is another barrier to potential travellers. About 50 members of staff are working daily at the airport to carry out health checks on passengers.

It is speculated that cruise ship customers will have to present evidence of a Covid-19 test before departure. Madeira is considering introducing rapid Covid-19 tests for passengers disembarking. Another solution would be temperature measuring and the use of a disinfection tunnel, a very expensive machine as a minimum of 3 tunnels would be required, 2 for the south dock and another for the north dock. All this apparatus must be set up by the 18th of September, the day the Hebridean Sky is scheduled to dock.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/06/porto-do-funchal-4-barcos-agendados-para-setembro/

 

Madeira Situation Report 6th July by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The suspected case, which had been detected at Funchal Airport on Thursday, has turned out negative after laboratory analysis. The number of cases remains at 93, with 90 recoveries and 3 active cases. All 3 active cases are from travellers who had arrived at Funchal Airport. They are currently in isolation in designated hotels or in private residences and so far have not needed hospital treatment.

There are 1,735 people under active monitoring and 2,401 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being carried out by the health authorities of the Region’s Municipalities through the ‘MadeiraSafetoDiscover’ app. As of Sunday, there had been 1,550 suspected cases, 1,457 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 1,915 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 15h00). Overall, 25,400 samples have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab).

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 31 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,206.

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 1,559 calls, with 151 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/05/caso-suspeito-de-covid-19-detectado-no-dia-2-nao-se-confirmou/

Funchal Mayor letter to Boris Johnson

Miguel Gouveia (Mayor of Funchal) wrote a letter to Boris Johnson (British Prime Minister) outlining strong arguments in favour of Madeira as a tourist destination for British citizens. He stated that Madeira took all necessary measures to ensure a safe holiday for tourists while enjoying a temperate climate, the natural wonders and the warm hospitality of the Madeiran people.

He added that, with only 93 Covid-19 cases, Madeira is one of the safest places in Europe and in the world to visit this summer. He reinforced this by mentioning the “Clean & Safe” seal introduced for restaurants, lodging and shops, the checks at Funchal and Porto Santo airports and the need to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test or to be tested on arrival. He finished by saying Madeira had been elected as the best insular destination in Europe and that the Madeira archipelago has long been a favourite destination for British citizens.

The main source market of tourism to Madeira is the UK and Germany.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97834/Covid-19_Funchal_apresenta_argumentos_fortes_a_favor_da_Madeira_ao_primeiro-ministro_britanico

Portuguese President visit to Madeira

President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa’s visit to Madeira allowed him to be briefed on public health, the strategy adopted, its organisation, execution and results. He was also informed on the people who had planned, anticipated and executed the plans.

He said it was important to have talked with business-owners (particularly from the hotels) and the  people (particularly in Câmara de Lobos – where there was a sanitary cordon during part of the state of emergency), to understand what is at stake in the Region.

He also had the opportunity to understand the health measures in place at Funchal Airport to deal with the thousands of tourists Madeira is hoping to receive, and to see if these measures can be implemented at airports in the mainland. He revealed his visit allowed him to gather plenty of important political information and that he will be able to convey the importance of what is happening in Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97837/Marcelo_diz_levar_da_Madeira_elementos_politicos_importantes_para_transmitir_a_Republica

More tourists arrived in Madeira

Yesterday afternoon, a flight from Dusseldorf, carrying 131 tourists, landed at Funchal Airport. The passengers were offered the typical Madeira bananas, small bottles of Madeira Wine, bottles of water and face masks. Another flight from the Canary Islands also landed. Ten flights are scheduled to land in Madeira today, most of them from the mainland and other Portuguese islands. Additionally, a flight from Amsterdam is scheduled to land at 9h10 and another from Brussels is expected to land at 16h45.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97832/131_turistas_da_Alemanha_recebidos_no_Aeroporto_com_a_tipica_banana_da_Madeira_

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97795/Madeira_recebe_aviao_proveniente_de_Dusseldorf

3 million Euros spent on campaign hospital

Miguel Albuquerque, President of the Madeira Regional Government, revealed the Region spent 3 million Euros on a separate SESARAM Covid-19 unit, which was built in 15 days. Júlio Nobrega, the clinical director of Dr- Nélio Mendonça Hospital, said this allowed Covid-19 patients to be treated in a separate unit, without having contact with other patients. He added that that a cleaning team was always ready whenever a patient was being moved.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97790/Albuquerque_revela_ter_gasto_3_milhoes_com_o_hospital_de_campanha_no_SESARAM

Year 9 students create videos and websites to promote tourism to Madeira

“Circumstances change, goals don’t!” That’s how a year 9 English class from EB 2, 3 Dr. Horácio Bento de Gouveia started a project called ‘Celebrate’. The aim is to celebrate the beauty and natural richness of the Madeira archipelago, to practice what was learnt and to help tourism to recover. Considering the fact that Madeira suffered greatly due to the suspension of tourism, the students were challenged to work, individually or as a group, in order to create videos or websites highlighting the beauty of Madeira and encouraging tourists to visit Madeira. The idea is to go further and to have the work translated into different languages so as to reach the biggest possible number of potential tourists.

