Situation Reports Madeira

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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 by TAP, EasyJet and Azores Air Lines, from Lisbon, Porto and Azores and carrying a total of 425 passengers, landed at Madeira Airport (Funchal). This was on the same day the new entry control system went into place, in which passengers who do not provide evidence of a negative Covid-19 test must be tested on arrival. More than half of the passengers (243) were moved into a separate area where they were tested after a waiting time of about 5 minutes. They had to wait for 12h before the health authorities informed them of the test result, while staying in voluntary confinement at home or in hotels.

Madeira Airport (in Funchal) is currently able to carry out 250 Covid-19 tests per hour on passengers who had not been tested before traveling to Madeira. However, if necessary, the Madeira health authorities have the means to increase the hourly testing capacity. An increase in testing capacity is already expected, although it is likely that more and more passengers will be able to present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test carried out before departure.

There is a “blue lane” for passengers who must be tested at the Arrivals entrance and a “green lane” for those in possession of evidence of a negative test carried out within 72 hours or who are exempt from this rule (such as children aged under 12).

According to Eduardo Jesus (Madeira Tourism Secretary), the local authorities had the opportunity to carry out real-life simulations and training, such as a simulation last week and a Transavia flight from Paris via Porto on Saturday. A number of details were adjusted when a flight from Lisbon landed on Tuesday. All team are well prepared, there is clearer signage and the space separating the green and blue lane is more evident. He added that this is mega-operation involving the regional health authority in cooperation with the Regional Secretariat for Tourism and Culture and the Madeira Promotion Bureau. He said Madeira “is under big scrutiny, not only from visitors but also from the national media” and “this is not only a responsibility but also an opportunity to show Madeira’s commitment in this reopening stage and in restarting tourism.”

According to Herberto Jesus, the president of IASAÚDE (Madeira Health Institute), the experience on the first day was “very good and without big disruptions or gatherings, because everything was well-planned, ensuring the safety of our population and visitors”. He added that passengers had identified the different lanes, the information was adequate and testing was carried out in record timing. He finished by saying “this is a happy day for the Madeira Autonomous Region.”

More good news were to follow after Eduardo Jesus said the region is scheduled to have 30% of the flights it had in July 2019, 46% of the flights it had in August 2019 and 50% of the flights it had in September 2009.

He added that the British Embassy in Lisbon had informed the Madeira Regional Government it had accepted its argument that the epidemiological situation in Madeira is not comparable to the situation in the Mainland, in addition to the fact there are direct flights from the UK to Madeira. The Regional Government have also presented a similar view to the Danish authorities in order to keep the direct flight from Denmark to Porto Santo, an island that has been free from Covid-19 for several weeks.

Today, flights from the Netherlands and Germany are scheduled to resume.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97444/Resultados_excecionais_no_dia_em_que_425_passageiros_desembarcaram_no_Aeroporto_da_Madeira

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97442/Covid-19_Eduardo_Jesus_afirma_que_reabertura_dos_aeroportos_na_Regiao_esta_a_decorrer_bem

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.

The highlight was the arrival of 425 passengers at Funchal Airport, 243 of whom were tested for Covid-19 on the spot while the remaining passengers either presented evidence of a negative test or were exempt from the new testing legislation.

There are 369 people under active monitoring and 1,353 people in self-monitoring. As of Wednesday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 23,026 samples from 20,334 people 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 52 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 9,016.

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 1,518 calls, with 148 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/07/01/243-passageiros-testados-para-covid-19-hoje-no-aeroporto-ram-mantem-apenas-2-casos-activos/

Hotel Golden Residence and Hotel Meliá Madeira Mare reopened

Hotel Golden Residence and Hotel Meliá Madeira Mare reopened yesterday. Hotel Golden Residence is a four-star hotel located in Funchal, has panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean and double rooms and apartments with a small kitchen. Hotel Meliá Madeira Mare is located in Lido, also offers excellent views of the Atlantic Ocean and has direct access to the promenade and Gorgulho beach.

Hotel Golden Residence is taking part in the “Welcome Back” scheme until the 12th of July. This scheme offers a 20% discount on stays until the end of the year and other benefits.

Hotel Meliá Madeira Mare is taking part in a “When You Come Back” scheme until the 12th of July. It offers a 30% discount and a further 50% of points for members of the Meliá Rewards program. Both schemes are offering largely flexible and refundable bookings, allowing bookings to be rescheduled or cancelled up to 7 days before arrival.

Both hotel chains have been awarded the Clean & Safe seal and have implemented a safety and hygiene plan that follows all the World Health Organization and Directorate-General of Health (DGS) recommendations.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97399/Hoteis_Golden_Residence_e_Melia_Madeira_Mare_retomam_hoje_a_sua_atividade

 

 

Madeira Situation Report Wednesday 1st July 2020 by Daniel Fernandes

Useful information for travellers

The Madeira Regional Government advises travellers of the importance of knowing the guidelines applicable in the Region, with the aim of preventing and containing Covid-19.

The filling of an epidemiological survey is mandatory. This can be done online (www.madeirasafe.com – registration form available in Portuguese, English, French, German and Spanish), 12h to 48h before departure.

From today, 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 traveling, along with the traveller registration.

Passengers who did not present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test must be tested on arrival. After being tested, they will be allowed to continue towards their destination and will be told the test results about 12h later.

Other preventive measures in Madeira and Porto Santo include the recommended use of face masks, the mandatory use of face masks in indoor facilities and public transport, social distancing (2 metres between people and avoiding gatherings), frequent hand-washing and complying with respiratory etiquette.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97363/Conheca_as_regras_para_viajar_para_a_Madeira_e_Porto_Santo

It is recommended that travellers to Madeira read the following websites that contain useful Madeira-specific Covid-19 information:

INFORMATION TO VISITORS (COVID 19)http://www.visitmadeira.pt/en-gb/useful-info/corona-virus-(covid-19)/information-to-visitors-(covid-19)

https://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/specific-measures-autonomous-regions-of-madeira-and-azores

MADEIRA SAFE TO DISCOVER”– Good Practice Recommendations & Rules Official Guide – https://www.madeiraallyear.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Tourism-reopening-in-Madeira_Final.pdf

Measures to reinforce protection at Portuguese airports – https://www.ana.pt/pt/system/files/documents/covid19-situation_portugal_pt_5june_ing.pdf

Measures and parking information at Funchal Airport – https://www.ana.pt/en/corporate/ana/security-measures

Covid-19 testing in the Portuguese Mainland before travelling to Madeira

Passengers who are traveling to Madeira from the Portuguese Mainland can be tested for free. At the moment this scheme is only available in Lisbon. However, there are plans to make this scheme available elsewhere in the Portugal Mainland.

Travellers who would like to access this scheme simply have to present a copy of the e-ticket or ticket invoice.

This scheme is available in the following laboratory:

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:

Formulário de Agendamento: https://forms.gle/c8B1TzWBeQeKcauw6

Email: diagnostico.covid@nms.unl.pt

Phone: 910 459 769

https://covidmadeira.pt/onde-realizar-testes-em-portugal-continental/

Madeira Airports have a system to monitor compliance with guidelines

There are 25 QR Codes spread throughout Funchal Airport and 6 at Porto Santo Airport, as part of the digital platform called “Go Fight COVID-19”, set up to ensure compliance with all sanitary and safety guidelines introduced by the DGS (Directorate-General of Health). This platform, which was developed by Out of Limits Lda, allows travellers to evaluate the safety guidelines in public spaces.

This system is available in Check-in areas, Security Control, Passport Control (SEF), Food Court, Luggage Collection areas and Arrivals Hall. Passengers can provide online feedback by answering questions related to the sanitary and safety measures. The feedback is then processed in real-time. ANA Airports have analysis and monitoring dashboards that make management and decision-making possible by taking into account real information provided by passengers. Lisbon Airport has been using this platform since the start of June.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97285/Aeroportos_da_Madeira_com_plataforma_que_monitoriza_cumprimento_das_normas_da_DGS

https://gofightcovid.gorate.pt/#why

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 352 people under active monitoring and 1,025 people in self-monitoring. As of Sunday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 22,777 samples from 20,186 people 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 34 calls from Monday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,964.

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 1,510 calls, with 147 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/30/madeira-permanece-com-apenas-2-casos-activos-de-covid-19-diz-o-iasaude/

 

Madeira Situation Report 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 patients are in isolation in a designated hotel.

There are 351 people under active monitoring and 879 people in self-monitoring. As of Sunday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 22,602 samples from 20,057 people 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 45 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,930.

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 1,485 calls, with 146 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/29/20-057-utentes-testados-a-covid-19-ram-permanece-com-apenas-2-casos-activos-ate-agora/

Madeira airports to gradually resume flights in July

Eleven airlines will be resuming flights to Madeira in July.

Transavia started operating 2 weekly flights on the 27th of June and on the 2nd of July it will have 3 weekly flights from Amsterdam.

Tui Belgium will start having flights from Brussels on the 3rd of July.

TuiFly is scheduled to have flights from Hamburg (4th July), Dusseldorf (5th July), Hannover (7th July), Munich (14th July), Frankfurt (19th July), and Stuttgart (26th July).

Condor will have 2 flights on the 2nd of July, one from Dusseldof and another from Frankfurt.

Jet2 will resume flights on the 17th of July and will have flights from London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds and East Midlands.

British Airways is scheduled to resume flights from London on the 18th of July.

Easyjet will resume flights from Lisbon, Porto and Basel from the 2nd of July.

Lufthansa will have 2 weekly flights from Frankfurt and Munich from the 4th of July.

TAP is scheduled to have 2 daily flights from Lisbon and 2 weekly flights from Porto.

SATA will have 5 weekly flights to Ponta Delgada.

Binter will have 2 daily flights to Porto Santo.

Edelweiss will start to opereta 1 weekly flight from Zurich on the 7th of July.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96957/Aeroportos_da_Madeira_retomam_gradualmente_em_julho

 

 

Madeira situation report 29th June 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 patients are in isolation in a designated hotel.

There are 347 people under active monitoring and 823 people in self-monitoring. As of Sunday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 22,2212 samples from 19,812 people 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 13 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,885.

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 1,483 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/28/ram-continua-com-apenas-dois-casos-activos-de-covid-19-1170-pessoas-estao-a-ser-acompanhadas/

Madeira Tourism Secretary letter to the British Ambassador

Eduardo Jesus (Madeira Tourism Secretary) wrote a letter to Christopher Sainty, the British Ambassador to Portugal, explaining the importance of an air corridor to Madeira. He shared the Regional Government’s concern in ensuring public health by containing the progression of the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing its contagion and expressed support for all measures needed to achieve these.

He specifically asked the British authorities to consider Madeira’s unique situation when deciding to introduce air corridors that exempt British tourists from quarantine after their return from abroad. He explained the epidemiological situation in Madeira is not comparable to the situation in the Portuguese mainland and in other European regions and countries.

He also mentioned the Region’s 92 cases, 90 recoveries and absence of Covid-19 deaths and highlighted the 2 cases that were identified through testing in Funchal Airport. He added that the Regional Government has made several decisions on Madeira’s tracing and sanitary safety measures, the use of PPE, social distancing guidelines and the rigorous sanitary control that was introduced in the Region’s airports (temperature measuring, an epidemiological questionnaire and Covid-19 testing). He ended the letter by saying Madeira would like to continue to enjoy the trust of British citizens, as shown by the number of British airports with direct flights to the Region: Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Glasgow, East Midlands, London Stansted.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96997/Eduardo_Jesus_sensibiliza_embaixador_britanico_sobre_a_importancia_do_corredor_turistico

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption this morning, from 09h00 to 11h00, due to scheduled work to prevent leaks on the water supply chain. The disruption will be in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos, more specifically in Corrida, Achada, Achada do Jardim, Chote, Quinta do Jardim da Serra.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/28/arm-anuncia-para-amanha-interrupcao-no-abastecimento-de-agua-no-jardim-da-serra/

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cuts, in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following area will be affected:

2nd July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00 – Rampa Quinta Carvalhal (Funchal)

2nd and 3rd July – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00 – Rua Mestre Sidónio Pais (Funchal)  (numbers 35 to 61)

2nd July – 09h00 to 09h30 & 11h30 to 12h00 – Pico Alto (Porto Moniz)

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/2020/06/27/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-44-2020/

 

 

Madeira Situation Report  28th June 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.

There are 396 people under active monitoring and 842 people in self-monitoring. As of Saturday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 22,2212 samples from 19,812 people 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 27 calls from Friday to Saturday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,8872.

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 1,482 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/27/ram-continua-com-apenas-dois-casos-activos-de-covid-19/

First international flight

Yesterday afternoon, the first international flight was restored in Madeira, with the arrival of 117 passengers on the Transavia flight from Paris, which landed at 17h31. A welcome banner was presented and flowers were offered to tourists.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97074/ANA__celebra_retoma_das_ligacoes_internacionais_com_cerimonia_de_boas_vindas_a_voo_da_Transavia

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cuts in Funchal, in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following area will be affected:

 29th June – 09h00 to 12h00

Azinhaga da Casa Branca (numbers 1 to 4)

30th June – 09h00 to 112h00

Rua da Amoreira (numbers 5 and 5A) & Rua dos Estados Unidos da América (number 5

 30th June & 3rd July- 00h00 to 07h00

Estrada da Liberdade (numbers 1 to 4)

Caminho do Pilar (numbers 6 to 11)

Rua das Maravilhas (numbers 122 to 148)

Travessa Cruz de Carvalho (numbers 1 to 8)

Praça Francisco Santana (numbers 3 to 154)

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 44 – 2020

 

 

Madeira Situation Report 27th June from 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. There are 392 people under active monitoring and 842 people in self-monitoring. As of Friday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 22,008 samples from 19,651 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). A total of 1830 were processed in the last seven days (an average of 250 per day). A total of 718 tests were carried out on passengers who had arrived at airports in Funchal and Porto Santo. Testing on healthcare staff and patients is ongoing.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 28 calls from Thursday to Friday and 210 calls in the last seven days. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,8845.

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 103 in the last seven days, with 145 people being monitored. Madeira has the capacity to carry out 11,000 tests per week at Funchal and Porto Santo airports. Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, stressed both islands are ready and have adopted the necessary safety measures to cope with the arrival of tourists in July.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96938/Regiao_com_capacidade_para_realizar_11_mil_testes_por_semana_

Madeira prepared to reverse reopening

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, said that Madeira could reverse its reopening if the Covid-19 situation requires so. Despite this, he insisted Madeira is ready for the third phase of the Covid-19 pandemic, which is due to start on the 1st of July with the arrival of tourists. He is hopeful this new phase will be a success, particularly after Madeira’s experience in dealing with a cluster of infections in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos, which led to the creation of sanitary cordon there.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/97007/Covid-19_Pedro_Ramos_admite_retrocessos_se_for_necessario_depois_da_abertura_da_Madeira_ao_turismo

Machico Municipality delivering PPE to businesses

The Machico Municipality started delivering PPE (Personal Protection Equipment) and disinfecting products to hairdressers, barbers and beauticians in the municipality. The aim is to help them to reduce expenditure on these products and to make it easier for the necessary safety and hygiene guidance to be complied with. The municipality had contacted each business owner in order to be informed of their specific needs. Deliveries will continue to be made next week.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96999/Camara_de_Machico_entrega_kits_de_protecao_a_cabeleireiros_esteticistas_e_barbeiros

TAP considering new destinations

Tap is considering the possibility of starting direct flights from Madeira to European destinations such as London, Zurich and Paris as well as to South Africa, Canada, the USA and Venezuela. The flag carrier has also announced it is considering reviewing the price of flights to Porto Santo. These commitments were announced after a meeting between Eduardo Jesus, the Madeira Tourism Secretary, and TAP representatives.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96960/TAP_admite_rever_precos_para_o_Porto_Santo_e_estudar_ligacoes_diretas_as_capitais_europeias

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96968/Voos_diretos_para_a_Venezuela_e_Africa_do_Sul_em_cima_da_mesa

Water supply disruptions

There will be water supply disruptions on the 29th of June, due to scheduled work to prevent water leaks. Ribeira Funda, in the parish of São Jorge, will have a water supply disruption between 14h00 and 17h00. The other disruption will take place in the parish of Jardim da Serra (Corrida, Achada, Achada do Jardim, Chote, Quinta do Jardim da Serra) between 09h00 and 11h00.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96961/Interrupcao_abastecimento_de_agua_em_Sao_Jorge

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96931/Vai_faltar_agua_no_Jardim_da_Serra_esta_segunda-feira

 

Madeira Situation Report 26th June from 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.

