The Algarve Situation Report Tuesday 28th June 2022

Good Morning and we start this report with some good news for expectant mothers. The Maternity block at Hospital de Portimão resumed normal operations on Monday, after being closed over the weekend, the president of the Centro Hospitalar do Algarve told Lusa .

“The birthing block reopened today at 08:00 and is operating normally, without constraints,” the chairman of the board of directors of the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve (CHUA) told the Lusa agency.

The service at the Portimão hospital closed at the end of the day on Friday, and pregnant women from 22 weeks of gestation or who needed special care were referred to Faro Hospital.

A plan  was set up in conjunction with the Civil Protection, the National Institute of Medical Emergency (INEM) and the Centre for Guidance for Urgent Patients (CODU) for referral to the hospital in Faro. According to Ana Varges Gomes, due to the closure of the service during the weekend in Portimão, “a total of four pregnant women” were transferred to Faro Hospital.

However, there are still some fears that the closure may not be a “one off” event. The official admitted that the service “may close again, due to the difficulty in ensuring the Paediatrics scales, which may also affect the functioning of the emergency department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. “The urgency depends on the medical service providers and whenever they are absent or are not available to work, we will have constraints”, he pointed out.

 However, he added, CHUA has “a plan made to be put into practice whenever the need arises”. In recent weeks, emergency services of various specialties and delivery blocks of several hospitals in the country had to close for certain periods or operated with limitations, due to the difficulty of hospitals in completing the service rosters of specialist doctors.

Two Men Arrested for Gun Crime In Albufeira

The Judiciary Police ( PJ ) detained two suspects on suspicion of involvement in robberies with firearms in the Albufeira area, it was announced this Tuesday.

According to a statement from the security force, in the context of the fight against violent crime, a group of people suspected of the practice of coercion with a firearm and possession of a prohibited weapon in the municipality of Albufeira was identified at the end of December 2021. The “strong indictment” of these men allowed the competent judicial authorities to proceed with the issuance of arrest warrants for the two suspects, aged 23 and 29.

“The police operation carried out successfully in locating and detaining two of the suspects, in the city of Albufeira”, according to the PJ statement. The detainees will now be present for a first judicial interrogation, in Albufeira, for the application of coercive measures. The PJ states that it will continue to investigate this case with the aim of identifying and locating the remaining suspected members of this group.

The security force is also investigating the relationship between this group and other “recent events” in the Loulé area, “of offences of physical violence motivated by settling accounts between individuals with police and criminal records, for the same type of crimes and theft. ”.

Portugal Must get used to using less Water says Minister

Whilst the Minister of the Environment spoke of the nation having to get used to using less water at a conference in Lisbon, the focus of using treated water for irrigation in the Algarve was raised by a specialist at the University of the Algarve.

The doubling of the use of treated wastewater for irrigation by the end of the year in the Algarve implies investing and building infrastructure to transport it from source to destination and that work remains to be done, warned a specialist from the University of Algarve .

The director of the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Algarve (UAlg) warned that it is first necessary to understand where the Wastewater Treatment Stations (WWTP) are and who are the recipients of this non-potable water that can be used to irrigate crops. or golf courses and then define the type of investment needed to transport that water to its destination. Carlos Guerrero thus commented on the objective defined by the Permanent Commission for the Prevention, Monitoring and Monitoring of the Effects of Drought to “extend the use of reused water for purposes that do not require drinking water, namely in the irrigation of permanent crops and in the support of ecosystems”.

According to the Commission, “at the moment, in the Algarve, a cubic hectometer of reused water is already used, and this value is expected to double by the end of the year”, but the university professor considered that there are other measures that can also help to save water and increase the reserves of this good to allow its use in agriculture and for human supply.

“The problem of doubling [treated wastewater for irrigation] involves promoting and installing the necessary infrastructure to get water where it is needed. I am talking about the water resulting from the Wastewater Treatment Stations, which cannot be moved and are not mobile, they are well fixed”, said the university professor.

The same source said that the Algarve “has a set of WWTPs that cost millions” and have “state-of-the-art technology from the point of view of water treatment”, but underlined that, “then this treated water has to be taken to the sites”. where it is needed”, such as green spaces in cities, golf courses, or some tree crops”.