Afterwards, some regional tourism operators were contacted and offered the material created by the class, to be used to complement their tourist advertising. Madeira Luxury Villas is already using these resources on its social media pages.

This project was based on a problem-based-learning methodology, which combines academic learning with the real needs of the community. Instead of reading and using the same grammatical exercises, a decision was made to apply the knowledge to the speeches and written content on the website, thus applying the curriculum to the real world.

The students were given a clear goal to accomplish and were responsible for their own learning while different paces and learning levels were still respected. It was shown that distance-learning was still possible. Although the pandemic forced the circumstances to change, the dreams and goals of the young students cannot be dampened. The future is at stake and this work shows that we are stronger together.

A group of students explained that: “Madeira is yours to discover. Dare to visit us and we will welcome you with open arms!”

These student works can be found on the ‘Comunidade HBG’ Facebook page. This is one of the websites created as part of this project: https://leisuremadeira.wixsite.com/travel?fbclid=IwAR0H1ufYKMAxSr080HPJifBbcKECPkqXSvQvJ3vKVzBnAF7Yfsm7qCtp3mM

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/05/alunos-da-escola-horacio-bento-criam-videos-e-websites-para-a-promocao-turistica-da-madeira/

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts on the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

FUNCHAL

7th July – 09h00 to 12h00:

  •  Estrada Comandante Camacho de Freitas (numbers 582 to 649)
  • Caminho do Galeão (numbers 3 to 7) & Caminho da Ribeira de Santana (numbers 2 to 11)
  • Travessa dos Pereiras (numbers 22 to 33) & Travessa do Ribeiro do Canavial (numbers 3 to 7)
  • Escadas da Ribeira (numbers 2 to 8)

7th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00 – Rampa Quinta Carvalhal

8th and 9th July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

  • Caminho do Jamboto (numbers 3, 46 and door 3)
  • Beco Poço das Freiras (numbers 3 to 15)
  • Travessa Quinta das Freiras
  • 10th July – 09h00 to 12h00 – Rua da Escola Secundária do Galeão (numbers 6 to 8)

CÂMARA DE LOBOS

7th July – 09h00 to 12h00:

  • Caminho das Preces (between numbers 57 and 117) & Caminho do Serrado (entrance number 1 of Caminho do Serrado) & Caminho do Lagar da Giesta (partial)
  • Bairro da Palmeira (Blocos/Blocks 5, 6, 7 and 8)

PORTO MONIZ

7th July – 09h00 to 9h30 & 12h30 to 13h00 –  Casa do Elias, Câmara de Carga and Campo de Futebol (football pitch)

FAJÃ DA OVELHA – Fonte do Bispo 7th July – 09h00 to 13h00

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/2020/07/04/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-45-2020-2/

 

 

Madeira situation report by Daniel Fernandes Sunday 5th of July

Useful information and websites

A reminder that all passengers arriving from outside the Madeira Region, who have evidence of a negative Covid-19 test carried out within 72h before departure, in laboratories certified by national or international authorities, will be allowed to continue towards their destination. However, passengers must present evidence of this negative Covid-19, which can also be submitted before travelling, along with the traveller registration.

As a result of a partnership between the Madeira Regional Government and NOVA Medical School – Faculdade de Ciências Médicas, passengers heading to Madeira can be tested for Covid-19, free of charge, at Laboratório CEDOC – Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas:

Laboratório CEDOC – Centro de Estudos de Doenças Crónicas

NOVA Medical School – Faculdade de Ciências Médicas

Address: Campo Mártires da Pátria, 130 – 1169-056 Lisboa, Portugal

Sample collections: Mondays to Fridays – 08h00 – 10h00

Sample collections can be booked in the following ways:

Booking form: https://forms.gle/c8B1TzWBeQeKcauw6

Email: diagnostico.covid@nms.unl.pt

Phone: 910 459 769

https://covidmadeira.pt/onde-realizar-testes-em-portugal-continental/

Madeira Traveller Registrationhttps://madeirasafe.com/#/login

Madeira Safe to Discoverhttps://madeirasafetodiscover.com

Safe to Discover Guidehttps://madeirasafetodiscover.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Tourism-reopening-in-Madeira_Final.pdf

Covid-19 update

There was a new Covid-19 case yesterday. This case was identified after a passenger was tested after arriving at Funchal Airport. The passenger is currently in isolation in a residence in the Municipality of Santa Cruz. The number of cases is now 93, with 90 recoveries and 3 active cases. As for the suspected case that had been detected on Thursday at Funchal Airport, it remains under epidemiological investigation. The patient is in isolation in a residence in the Municipality of Funchal while waiting for a definitive laboratory result.