There are 360 people under active monitoring and 772 people in self-monitoring. As of Thursday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative. As for Covid-19 testing, 21,740 samples from 19,411 people 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 35 calls from Wednesday to Thursday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,823. 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 1,455 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/25/madeira-continua-com-2-casos-ativos-de-covid-19/

Flights to the Canary Islands to be restored

Binter announced it will resume flights between Funchal and Las Palmas on the 5th of July. For the time being, Binter will operate this flight on a weekly basis, on Sundays. Before the Covid-19 pandemic, Binter used to operate 3 flights per week. Passengers can now book flights on this route.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/25/binter-retoma-ligacoes-entre-a-madeira-e-as-canarias-com-um-voo-por-semana-aos-domingos/

Two more Savoy Signature hotels to reopen

Two more Savoy Signature hotels are due to reopen. Savoy Palace is reopening on the 13th of July while Hotel Saccharum is reopening on the 31st of July. Savoy Signature stated it has been following the World Health Organisation guidelines and reviewing its planning. It has also set up a program called “Stay Safe, Stay Savoy”, whereby services such as check-out, rooms, dining facilities and leisure activities have been adapted without compromising the famous hospitality experience at Savoy Signature.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96774/Savoy_Signature_reabre_mais_duas_unidades_em_julho_

British Embassy support for the Regional Helix 2020 Conference

The British Embassy in Lisbon declared its support to ISAL (Instituto Superior de Administração e Línguas) in organising the “Regional Helix 2020 Conference – International Conference on Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Technology Transfer”, which brings together more than 60 researchers from around the world, including Professor Dimitrios Buhalis.

This year’s conference will take place from the 29th of June until the 1st of July, and will the first to be held in Madeira. Its meetings will be available on Zoom.

https://www.facebook.com/britishembassylisbon/posts/3535887866421252?__tn__=-R

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96671/Embaixada_Britanica_apoia_Regional_Helix_2020_do_ISAL

http://helix2020.ipcb.pt

Water supply disruption this morning

There will be a water supply disruption in the parish of São Martinho this morning, from 09h00 until 12h00. The disruption is due to planned work on the water supply chain and will affect Rua Dr. Pita and Rua da Casa Branca.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96843/CMF_realiza_intervencao_na_rede_de_agua_em_Sao_Martinho

 

Madeira Situation Report Thursday 25th June 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.

There are 377 people under active monitoring and 790 people in self-monitoring. As of Monday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative. As for Covid-19 testing, 21,415 samples from 19,124 people 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 34 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,788. 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 1,439 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/24/madeira-mantem-apenas-dois-casos-positivos-de-covid-19/

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-24-06-2020/

Situation of Calamity to continue in July

The Madeira Regional Government announced the Situation of Calamity will remain in place from the 1st of July at 00h00 until the 31st of July at 23h59. More details are likely to be announced in the coming days.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/24/madeira-vai-continuar-em-estado-de-calamidade-durante-todo-o-mes-de-julho/

Machico delivered relief packages to families in need

The Municipality of Machico delivered relief packages to families facing economic issues. Its aim is to reduce the economic issues that were worsened by the Covid-19 pandemic and led to several families losing most of their income. The Municipality purchased the food from local businesses, which is another way of investing in the area. The Municipality’s social support office, located in the Municipality headquarters, is accepting new applications for receiving relief packages.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96710/Machico_entrega_cabazes_a_familias_carenciadas

Whale Museum

The Whale Museum, in Caniçal, will have a new working hour, from 10h00 until 18h00, starting on the 2nd of July.

The museum is open from Monday to Sunday and will be closed during public holidays.

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96748/Museu_da_Baleia_com_novo_horario_a_partir_do_dia_2

 

Madeira Situation Report 24th June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. A patient from the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos recovered. The number of cases is now 92, with 91 recoveries and 2 active cases. The 2 active cases were detected on the third week of June and are from people who had arrived from the Portuguese mainland. There are 345 people under active monitoring and 787 people in self-monitoring. As of Monday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative. As for Covid-19 testing, 21,089 samples from 18,841 people 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 22 calls from Monday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,754. 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 1,427 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/23/iasaude-da-conta-de-mais-um-caso-recuperado-de-covid-19-na-ram-permanecem-2-casos-activos/

 

Câmara de Lobos free from Covid-19

The Municipality of Câmara de Lobos is finally Covid-19 free, 63 days after the first families arrived at Hotel do Cabo Girão for isolation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96666/Camara_de_Lobos_libertou-se_da_covid-19

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

  • 25th June – 09h30 to 12h30 – Ponta do Pargo (Salão de Cima & Corujeira)
  • 28th June – 10h00 to 12h30 – Salão de Cima & Corujeira

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/2020/06/23/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-43-2020/

 

Madeira Situation report 23rd June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases yesterday. The number of cases is now 92. There are 89 recoveries and 3 active cases.

There are 521 people under active monitoring and 568 people in self-monitoring. As of Sunday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative. As for Covid-19 testing, 20,796 samples from 18,598 people 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 52 calls from Sunday to Monday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,732.

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 1,405 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/22/madeira-continua-com-92-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-tres-dos-quais-ativos/

EU approved a €40 million financial support package to Madeira businesses

The European Commission approved a financial support package worth €40M, to provide financial support to companies in the Madeira Autonomous Region that were impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. It will consist of direct grants and state guaranteed loans. The Commission considered this support package to be “necessary, appropriate and proportional”, to ensure businesses are able to continue their activities, to make investments and keep jobs.

The direct grants will be limited to no more than €100,000 for each active agricultural business, no more than €120,000 for each active fishing or aquaculture business and no more than €800,000 for other businesses. The state guarantees will be applicable for a maximum period of 5 years. The Portuguese Government expects the economy to contract 6.9% in 2020 and to grow by 4.3% in 2021. Unemployment is likely to increase to 9.6% in 2020 and to fall to 8.7% in 2021.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96466/Covid-19_Bruxelas_aprova_regime_de_apoio_de_40_ME_a_empresas_na_Madeira

Madeira Government should be consulted on the future of TAP Portugal

A PSD MP representing Madeira, stated that the Madeira Regional Government should express its views on the future of flag-carrier TAP Portugal. He hopes the ongoing airline restructuring program will not negatively impact mobility to and from the Region. In contrast, he suggests it is crucial for TAP flights to increase and for the restructuring program to become an opportunity for expansion into Madeira and for the Region to be promoted, particularly because Madeiran taxpayers had also contributed to the €1,000M aid package for TAP. He demands that in devising its strategic plan and short and medium-term planning, TAP will look at Madeira with a different level of responsibility, common sense and growth capacity.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96516/Regiao_deve_ser_ouvida_quanto_ao_futuro_da_TAP_defende_Paulo_Neves

Hotel Dom Pedro Garajau to reopen

Hotel Dom Pedro Garajau will reopen on the 1st of July. This hotel is located in Garajau (south coast of the Island of Madeira) and 8 km (a 10 minute drive) from Funchal. It offers a range of bedrooms and apartments and has a heated indoor swimming pool with a removable roof, two outdoor swimming pools, a swimming pool for children and restaurant service provided by the swimming pool bars.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96518/Hotel_Dom_Pedro_Garajau_reabre_a_1_de_julho_

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cuts in Funchal, in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following area will be affected:

25th June – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

Rua da Escola Secundária do Galeão (numbers 6 to 8)

25th June – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

Estrada da Fundoa (number 58)

Caminhos da Fundoa de Cima e de São Roque (number 130)

Vereda da Capela do Rosário

26th June – 00h00 to 05h00

Estrada do Curral dos Romeiros (numbers 1 to 30)

Caminhos das Voltas e do Meio

Rua do Miranda (numbers 4 to 7) & Rua do Clube da Choupana (numbers 28, 28A and 28B)

Vereda Ribeiro Domingos Dias

Escadas Ribeiro Domingos Dias

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/2020/06/20/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-41-2020/

 

Madeira Situation report by Daniel Fernandes Monday 22 of June

Covid-19 update

There was a new Covid-19 case yesterday, after a suspected case was confirmed. The new case is from a passenger who had landed at Funchal Airport on Saturday. The passenger lives in the Funchal Municipality and had flown in from Lisbon, where he had been staying since February. He is in isolation in a designated hotel. The number of cases is now 92. There are 89 recoveries and 3 active cases.

There are 497 people under active monitoring and 582 people in self-monitoring. As of Saturday, there had been 1,546 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 20,607 samples from 18,476 people 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 20 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,680. 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 1,389 calls, with 145 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/21/iasaude-confirma-que-deu-positivo-o-caso-suspeito-de-covid-19-que-ontem-chegou-a-madeira/

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cuts in Funchal, in the following days, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following area will be affected:

23rd June – 09h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

Caminho da Casa Velha (numbers 88 to 107) & Caminho Três Paus à Viana (numbers 61 to 148)

Vereda da Bela Vista (number 2)

Travessa do Pomar

Escadinhas dos Três Paus à Viana

24th June – 09h00 to 11h30

Caminho do Meio (number 108) & Caminho da Casa Velha (number 99)

Rua da Ladeira

Vereda do Clube da Choupana (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/2020/06/20/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-41-2020/

 

Madeira Situation report by Daniel Fernandes Saturday 20th of June

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. The number of cases remains 91. There are 89 recoveries and 2 active cases. There are 497 people under active monitoring and 589 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,545 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 20,178 samples from 18,147 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). In the last seven days, 1,539 people were tested. Next week, more testing will be carried out on health professionals.

In the last seven days, a total of 233 tests were carried out on passengers landing in Funchal and Porto Santo.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 24 calls from Thursday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,632.

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 1,366 calls, with 143 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/19/pedro-ramos-diz-que-protocolo-com-laboratorio-continental-ja-esta-em-marcha-ram-mantem-2-casos-de-covid-19/

Testing will be available in Lisbon and Porto for Madeira-bound passengers

Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, confirmed the Madeira Regional Government will sign a deal with a public laboratory in Lisbon, so that passengers flying to Madeira can be tested before the flight. Testing will also be available for passengers flying from Porto. Each test will cost about €50 and will be paid for by the Madeira Regional Government. Ideally, all passengers would be tested before flying to Madeira. However, this idea is not accepted by many governments and airlines, which means that the Madeira Regional Government has set up testing on arrival, to give tourism and the economy a chance to recover while reducing the risk of Covid-19 contagion to Madeira’s residents.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/19/pedro-ramos-diz-que-protocolo-com-laboratorio-continental-ja-esta-em-marcha-ram-mantem-2-casos-de-covid-19/

TUI to bring Dutch tourists to Madeira & Luxair cancelled flights due to mandatory testing

Tourism to Madeira will reopen on the 1st of July. A Transavia flight, chartered by TUI, is scheduled to bring Dutch tourists to Funchal on the 2nd of July. Several flights from Germany are also scheduled, in addition to the return of TAP and Easyjet flights from the Portuguese mainland.

On the other hand, Luxair cancelled its scheduled flights from Luxembourg because of the mandatory testing requirements in Madeira.

A reminder that from the 1st of July, all passengers landing in Funchal and Porto Santo must present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test that had been carried out up to 72h before the start of the journey. Alternatively, Covid-19 testing, paid for by the Madeira Regional Government, will be carried out on arrival and its result will be announced 12h later (at the latest).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/19/tui-traz-turistas-holandeses-a-madeira-a-2-de-julho-luxair-cancela-voos-por-exigencia-de-testes/

Funchal Municipality in permanent contact with 3,000 elderly residents

In Mach, the Funchal Municipality set up a helpline during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide support to elderly residents and to contact residents who were no longer able to visit several municipal facilities. Its aim was also to prevent loneliness and to help them cope with the fear of being infected with Covid-19. Under this scheme, elderly residents were monitored daily by municipal services in areas such as social services, psychology and sociology. Their requests for support, in areas such as payment of water and electricity bills, booking medical appointments at the local health centre, buying groceries and medication, were dealt with by other municipal services.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96228/CMF_em_contacto_permanente_com_3000_utentes_idosos

Aquaparque to reopen today

Aquaparque in Santa Cruz is reopening today, with some restrictions. Its maximum capacity was reduced to 500 people, rubber rings will be for individual use only and customers must maintain social distancing. Face masks must be worn indoors. Tickets will cost €7 for adults and €5 for children.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96288/Aquaparque_abre_portas_amanha

 

Situation Report Madeira 18 to 19 June  – by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There was a new case of Covid-19. A passenger, who had arrived from Lisbon on the 17th of June, tested positive after being tested at the airport. Although the passenger lives in the Municipality of Santa Cruz, he had been in the Lisbon area since February. The number of cases is now 91. There are 89 recoveries and 2 active cases. Both patients are staying in designated hotel accommodation.

There are 415 people under active monitoring and 469 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,545 suspected cases, 1,454 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 19,916 samples from 17,912 people 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 21 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,608.

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 1,356 calls, with 143 people being monitored.

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-18-06-2020/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/18/mais-um-doente-covid-positivo-na-madeira-chegou-ontem-de-aviao-a-regiao/

Porto Santo Municipality reinforced public health warning 

Idalino Vasconcelos, the Mayor of Porto Santo, published a warning for people to follow all the recommendations provided by the health authorities for the reopening of the economy, in terms of the maximum capacity of businesses, breathing etiquette, social distancing, hand hygiene and other public health measures. He reminded that in April he had cancelled all fairs that had been due to take place in July and has not approved any requests for public events. He reminded public health depended on the efforts of each person, in order to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96172/Porto_Santo_reforca_pedido_de_precaucao_a_populacao_no_combate_a_covid-19_

Municipality of Funchal donated 550 face shields to Funchal businesses

The Municipality of Funchal has donated about 550 face shields to Funchal businesses since the reopening of commercial activities. The aim is to create a safer environment for business owners, employees and customers, and to reduce the risk of exposure and infection with Covid-19. This is another way the Municipality has found to support local businesses.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96137/CMF_distribuiu_550_viseiras_aos_comerciantes_funchalenses_

Water supply disruption today

The Municipality of Funchal announced there will be a water supply disruption in the parish (freguesia) of Sé, today at 9h30. Work is scheduled to last for 2 hours. The following areas will be affected: Rua Dr. Bito Câmara, Avenida Arriaga, Rua Ponte de São Lazaro, Rua do Conde de Canavial, Travessa São Paulo, Rua Brigadeiro Couceiro, Rua da Carreira and Travessa das Violetas.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96164/Freguesia_da_Se_com_intervencao_na_rede_de_abastecimento_de_agua_

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut tomorrow, from 9h00 to 12h00, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following area will be affected:

Câmara de Lobos – Levada do Norte (between numbers 75 and 78)

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/2020/06/19/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-40-2020/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 17 to 18 June  – by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 89 recoveries and only 1 active case remaining.

There are 439 people under active monitoring and 664 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 19,735 samples from 17,768 people 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 36 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,587.

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 1,340 calls, with 142 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/17/madeira-continua-com-apenas-um-caso-de-covid-19/

First Covid-19 case in Madeira was 3 months ago

Madeira’s first Covid-19 case was announced on the 17th March. A 61-year-old Dutch tourist, who had arrived in Madeira on the 12th March, tested positive 14 days after the first Covid-19 case in Portugal. She was staying at Enotel Quinta do Sol. Three months later, there is only one active case in Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/96000/Faz_tres_meses_que_a_Madeira_registou_o_primeiro_caso_de_covid-19

Water supply disruptions today

There will be a water supply disruption in Porto Santo, from 13h00 to 18h00, due to scheduled water to prevent water leaks on the supply network. The disruption will affect Camacha.

Another disruption will take place today, from 9h30 to 11h, at Rua do Ornelas, in the parish of Santa Maria Maior (Funchal).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95982/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_no_Porto_Santo_

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/17/cmf-alerta-para-intervencao-na-rede-de-agua-em-santa-maria-maior/

 

Situation Report Madeira 16 to 17 June  – by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 89 recoveries and only 1 active case remaining.

There are 399 people under active monitoring and 642 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 19,483 samples from 17,564 people 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 60 calls from Monday to Tuesday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,551.