“I think it is necessary to create these infrastructures and, before that, to know who will pay for them. It is necessary to base the installation projects and know the needs, not only of pipes, but also of pumping stations and all the infrastructure necessary to move the water”, he exemplified. Carlos Guerrero stressed “that it remains to be explained and defined who pays for these structures”, whether “it is who produces the water, who is going to use it or the common citizen”, and none of these issues is already defined, he added.

Carlos Guerrero considered that the reduction in water availability due to the effects of drought and climate change is a reality that can also be “mitigated” with other “complementary” measures, such as the installation of technologies to support irrigation management in agriculture, raising people’s awareness of savings or combating losses in the supply network, which, he assured, could “water the 40 golf courses in the Algarve”. Another of the measures recommended by the Commission was the reactivation of underground abstractions, which Carla Antunes, also a professor at the University of Algarve, said was one of the “easiest and fastest” to implement.

“Although groundwater resources are considered to be a strategic reserve and as a last alternative, perhaps, immediately, if we continue with this drought, we will even have to resort to groundwater”, said Carla Ventura, stressing that “there is no solution great” and it will be with “small solutions” that we will “be able to overcome this drought”.

ALBUFEIRA: MAN ARRESTED BEFORE SETTING HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW ON FIRE

The GNR have arrested a 40 year old Ukrainian man for domestic violence after they caught him in the act, showering his mother-in-law with gasoline and preparing to set her on fire.

In a statement, the GNR explains that the man was arrested after “an occurrence involving an alleged situation of domestic violence, in which the suspect threatened his 34 year old companion and her mother. The man was found to have two gasoline jerry cans in his possession.” A source from the GNR, explained that the individual was arrested in the act, at the moment he showered his mother-in-law with gasoline and was preparing to set her on fire, which luckily did not happen due to the timely intervention of the police. The GNR also clarified that the detainee’s companion managed to flee the house to safety in time too. Two gasoline jerrycans, a lighter and an air pressure gun were seized from the scene.

MINOR EARTHQUAKE 20KM SOUTH OF LAGOS

The Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA) say that an earthquake of magnitude 2.8 on the Richter scale was registered at 18:50 yesterday evening, with the epicentre about 20 km south-southeast from Lagos.

According to the IPMA, no information was received confirming that this earthquake was felt by anyone.

Latest SEF Stats Show over 150 nationalities are resident in the Algarve

Finally to end this report we bring you the latest figures of immigrant population in the Algarve according to the latest SEF statistics. The Algarve is a very cosmopolitan region with over 150 different nationalities resident in the region.

The Algarve has a total of 105,142 immigrants living across the region. The largest number are in Loule, 18,707 followed by Albufeira, 16,433. Next is Portimao, 12,014 and then Lagos, 11,651.

In terms of the different nationalities,  immigrants from the UK are the largest percentage of the total with 19.76%, followed by Brazil with 16.64%, Romania with 6.52%, France with 6.02% and Italy with 5.23%. Ukraine, India, Germany, The Netherlands and Nepal make up the top ten countries for immigrants in the Algarve.

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MUrder Suspect is held in Prison pending his trial.

The Portimão Court decided to apply the coercive measure of preventive detention to a man indicted for committing a crime of murder, in Lagos, following a drug-related argument.

The decision was taken by the Portimão Criminal Investigation Court at the end of the first judicial interrogation of the detainee, a 46-year-old man, suspected of killing a 43-year-old man, the Public Ministry (MP) released in a statement.

The court agreed with the measure proposed by the Public Ministry, and the investigation is now in the hands of the Portimão department of the Southern Directorate of the Judiciary Police ( PJ ), the note reads.

This security force detained a man last Tuesday in the Lagos area on “strong suspicions” of committing a crime of qualified murder.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the time, in the late afternoon of June 14, 2022, “inside a vacant house in Lagos, following a drug-related argument, the detainee armed with a glass hit the victim’s neck, after which, he grabbed a stick with nails on the end and struck her on the head, causing her death”.

New Train Link to Lisbon from VRSA announced

A new link to Lisbon by connecting the railway line with the University and the Airport on the Olhão-Faro-Loulé axis was announced this week..

The president of CCDR/Algarve, José Apolinário, considered earlier this week that the requalification and electrification of the Algarve Railway Line (in progress) and the implementation of the Intercidades Vila Real de Santo António – Tavira – Olhão – Faro to Lisbon in 2024 are two of the main priorities of the Algarve 2030 Strategy.