There are 319 people under active monitoring and 2,700 people in self-monitoring. They are being monitored through the “MadeiraSafetoDiscover” app. As of yesterday, there had been 1,550 suspected cases.

As for Covid-19 testing on passengers who had arrived at Funchal Airport, 1,668 samples had been collected until yesterday (at 20h00). Overall, 24,684 samples have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab).

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 38 calls from Friday to Saturday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,175.

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 1,544 calls, with 150 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/04/madeira-tem-mais-um-caso-positivo-de-covid-19-detectado-hoje-no-aeroporto/

Portuguese President believes Madeira will be exempt from UK quarantine rules

Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Portuguese President, believes the UK will remove the requirement for travellers returning from Madeira to go into quarantine. In remarks given on his first visit to Madeira since the start of the pandemic, he explained that Madeira went through a difficult, complex but ultimately successful process in controlling the Covid-19 pandemic in Madeira. He added that the epidemiological data provides so much evidence of this that Madeira is considered to be a role model when it comes to trust and safety. This is why he believes the statistics will be convince the British allies.

The President also said that in terms of tourism, there is a considerable occupancy level despite this being an abnormal year. He acknowledged that the Region has dealt with the pandemic in a way that brings plenty of hope for the future.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97746/Marcelo_acredita_que_o_Reino_Unido_vai_retirar_a_quarentena_de_quem_chegar_da_Madeira

Video shows the arrival of passengers on the 1st of July

The Madeira Promotion Bureau (Associação de Promoção da Madeira – APM) published a video showing the arrival of passengers at Funchal Airport on the 1st of July, the day when Madeira reopened to tourism. It described the reopening as a huge success.

Four flights, from Lisbon and Porto, carrying 425 passengers, landed on the 1st of July. A total of 243 passengers were tested for Covid-19 in the airport. On average, testing took less than an hour and all tests came back negative.  Nuno Vale, the executive-director of the Madeira Promotion Bureau, said the first day of the airport reopening was a “real success”.

All tests were carried out in record timing and in a friendly atmosphere, in which tourists were offered some gifts. Detailed planning and preparations were carried out so as to provide a good experience for passengers as soon as they arrive. He stated that the Region is making a huge effort to ensure the safety of all visitors and residents, with the aim of making Madeira a successful destination. He congratulated Madeira not only for being almost Covid-19 free, but also for having introduced strict but efficient entry checks while providing a good tourist experience.

More than 200 professionals, mostly from healthcare, were assigned to the new passenger control system. The airport itself has a permanent team of about 60-70 professionals. The video, published as part of the “Madeira Safe to Discover” project, can be viewed on the following link:

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97700/Imagens_mostram_a_chegada_dos_passageiros_ao_Aeroporto_no_ambito_do_Madeira_Safe_to_Discover_com_video

Madeira Situation Report Saturday 4th July 2020 by Daniel Fernandes

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government is pleased with the United Kingdom’s decision to create an air corridor between England and Madeira. The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office deemed that Madeira no longer poses “an unacceptably high risk for British travellers”, which means it is exempt from advice against ‘all but essential’ international travel.

He said the Region’s strategy was the most correct and mentioned the joint work that was carried out. He added that this crucial development showed that the policies of testing on arrival and the public health checks were the most adequate.

He also mentioned the contacts the Regional Government held with the British Ambassador to Portugal and with the Portuguese Ambassador to the UK. He specifically thanked Turismo de Portugal, the Secretary of State for Tourism, the Foreign Ministry for their efforts in negotiating with the British authorities to ensure this successful outcome.

It is crucial that the British market is safeguarded because it is the main provider of international tourists to Madeira. Miguel Albuquerque revealed the two main UK tourism companies are already working to resume operations as soon as possible.

He appealed for the Madeira people to comply with all safety procedures, saying “it is a good that people are concerned, because this is a sign that they will continue to adopt preventive and prophylactic measures, particularly social distancing, the use of face masks and hygiene guidelines, all of which are crucial. He also reminded that the entire world, and especially Europe, is still in the middle of a pandemic. He warned against thinking the pandemic is over and stressed that Madeira “has a solution that matches the reopening of borders to tourists with the need for epidemic control and to prevent the creation of uncontrollable transmission chains.

He ended by saying he is confident that tourism in Madeira will recover if these concerns are addressed and if the mobile app is used for monitoring.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97671/Decisao_do_Reino_Unido_confirma_que_a_estrategia_da_Regiao_foi_a_mais_acertada_diz_Albuquerque

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-countries-and-territories-exempt-from-advice-against-all-but-essential-international-travel

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The number of cases remains 92, with 90 recoveries and 2 active cases. Both cases were detected on the 3rd week of June and the patients remain in isolation in a designated hotel, without requiring hospitalisation.