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 1,327 calls, with 140 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/15/madeira-continua-com-apenas-um-caso-ativo-de-covid-19/

https://covidmadeira.pt/situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-atualizacao-16-06-2020/

Covid-19 Multidisciplinary Team praised

The work carried out by the SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) Multidisciplinary Team for Covid-19, led by psychiatrist Ricardo Alves, was praised by Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, and Rafaela Fernandes, president of the SESARAM Board of Directors. The team, made up of health care professionals specialising in psychology, nutrition and social service, has been providing support to people in quarantine in designated hotels and at home. Rafaela Fernandes praised their work, saying they have been working beyond their usual duties in hospital and health centres. Pedro Ramos praised their work during the most critical period of the pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95956/Covid-19_Equipa_multidisciplinar_elogiada_por_Pedro_Ramos_e_Rafaela_Fernandes

Madeira couple return home three months later than planned

Rafael Santos and Mariana Vieira returned to Madeira, on the 15th of June, on the first flight SATA operated to Madeira since it suspended flights to the Region due to the pandemic. The couple traveled from Funchal to Ponta Delgada on the 2nd of March and had been due to return on the 24th of Mach. Two weeks later, quarantine was imposed and shops and services were closed. Despite this, the couple had already managed to make the most of the island’s beauty and main attractions.

Afterwards, the couple stayed at a friends home, without being able to tour the island. The couple kept contacting SATA, expressing their desire to return to Madeira. Their request was approved as soon as flights to the Azores were restored. They said there had been more Madeirans in the same situation. According to them, all passengers on the return flight behaved exemplarily and they were tested for Covid-19 in Funchal Airport, with the negative results being announced in the following morning.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95933/Tres_meses_depois_casal_madeirense_conseguiu_regressar_a_casa

 

Situation Report Madeira 15 to 16 June  by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 89 recoveries and only 1 active case remaining.

There are 416 people under active monitoring and 555 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 19,602 samples from 17,192 people 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 13 calls from Sunday to Monday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,491.

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 1,310 calls, with 140 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/15/madeira-continua-com-apenas-um-caso-ativo-de-covid-19/

Madeira Regional Government to pay for testing

On the same day that flights between Madeira and the Azores islands were restored, Pedro Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, announced that Madeira-bound passengers departing from Lisbon will be able to be tested in Lisbon, with the tests being paid for by the Madeira Regional Government. Miguel Albuquerque stressed it is preferable for Madeira to have this expenditure, instead of spending it in unemployment benefits.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/15/albuquerque-abre-pocif-e-anuncia-realizacao-de-testes-pagos-pelo-governo-regional-em-lisboa-para-a-covid-19/

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption tomorrow, from 14h00 to 19h00, in Machico, due to scheduled work on the water supply network The following areas will be affected: Caramanchão, Fazenda, Moinho da Serra, Piquinho, Ribeira Grande, Serra de Água and Torre.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95858/Interrupcao_do_abastecimento_de_Agua_em_Machico

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 14 to 15 June  by Daniel Fernandes

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. A patient from the Municipality of Funchal recovered. There are now 89 recoveries and only 1 active case remaining.

There are 411 people under active monitoring and 627 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 18,825 samples from 17,027 people 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 10 calls from Saturday to Sunday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,478.

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 1,300 calls, with 139 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/14/madeira-com-apenas-um-caso-ativo-de-covid-19/

Power cuts

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be several  power cuts this week, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

Funchal

16th June from 9h00 to 11h00 – Travessa do Pina numbers 24 to 32

16th and 17th June from 9h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00 – Beco do Salvador & Travessa dos Arrifes numbers 4 to 18

18th June from 9h00 to 12h00 – Caminho do Amparo numbers 86 to 98; Caminho do Engelho Velho numbers 13 to 48 & Rua Nova do Pico & Beco da Rocha & Vereda do Amparo numbers 20 to 76 & Impasse 1 do Caminho do Engenho Velho

18th June from 9h00 to 11h00 – Caminho da Casa Velha numbers 5A and 5B

19th June from 0h00 to 7h00 – Rua Princesa D. Amélia numbers 10 to 34 & Rua Penha de França number 2 & Rua Imperatriz Dona Amélia number 69

19th June from 9h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00 – Travessa do Tanque numbers 89 to 97

Calheta

16th June from 10h00 to 10h20 & 14h30 to 15h00 – Sítio do Pico da Urze & Sítio Ovil (Pául da Serra)

Ilha

16th June from 0h00 to 4h00 – All the parish

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/2020/06/13/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-39-2020/

 

Situation Report Madeira 13 to 14 June  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are 88 recoveries and only 2 active cases.  There are 423 people under active monitoring and 611 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.  As for Covid-19 testing, 18,579 samples from 16,820 people 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 19 calls from Friday to Saturday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,468.

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 1,290 calls, with 139 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/13/nao-ha-alteracoes-a-situacao-do-covid-19-na-ram-mantem-se-apenas-dois-infectados/

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption  on Sunday (16th of June), from 14h00 to 19h00, in the parish (freguesia) of Machico, due to scheduled work to prevent water leaks on the water supply network. The following areas will be affected: Paraíso, Pé da Ladeira, Pontinha, Serra de Água and Cidade de Machico.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95651/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_em_Machico

 

Situation Report Madeira 12 to 13 June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. Three patients from the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos recovered. There are now 88 recoveries and only 2 active cases. The two active cases are from a resident from Funchal and another from Câmara de Lobos and both patients are in isolation in designated hotel accommodation.

There are 391 people under active monitoring and 580 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 18,342 samples from 16,608 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). This week, 1,715 people were tested.

It was also announced that 448 tests were carried out on travellers who had arrived in the Madeira archipelago. All tests came back negative and all travellers were allowed to spend the rest of the quarantine period at home.

Testing on social, healthcare and civil protection personnel is ongoing.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 185 calls in the last seven days, 18 of which were from Thursday to Friday. Overall, the total number of calls made to this helpline is 8,449.

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 received 103 calls in the last seven days. Overall, there have 1,262 calls, with 139 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/12/mais-3-doentes-recuperados-de-covid-19-na-madeira-casos-activos-sao-agora-apenas-2/

Covid-19 cases likely to increase with reopening of tourism

Pedro Ramos, admitted that the reopening of Madeira to tourism, from the 1st of July, is likely to cause the number of Covid-19 cases to increase. According to him, all World Health Organisation guidelines are being implemented in Madeira. He said the Madeira Regional Government intends to continue to protect Madeira’s people and economy.

He also stressed that the main danger will not come from tourists, but from Madeira and Porto Santo residents who fail to comply with the relevant safety guidelines. From the 1st of July, all passengers landing in Funchal and Porto Santo must present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test that had been carried out up to 72h before the start of the journey. Alternatively, Covid-19 testing, paid for by the Madeira Regional Government, will be carried out on arrival and its result will be announced 12h later (at the latest).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95620/Madeira_admite_aumento_de_casos_com_a_reabertura_do_setor_do_turismo

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption  on Sunday (15th of June), from 14h00 to 17h00, in the parish (freguesia) of Câmara de Lobos, due to scheduled work on the water supply network. The following areas will be affected: Cidade Nova, Ribeira Garcia and Serrado da Adega.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95567/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_em_Camara_de_Lobos_

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 11 to 12 June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 85 recoveries and 5 active cases.

There are 385 people under active monitoring and 587 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 18,154 samples from 16,446 people 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 18 calls from Wednesday to Thursday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,431.

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 1,254 calls, with 139 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/11/covid-19-situacao-sem-alteracao-continuam-a-existir-5-casos-positivos-na-ram/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 10 to 11 June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 85 recoveries and 5 active cases.

There are 377 people under active monitoring and 489 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 18,029 samples from 16,340 people 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 16 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,413.

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 1,247 calls, with 139 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/10/continuam-apenas-5-casos-activos-de-covid-19-na-madeira-ha-85-recuperados/

Hotel Vila Galé entertainment

Hotel Vila Galé organised the following activities for customers spending quarantine at this hotel:

Thursday

11h00-12h00 – Zumba with Carla Madeira

12h00-12h30 – Stories on the balcony with Professora Andreia

20h00-22h00 – Live music with Alexandra Barbosa e Beto

Friday

11h00-12h00 – Fitness with Professor Ricardo

20h00-21h30 – Sunset on the balcony with DJ Afonso Freitas

Saturday

18h00-19h00 – Yoga class with Rafael Rodrigues

20h00-21h00 – Show de dança – “Dance Flavours” with a performance by Frances and their dancers

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95419/Vila_Gale_oferece_programacao_variada_aos_hospedes_a_cumprir_quarentena

TAP flight discounts on Madeira flights

TAP is offering a 20% discount on TAP flights to Madeira, between today and the 14th of June. Flights to the Azores archipelago are also included on this discount.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95429/Campanha_da_TAP_com_20_de_desconto_em_todos_os_voos_para_a_Madeira

Power cut

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be a power cut on Saturday, from 9h00 to 12h00, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following area will be affected:

Câmara de Lobos – Caminho da Trincheira (between numbers 06 and 67)

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/2020/06/10/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-38-2020/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 9 to 10 June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 85 recoveries and 5 active cases.

There are 389 people under active monitoring and 460 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 17,643 samples from 16,026 people 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 44 calls from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,397.

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 1,226 calls, with 138 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/09/madeira-permanece-com-apenas-5-casos-activos-de-covid-19/

Two people refuse to leave hotel quarantine

So far, 8 court actions have been requested because of hotel quarantine. Most requests are from people who are against spending mandatory quarantine in a designated hotel. However, two people started court action to request for quarantine to continue to be at Hotel Vila Galé. They would like to spend the 14-day quarantine period there and to return home after testing negative for Covid-19, because they do not live alone and it is not possible to maintain distancing while at home. They also stressed that public health always comes first.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95266/Duas_pessoas_nao_querem_abandonar_quarentena_em_hotel_na_Madeira

Infected tourists to be isolated in hotels

The Madeira Regional Government announced that tourists who test positive for Covid-19 will be isolated in designated hotels. It also explained that testing in Madeira will cost between €500,000 and €600,000 per month.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95318/Turistas_com_teste_positivo_farao_isolamento_nos_hoteis_testes_vao_custar_cerca_de_600_mil_euros

Council housing staff tested for Covid-19

Staff from IHM (Investimentos Habitacionais da Madeira), who have direct contact with families living in council housing, were tested. This is because their work includes personal appointments, visits to homes, the development of inclusion projects and educational and cultural activities, and promoting a healthy lifestyle by children, young people and old people.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95357/Funcionarios_da_IHM_testados_a_COVID-19

PortoBay hotels to reopen

Grupo PortoBay announced its hotels in Madeira will reopen on the 4th of July. Grupo PortoBay has a Clean & Safe certificate issued by Turismo de Portugal and has also developed its own hygiene and safety protocol, called “Together We Care”, to give customers a memorable stay.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95284/Grupo_PortoBay_reabre_hoteis_na_Madeira_a_4_de_julho

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 8 to 9 June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. The patient who had been staying in Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital has recovered. This means there are now 52 recoveries. The health authorities also informed there are not any tests being analysed.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92099/Madeira_regista_mais_um_doente_recuperado_e_deixa_de_ter_internados_por_Covid-19

Two hospitals to resume normal service

Grupo HPA Saúde Madeira, which includes Hospital Particular da Madeira (HPM) and Madeira Medical Center (MMC), will resume normal service from Monday. All contingency measures to ensure the safety and protection of patients and staff will continue to be applied. Entry to the hospitals will only be allowed after triage, in which there is a Covid-19 questionnaire and body temperature is checked. Face masks must be worn and hands must be disinfected. There will be social distancing markers. There will be specific procedures regarding suspected cases, in coordination with SESARAM (Madeira Health Service).

All clinical analysis; permanent care service (adults); appointments; nursing services; medical imaging and cardiology and gastroenterology testing will resume at MMC, with the following working hours: Mondays to Fridays (from 7h30 to 21h) and Saturdays (from 7h30 to 14h).

As for HPM, all testing, appointments for adults and children and permanent paediatric services will have the following working hours: 9h00 to 00h00.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92080/Hospital_Particular_da_Madeira_e_Madeira_Medical_Center_retomam_a_normalidade_dos_seus_servicos

End of lockdown schedule

Swimming pools, spas and jacuzzis will remain closed.

The Porto Santo beach will reopen on Sunday. However, gatherings will be forbidden and swimmers must keep appropriate distancing. Cafés, bars, restaurantes and changing rooms will remain closed.

Restaurants, cafés, bakeries (including outdoor space as long as social distancing is adhered to) will reopen on May 18th if the pandemic remains under control.

Forests will reopen for picnics on May 11th.

Museums and libraries will reopen on May 14th.

Gyms will reopen on May 12th with only 1/3 of its capacity

Recreational crafts will be allowed to leave the marina on May 15th, apart from crafts dedicated to tourism and maritime activities.

Mandatory quarantine will be enforced until May 18th. However, it could be brought back if there are new Covid-19 cases.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/08/restaurantes-cafe-e-pastelarias-reabrem-a-18-de-maio/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92046/Praia_do_Porto_Santo_reaberta_ao_publico_a_partir_de_domingo

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92066/Piscinas_spas_jacuzzis_continuarao_fechados

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 7 to 8 June by Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. Two more patients, from the municipalities of Ponta do Sol and Câmara de Lobos, have recovered. There are now 85 recoveries and 5 active cases.

There are 376 people under active monitoring and 277 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 17,188 samples from 15,634 people 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 14 calls from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,321.

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 1,189 calls, with 136 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/07/apenas-cinco-casos-de-covid-19-activos-na-ram-ha-mais-2-recuperados/

Health Centres reopening today

The following health centres are resuming in person activity today, with Accident and Emergency Services having the following timetable:

Weekdays from 8h00 to 20h00 – Centro de Saúde de São Vicente; Centro de Saúde do Porto Moniz; Centro de Saúde de Santana

24h a day – Centro de Saúde de Machico (preferably for the Municipalities of Machico, Santa Cruz and Santana; Centro de Saúde da Ribeira Brava (preferably for the Municipalities of Câmara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava, Ponta do Sol, Calheta, São Vicente, Porto Moniz; Centro de Saúde de Porto Santo

Those registered in the Municipality of Funchal can use any of these health centres, as an alternative to the A&E from Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.

There has been an increase in the appointment period of primary health care in the following places:

Bom Jesus – telephone medical appointment from 8h to 14h (969377014) & in person medical and nursing appointments from 14h00 to 19h00

São Roque e Monte – in person medical and nursing appointment (in São Roque from 8h00 to 20h00 & Monte from 8h00 to 17h00)

Santo António –  telephone medical appointment from 9h to 17h (966735638) & in-person medical and nursing appointments from 9h00 to 13h00 & 14h00 to 18h00

Nazaré (Dr. Rui Adriano) – telephone medical appointment from 9h00 to 12h00 and 14h00 to 17h00 (969376991) & in person medical and nursing appointments from 9h00 to 13h00 & 14h00 to 18h00

Câmara de Lobos – in person medical and nursing appointment from 9h00 to 13h00

Prazeres – in person medical and nursing appointment from 9h00 to 13h00

These new appointments are an option for patients with acute diseases, worsening chronic diseases and who do not need to go to an Accident & Emergency centre or the A&E unit at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital.

In person appointments have also been restored for Psychology, Nutrition, Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy and Social Service.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/95149/Conheca_os_Centros_de_Saude_cujas_urgencias_reabrem_amanha

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 6 to 7 June  – From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. There are now 83 recoveries (a recovery rate of 92%) and 7 active cases. Six patients are in isolation in a dedicated hotel and one is at home. There are 5 active cases in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos while the Municipalities of Funchal and Ponta do Sol have 1 active case each.

There are 306 people under active monitoring and 256 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 16,950 samples from 15,443 people 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, bringing the total number of calls to 8,321.

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 1,182 calls, with 136 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/06/nao-ha-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mantem-se-o-total-cumulativo-de-90-casos-registados-na-ram/

Water supply disruption

There will be a water supply disruption in the parish of Santo António da Serra (Machico), on the 9th of June, due to scheduled work on the water supply network. The following areas will be affected: Fajã das Vacas, Portela, Ribeira de Machico (9h00-12h00 – Zone A; 14h00-18h00 – Zone B).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/06/interrupcao-de-abastecimento-de-agua-no-santo-da-serra/

 

Situation Report  5 June to 6th June – From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases remains at 90. Two patients, from the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos, have recovered. There are now 83 recoveries (a recovery rate of 92%) and 7 active cases. Six patients are in isolation in a dedicated hotel and one is at home. There are 5 active cases in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos while the Municipalities of Funchal and Ponta do Sol have 1 active case each.