Speaking at a seminar on mobility promoted by AMAL, in what he considered to be contributions to the region’s political position on the matter, the president of the CCDR also added that the modernization of rolling stock on the Algarve Line, the renovation of the southern railway line between Tunis and Torre Vã and the replacement of the concurrence on the railway line in Tunis.

He also mentioned the implementation of a feasibility study for the Algarve Andalusia Connection (Faro Airport/Seville Airport), which already has a public declaration of support from AMAL, NERA and Andalusia. He stressed that the review of PROTAL should provide for and safeguard that rail corridor.

With regard to the highway, it prioritised the conclusion of the renegotiation process of the Algarve Litoral sub-concession.

In this regard, he recalled that in 2021, Infraestruturas de Portugal was ordered to make provisional payments to the sub-concessionaire of around 30 million euros and a monthly amount of 1.2 million euros to the concessionaire Rotas do Algarve Litoral, SA.

The decision of the main arbitration action is awaited, following the review that took place initially during the intervention of the Troika and then in the amendment to the contract with a visa refused by the Court of Auditors in 2018. 48.9 million euros have already been paid and the amount requested is 445 million.

Praia da Rocha will have video surveillance and more patrols this summer.

From June 21st, on the first day of summer 2022, Portimão City Council announces that security measures in Praia da Rocha will be reinforced.

Also during this week, the contract will be signed for the installation of video surveillance in the municipality of Portimão, in particular in Praia da Rocha, where it is planned to install 32 cameras in various areas of this seaside resort, namely along Avenida Tomás Cabreira.

After this Tuesday’s contacts with the Minister of Internal Administration, President Isilda Gomes was immediately assured that the PSP Intervention Corps will remain in Praia da Rocha, a fact that the municipality welcomes.

The municipality also appeals to entrepreneurs in that area, namely those in bars and nightlife establishments, to “maintain scrupulous compliance with opening hours, thus preventing them from having to be reduced. It is also called for the conduct and rules for the sale of alcohol to be strictly complied with”, says the municipality in a statement.

“The Portimão City Council is closely following the evolution of this situation, and will not hesitate to take more drastic measures and positions if justified”, concludes the note.

Algarve will have a unique intermodal pass.

The Algarve regional and municipal transport authorities and five public transport companies in the region signed a memorandum of understanding this Monday to work on the creation of a single intermodal pass, said the president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community.

The expectation is that the single intermodal pass “will be a reality in the first half of next year”, with the Algarve being the third region in the country, after Lisbon and Porto, to work to create a single pass for all transport operators. regional audiences, said António Pina.

The president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community ( AMAL ) was speaking on the sidelines of the signing of the document, within the scope of the seminar “The challenges of mobility”, held today at the Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo, in Faro .

According to that official, the objective “is to standardise the purchase of a pass” and, for that, the entities that sign the memorandum undertake “to work and provide information” so that there is “only one pass for the various public transport that operate in the region”.

The memorandum includes AMAL, as the Regional Transport Authority, CP, which operates the railway, and then the other seven municipal transport entities in Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Portimão and Tavira.

The same source considered that this memorandum will “mobilise efforts for concentration between the different public transport services” and expressed the wish that AMAL, in the future, “will also become the railway transport authority”, in order to be able to define forms of interconnection with road transport.

“Public transport is now increasingly on the agenda of every family. If until some time ago, the issue of public transport was seen from the point of view of climate action and the reduction of pollution by the [less] individual use of each one’s cars, now it has another dimension”, he noted.

According to the mayor of Olhão, the current price of fuel “leads families to realise that public transport is perhaps the only way to relieve the family budget in terms of mobility”.

This new reality places, according to António Pina, “mobility in the priorities of municipal management and government management”.

Stressing that it is still too early to talk about a final cost for this intermodal pass, which will begin to be defined when the work carried out by all the actors evolves, António Pina considered that “the union of the different modules is the only one that can bring some efficiency to the system. ”.

“All [operators] provide public service and what is intended is to gain efficiency in this public service and effectiveness”, he said, adding that “the passenger is the same, the user is the same” and it is necessary to “make your life easier, providing reliable information, making the most effective connections possible and with the convenience of using the same pass for everything”.