There are 340 people under active monitoring and 1,821 people in self-monitoring. Monitoring is being conducted through the MadeiraSafetoDiscover app. A suspected case was detected in Funchal Airport. Testing and an epidemiological investigation is underway. The traveller is in isolation at home in the Funchal Municipality. As of Thursday, there had been 1,547 suspected cases.

It was revealed that 957 tests have been carried out since the 1st of July, in the Region’s airports. Overall, a total of 2,043 samples were analysed in the last seven days. Since the start of the pandemic, 24,051 samples from 20,486 people have been analysed in the Madeira Autonomous Region.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 54 calls from Thursday to Friday while 292 calls were made in the last seven days. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,137.

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 1,535 calls, with 150 people being monitored.

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-03-07-2020/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/03/ram-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19/

PortoBay hotels to reopen

Today, PortoBay is reopening the following five hotels in Funchal: Les Suites at The Cliff Bay, The Cliff Bay, Eden Mar, Porto Mare and The Residence.

The hotels are operating under a reduced maximum capacity and more outdoor space. Grupo PortoBay ensures the safety and hygiene guidelines are rigorously complied with under the safety “Together We Care” safety protocol. It has a Clean & Safe certificate issued by Turismo de Portugal and certification by SGS.

There will be special rates, from €99 per room per day, for bookings made until the 20th of July, for stays between the 10th of July and the 31st of August.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97627/Grupo_PortoBay_reabre_hoteis_na_Madeira_

 

Madeira Situation Report Friday 3rd July 2020 by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The number of cases remains 92, with 90 recoveries and 2 active cases. Both cases were detected on the 3rd week of June and the patients remain in isolation in a designated hotel, without requiring hospitalisation.

There are 340 people under active monitoring and 1,304 people in self-monitoring. A suspected case was detected in Funchal Airport. Testing and an epidemiological investigation is underway. The traveler is in isolation at home in the Funchal Municipality. As of Thursday, there had been 1,547 suspected cases.

As for Covid-19 testing, 23,460 samples from 20,418 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). And yesterday, 340 samples were collected for Covid-19 testing at Funchal Airport.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 67 calls from Wednesday to Thursday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,083.

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 1,525 calls, with 149 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/02/detectado-um-caso-suspeito-de-covid-19-no-aeroporto-o-mesmo-encontra-se-em-estudo/

First TAP aircraft landed in Porto Santo

A TAP aircraft landed in Porto Santo Airport for the first time since it reopened for flights. The TAP flight had flown about 120 passengers from Lisbon. There were two clearly visible lanes, one for passengers with evidence of a negative Covid-19 test and another for passengers who had to be tested. Many passengers had paper or digital evidence of a negative Covid-19 test. The next TAP flight to Porto Santo is scheduled to take place on Sunday and will also carry about 120 passengers.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97575/Primeiro_aviao_da_TAP_aterrou_no_Porto_Santo_apos_a_reabertura_do_aeroporto

Hotel Dom Pedro Madeira to reopen on the 16th of July

Dom Pedro Madeira-Ocean Beach Hotel will reopen on the 16th of July. This is yet another Madeira hotel that is reopening in July and will end the reopening process of all Dom Pedro Hotels & Gold Collection branches in Madeira. This specific hotel is located on the eastern coast of the island, next to the beautiful Machico bay. The hotel is 50 metres away from Banda D’Além Beach, can be accessed through the promenade, is 5 minutes away from Madeira Airport and 25 minutes away from the Funchal city centre.

Grupo Dom Pedro (hotel chain) set up and implemented an internal procedure booklet containing all safety and prevention measures, based on the Directorate-General of Health (DGS) and Turismo de Portugal guidelines. These include purchasing equipment, Covid-19 signage and further disinfection of public spaces, restaurant, swimming pool, bedrooms and corridors. Compliance with these procedures allowed the hotel to be awarded the Turismo de Portugal’s Clean & Safe seal and certified the hotel as a safe place for its staff and customers.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97490/Hotel_Dom_Pedro_Madeira_reabre_dia_16_de_julho

Possible bus services disruptions this morning

Grupo Horários do Funchal (Madeira bus company) announced there could be some bus services disruptions between 11h00 and 13h30, due to a staff plenary meeting organised by Syndicate Nacional dos Motoristas (a trade union). This meeting will take place in a HF station in Fundoa between 11h00 and 13h30.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97498/Horarios_do_Funchal_alerta_para_possiveis_constrangimentos_nas_carreiras_entre_as_11h00_e_as_13h00_devido_a_um_plenario_de_trabalhadores

 

Madeira Situation Report Thursday 2nd July 2020 by Daniel Fernandes

Exceptional results after 425 passengers landed at Madeira Airport

Yesterday, four flights operated b