There are 415 under active monitoring, of whom 312 are in hotels and 103 at home. There are also 219 people in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 3,089 samples were tested in the last 7 days, with an average of 441 tests being carried out per day. Overall, 16,377 samples from 14,893 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). Next week, Covid-19 testing will continue to be carried out on staff from the health, civil protection and social services.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 233 calls in the last 7 days, bringing the total number of calls to 8,264.

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 received 116 calls in the last 7 days. A further 11 people are being monitored. Overall, it has received 1,159 calls, with 133 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/05/ha-sete-casos-activos-de-covid-19-na-ram-foram-testadas-ja-14-893-pessoas/

Changes to mandatory quarantine policy

The period of mandatory quarantine for all passengers arriving in Madeira was reduced to a week. Testing will be carried out in hotels. After a week, if the Covid-19 test is negative the passengers will be allowed to leave hotel quarantine. However, they will continue to be monitored by the health authorities and will be tested again on the 14th day since their arrival. This change in policy allowed the Regional Government to overcome the increasing number of Habeas Corpus applications against the quarantine policy.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94955/Covid-19_Quarentena_reduzida_para_uma_semana_e_testes_nos_hoteis

Habeas Corpus application

The second Habeas Corpus application, submitted by a male passenger, had the same outcome as the first application. In other words, the health authorities allowed him to leave hotel quarantine at Hotel Vila Galé after his Covid-19 test came back negative.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94939/Covid-19_Inutilidade_do_Habeas_Corpus_por_ter_cessado_confinamento

Campaign “Ajuda Vale” raised 23 tons of food

 According to Grupo Jerónimo Martins (owners of Pingo Doce) and Sonae (owners of Continente), 19 tons of food were donated through the campaign “Ajuda Vale”. Another 4 tons of food were donated through the online campaign launched in March on the website (www.alimentestaideia.pt). These goods will be donated to the Banco Alimentar da Madeira warehouse, which will then distribute them for free to other institutional partners. This campaign took place on all 27 Pingo Doce and Continente stores in Madeira, from the 22nd and 31st of May.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94985/Campanha_Ajuda_Vale_e_Campanha_Online_angariaram_23_toneladas_de_alimentos

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 4 June to 5 June – From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. The number of cases in Madeira stands at 90, with 81 recoveries and 9 active cases. The patient who was identified as a positive case at Madeira Airport remains in isolation at a dedicated hotel.

There are 412 people under active monitoring and 206 in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 16,119 samples from 14,669 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). Testing is also being carried out on staff from the health, civil protection and social services.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 37 calls from Wednesday to Thursday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,231. So far, 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 1,134 calls, with 127 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94853/Madeira_mantem_90_casos_confirmados_e_nove_ativos

New reopening measures announced

From Saturday, places of worship will no longer have a maximum capacity of 1/3. Instead, they will be allowed to have a maximum capacity of 50%, while keeping the usual sanitary measures.

From Monday, indoor swimming pools will reopen for club swimmers. Gyms and indoor sports facilities can also reopen. These sporting activities must be carried out in compliance with the following guidance:

a) Submission of a contingency plan to IASAÚDE, IP-RAM and Direção Regional de Desporto

b) Ensure all people connected to the relevant sports comply with the contingency plan

c) The sporting infrastructures must comply with the contingency plan

d) The use of changing rooms is forbidden

e) Sporting equipment must not be shared between sportspeople, without being disinfected

f) Sportspeople and staff must use the relevant personal protection equipment

g) Increased cleaning and disinfection of surfaces and equipment

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94851/Governo_Regional_anuncia_novas_medidas_de_desconfinamento

New Habeas Corpus application in Funchal

Another young passenger has submitted a Habeas Corpus application against spending mandatory quarantine in a hotel. The student and Herberto Jesus, the president of IASAÚADE (Instituto da Administração da Saúde – Health Administration Institute) testified at a court in Funchal. The passenger, who had landed at Funchal Airport on the 29th of May, is in quarantine at Hotel Vila Galé, in Santa Cruz. The result of his Covid-19 test is expected to be known today. The court case will continue today.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94869/Novo_habeas_corpus_no_Tribunal_do_Funchal

Volunteer group praised for its work

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, thanked the volunteer group “Hotelaria Madeira ajuda a nossa Ilha” (Madeira Hotels help our island) for its vital work during the state of emergency. The volunteers were staff from Madeira hotels and in April and May they helped to provide meals, food, masks, gloves and disinfection products to people in need.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/04/albuquerque-agradece-trabalho-voluntario-do-grupo-hotelaria-madeira-ajuda/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 3 June to 4 June – From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today. A patient from the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos has recovered. This means the official number of cases in Madeira is still 90, with 81 recoveries and 9 active cases.

There are 352 people under active monitoring and 168 in self-monitoring. As of yesterday, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 15,627 samples from 14,257 people 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 39 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,214. So far, 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 1103 calls, with 124 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/03/mais-um-doente-recuperado-de-covid-19-na-madeira-casos-activos-sao-agora-nove/

Donations at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital

Face masks were donated by Movimento de Voluntariado Hospitalar Presença Amiga (MVHPA – a voluntary organisation) for use by the Madeira Regional Health Service. A coffee shop, to be run in partnership with Liga Portuguesa Contra o Cancro (LPCC – Portuguese League Against Cancer) was also opened at the hospital.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/01/voluntariado-entrega-mascaras-ao-sesaram-e-ha-nova-cafetaria-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/

Further training for lifeguards and emergency personnel

Frente MarFunchal, which belongs to the Municipality of Funchal, has been providing questions and answers sessions and further training to lifeguards and emergency personnel to ensure they are able to provide rescue and emergency services while complying with Covid-19 guidance. This includes training on the correct hand-washing procedures, the correct procedure for wearing and removing PPE and procedures for safely dealing with victims. They have been having online and face-to-face training sessions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94728/Frente_MarFunchal_realizou_acoes_de_debate_e_de_esclarecimento_com_profissionais_do_socorro_sobre_epoca_balnear

Accident and emergency ward to reopen in Porto Moniz

Valter Correia, a member of parliament and former Mayor of the Municipality of Porto Moniz, informed that the accident and emergency ward of the Porto Moniz Health Centre will reopen on Monday. According to Pedro Ramos, the Madeira Health and Civil Protection Secretary, the reopening of accident and emergency wards across Madeira will be gradual but he refused to announce any reopening dates.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94735/Porto_Moniz_Deputado_do_PSD_anuncia_regresso_do_servico_de_urgencia_no_Centro_de_Saude

Madeira and Canary Islands share Covid-19 common interests

The regional governments of Madeira and the Canary Islands agreed that the islands are similar in aspects such as accessibility and in having Covid-19 policies in areas such as the need for sanitary controls for passengers at the point of departure. This is a common position that both governments intend to promote at national and EU level. They also agreed to jointly fight for more EU funding and assistance to the islands, so as to face negative effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/01/voluntariado-entrega-mascaras-ao-sesaram-e-ha-nova-cafetaria-no-hospital-dr-nelio-mendonca/

Tablets delivered to 128 children

The Municipality of Santa Cruz started delivering tablets to 128 primary school children from deprived families or families facing difficulties, such as reduced earnings or unemployment, due to Covid-19. The tablets are equipped with a router and three months of free internet access. The Municipality invested about €50,000 on this assistance program, which is crucial when school teaching is being carried out remotely. The Municipality has asked for residents facing difficulties to contact it, so that it will try to assist them.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94701/Santa_Cruz_iniciou_entrega_de_tablets_a_128_criancas_

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 2 June to 3 June – From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases today.

A further 4 patients, from Câmara de Lobos Municipality, have recovered. The health authorities announced that the Covid-19 case that was identified yesterday in Madeira will not be included in Madeira’s Covid-19 statistics, because the patient was infected in Central Portugal, where he lives. Instead, his case will be included in Central Portugal’s data. The epidemiological investigation into this case will be led by the Central Portugal health authorities, in cooperation with the Madeira health authorities. The patient is isolation at a designated hotel in Madeira.

This means the official number of cases in Madeira is still 90, with 80 recoveries and 10 active cases.

There are 322 people under active monitoring and 147 in self-monitoring. As of June 1st, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 15,120 samples from 13,794 people 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 51 calls from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,155. So far, 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 1103 calls, with 124 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/02/ram-nao-regista-novos-casos-de-infeccao-pelo-coronavirus/

Habeas Corpus application against hotel quarantine

The passenger who applied for a Habeas Corpus challenging mandatory quarantine at Hotel Vila Galé, in Santa Cruz, will now be in quarantine at home, after the Covid-19 test she underwent yesterday came back negative. In fact, due to her negative test, the Regional Health Authority decided to “free” the passenger and opted not to keep fighting in court for her to remain in quarantine in a hotel. As a result, politically speaking, both sides (the passenger and the health authorities) have benefited. The passenger was allowed to be in quarantine at home while the Regional Government escaped a potential defeat in court, which would have potentially forced it to change the quarantine policy for passengers arriving in the Madeira Archipelago. The current quarantine policy in Madeira remains the same.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/02/passageira-que-moveu-habeas-corpus-vai-cumprir-quarentena-em-casa-e-nao-no-hotel/

EasyJet to restore Madeira flights

EasyJet announced flights will be gradually restored. It expects to fly to 50% of its usual destinations in July and 75% in August, with a lower frequency and about 30% of its usual July to September capacity. Regarding its flights from Portuguese airports, it plans to fly to 50 destinations in July, 59 in August and to restore internal flights from Lisbon, Porto, Faro and Funchal. It expects to serve between 78% and 92% of its usual destinations in July and August.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94547/easyJet_anuncia_retoma_de_voos_de_e_para_o_Funchal

 

Situation Report Madeira 1 June to 2 June – From Daniel Fernandes

A new Covid-19 case was announced yesterday, after 26 days without any new cases. The new case is that of a male passenger, aged 20-29, from Central Portugal, who had been awaiting for the result of a Covid-19 carried out in the Portuguese mainland. The passenger had been in quarantine at Vila Galé hotel and was transferred to Hotel Dom Pedro, in Machico, where he will be in isolation. He is reported to be asymptomatic.

A further 4 patients, from Câmara de Lobos Municipality, have recovered. At the moment, there are 11 active cases and 80 recoveries. The overall number of cases is 91.

There are 290 people under active monitoring and 140 in self-monitoring. Until the 31st of May, there had been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which had come back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 14,683 samples from 13,394 people 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 33 calls from Sunday to Monday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,104. So far, 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 1086 calls, with 123 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94496/Caso_positivo_na_Madeira_e_proveniente_da_Regiao_Centro_do_pais

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94497/Sao_ja_80_os_casos_recuperados_de_covid-19_na_Madeira

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/01/iasaude-confirma-novo-caso-de-covid-19-ha-mais-quatro-recuperados-na-ram/

Flights to Porto Santo resumed

As planned, flights between Funchal and Porto Santo resumed yesterday. The first flight departs from Funchal Airport at 7h30 and the return flight from Porto Santo departs at 8h30. The afternoon flight departs from Funchal Airport at 16h55 and the return flight from Porto Santo departs at 17h50.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94399/Binter_ja_voa_para_o_Porto_Santo

 

Face masks and shields donated

Ribeira Brava parish (Freguesia) donated reusable face masks and shields to staff from nursery school “O Balão”, in Ribeira Brava. Each member of staff received 1 face shield and 2 face masks. The aim of this donation is to increase the protection of staff, children and their relatives.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/06/01/junta-da-ribeira-brava-entregou-mascaras-reutilizaveis-e-viseiras-a-infantario/

Madeira Aquarium

Families accompanied by children aged 12 or below will have free entry to Madeira Aquarium, until the 30th of June. All children visiting will also be offered sweets. This initiative is to celebrate the yearly World Children’s Day, which was yesterday.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94458/Aquario_da_Madeira_no_Porto_Moniz_gratuito_no_mes_de_Junho

Water supply disruption

Due to planned work on the water supply chain, there will be a water supply disruption in Machico Municipality, affecting Caniçal (Figueirinhas and Palmeira), on Wednesday, from 10h00 until 12h00.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94463/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_agua_no_Canical

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 31st May to 1 June – From Daniel Fernandes

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 26 days. Three more people have recovered. There are now 14 active cases and 76 recoveries.

There are 329 people under active monitoring and 140 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 14,321 samples from 13,055 people 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 23 calls from Saturday to Sunday to Saturday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,091. So far, 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 1073 calls, with 122 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94391/Covid-19_Mais_tres_doentes_recuperados_na_Madeira

Hotels requisitioned for quarantine

Three hotels have been requisitioned by the Madeira Regional Government to ensure there are facilities where passengers, landing at airports in Funchal and Porto Santo, can spend the 14-day (compulsory if needed) quarantine period. Its aim is also to reduce the risk of Covid-19 contagion and spreading in Madeira. Dom Pedro Ocean Beach Hotel (in Machico), Hotel Vila Galé Santa Cruz (in Santa Cruz) and Aldeamento Turístico Village Cabo Girão have been requisitioned from today, as part of the renewal of the Situation of Calamity until the end of June.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/31/governo-regional-renova-requisicao-de-hoteis-para-a-quarentena/

Nazaré Health Centre to reopen today

Nazaré Health Centre (Centro de Saúde da Nazaré) will reopen today. Priority for appointments will be given to patients with chronic diseases. Appointments will be from Monday to Friday (9h00-13h00 and 14h00-18h00). Appointments can be booked by calling the following number (969376991 – a doctor will answer the call).

  • The following guidelines will be applicable:
  • Be on time, arriving 10 minutes before the appointment
  • Avoid bringing other people with you, unless in special circumstances and allowed to
  • It is important to answer (with accuracy and without omitting facts) all epidemiological questions
  • Use face mask
  • Disinfect hands while entering and leaving the health centre
  • Maintain the recommended distancing
  • Temperature will be measured

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94371/Centro_de_Saude_da_Nazare_reabre_amanha_para_assegurar_consultas_presenciais

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 30 to 31 May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 25 days. There are now 17 active cases and 73 recoveries.  There are 250 people under active monitoring and 146 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.  As for Covid-19 testing, 13,918 samples from 12,683 people 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 37 calls from Friday to Saturday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,068. So far, 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 1062 calls, with 122 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/31/madeira-ja-fez-testes-a-12-683-utentes-mais-um-dia-sem-novos-casos-positivos/

Palácio de São Lourenço to reopen on Monday

Palácio de São Lourenço will reopen on Monday. All visits are by appointment, with a limited number of visitors, hand disinfection, the use of face masks and social distancing. Some smaller areas will be temporarily closed, no written information will be distributed to visitors and, at least for the time being, there will not be guided tours or presencial cultural events. A smartphone application will be provided for visits to this museum. The app, which was developed by Realizasom – Produção Audio, Lda., a company with experience in the field of museums and cultural heritage, will offer visitors a guided tour of this museum and will be available in 4 languages (Portuguese, English, French and German).

It can be downloaded on a Wi-Fi hotspot that is signalled at the start of the tour. Its advantage is that visitors can use their own smartphones and headsets, thus avoiding the sharing of equipment. In the future, guided tours and cultural events organised in partnership and with the participation of the community, will be allowed again. Information and educational resources can be provided by telephone or email and in-person services, will be possible, with a maximum capacity of two people, which requires booking but phone (291 205 530) or by email (gabrr.palacio@gmail.com).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94279/Palacio_de_Sao_Lourenco_reabre_ao_publico_segunda-feira

Track and trace app to be available

A track and trace app, which will allow the Madeira Regional Health Service to monitor tourists in Madeira will be available, on a voluntary basis due to existing data protection legislation. Mandatory Covid-19 test will be carried out on passengers who do not present evidence of a negative Covid-19 performed 72 hours before landing, temperature measuring will be carried out and passengers will have to fill in questionnaires.  Miguel Albuquerque, said Madeira is following the Iceland model of reopening tourism to the Region.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94300/APP_voluntaria_para_poder_monitorizar_turistas

 

Situation Report Madeira 29 to 30 May – From Daniel Fernandes

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 24 days. Two patients staying in a hotel in Câmara de Lobos have recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 73. There are 17 active cases, 15 from Câmara de Lobos, 1 from Funchal and 1 from Ponta do Sol.. One of patients is at home while the remaining 16 are staying in designated hotels.