 

In addition to these entities, the road transport companies Vizur, EVA Transportes, PXM – Transportes Rodoviários Urbanos de Faro, Translagos and Sandbus also participated in the signing of the memorandum.

GNR detains 26 people over a long weekend

 During this period, the GNR detained 12 people for driving with excessive alcohol, eight for drug trafficking, four for not having a legal licence to drive, three for possession of a prohibited weapon, one for domestic violence and one for theft.

The GNR detained 26 people in the Algarve region during the mini-vacation period provided by the holiday last Thursday, most of them for driving with excessive alcohol and drug trafficking, it was announced today.

In a statement, the GNR added that, between Wednesday and Sunday, it launched an operation “especially focused on the flow of people that took place this past weekend”, reinforcing its patrol on the main roads, bathing and entertainment areas. night.

Thus, during this period, the GNR detained 12 people for driving with excessive alcohol, eight for drug trafficking, four for not having a legal licence to drive, three for possession of a prohibited weapon, one for domestic violence and one for theft.

According to the GNR, 1,182 doses of cannabis and 285 doses of cocaine were also seized.

 

Covid 19- Algarve registers 4,523 cases and 11 deaths between June 7th and 13th

According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, compared to the previous week, there were 43,534 fewer cases of infection.

In the region, there were 4,523 infections by SARS-CoV-2 (minus 1,013) and 11 deaths (minus five) between the 7th and 13th of June, according to data released this Friday by the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS ).

Portugal recorded, between the same period, 114,410 infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, 256 deaths associated with covid-19 and a decrease in hospitalizations in wards and intensive care.

According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, compared to the previous week, there were 43,534 fewer cases of infection, with a reduction of 41 deaths in the comparison between the two periods.

As for hospital occupancy in mainland Portugal due to covid-19, the DGS started to release data on hospitalizations for the Monday before the report was published on Fridays.

Based on this criterion, the bulletin indicates that, last Monday, 1,896 people were hospitalised, 95 less than on the same day of the previous week, with 98 patients in intensive care units, less 10.

According to the DGS bulletin, the seven-day incidence was, on Monday, at 1,111 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, having registered a decrease of 28% compared to the previous week.

By region, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo recorded 50,786 cases between June 7 and 13, 18,368 less than in the previous period, and 79 deaths, 19 less.

The Central region accounted for 15,773 cases (minus 6,336) and 63 deaths (minus four) and the North totaled 30,295 cases of infection (minus 15,227) and 75 deaths (minus eight).

In Alentejo, 4,341 positive cases were recorded (2,379 less) and 17 deaths (five less).

As for the autonomous regions, the Azores had 4,571 new infections between 7 and 13 June (153 more) and three deaths (four less), while Madeira recorded 4,121 cases in those seven days (364 less) and eight deaths (four more), according to DGS data.

According to the report, the age group between 40 and 49 years old was the one with the highest number of cases at seven days (19,147), followed by people between 50 and 59 years old (17,829), while children up to 9 years old were the group with the fewest infections (6,551) this week.

Of the total admissions, 768 were elderly over 80 years of age, followed by the age group from 70 to 79 years (459) and from 60 to 69 years (229).

The DGS also recorded 21 admissions in the age group of children up to 9 years old, 10 from 10 to 19 years old, 18 from 20 to 29 years old, 40 from 30 to 39 years old, 67 from 40 to 49 years old and 110 from 50 to 59 years old. .

The bulletin also mentions that, in these seven days, 186 people over 80 years old died, 56 people between 70 and 79 years old, 10 between 60 and 69 years old, three between 50 and 59 years old and one between 20 and 29 years old.

Regarding vaccination against covid-19, the bulletin states that 93% of the population has the complete vaccination, 64% of those eligible the first booster dose and 45% of the elderly aged 80 years or older the second dose to reinforce immunisation against the virus. SARS-CoV-2.

 

Algarve Situation Report Wednesday 22nd June 2022

Murder Suspect is held in Prison pending his trial

The Portimão Court decided to apply the coercive measure of preventive detention to a man indicted for committing a crime of murder, in Lagos, following a drug-related argument.

The decision was taken by the Portimão Criminal Investigation Court at the end of the first judicial interrogation of the detainee, a 46-year-old man, suspected of killing a 43-year-old man, the Public Ministry (MP) released in a statement.

