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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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