There are 391 people under active monitoring and 149 in self-monitoring. There were only 2 suspected cases in the current week. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 13,288 samples from 12,084 people have been analysed at Laboratório de Patologia Clínica do SESARAM (Madeira Health Service lab). All care home residents and members of staff in Madeira were tested and all tests came back negative.

The SRS 24 helpline (Regional Health Service – 800 24 24 20) received 216 calls this week, 45 of which from Thursday to Friday, bringing the total number of calls to 8,031. So far, 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 1043 calls, 116 of which were over the course of this week. There are 122 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/29/mais-dois-recuperados-de-covid-19-numero-de-casos-activos-e-agora-de-17/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94255/15_dos_17_casos_de_covid-19_ativos_na_Madeira_estao_em_Camara_de_Lobos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94250/Covid-19_Testes_negativos_em_todos_os_lares_da_Regiao

Passengers being tested will not wait for test results

It was announced that, from the 1st of July, passengers who land in Madeira without evidence of a negative Covid-19 test will have to be tested, but will be able to leave the airport without knowing the test result. The test result will be known 12 hours later but there will be no movement restrictions on any passengers visiting or returning to Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94257/Turistas_que_fizerem_testes_a_chegada_nao_vao_esperar_pelos_resultados_laboratoriais

Power cuts this morning

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts this morning, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

Câmara de Lobos – Bairro da Palmeira, blocos 1, 2, 3 and 4 (9h00-12h00)

Tabua – Lugar da Serra, Salão and Candelária (9h00 – 12h00)

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/2020/05/29/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-35-2020/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 28 to 29 May – From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 23 days. There are now 71 recoveries and 19 active cases.

There are 304 people under active monitoring and 149 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 12,963 samples from 11,791 people 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 27 calls from Wednesday to Tuesday, bringing the total number of calls to 7,986. So far, 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 1029 calls, with 120 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/28/nao-ha-novos-casos-de-covid-19-casos-de-infeccao-activos-continuam-a-ser-19/

Situation of calamity declared in Madeira

Yesterday afternoon, the Madeira Regional Government approved a Resolution declaring the situation of calamity in the Madeira Region, starting on the 1st of June and ending on the 30th of June. Below is partial translation of the main Resolution (a full translation will be published soon):

If necessary, a 14-day mandatory quarantine will be imposed on all people and their luggage that land in Funchal Airport and Porto Santo Airport, and do not present evidence of a negative Covid-19 test that had been carried out 72h before the landing, in laboratories that are certified by national or international authorities. This mandatory confinement will be in hotels requisitioned by the Regional Government. The relevant health authorities could also impose compulsory medical exams and the filling of a questionnaire on the health conditions of each person. This is to ensure the confinement period is successful.

This rule does not apply to patients receiving treatment or to people who are considered to be in an analogous situation, upon checks and guidance by the Regional Health Authority.

This rule does not also apply to Madeira or Porto Santo residents who are traveling between both islands.

The mandatory quarantine period will be spent in requisitioned hotels.

Every person has a duty to comply with all guidelines issued by the relevant health authorities and with all measures issued in this Resolution.

Failure to comply with a legitimate order or warrant issued by the health authorities will be a crime of disobedience and will be punished according to existing legislation.

This Resolution will be enforced and monitored by the relevant Health Authorities and Civil Protection authorities, who are authorised to request the cooperation of the security forces and of the human and material resources of the regional civil service.

This is an exceptional Resolution which will be constantly reviewed by the relevant authorities, and could be amended if the circumstances change.

Two plots of land, belonging to different owners, and required for the building of Novo Hospital do Funchal (New Funchal Hospital) will be purchased for the cost of €242,406.86.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94144/Conselho_de_Governo_aprova_situacao_de_calamidade_para_a_Regiao_a_partir_de_1_de_junho

Free wireless internet in Calheta

The Municipality of Calheta has set up free wireless internet in several municipal public spaces. 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 following places in the Municipality of Calheta have free wireless internet:

  • Praceta do Centro Cívico da Ponta do Pargo
  • Praceta do Paul do Mar
  • Praça dos Prazeres
  • Praceta do Estreito da Calheta
  • Praça do Jardim do Mar
  • Praça de Táxis da Estrela
  • Edifício Paços do Concelho (Municipality building – town hall)
  • Avenida D. Manuel I
  • Praia da Calheta (Calheta Beach -on both sides of the beach)
  • Praceta do Arco da Calheta,
  • Praceta do Loreto
  • Fajã da Ovelha (leisure area)

 

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/94115/Calheta_disponibiliza_internet_gratis_em_varios_espacos_publicos

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 27 to 28 May  From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 22 days. Four people have recovered. There are now 71 recoveries and 19 active cases.

There are 304 people under active monitoring and 149 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 12,081 samples from 10,954 people 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 35 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday, bringing the total number of calls to 7,960. So far, 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 1012 calls, with 119 people being monitored.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93995/Madeira_soma_22_dias_seguidos_sem_casos_novos_

Testing for passengers arriving in Madeira

Pedro Ramos, assured that Madeira will be able to process all tests that are carried out on all passengers arriving in Madeira, especially considering that Madeira’s airports are reopening in July.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93949/Covid-19_Mais_de_3000_colaboradores_de_creches_e_infantarios_da_Madeira_testados_ate_sexta-feira

More than 3,000 kindergarten and nursery school staff to be tested

About 3,300 kindergarten and nursery school staff will be tested for Covid-19. Testing is scheduled to be completed by today. This is to ensure a safe reopening of kindergartens and nursery schools on Monday.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93949/Covid-19_Mais_de_3000_colaboradores_de_creches_e_infantarios_da_Madeira_testados_ate_sexta-feira

Flights between Madeira and Porto Santo to resume

Flights between Madeira and Porto Santo, operated by Binter, will resume on Monday (1st of June). This was made possible after intense and permanent negotiations between Binter, the Madeira Regional Government and the Portuguese Government. A small adjustment was made to the flight timetable. The first flight will depart from Funchal Airport at 7h30 and the return flight from Porto Santo will be at 8h30. The afternoon flight will depart from Funchal Airport at 16h55 and the return flight from Porto Santo will be at 17h50. Bookings can now be made online (www.binter.pt), by phone (291 290 129) and through travel agencies.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93981/Binter_retoma_operacoes_entre_a_Madeira_e_Porto_Santo_na_segunda-feira

Porto Santo beach among the safest beaches in Europe

European Best Destinations (EBD), an organisation that promotes tourism and culture at European level, selected Porto Santo beach as amongst the 10 safest (Covid-19) beaches in Europe. This beach was selected on the basis of the large offer of private villas, tourist apartments, small or medium-sized hotels with specific health charter and commitments to travellers, such as cleaning and room disinfection service after each stay and respect for social distancing. Porto Santo is also located near hospitals that have never been overcrowded during the crisis, with an average of hospital beds per inhabitant above the European average.

It is also thought the size of Porto Santo Beach also helps to promote adequate social distancing between beachgoers. Indeed, according to Idalino Vasconcelos, the Mayor of Porto Santo, even if there are thousands and thousands of beachgoers at this beach at the same, the beach will still look empty and there will be plenty of empty space.

EBD also included Comporta Beach (in Alentejo) and Meia Praia Beach (in Lagos) in this list.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93941/Covid-19_Porto_Santo_entre_as_dez_praias_mais_seguras_da_Europa_

https://www.europeanbestdestinations.com/best-of-europe/coronavirus-safest-beaches-in-europe/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92549/Covid-19_Praia_do_Porto_Santo_sem_problemas_porque_ha_espaco_para_todos

Water supply disruption in Porto Santo

There will be a water supply disruption tomorrow, due to planned work on the water supply chain in order to reduce water leaks. The disruption will take place from 9h00 until 12h00 and will affect Rampa da Fontainha.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93993/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_no_Porto_Santo_

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 26 to 27 May  From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 21 days. There are still 23 active cases and 67 recoveries.

There are 303 people under active monitoring and 150 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 11,583 samples from 10,493 people 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 29 calls from Monday to Tuesday, bringing the total number of calls to 7,8925. So far, 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 997 calls, with 116 people being monitored.

A pregnant woman who had already recovered from Covid-19 was hospitalised yesterday, at the dedicated Covid-19 ward at Hospital Central do Funchal.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/26/ram-continua-com-23-casos-de-infeccao-activos-por-covid-19-e-o-mesmo-numero-de-recuperados-que-ontem/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93888/Covid-19_Gravida_recuperada_da_doenca_foi_hospitalizada

Salesians to donate 650 masks to care home

Today, at 16h30, the Salesians Foundation (Fundação Salesianos) and the group of friends called G12 (Grupo de Amigos) will donate 650 face masks at Lar da Bela Vista (care home). The group will be represented by Padre José Jorge (the Headteacher of the Colégio Salesianos Funchal), Padre António Marcelino (the Administrator) and everyone who contributed to this campaign. A representative from the Madeira Social Security Institute (Instituto de Segurança Social da Madeira), which is responsible for Estabelecimento Bela Vista, will also attend the delivery ceremony. All relevant safety and distancing rules will be complied with, particularly because visits to the care home are still banned.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93894/_Salesianos_entregam_650_mascaras_ao_Lar_da_Bela_Vista

Checkout staff to volunteer for food bank

On the 22nd and 23rd of May, the leadership and a team from Banco Alimentar da Madeira (Madeira branch of one of the most famous food banks in Portugal) visited all Pingo Doce and Continente stores in the Madeira Region, to explain the importance of checkout staff in spreading awareness of the campaign to raise food vouchers. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it is impossible for the usual Banco Alimentar volunteers to receive food donations. As such, and until the 31st of May, the checkout staff will be enthusiastic Banco Alimentar volunteers. The campaign “Ajuda Vale” entails seven basic goods (oil, sausages, tuna, milk, rice, beans and olive oil), with prices ranging from €0,48 to €1,99 at Continente and €0,48 to €1,29 at Pingo Doce, where it is also possible to donate a CABAZ worth €4,11. Banco Alimentar reinforced the appeal with the following slogan: “Be a volunteer too! Request your voucher at the checkout and help to ensure that no plate remains empty.”

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93881/Operadores_de_caixa_do_Pingo_Doce_e_Continente_tornam-se__voluntarios_do_Banco_Alimentar

Water supply disruptions

There will water supply disruptions tomorrow, due to planned work on the water supply chain in order to reduce water leaks. The following areas will be affected:

  • Parishes of Ribeira Brava e da Tabua (Achada, Apresentação, Bica de Pau, Corujeira, Cruz, Fajã da Urtiga and Pico), from 9h00 until 11h00.
  • Parish of Arco de São Jorge (Igreja, Enseada, Poços, Quebrada, Lagoa and Casais), from 9h00 until 13h00.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93854/Interrupcao_no_abastecimento_de_agua_na_Ribeira_Brava_e_Tabua

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93883/Interrupcao_de_abastecimento_de_agua_no_Arco_de_Sao_Jorge_esta_quinta-feira

 

Situation Report Madeira 25 to 26 May  From Daniel Fernandes

Lifeguards to receive training on Covid-19

The Funchal Harbourmaster (Capitania do Funchal) will provide training for Professional Lifeguards, to prepare them for the bathing season and for the new rescue procedures. The aim is to prepare lifeguards for acting in Covid-19 related scenarios when providing rescue and assistance to beachgoers.

It is still unclear if lifeguards will also have the duty of checking if beach capacity limits are being complied with, in additional to their usual surveillance and rescue duties.

At national level, lifeguards will have to wear safety goggles, safety suits and face masks when providing assistance and rescue. It is also unclear if this will also be the case in the Madeira Region.

It is already known that Autoridade Nacional Marítima (National Maritime Authority) has automatically extended the certification of lifeguards who had not lost it this year or who would have lost it until the 15th of October, without having to undertake the usual and specific recertification tests and exams, which did not take place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93757/Nadadores_Salvadores_com_formacao_sobre_a_Covid-19_promovida_pela_Capitania_do_Funchal

Care home visits to resume

Visits to the aged in Madeira care homes will resume on the 1st June. All residents, staff and visitors must comply with strict safety and hygiene rules.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/25/visitas-aos-lares-retomadas-a-1-de-junho-na-regiao/

TAP to resume flights to Madeira

TAP announced it will resume daily flights, connecting Lisbon/Porto and Funchal, in June. A full list of all TAP flights gradually resuming is available on the following link:

https://www.flytap.com/en-pt/promo/ready-to-go?accordionid=deeb1b68-b897-4829-beea-87b3f684b398-content

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/25/tap-retoma-em-junho-ligacoes-diarias-com-a-madeira/

More passengers landed in Madeira

Thirty passengers, mostly students, landed in Funchal yesterday. Twelve of the passengers did not head for quarantine at Hotel Vila Galé, because they had presented evidence certifying a negative Covid-19 test or a sanitary declaration.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93747/Doze_dos_30_que_chegaram_hoje_a_Madeira_apresentaram_teste_e-ou_declaracao_sanitaria

Hotel Quinta do Estreito to reopen

Hotel Quinta do Estreito will reopen on the 29th of May, with a themed weekend devoted to children (in Portugal it will be Children’s Day on the 1st of June). Bookings and information requests can be made by email (quintaestreito@charminghotelsmadeira.com) or telephone (965593421).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93711/Hotel_Quinta_do_Estreito_abre_a_29_de_maio

 

Situation Report Madeira 24 to 25 May  From Daniel Fernandes

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 19 days. There are now 23 active cases and 67 recoveries.

There are 314 people under active monitoring and 117 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 10,470 samples from 9,451 people 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 24 calls from Saturday to Sunday, bringing the total number of calls to 7,870. So far, 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 965 calls, with 116 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/24/nao-ha-novos-casos-de-covid-19-mantem-se-23-casos-de-infeccao-activos/

More passengers arrived in Madeira

Yesterday morning, more than 60 passengers landed in Funchal. About half of them will be in mandatory quarantine at Hotel Vila Galé, in Santa Cruz. The remaining passengers will be spending quarantine at home, after presenting evidence of a negative Covid-19 test.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93648/Mais_seis_dezenas_de_passageiros_aterraram_esta_manha_na_Madeira

Restaurants allowed to have usual opening hours

The Regional Government confirmed that restaurants, bars and other similar businesses are allowed to have the opening hours specified on the licence that was issued by the relevant entities.  In other words, their opening hours can be the same that they used to have before the Covid-19 pandemic.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93679/Estabelecimentos_de_restauracao_vao_funcionar_no_horario_normal_

Power cuts

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:

26th May – 9h00 to 10h30:

Funchal: Estrada Dr. João Abel de Freitas (numbers 2, 36, 36A, 36C, 38C and 38E & Rua Arcebispo Dom Aires (numbers 1 to 38)

26th May – 9h00 to 11h30:

Rua Dr. Pita number 46 & Azinhagas da Nazaré (numbers 3 and 20) e (and) das Virtudes

27th May – 9h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Estradas da Bica (numbers 4 to 10) and Cónego Camacho number 49

– Caminho da Achada (numbers 2 and 15)

– Veredas da Achada (numbers 4 to 32) e (and) dos Lavadouros number 7

– 1ª Impasse da Vereda da Achada

– Impasse Caminho da Achada numbers 4

28th May – 00h00 to 7h00

– Rua do Aljube (numbers 1 to 37)

– Rua João Tavira (numbers 4 to 6)

– Rua da Queimada de Baixo number 12

29th May – 9h00 to 11h30 & 14h00 to 16h00

– Caminho de São Martinho (numbers 40 to 77)

– Caminho da Igreja Nova

– Rua de São Martinho number 4

– Beco do Cemitério number 41

– Travessa do Pico da Igreja

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 Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/23/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-34-2020/

 

Situation Report Madeira 23 to 24 May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases yesterday. There have been no new cases for 18 days. There are now 23 active cases and 67 recoveries.  There are 249 people under active monitoring and 104 in self-monitoring. So far, there have been 1,543 suspected cases, 1,453 of which came back negative.  As for Covid-19 testing, 10,276 samples from 9,075 people 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 Friday to Saturday, bringing the total number of calls to 7,846. So far, 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 951 calls, with  116 people being monitored.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/23/regiao-continua-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19-ha-67-recuperados-e-23-com-infecao-ativa/

Community face masks not accepted at HPA hospitals

Group HPA Saúde Madeira – Hospital Particular da Madeira and Madeira Medical Center do not allow people wearing comment face masks, such as those delivered by the Regional Government (resusable masks with TNT filters), to enter their premises. Only people wearing surgical masks will be allowed in their premises. This follows the DGS (Direção Geral da Saúde – Directorate-General of Health) guidelines (Norma 007/2020 & Orientação 019/2020), which recommends surgical masks are worn by all healthcare staff, all people who enter and move inside healthcare premises.