The court agreed with the measure proposed by the Public Ministry, and the investigation is now in the hands of the Portimão department of the Southern Directorate of the Judiciary Police ( PJ ), the note reads.

This security force detained a man last Tuesday in the Lagos area on “strong suspicions” of committing a crime of qualified murder.

According to the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the time, in the late afternoon of June 14, 2022, “inside a vacant house in Lagos, following a drug-related argument, the detainee armed with a glass hit the victim’s neck, after which, he grabbed a stick with nails on the end and struck her on the head, causing her death”.

New Train Link to Lisbon from VRSA announced

A new link to Lisbon by connecting the railway line with the University and the Airport on the Olhão-Faro-Loulé axis was announced this week..

The president of CCDR/Algarve, José Apolinário, considered earlier this week that the requalification and electrification of the Algarve Railway Line (in progress) and the implementation of the Intercidades Vila Real de Santo António – Tavira – Olhão – Faro to Lisbon in 2024 are two of the main priorities of the Algarve 2030 Strategy.

Speaking at a seminar on mobility promoted by AMAL, in what he considered to be contributions to the region’s political position on the matter, the president of the CCDR also added that the modernization of rolling stock on the Algarve Line, the renovation of the southern railway line between Tunis and Torre Vã and the replacement of the concurrence on the railway line in Tunis.

He also mentioned the implementation of a feasibility study for the Algarve Andalusia Connection (Faro Airport/Seville Airport), which already has a public declaration of support from AMAL, NERA and Andalusia. He stressed that the review of PROTAL should provide for and safeguard that rail corridor.

With regard to the highway, it prioritised the conclusion of the renegotiation process of the Algarve Litoral sub-concession.

In this regard, he recalled that in 2021, Infraestruturas de Portugal was ordered to make provisional payments to the sub-concessionaire of around 30 million euros and a monthly amount of 1.2 million euros to the concessionaire Rotas do Algarve Litoral, SA.

The decision of the main arbitration action is awaited, following the review that took place initially during the intervention of the Troika and then in the amendment to the contract with a visa refused by the Court of Auditors in 2018. 48.9 million euros have already been paid and the amount requested is 445 million.

Praia da Rocha will have video surveillance and more patrols this summer.

From June 21st, on the first day of summer 2022, Portimão City Council announces that security measures in Praia da Rocha will be reinforced.

Also during this week, the contract will be signed for the installation of video surveillance in the municipality of Portimão, in particular in Praia da Rocha, where it is planned to install 32 cameras in various areas of this seaside resort, namely along Avenida Tomás Cabreira.

After this Tuesday’s contacts with the Minister of Internal Administration, President Isilda Gomes was immediately assured that the PSP Intervention Corps will remain in Praia da Rocha, a fact that the municipality welcomes.

The municipality also appeals to entrepreneurs in that area, namely those in bars and nightlife establishments, to “maintain scrupulous compliance with opening hours, thus preventing them from having to be reduced. It is also called for the conduct and rules for the sale of alcohol to be strictly complied with”, says the municipality in a statement.

“The Portimão City Council is closely following the evolution of this situation, and will not hesitate to take more drastic measures and positions if justified”, concludes the note.

Algarve will have a unique intermodal pass.

The Algarve regional and municipal transport authorities and five public transport companies in the region signed a memorandum of understanding this Monday to work on the creation of a single intermodal pass, said the president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community.

The expectation is that the single intermodal pass “will be a reality in the first half of next year”, with the Algarve being the third region in the country, after Lisbon and Porto, to work to create a single pass for all transport operators. regional audiences, said António Pina.

The president of the Algarve Intermunicipal Community ( AMAL ) was speaking on the sidelines of the signing of the document, within the scope of the seminar “The challenges of mobility”, held today at the Escola Superior de Hotelaria e Turismo, in Faro .

According to that official, the objective “is to standardise the purchase of a pass” and, for that, the entities that sign the memorandum undertake “to work and provide information” so that there is “only one pass for the various public transport that operate in the region”.

The memorandum includes AMAL, as the Regional Transport Authority, CP, which operates the railway, and then the other seven municipal transport entities in Albufeira, Faro, Lagos, Loulé, Olhão, Portimão and Tavira.