When booking an appointment, all customers are informed of the mandatory use of surgical masks. And the day before an appointment/exam, a text message will be sent reminding that the use of surgical face mask is mandatory and telling customers to arrive 15 minutes before the appointment/exam. If customers arrive without wearing a surgical face mask, they can buy one in the pre-triage area for €1. All this information can also be found on Grupo HPA Saúde’s website, Facebook and on the information campaign that is broadcast daily on RTP Madeira.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/23/grupo-hpa-confirma-que-exige-mascaras-cirurgicas-nas-suas-instalacoes-em-vez-de-mascaras-comunitarias-por-indicacao-da-dgs/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/23/mascaras-oferecidas-pelo-governo-nao-entram-no-hospital-particular-ou-no-medical-center/

More than 60 passengers landed in Madeira

A TAP aircraft, carrying more than 60 passengers, landed in Funchal yesterday afternoon. They were met by healthcare teams who explained to them the isolation guidelines and the protocol to follow if they start developing Covid-19 symptoms. Passengers, mostly young people, were taken by coach to Hotel Vila Galé where they will be staying during the 14 days of mandatory quarantine. The Police (PSP) escorted the coach carrying them and set up a security cordon. A few passengers went home after showing evidence of a Covid-19 test that had come back negative. They will still have to stay in isolation for a period of 14 days. A reminder that more than 120 landed in Madeira in the last 3 days (66 on Thursday and more than 60 yesterday afternoon).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93616/Mais_60_passageiros_aterraram_hoje_na_Madeira

Calheta Beach to reopen

Calheta Beach hotel will reopen on the 9th of June, with accommodation and breakfast being provided. Due to the Covid-19 safety measures and restrictions, the usual all-inclusive service will not be available. It will be the start of the gradual reopening of Savoy Signature’s hotel. Preventive measures will be reinforced under the motto “Stay Safe Stay Savoy”, which will be applicable to the entire Savoy Signature group and result in the rigorous enforcement of safety, hygiene and control procedures, in accordance with national and international guidelines. The hotel has a “Clean & Safe” seal, awarded by Turismo de Portugal, certifying compliance with the DGS (Direção Geral da Saúde – Directorate-General of Health) guidelines.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93613/Calheta_Beach_reabre_a_9_de_junho

 High temperatures warning

The Regional Service of the Madeira Civil Protection issued a warning about high temperatures that Madeira will face in the next days. A mass of hot and dry air coming from the African continent will cause hot and dry weather in the entire Region until the next weekend. Maximum temperatures in coastal areas are expected to reach between 25ºC and 30ºC. Today and tomorrow, maximum temperatures on the south coast of Madeira Island will reach between 30ºC and 35ºC. Humidity will be low or very low (below 40%) in mountain areas. Today and tomorrow there will be moderate to strong winds (30 km/h to 45 km/h), with 80 km/h winds in mountain areas and the far east and far east of Madeira Island.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93617/Protecao_Civil_da_Madeira__alerta_para_temperaturas_elevadas_que_poderao_chegar_aos_35_C

Police acted against crowding at Praia Formosa

Police (PSP) had to act at Praia Formosa, after big crowds gathered at Praia Formosa. Several drivers were given parking fines.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93608/Enchente_leva_PSP_a_Praia_Formosa_Veja_as_imagens_

 

Situation Report Madeira 22nd – 23rd May From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There are now 23 active cases and 57 recoveries. One of the infected is in isolation at home while the remaining infected are in isolation in designated hotels. All active cases are in the Funchal (1), Câmara de Lobos (21) and Ponta do Sol (1) Municipalities. All infected from five Municipalities (Porto Santo, Machico, Calheta, Ribeira Brava and Santa Cruz) have recovered. Three Municipalities (Porto Moniz, Santana and São Vicente) did not have any cases.

There are 301 people under active monitoring and 115 in self-monitoring. This week, there were 23 suspected cases but none came back positive. So far, there have been 1,541 suspected cases, 1,451 of which came back negative.

As for Covid-19 testing, 2,347 samples from 2,144 people were collected and analysed in the last 7 days. Overall, 9,390 samples from 8,414 people 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 237 calls in the last 7 days, 24 of which were from Thursday to Friday. So far, 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 927 calls, 114 of which were in the last 7 days. The number of people being monitored is 114.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/22/madeira-ja-ultrapassou-um-ciclo-de-incubacao-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19/

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93526/Casos_ativos_de_covid-19_na_Madeira_limitados_apenas_a_tres_concelhos

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93529/Covid-19_23_casos_positivos_ainda_sem_negativar

Ventilators donated to SESARAM

SESARAM (Madeira Health Service) received a donation of 10 ventilators and equipment for the Laboratório de Patologia Clínica (Clinical Pathology Lab). This equipment was donated by the International Cultural Club of Portugal, represented by Emily Kuo Vong. Vodafone also donated cameras for use at the Covid-19 unit set up on the third floor of Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital. SESARAM publicly thanked both organisations for their donations.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93496/SESARAM_recebe_dez_ventiladores_da_International_Cultural_Club_of_Portugal

Madeira spent €440,000 on masks

The Madeira Regional Government spent €440,000 on 360,000 face masks. On Thursday, 25,000 masks were taken to the postal service (CTT) for subsequent delivery to the homes that were yet to receive them. It was also announced that the Regional Government will soon provide 120,000 face masks to the different Community Houses (Casas do Povo), who will then distribute them to the population.

Community Houses are non-profitable private entities, whose field of action embraces many diverse areas such the preservation and promotion of the Region’s cultural heritage and ethnography as well as professional training.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93528/Madeira_adquiriu_360_mil_mascaras_por_440_mil_euros

http://cultura.madeira-edu.pt/entidades/Entities/CommunityHousesofMadeira/tabid/415/language/en-US/Default.aspx

Portuguese Air Force airlifted more equipment

Yesterday afternoon, a Portuguese Air Force C-295 aircraft, carrying about 700 Kg of personal protective and civil protection equipment landed in Madeira. The equipment will be delivered to the Municipal Service of the Câmara de Lobos Civil Protection (Serviço Municipal de Proteção Civil de Câmara de Lobos) and to the Funchal Prison Service (Serviços Prisionais do Funchal). The aircraft also airlifted operational equipment for several civilian and military entities in Madeira and Porto Santo.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93523/Forca_Aerea_Portuguesa_trouxe_700_quilos_de_material_para_Camara_de_Lobos

Hotel workers praised for their courage

Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Madeira Regional Government, visited Vila Galé Hotel in Santa Cruz, to express his gratefulness for the dedication and commitment of its staff during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was one of the hotels the Regional Government selected for the purpose of providing mandatory quarantine accommodation for travellers landing at the airport and for people who were infected with Covid-19. A total of 487 people, including 118 who remain there, were housed at this hotel.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93498/Albuquerque_elogia_coragem_dos_colaboradores_do_Vila_Gale

Power cuts TODAY

Empresa de Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) announced there will be power cuts this morning, from 9h30 to 10h30, due to planned work on the electricity supply network. The following areas will be affected:

Calheta:

– Sítios das Eiras, Chope, Pomar, Malhadinha (including Britadeira), Cova Grande and Cancela – Vacaria.

– Levada do Poiso (including Britadeira AFA), Parque Empresarial and Ovo Girão

Arco da Calheta – Sítio do Pinheiro

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 Customer Support Service (Serviço de Apoio ao Cliente): 800 221 187.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/22/publicidade-o-fornecimento-de-energia-sera-interrompido-nos-dias-horas-e-locais-abaixo-indicados-anuncio-33-2020/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 21st – 22nd May From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the 15th consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90. Another person recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 65. There are now 25 active cases.

There are 265 people under active monitoring and 92 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, 452 samples were collected on the 20th of May, with 386 coming back negative and 66 still being analysed. Overall, 8,768 samples from 7,837 people 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 26 calls from Wednesday to Thursday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,791. So far, 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 903 calls. The number of people being monitored is 114.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93417/Madeira_continua_sem__novos_casos_de_covid-19

Free testing for passengers arriving in Madeira

Eduardo Jesus, the Regional Secretary of State for Tourism and Culture, confirmed that all passengers arriving in Madeira from July will not be charged for the mandatory Covid-19 tests they will face. It is hoped this commitment will have strong positive impact not only on tourists and Madeira’s residents, particularly tourist staff, but also on Madeira’s competitiveness as a tourist destination.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93426/Governo_Regional_vai_assumir_custos_dos_testes_a_chegada_Queremos_transmitir_confianca_e_seguranca

 

Binter hoping to resume flights

Although Binter has cancelled its international flights until the start of the winter season at the end of October, it hopes to resume flights between Funchal and Porto Santo as soon as possible.

Binter is also hoping to set up a “tourist corridor” between Madeira and the Canary Islands. To this end, the airline has been negotiating with the Madeira and Canary Islands governments.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/21/binter-promete-regressar-a-operacao-do-porto-santo-e-afirma-estar-em-negociacoes-com-os-governos/

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/21/binter-estuda-corredor-seguro-entre-madeira-e-canarias-para-este-verao/

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 20th – 21st May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the 14th consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90. There were 5 recoveries, bringing its overall number to 64 recoveries. There are now 26 active cases.

There are 269 people under active monitoring and 92 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 19th of May, 68 tests were carried out on patients at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, with all coming back negative. So far, 1,936 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 180 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 3,088 samples have been collected from ERPI.

Overall, 8,419 samples from 7,520 people 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 45 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,717. So far, 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 870 calls. The number of people being monitored is 111.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/20/iasaude-informa-que-ha-mais-cinco-recuperados-casos-de-infeccao-activos-sao-agora-apenas-26/

Research on the possible use of sniffer dogs to detect Covid-19

In March, Centro de Química da Madeira – Universidade da Madeira (Madeira Chemistry Research  – University of Madeira) and Grupo de Trabalho Mondioring Madeira (Mondioring Madeira Working Group), in partnership with regional health entities such as Clínica do Amparo, started research on the possible use of the trained sniffer dogs to detect people infected with Covid-19.

A veterinarian and a canine specialist are monitoring and providing input into this research. Its aim is to have a low-cost, quick and practical way of detecting individuals infected with Covid-19, even if asymptomatic, so as to improve public health and aid in the economic recovery, for example, by deploying detection teams to strategic places (airports, ports, hospitals, care homes.

Centro de Química da Madeira has been researching, in the last few years, the possible use of sniffer dogs for disease detection. Due to Covid-19, Grupo de Trabalho Mondioring Madeira joined this research work.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93331/Caes_treinados_para_detectar_covid-19

Police monitoring Covid-19 environmental compliance

The PSP Madeira Regional Command (Comando Regional da PSP Madeira – Police) has checked whether disposable PPE (gloves/suits/masks) and hospital waste are being disposed of in a manner that complies with environmental legislation and requirements. Veterinary clinics, healthcare providers, care homes, tattoo/piercing parlours and 2 waste collection companies from Funchal were inspected and found to be in compliance with current legislation.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/20/policia-fiscalizou-clinicas-lares-e-comercio-mas-tudo-estava-em-conformidade/

Banco Alimentar launch a donations appeal

“If an empty street astonishes you, imagine an empty plate, everyday”. This is the motto Banco Alimentar (one of the biggest and most famous foodbanks in Portugal) used in its appeal for people to donate food and other goods to this institution. Banco Alimentar used to receive most donations in supermarkets but this is no longer possible, due to the Covid-19 restrictions. Additionally, there has been an increase in the number of requests for help. The campaigns Ajuda Vale and Online are taking place from the 21st of May and the 31st May.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93323/Banco_Alimentar_com_campanha_entre_21_e_31_de_maio

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 19th – 20th May – From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the 13th consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90, with 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

There were no suspected cases yesterday. So far, there have been 1,540 suspected cases, 1,450 of which turned out to be negative. There are 274 people under active monitoring and 93 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 18th of May, 58 tests were carried out on patients at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, of which 49 came back negative and 9 are still being analysed. So far, 1,877 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 150 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 2,907 samples have been collected from ERPI. Additionally, 71 tests were carried out yesterday in hotels, and all came back negative. So far, 735 tests have been carried out on people at the end of quarantine in designated hotels.

Overall, 8,131 samples from 7,276 people 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 45 calls from Monday to Tuesday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,717. So far, 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 870 calls. The number of people being monitored is 111.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/19/covid-19-situacao-epidemiologica-na-ram-continua-sem-alteracoes/

Mandatory quarantine to be replaced by a Covid-19 test

The Madeira Regional Government informed that passengers arriving in Madeira in July will be able to avoid mandatory quarantine if a PCR test is carried out on arrival and test negative or if evidence is presented certifying that a PCR test had been carried out in the preceding 72 hours had come back negative. Passengers will be billed for the PCR test carried out on arrival. Its cost and further information is likely to be announced later in the week.

It was also revealed that in June, passengers arriving in Madeira will not face mandatory quarantine if they present evidence certifying that PCR test that had been carried out in the preceding 72 hours had come back negative. However, they will be subjected to monitoring by the health authorities, through a phone app or regular contact. On the other hand, in June, passengers arriving in Madeira without evidence of a negative PCR test will still face mandatory quarantine in a designated hotel.

A reminder that until the end of May, all passengers arriving in Madeira will continue to face mandatory quarantine in a designated hotel or prophylactic isolation in their residence, if evidence is presented of a negative result in a test carried out in the preceding 72 hours.

These measures are part of the strategy for the gradual reopening the Madeira economy and tourism. So far, only two commercial flights and a maximum of 100 passengers are allowed to land in Madeira’s airports.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93146/Covid-19_Madeira_substitui_quarentena_obrigatoria_por_realizacao_de_teste_a_chegada_a_partir_de_julho

Regional Government purchased 30,000 face masks outside Madeira

There are still areas in Madeira where residents are still waiting for delivery of face masks provided by the Madeira Regional Government. The final 30,000 masks were purchased outside the Region and did not arrive yesterday, as planned, due to lack of space on the cargo aircraft. Instead, the masks are due to arrive today. After that the masks will be packed and taken for delivery by the Postal Service (CTT). It is unclear when all residents will have received these masks. This means all Regional Government masks will not not have been delivered by today, as planned, and after a few deadline extensions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93202/Ultima_hora_GR_compra_30_mil_mascaras_fora_da_Regiao_para_resolver_falhas_e_queixas

10,000 face masks distributed by Jornal da Madeira

Ten thousand masks have by offered by Jornal da Madeira since its campaign to offer face mask for everyone who purchased its printed edition. The regional newspaper offered mask along with its printed edition on the 16th of April and on the 18th of May. This offer shows the newspaper’s social responsibility commitment, along with free access to its online edition during the Covid-19 pandemic and answering several readers’ questions on this issue.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93117/JM_ja_distribuiu_10_mil_mascaras_de_protecao_individual_na_Regiao

Parish of Ribeira Brava donated face masks and face shields to CPCJ

Yesterday, the Parish of Ribeira Brava donated face masks and face shields to CPCJ (Comissão de Protection de Crianças e Jovens da Ribeira Brava – Ribeira Brava Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People). This will give its staff a greater degree of protection while carrying out their vital work, which will subsequently also protect their relatives. This protective equipment was acquired from MABÚ, a local company, despite the Parish’s tight budget. The Parish executive said it is monitoring the local situation, and insisted it is ready to act whenever necessary and in partnership with local institutions.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93174/Junta_da_Ribeira_Brava_oferece_viseiras_e_mascaras_reutilizaveis_a_CPCJ

Mercado de Agricultura Biológica

The weekly Mercado de Agricultura Biológica (Organic Market) is reopening today in Avenida Arriaga, in front of Loja do Cidadão. Eight suppliers will be selling their produce. Safety measures include the mandatory use of face masks and gloves. This weekly market takes place every Wednesday and enables farmers to sell a wide variety of fresh and high quality organic produce.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93196/Mercado_de_Agricultura_Biologica_reabre_amanha

Marítimo stadium authorised to host league matches

The Marítimo stadium was inspected yesterday and authorised to host Primeira Liga (Portuguese league) matches against Vitória de Setúbal, Gil Vicente, Benfica, Rio Ave and Famalicão. The Primeira Liga is scheduled to return on the 4th of June.

https://desporto.sapo.pt/futebol/primeira-liga/artigos/estadio-do-maritimo-aprovado-para-regresso-da-i-liga-apos-vistoria

Water supply disruption tonight in the parishes of Monte and São Martinho

The Funchal Municipality informed that tonight there will be a water supply disruption in Monte, from 22h30 until 2h00, due to scheduled work in Reservatório de Água do Caminho do Tanque. The disruption will affect the following areas:

Caminho dos Saltos;

Beco do Chapeludo;

Escadinhas do Feijão;

Travessa da Cova;

Beco dos Ausentes;

Estrada dos Marmeleiros (stretch between estrada do Livramento and Miradouro dos Marmeleiros);

Caminho da Longueira;

Travessa da Longueira;

Rua 1º de Maio;

Rua Dr. Vasco Marques;

Rua da Piedade.

Another disruption will take tonight from 22h30 until 5h00, due to scheduled work on the water supply chain at Caminho do Poço Barral, in São Martinho.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/93121/Abastecimento_de_agua_afetado_amanha_nas_freguesias_do_Monte_e_de_Sao_Martinho

 

Situation Report 19th May 2020

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the twelfth consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90, with 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

There were no suspected cases yesterday. So far, there have been 1,540 suspected cases, 1,450 of which turned out to be negative. There are 331 people under active monitoring and 91 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 17th of May, 60 tests were carried out on patients at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, of which 55 came back negative and 5 are still being analysed. So far, 1,828 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 271 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 2,757 samples have been collected from ERPI.

Overall, 7,816 samples from 6,986 people 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 44 calls from Sunday to Monday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,643. So far, 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 851 calls. The number of people being monitored is 109.

 

Power cut

Empresa Electricidade da Madeira (Madeira power supplier) informed that there will a power cut on the 21st of May, from 00h00 until 06h00. This is because of scheduled work and the following areas in Funchal will be affected by the power cut:

– Avenida do Mar e das Comunidades Madeirenses, number 36

– Rua D. Carlos I (numbers 27 to 62); numbers 68 to 93; Rua Artur Sousa Pinga (car park)

– Travessa da Amoreira (numbers 1 to 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.

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 17th – 18th May – From our colleague reporting on Madeira

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the eleventh consecutive day and the number of cases remains at 90, with 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

There were no suspected cases yesterday. So far, there have been 1,529 suspected cases, 1,439 of which turned out to be negative. There are 281 people under active monitoring and 89 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 16th of May, 59 tests were carried out on patients at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital and all tests came back negative. So far, 1,768 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 71 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 2,486 samples have been collected from ERPI.

Overall, 7,418 samples from 6,602 people 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 17 calls from Saturday to Sunday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,628. So far, 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 844 calls. The number of people being monitored is 109.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/17/mais-um-dia-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-ram-ha-ainda-31-casos-de-infeccao-activos/

Funchal Municipality services to reopen

Loja do Munícipe, which belongs to Funchal Municipality and where municipal services are provided to Funchal residents, is reopening today. Municipal services have been restored and municipal payments can be made. However, the Municipality recommends residents only go to Loja do Munícipe for essential queries, so as to avoid gatherings and to promote social distancing. Residents can also contact the Municipality by phone (291 211 000) or through Funchal Alerta (https://funchalalerta.cm-funchal.pt/report.php – to report events in municipal public spaces such as water leaks, urban cleaning, parks, etc). Its working hours will be from 9h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00. The facilities will be disinfected everyday before its opening and during lunchtime. Entrance to the facilities will be controlled, face mask wearing is mandatory, there will be capacity limits indoors and social distancing rules must be complied with.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92908/CMF_reabre_Loja_do_Municipe_esta_segunda-feira

 

 

Sunday 17th May

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the eleventh consecutive day and the number of cases remains at 90, with 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

There were no suspected cases yesterday. So far, there have been 1,529 suspected cases, 1,439 of which turned out to be negative. There are 281 people under active monitoring and 89 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 16th May, 59 tests were carried out on patients at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital and all tests came back negative. So far, 1,768 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 71 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 2,486 samples have been collected from ERPI.

Overall, 7,418 samples from 6,602 people 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 17 calls from Saturday to Sunday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,628. So far, 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 844 calls. The number of people being monitored is 109.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/17/mais-um-dia-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-ram-ha-ainda-31-casos-de-infeccao-activos/

Funchal Municipality services to reopen

Loja do Munícipe, which belongs to Funchal Municipality and where municipal services are provided to Funchal residents, is reopening today. Municipal services have been restored and municipal payments can be made. However, the Municipality recommends residents only go to Loja do Munícipe for essential queries, so as to avoid gatherings and to promote social distancing. Residents can also contact the Municipality by phone (291 211 000) or through Funchal Alerta (https://funchalalerta.cm-funchal.pt/report.php – to report events in municipal public spaces such as water leaks, urban cleaning, parks, etc).

Its working hours will be from 9h00 to 13h00 and from 14h00 to 18h00. The facilities will be disinfected everyday before its opening and during lunchtime. Entrance to the facilities will be controlled, face mask wearing is mandatory, there will be capacity limits indoors and social distancing rules must be complied with.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92908/CMF_reabre_Loja_do_Municipe_esta_segunda-feira

Sunday 17th of May

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the tenth consecutive day and the number of cases remains at 90, with 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

So far, there have been 1,529 suspected cases, 1,439 of which turned out to be negative. There are 224 people under active monitoring and 71 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 15th of May, 57 tests were carried out on patients at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, of which 53 came back negative and 4 are being analysed. So far, 1,722 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 137 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 2,415 samples have been collected from ERPI.

Overall, 7,261 samples from 6,461 people 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 33 calls from Friday to Saturday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,611. So far, 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 828 calls. The number of people being monitored is 109.

The following map shows the number epidemiological situation in each of the Madeira Municipalities (all relevant words and sentences have been translated into English):

  • Novo Coronavírus – New Coronavirus
  • Dados relativos a – Data from
  • Relatório de Situação – Situation Report
  • Situação Epidemiológica na Região Autónoma da Madeira – Epidemiological Situation in the  Autonomous Region of Madeira
  • Não Residentes – Non-residents
  • N.º casos suspeitos – Number of suspected cases
  • N.º casos confirmados – Number of confirmed cases
  • N.º recuperados – Number of recoveries
  • Total de casos suspeitos (Desde 29 de fevereiro de 2020) – Total number of suspected cases (since 29th February, 2020)
  • Total de casos confirmados (Desde 16 de março de 2020, incl. ativos e recuperados) – Total number of confirmed cases (since 16th March, 2020 including active cases and recoveries)
  • Total de casos não confirmados – Total number of suspected cases that turned out negative
  • Aguardam resultado laboratorial – Awaiting lab results
  • Total de casos recuperados – Total number of recoveries
  • Contactos em vigilância ativa – Number of people under active surveillance
  • Contactos em vigilância passiva – Number of people under self-monitoring
  • Total de óbitos – Total number of deaths
  • Casos importados – Number of imported casesHolanda – Netherlands; Emirados Árabes Unidos – United Arab Emirates; Reino Unido – United Kingdom; Espanha – Spain; França – France; Portugal (Região LVT) – Portugal (Lisbon and Tagus Valley); Portugal (Região Norte) – Portugal (Northern Portugal); Suíça – Switzerland; Brasil – Brazil; Emirados Árabes Unidos/Espanha/Portugal (Região Norte) – United Arab Emirates/Spain/Portugal (Northern Portugal); Austrália/Reino Unido – Australia/United Kingdom; Estados Unidos da América – United States of AmericaCasos de transmissão local – Number of local transmission caseshttps://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/16/madeira-vai-no-decimo-dia-sem-novos-casos-da-covid-19-ha-31-com-infecao-ativa-e-59-recuperados-testes-negativos-em-lares-e-em-hoteis/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jornal da Madeira offering reusable face masks

This Monday’s printed edition of Jornal da Madeira’s newspaper will include a reusable face mask. The white face mask meets the CITEVE (Centro Tecnológico das Indústrias do Têxtil e do Vestuário) certification standards. This newspaper can be bought in places such as supermarkets, newsagents, grocery stores or coffee shops, including the coffee shop next to the JM headquarters. A reminder that the use of face masks is mandatory in closed spaces and recommended outdoors. It also protects not only the face mask wearer, but also those around him/her. This JM offer is an opportunity to have an extra face mask.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92884/JM_oferece_mascaras_reutilizaveis_de_protecao_com_a_edicao_de_segunda-feira

Câmara de Lobos Parish offered face masks to frontline workers

The Parish of Câmara de Lobos (Junta de Freguesia de Câmara de Lobos) offered 250 reusable face masks to professionals who were on the frontline in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Celso Bettencourt, the parish President, visited the police station (PSP), fire station, Health Centre and Social Security office to thank frontline workers for their work and to offer a face mask to each of them.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92846/Junta_de_Freguesia_de_Camara_de_Lobos_entrega_250_mascaras_comunitarias_reutilizaveis_

More Horários do Funchal bus services

The weekday non-school year (dias úteis não letivos) timetable will be used for urban (urbano) and interurban (interurbano) routes. This timetable could be adjusted according to demand. The timetable is available on its website and social media.

The Custom Service (Atendimento ao Público) offices at Anadia, Rua Artur de Sousa (Pinga) and Marina will have the following hours:

  • Anadia – Monday to Friday (8h30 – 19h00) & Weekends and Bank Holidays (Closed)
  • Pinga – Monday to Friday (8h30 – 18h30) & Weekends and Bank Holidays (8h30 – 16h30)
  • Marina – Monday to Friday (9h00 – 13h00 and 14h00 – 18h00 & Saturdays and Bank Holidays that are not on Sundays (8h30 – 16h30) & Sundays (8h30 – 15h30)

All safety measures must be complied with, particularly the mandatory use of face mask or face shield onboard, hand hygiene and social distancing at bus stops (if possible). It is recommended that the exact amount of cash is paid if tickets are purchased onboard, so that there is no cash exchange between the driver and the passenger.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92879/Horarios_do_Funchal_reforca_oferta_de_carreiras_e_retoma_horario_de_atendimento

Madeira Military Museum to reopen

Madeira Military Museum (Museu Militar da Madeira) will reopen tomorrow after being closed for two months. Tomorrow will also be International Museum Day. The museum will apply the following safety measures:

  • Reduced opening hours – weekdays only, from 10h00 to 12h30 & 14h00 to 16h30.
  • All military staff and visitors must wear face masks.
  • An anti-septic solution will be available at the entrance for hand-hygiene.
  • Mandatory social distancing rules – a maximum capacity of 8 visitors at the same time.
  • The Madeira Military Museum has a Contingency Plan and the safety measures are permanently evaluated.
  • Entry to this museum will be free until the 30th of June, its 27th anniversary

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92883/Museu_Militar_da_Madeira_reabre_portas_a_18_de_maio

More protective equipment arrived in Madeira

An aircraft carrying 18 tons of Covid-19 protective equipment landed in Madeira. The shipment includes PPE, face masks, alcohol-based disinfectant and protective suits. The Madeira company MedicS Medical Solutions paid around €2,4M for the shipment. Some of the material will be donated to SESARAM (Madeira Health Service). According to Carlos Delgado, the MedicS Medical Solutions managing partner, the acquisition process was extremely difficult and there were setbacks everyday. He also revealed that two people had to protect the shipment since its delivery in China, because of the risk of it being diverted by strangers. The company said the Madeira Region will have enough protective equipment if there is a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92873/Aviao_com_18_toneladas_de_material_de_protecao_ja_aterrou_na_Madeira_com_video

 

Situation Report Madeira 14th – 15th May – From our colleague reporting on Madeira

There were no new cases for the ninth consecutive day. The overall number of cases stands at 90.

There are now 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

There are 5 Municipalities with recovered patients, 3 that never had any cases and 3 with active cases.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/15/nono-dia-consecutivo-sem-novos-casos-de-covid-19-na-ram-abertura-dos-lares-prevista-para-1-de-junho/

Face masks distribution

Pedro Ramos, the Regional Secretary of State for Health and Civil Protection, announced that 80% of the 250 million face masks ordered have already been delivered. The delivery process is expected to be finished by the 20th of May.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92806/Governo_Regional_distribuiu_quase_80_das_250_mil_mascaras_prometidas

Preparations for the arrival of 1,000 tourists

The Regional Government is planning for the arrival of at least 1,000 tourists per day. A sanitary emergency team is being set up and a tracking app could be used. So far, about 100 tourists have arrived each week.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92809/Pedro_Ramos_Governo_prepara-se_para_receber_brevemente_um_milhar_de_passageiros_por_dia

State of Calamity to be extended for another two weeks

The Madeira Regional Government will follow the Portuguese Government extension of the State of Calamity. The general confinement duty will be applicable, but some restrictions will be lifted. The State of Calamity will be applicable until the 31st of May at 23h59.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92820/Situacao_de_calamidade_prorrogada_na_Madeira

Portuguese Air Force airlifted equipment

A Portuguese Air Force C-130 landed yesterday at Funchal Airport, carrying two tons and a half of hospital and operational equipment and PPE for use by several civilian and military entities in the Region. Some equipment was sent to the Civil Protection Municipal Service of Câmara de Lobos. Some Navy sailors were also flown to Madeira for deployment to the Navy patrol craft NRP Douro. Overall, the Portuguese Air Force has carried over 12 tons worth of equipment for use in the fight against Covid-19.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92790/Forca_Aerea_Portuguesa_trouxe_material_para_Camara_de_Lobos

Funchal Naval Club to reopen today

The Funchal Naval Club (Clube Naval do Funchal) will reopen today. There will be a maximum capacity limit of 300 members. There are several entrances to the club. All appropriate safety guidelines must be complied with.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92753/Clube_Naval_do_Funchal_reabre_amanha

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 13th – 14th May – From our colleague reporting on Madeira

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for the eighth consecutive day and the overall number of cases stands at 90.

Two Funchal residents and two from Câmara de Lobos Municipality have recovered. There are now 59 recoveries and 31 active cases.

So far, there have been 1,518 suspected cases, 1,428 of which turned out to be negative. There are 253 people under active monitoring and 73 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 13th of May, 82 tests were carried out on patents at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, of which 64 came back negative and 18 are being analysed. So far, 1,639 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 151 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 2,049 samples have been collected from ERPI.

Overall, 6,745 samples from 5,991 people 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 28 calls from Wednesday to Thursday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,545. So far, the Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to support people in confinement has received 799 calls. The number of people being monitored is 108.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/14/covid-19-ha-hoje-mais-quatro-casos-recuperados-e-nenhum-novo-caso-activo-na-ram/

Funchal beaches and seaside swimming complexes to reopen

Funchal beaches and resorts are opening today, under strict safety rules and reduced capacity.

All necessary work is being undertaken to ensure compliance with the relevant sanitary rules.

Today, Lido Swimming Complex and Barreirinha Swimming Complex are reopening.

Tomorrow, Ponta Gorda Swimming Complex and Doca do Cavacas Swimming Complex, including the existing natural swimming pool, will be reopening.

There will be a maximum capacity of about 1,000 people at Lido Swimming Complex and Ponta Gorda Swimming Complex, 450 people at Barreirinha and 250 people at Doca do Cavacas.

All swimming complexes will have the following working hours: 9h00 to 13h00 and 15h00 to 19h00. The facilities will be disinfected during the lunchtime period, from 13h00 to 15h00.

All facilities will have clear and distinguished areas for entering and leaving.

There will be adequate protective measures at ticket offices and clear signalling to ensure social distancing. Disinfectant dispensers will be placed in busier areas.

All members of the public are required to follow the mandatory social distancing rules and to wear face masks in service and sanitary areas, including when moving into and out of these areas.

The swimming pools in the remain resorts will be closed.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92672/Covid-19_Praias_do_Funchal_reabrem_a_partir_de_sexta-feira_sob_apertadas_medidas_de_seguranca

Guidelines for restaurant customers

  1. a) Customers must wash hands with water and soap or an alcohol-based solution, when entering and leaving the premises. Hand-washing with water and soap is preferable before meals.
  2. b) Social distancing rules must be respected (2 metres distance between people – not applicable to the people customers came with).
  1. c) Prioritise payment that does not required physical contact between the staff member and the customer (for example by using a contactless payment system).