The same source considered that this memorandum will “mobilise efforts for concentration between the different public transport services” and expressed the wish that AMAL, in the future, “will also become the railway transport authority”, in order to be able to define forms of interconnection with road transport.

“Public transport is now increasingly on the agenda of every family. If until some time ago, the issue of public transport was seen from the point of view of climate action and the reduction of pollution by the [less] individual use of each one’s cars, now it has another dimension”, he noted.

According to the mayor of Olhão, the current price of fuel “leads families to realise that public transport is perhaps the only way to relieve the family budget in terms of mobility”.

This new reality places, according to António Pina, “mobility in the priorities of municipal management and government management”.

Stressing that it is still too early to talk about a final cost for this intermodal pass, which will begin to be defined when the work carried out by all the actors evolves, António Pina considered that “the union of the different modules is the only one that can bring some efficiency to the system. ”.

“All [operators] provide public service and what is intended is to gain efficiency in this public service and effectiveness”, he said, adding that “the passenger is the same, the user is the same” and it is necessary to “make your life easier, providing reliable information, making the most effective connections possible and with the convenience of using the same pass for everything”. 

In addition to these entities, the road transport companies Vizur, EVA Transportes, PXM – Transportes Rodoviários Urbanos de Faro, Translagos and Sandbus also participated in the signing of the memorandum.

GNR detains 26 people over a long weekend

 During this period, the GNR detained 12 people for driving with excessive alcohol, eight for drug trafficking, four for not having a legal licence to drive, three for possession of a prohibited weapon, one for domestic violence and one for theft.

The GNR detained 26 people in the Algarve region during the mini-vacation period provided by the holiday last Thursday, most of them for driving with excessive alcohol and drug trafficking, it was announced today.

In a statement, the GNR added that, between Wednesday and Sunday, it launched an operation “especially focused on the flow of people that took place this past weekend”, reinforcing its patrol on the main roads, bathing and entertainment areas. night.

Thus, during this period, the GNR detained 12 people for driving with excessive alcohol, eight for drug trafficking, four for not having a legal licence to drive, three for possession of a prohibited weapon, one for domestic violence and one for theft.

According to the GNR, 1,182 doses of cannabis and 285 doses of cocaine were also seized.

Covid 19- Algarve registers 4,523 cases and 11 deaths between June 7th and 13th

According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, compared to the previous week, there were 43,534 fewer cases of infection.

In the region, there were 4,523 infections by SARS-CoV-2 (minus 1,013) and 11 deaths (minus five) between the 7th and 13th of June, according to data released this Friday by the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS ).

Portugal recorded, between the same period, 114,410 infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, 256 deaths associated with covid-19 and a decrease in hospitalizations in wards and intensive care.

According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, compared to the previous week, there were 43,534 fewer cases of infection, with a reduction of 41 deaths in the comparison between the two periods.

As for hospital occupancy in mainland Portugal due to covid-19, the DGS started to release data on hospitalizations for the Monday before the report was published on Fridays.

Based on this criterion, the bulletin indicates that, last Monday, 1,896 people were hospitalised, 95 less than on the same day of the previous week, with 98 patients in intensive care units, less 10.

According to the DGS bulletin, the seven-day incidence was, on Monday, at 1,111 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, having registered a decrease of 28% compared to the previous week.

By region, Lisbon and Vale do Tejo recorded 50,786 cases between June 7 and 13, 18,368 less than in the previous period, and 79 deaths, 19 less.

The Central region accounted for 15,773 cases (minus 6,336) and 63 deaths (minus four) and the North totaled 30,295 cases of infection (minus 15,227) and 75 deaths (minus eight).

In Alentejo, 4,341 positive cases were recorded (2,379 less) and 17 deaths (five less).

As for the autonomous regions, the Azores had 4,571 new infections between 7 and 13 June (153 more) and three deaths (four less), while Madeira recorded 4,121 cases in those seven days (364 less) and eight deaths (four more), according to DGS data.

According to the report, the age group between 40 and 49 years old was the one with the highest number of cases at seven days (19,147), followed by people between 50 and 59 years old (17,829), while children up to 9 years old were the group with the fewest infections (6,551) this week.

Of the total admissions, 768 were elderly over 80 years of age, followed by the age group from 70 to 79 years (459) and from 60 to 69 years (229).

The DGS also recorded 21 admissions in the age group of children up to 9 years old, 10 from 10 to 19 years old, 18 from 20 to 29 years old, 40 from 30 to 39 years old, 67 from 40 to 49 years old and 110 from 50 to 59 years old. .

The bulletin also mentions that, in these seven days, 186 people over 80 years old died, 56 people between 70 and 79 years old, 10 between 60 and 69 years old, three between 50 and 59 years old and one between 20 and 29 years old.

Regarding vaccination against covid-19, the bulletin states that 93% of the population has the complete vaccination, 64% of those eligible the first booster dose and 45% of the elderly aged 80 years or older the second dose to reinforce immunisation against the virus. SARS-CoV-2.

 

Algarve Situation Report Wednesday 15th June 2022 

Lagos invests four million euros in the transport network

The Lagos City Council announced this week the award, for four million euros, of the acquisition of passenger transport services that will allow the “A ONDA” transport network to operate for the next three years.

According to a statement from the municipality, the public tender that was concluded provides for the maintenance of the 10 current lines that make up “A ONDA” and which serve the entire municipality.

A fleet of 18 vehicles will cover an estimated 2.7 million kilometres, “ensuring accessibility conditions for people with reduced mobility, thermal comfort and the ease of contactless ticketing”, said the municipality.

Sardine Festival considered one of the best summer events in Europe

The Sardinha Festival, promoted by the municipality of Portimão since 1985, leads the list of the 25 best summer gastronomic events in Europe, prepared by the renowned travel site ‘Big 7 Travel’ and now released, taking into account the public’s suggestions, as well as as well as the contributions of the editorial team itself.

According to those responsible for the list (available at https://bigseventravel.com/25-of-the-best-summer-food-festivals-in-europe/), in addition to good grilled sardines, other typical snacks and entertainment, with emphasis on live music, the festival in Portimão allows visitors to get to know the local customs and traditions, namely through the historical reconstitution of the unloading of sardines.

In the last edition before the pandemic, held in 2019, the Festival broke records, attracting around 100,000 visitors to the riverside area of ​​Portimão in five days, which on several occasions sold out the amount of sardines available.

This year’s edition will take place from the 3rd to the 7th of August and will be preceded once again by the reconstitution of the fish discharge, scheduled for the 2nd of August.

During the five days of the gastronomic event, grilled sardines in bread will once again be queen, accompanied by boiled potatoes and Algarve salad, served in the various restaurants in the area between bridges and in the stalls of local associations and clubs, which offer more than a thousand seats to taste that gastronomic ex-libris.

The entire riverside area, between the Portimão Museum and the old Lota, will host craft and sweets stalls, with lots of street entertainment and music.

Woman helped at Fábrica beach after dislocating kneecap

A 59-year-old Spanish woman suffered on Sunday, June 12, a dislocation of her kneecap on Fábrica beach, in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António , having been helped by elements of the “SeaWatch” project, announced the National Maritime Authority.

The alert was received at 1:00 pm, through the lifeguard, with the immediate activation to the site of the elements of the “SeaWatch” project, supported by a quad bike, and also elements of the Vila Real de Santo António Fire Department.

The victim was stabilised and transported to the disembarkation site, and was later taken on a boat to the Factory. At the scene, where firefighters were waiting, she was transported to a hospital.

Two people rescued from the sea in Cacela Velha.

Two people were rescued from the sea in Cacela Velha , in the municipality of Vila Real de Santo António , on the morning of Friday, June 10th, because they were in difficulty, having lost their feet and being dragged by the current. of the Ria Formosa, announced the National Maritime Authority.

The rescue was carried out by elements of the “SeaWatch” project, which belongs to the National Maritime Authority, following a request for assistance.

The elements, who were nearby, went to the scene with the support of a water scooter and rescued the 49-year-old man and the 48-year-old woman, of Brazilian nationality, having been transported ashore. The couple was in good physical condition and no medical assistance was needed, having left the place by their own means. 

Parishes to get together to run the festivals of Popular Saints.

The festivities of Santos Populares will take place between the 10th and 28th of June in Vila Real de Santo António and in Hortas with dances and typical meals, announced the Parish Council of the county organisation.

The festivities will involve several associations of the parish and will take place on the nights of 10, 11, 12, 23, 24, 25 and 28 and June at Praça Marquês de Pombal, in Vila Real de Santo António, and on the nights of the 12th and 24th of same month at Rua da Columbófila, in Hortas.