 

These guidelines are also applicable to food trucks.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92701/Conhecidas_as_regras_para_funcionamento_dos_restaurantes

 

Guidelines for public services

Whenever possible, contact by electronic or other non-presencial means should be prioritised.

Social distancing rules will apply. The maximum capacity inside the premises will be limited to 1/2. It will be up to the civil servant in charge of each office or service to decide the number of members of the public allowed inside, as mandated by the Regional Heath Authority guidance.

All members of the public and civil servants in face-to-face service must wear face masks.

Members of the public should prioritise payment through electronic means in face-to-face service.

These measures are not applicable to health care staff, civil protection staff and all essential workers needed to ensure continuing essential public services.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92700/Conheca_os_termos_do_regresso_da_funcao_publica_

Reopening of marine and other outdoor tour operators

The Madeira Regional Government has allowed the reopening of sea tour operators, with the following rules:

All vessels, apart from small unpowered vessels and jet skis (personal watercraft), must have a maximum capacity of 70% or less (if needed) to ensure there is appropriate social distancing between customers.

Hand hygiene products must be provided.

Face masks must be worn by staff and customers.

The vessel must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each use.

The Regional Government has also allowed outdoor sporting, recreational or cultural activities provided by tour companies or travel agencies that are legally certified to provide cultural tourism, outdoor tourism (on foot or in vehicles).

All vehicles must have maximum capacity of 70%, although only the driver is allowed to be in the front seats of vehicles with a maximum capacity of 9 seats.

Hand hygiene products must be provided.

Face masks must be worn by staff and customers.

The vehicle must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected after each use.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92687/Reabertura_atividade_dos_operadores_maritimo-turisticos

Cable cars to reopen

Cable cars are reopening on the 18th of May. All cabins must be used individually unless by families or adults accompanying minors. Face mask use is mandatory for both customers and staff. Hand disinfecting before boarding the cabin and periodic cabin disinfecting are also mandatory.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92689/Reabertura_Telefericos_retomam_atividade_a_18_de_maio

Bars and restaurants to reopen

Bars and restaurants will also reopen on the 18th of May, with mandatory distancing between tables, capacity limits, face mask wearing, among other rules that will be announced in the following days.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92688/Reabertura_Bares_e_restaurantes_tambem_abrem_segunda-feira

Madeira Casino to reopen

Casino da Madeira (Madeira Casino) will reopen on the 20th of May. Safety measures, such as the use of certain forms of PPE, social distancing and sanitary safety will be applicable.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92685/Reabertura_Casino_da_Madeira_autorizado_a_abrir_a_20_de_maio

Street markets to reopen

Street markets and street vendors selling food, drinks, tobacco, textiles, clothing, footwear, handbags, etc will be allowed to reopen on the 18th of May.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92681/Bancas_e_feiras_abrem_dia_18

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 12th to 13th May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for a seventh consecutive day and the overall number of cases stands at 90. There are now 55 recoveries and 35 active cases.

So far, there have been 1,517 suspected cases, 1,427 of which turned out to be negative. There are 260 people under active monitoring and 69 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 12th of May 84 tests were carried out on patents at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, of which 82 came back negative and 2 are being analysed. So far, 1,569 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital.

On the same day, 159 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 1,898 samples have been collected from 22 ERPI. Overall, 6,507 samples from 5,789 people 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 27 calls from Tuesday to Wednesday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,517. So far, the Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to support people in confinement has received 779 calls. The number of people being monitored is 106.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92555/Covid-19_Madeira_volta_a_nao_registar_novos_casos

Testing for kindergarten and nursery school staff

All staff from kindergartens and nursery schools who are returning to work will have to be tested for Covid-19. Testing for about 2,000 staff is scheduled to start next week so that the results are known before the reopening of these premises.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92558/Funcionarios_das_creches_em_testes_de_despiste_a_covid-19_na_proxima_semana

Porto Santo Line journeys cancelled

Porto Santo Line informed that today’s scheduled journeys (Funchal – Porto Santo at 8h00 & Porto Santo – Funchal at 18h00) have been canceled due to poor weather. Bookings for these journeys will be automatically moved to Saturday (16th May: Funchal – Porto Santo at 8h00 & Porto Santo – Funchal at 18h00). Passengers who wish to reschedule their booking for another day (free of charge) can do so by sending an email to info@portosantoline.pt or calling 291 210 300 (on weekdays from 09h00 to 12h30 and 14h00 to 18h00).

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92526/Porto_Santo_Line_cancela_viagens_de_14_de_maio_de_e_para_o_Porto_Santo

 

 

Situation Report Madeira 12th to 13th May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases in Madeira for a sixth consecutive day and the overall number of cases stands at 90. In more good news, a resident from Funchal Municipality and another from Câmara de Lobos Municipality recovered. There are now 55 recoveries and 35 active cases. All patients are in isolation at home or in designated hotels.

So far, there have been 1,497 suspected cases, 1,407 of which turned out to be negative. There are 224 people under active monitoring and 46 in self-monitoring.

As for Covid-19 testing, on the 11th of May 53 tests were carried out on patents at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, of which 50 came back negative and 3 are being analysed. So far, 1,488 samples have been collected from patients at this hospital and processed.

On the same day, 169 samples were collected at Estruturas Residenciais para Pessoas Idosas (ERPI – a type of care homes for the elderly) and all came back negative. So far, 1,740 samples have been collected from 20 ERPI. A further 10 tests were carried out in hotels and all came back negative. So far, 636 samples have been collected from hotel customers.   Overall, 6,254 samples from 5,559 people 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 40 calls from Monday to Tuesday. The total number of calls made to this helpline is 7,490. So far, the Covid-19 mental health helpline (219 212 399 – available every day from 9h00 to 21h00) that was set up to support people in confinement has received 748 calls. The number of people being monitored is 105.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/12/nao-ha-mais-doentes-covid-19-hoje-mas-ha-mais-dois-recuperados-estes-ultimos-sao-agora-55/

Gyms allowed to reopen

Gyms were allowed to reopen yesterday. However, it does not mean all gyms reopened. The following guidelines were issued for gyms:

  • Must comply with strict social distancing, safety and hygiene standards.
  • Gyms have a maximum capacity of 1/3.
  • Indoor group classes or with more than 2 people (including personal trainer/staff) are banned.
  • Outdoor group classes are allowed as long as there is one person per each 5 square metres.
  • Changing rooms closed and must not be used.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/12/museus-e-centros-culturais-reabrem-a-14-de-maio-e-embarcacoes-de-recreio-navegam-a-15-ginasios-ja-puderam-reabrir/

More facilities reopening

Tomorrow (14th of May), museums, art galleries, cultural centres, libraries and repositories will reopen, with protective measures (wearing face masks), social distancing and hygiene rules.

And on the 15th of May, pleasure vessels will be allowed to sail in Madeira territorial waters. Pleasure vessels can be sailed and anchored but must only use the port, pier or marina from where they departed.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/12/museus-e-centros-culturais-reabrem-a-14-de-maio-e-embarcacoes-de-recreio-navegam-a-15-ginasios-ja-puderam-reabrir/

Water supply disruption

Due to scheduled work on water pipes, there will be a water supply disruption on Thursday (14th of May), from 10h00 until 12h00, in the parish of Santo António da Serra (Fajã das Vacas, Portela and Ribeira de Machico).

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/12/arm-anuncia-interrupcao-no-fornecimento-de-agua-do-santo-da-serra/

Situation Report Madeira 11th to 12th May – From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Maderia Covid-19 update

There were no new Covid-19 cases for a fifth consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90, with 37 active cases and 53 recoveries.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92371/Madeira_sem_novos_casos_positivos_por_covid-19

Funchal Municipality to deliver face shields to Funchal shops

The Funchal Municipality (Câmara Municipal) will start delivering face shields to Funchal shop owners and shopkeepers. This is another measure to ensure a safer reopening of the economy by protecting both staff and customers. Face shields can be ordered on the following website:

http://tiny.cc/j70voz

Below is a translation of the online form:

  • Nome completo do requerente – Full name
  • Nome do estabelecimento comercial – Name of the shop/company/business
  • Número de identificação fiscal (NIF) – Tax number
  • Morada Completa – Full address
  • Código postal – Postcode
  • Contacto telefónico – Phone number
  • Endereço de e-mail – Email address
  • Indique o número de viseiras pretendidas – Tick the number of face shields required
  • Declaração de consentimento para tratamento de dados pessoais – Data processing agreement
  • Autorizo o tratamento dos meus dados pessoais pela Câmara Municipal do Funchal. Os dados recolhidos neste formulário, destinam-se exclusivamente a tratamento interno e serão geridos no estrito cumprimento do RGPD, (UE) 2016/679, nova lei europeia de proteção de dados. – I give my consent for my personal data to be processed by Câmara Municipal do Funchal (Funchal Municipality). The data in this form is solely for internal processing and will be processed strictly in accordance with General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (“RGPD”), the new European data processing legislation.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92372/CMF_vai_entregar_viseiras_aos_comerciantes_funchalenses

Porto Moniz Municipality facilities to reopen

The Municipality-owned mooring winch at Porto Moniz harbour (porto de abrigo) can now be used by leisure boats allowed to sail and which use these facilities to land or to depart.

9th May – Cemeteries to reopened, at the usual opening times.

Face mask use is mandatory and social distancing rules must be complied with.

Wakes are banned in areas where they usually take place.

Crowd limits, sanitary safety and social distancing rules to continue to apply at funeral ceremonies.

 

11th May – Porto Moniz Centro de BTT (mountain biking) reopened

Some supporting facilities, such as changing rooms will remain closed.

14th May – Reopening of Aquário da Madeira (Madeira Aquarium), Biblioteca Municipal (Municipal Library) and Espaço Multiusos de Porto Moniz

With a maximum capacity of 1/3 in each facility and requirement for the published sanitary safety rules to be complied with.

15th May – Reopening of Teleférico das Achadas da Cruz (Porto Moniz cable car)

With a maximum capacity of 1/3 in each cabin.

For use by farmers with farms in Calhau das Achadas da Cruz.

Requirement for the published sanitary safety rules to be complied with.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/11/porto-moniz-reabre-aquario-a-14-e-teleferico-das-achadas-da-cruz-a-15/

 

Situation Report Madeira 10th to 11th May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases for a fourth consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90, with 37 active cases and 53 recoveries.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/10/madeira-sem-casos-positivos-de-covid-19-pelo-4-o-dia-consecutivo/

Reopening guidelines

The Regional Madeira announced guidance for the reopening of certain businesses. The main slogan is “to restart, protect and recover”. The following guidelines were announced:

General Rules

  • Mandatory isolation for people who are infected or under active monitoring.
  • Civic duty of home confinement.
  • Ban on events or gatherings.
  • Face mask use is recommended.
  • Social distancing rules must be followed (a minimum of 2 metres).
  • Compliance with hygiene and respiratory etiquette guidelines.

Shopping centres

  • Shopping centres must have a contingency plan.
  • Rules for commercial businesses must be complied with, with shopping centres required to follow the international guideline of only one person per 25 square meter of space.
  • Separate areas must be created for vehicles and people to enter and leave the premises.
  • Separate paths must be created inside to prevent people from crossing paths.
  • Signs must be placed to warn people to comply with social distancing rules.
  • There must be permanent equipment for the disinfection and hygiene of all common areas (lifts, cash machines, escalators, toilets)
  • Until the Regional Government decides otherwise, all coffee shops and restaurants must remain closed, although take-away services are allowed.

Reopening of shops and service providers

  • All staff and customers inside premises must wear face masks.
  • All premises must have hygiene and disinfection protocols.
  • Body temperature checks for staff at the start and end of their shifts.
  • Premises and parking lots must have a maximum capacity of 1/3.
  • Social distancing rules must be complied with while inside or walking to/from the premises.

Barbers, hairdressers, beauty salons

  • By appointment only in order to avoid gatherings while waiting to be served (all gatherings are banned).
  • All tools and equipment must be disinfected after each customer has been served.
  • Social distancing between customers must be ensured, with 1/3 occupancy of the premises allowed.
  • All staff and customers must wear face masks.
  • An alcohol based (70%) antiseptic solution must be available at the entrance and its use must be encouraged.
  • Maximum capacity of 50%, according to the number of work seats available.

Public transport

  • Mandatory face mask use.
  • Maximum capacity of 50%.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/10/proteger-recomecar-e-recuperar-sao-palavras-chave-do-desconfinamento-veja-imagens-e-video/

Covid-19 press conferences

The press conferences for Covid-19 updates in Madeira will no longer be daily. Instead, there will be a weekly press conference every Friday. A press release, along with an epidemiological update, will be published on the remaining days.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92257/Covid-19_Conferencias_de_imprensa_passam_a_ser_feitas_uma_vez_por_semana

Visits to care homes banned

Visits to care homes will continue to be banned. No decision to reverse it will be taken until testing has been carried out in all care homes in Madeira.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92255/Covid-19_Proibicao_de_visitas_aos_lares_vai_manter-se_na_Regiao

 

Situation Report Madeira 9th to 10th May  From our colleague reporting on Madeira

Covid-19 update

There were no new cases for a third consecutive day. The number of cases remains at 90, with 37 active cases. A patient from Santa Cruz has recovered, bringing the overall number of recoveries to 53. So far, there have 1,446 suspected cases of which 1,356 were ruled out.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92168/Covid-19_Madeira_sem_novos_casos_ha_tres_dias

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92171/Covid-19_Madeira_tem_mais_um_caso_recuperado

VAT deductible on face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitisers

The Portuguese Government reduced to 6% the VAT (IVA) on face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitisers. Furthermore, VAT on these products will be deductible as health expenditure. This will bring some financial relief to families who are facing this additional and unexpected financial expense. On average, a packet with 5 face masks will cost around €11. Assuming only 1 mask is be used per day, it could mean a monthly expenditure of €66.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/09/mascaras-e-gel-passam-a-entrar-nas-despesas-para-o-irs/

Police broke up a football match

The Police (PSP) were called to intervene to stop a football match, between friends, that was taking place at Quinta Deão, at around 17h45. Gatherings are not allowed under the current pandemic restrictions. There have been some gatherings since the end of the state of emergency, which the Police have promptly broken up.

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/09/policia-suspende-partida-de-futebol-na-quinta-deao-e-manda-cumprir-a-regra-de-distanciamento-social/

Lufthansa to resume flights to Madeira

In a further sign of the gradual reopening of the local economy, Lufthansa announced it will resume flights between Frankfurt and Madeira on the 3rd of June.

https://www.jm-madeira.pt/regiao/ver/92183/Lufthansa_voltara_a_voar_para_a_Madeira_no_dia_3_de_junho

Rubbish and recycling collection to resume on Monday

Águas e Resíduos da Madeira informed that normal residential rubbish and recycling collection will resume on Monday (11th May) in the Municipalities of Câmara de Lobos, Machico, Porto Santo, Ribeira Brava and Santana.

The schedule for the rubbish and recycling collection is available on the Águas e Resíduos da Madeira website. Some localities may have collection in different days. The relevant Portuguese words and sentences were translated and can be read below:

2ª Feira – Monday; 3ª Feira – Tuesday; 4ª Feira – Wednesday; 5ª Feira – Thursday; 6ª Feira – Friday;  segunda a sexta – from Monday to Friday;

Recolha Indiferenciados – General waste.

Recolha Ecoponto – Recycling Collection.

Recolha gratuita – Free collection.

Recolha gratuita nas 2 primeiras horas para clientes domésticos – Free collection for domestic customers in the first 2 hours.

Vidro – Glass; Plástico/Metal – Plastic/Metal items; Papel/Cartão – Paper/Cardboard

Verdes – Garden waste (leaves, grass, tree branches, etc).

Monos – Bulky waste that cannot be collected through the usual rubbish bins (large household items such as furniture, washing machines, mattresses, etc)

https://funchalnoticias.net/2020/05/09/arm-retoma-circuitos-normais-de-recolha-de-residuos-urbanos/

http://www.aguasdamadeira.pt/Res%C3%ADduos/Recolhaderes%C3%ADduos/Diasezonasderecolha.aspx#.XrdkQy2ZMWp

 

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