Before the balls, the participation of the parish associations related to music and dance is planned, through small performances. This initiative is organised by the Vila Real de Santo António Parish Council in partnership with the City Council.

Albufeira  promotes summer vacation programs for the young.

Between the 14th and 15th of June, it is possible for young people from Albufeira to sign up for the “Youth in Action” program.

The program, to take place between July 4th and August 26th,between the ages of 13 and 18, will be divided into four fortnights: the first from July 4th to 15th, the second from July 18th to 29th, the third from August 1st to 12th and the Wednesday, 16th to 26th of August. When registering, a fortnight preference will be requested. The vacancies, per fortnight, are limited to 44 participants, who will be divided into two groups. The municipality also informs that each young person can only participate for a fortnight and there can be no group exchanges.

Entries are made exclusively online and are available from this Tuesday until 17:00 tomorrow, the 15th. The selection of participants will be made in order of registration.

On June 22, selected participants will be contacted in order to be able to go to the Youth Office (next to Mercado dos Caliços) to formalise their registration. Selected participants will have to share the costs of the program with the total amount of 60.60 euros, which includes activities at Aquashow and Jeep Safari. The remaining activities will be funded by the municipality of Albufeira, as well as the transport, insurance, monitoring and materials necessary to carry out these same activities. You can register here .

For the “Infantis em Ação” program, aimed at children aged 10 to 12, registration takes place on the 20th and 21st of this month between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm, also online. This program will take place between the 4th of July and the 26th of August and will also occupy four fortnights. Seats per fortnight are limited to 22 participants.

The selection of participants will also be in order of registration and on the 25th of June the selected participants will be contacted. Participants selected for the project will have to share the costs of the program with the total amount of 48.50 euros, which includes the following activities: Lagos Zoo, two Bowling, Zoomarine and Padel games with lunch.

Finally to end this Algarve report we bring you the latest numbers regarding Covid 19.

The Algarve region had 5,558 positive cases of covid-19 and 16 deaths between May 31 and June 6, while Portugal recorded 158,534 infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, 292 associated deaths, and a decrease in hospital admissions, indicated the Directorate-General for Health ( DGS ).

In intensive care there was a slight increase. According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, compared to the previous week, there were 15,479 fewer cases of infection, with 68 more deaths, however, compared to the two periods.

As for hospital occupancy in mainland Portugal due to covid-19, the DGS started to release data on hospitalizations for the Monday before the report was published on Fridays.

Based on this criterion, the bulletin indicates that, last Monday, 1,991 people were hospitalised, 101 less than on the same day of the previous week, with 108 patients in intensive care units, plus one.

According to data from the DGS, the seven-day incidence was, on Monday, at 1,539 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, having registered a decrease of 9% compared to the previous week, while the transmissibility index (Rt) of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 dropped from 1.00 to 0.98 nationally.

 

Algarve Situation Report 8 June 2022

DECO/Algarve launches campaign to combat food waste.

The Portuguese Consumer Protection Association (DECO) in the Algarve launched this Tuesday a campaign whose objective is to raise awareness of the importance of combating food waste and changing consumer behaviour.

Sandra Rodrigues, from DECO’s Algarve delegation, explained that the campaign, in video format, aims to make people aware “of a problem that has a great impact on the economy”.

“Food waste has a great impact from an economic point of view, not only on countries, but also on people, consuming environmental resources, which are already scarce”, he pointed out. The video, entitled “Food without Wasting”, contains information and advice “to raise awareness and help people change their behaviour, fighting food waste”, he stresses.

According to DECO, which launches the campaign on the occasion of World Food Safety Day, it is estimated that each Portuguese person wastes, on average, about 134 kilograms of food per year. According to the association, in Europe around 89 million tons of food are thrown away every year, while around 1.1 billion people go hungry, that is, one sixth of the world’s population.

The microproject, which has already reached more than 100 consumers in the Algarve, is financed by ACCIONAD-ODS (Actions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals), under the European program INTERREG V Spain/Portugal (POCTEP).

The initiative also has the financial support of local actions to meet the Sustainable Development Goals, especially the SDGs in the points “Sustainable Cities and Communities”, “Sustainable Consumption and Production” and “Action against Global Climate Change”.

The link to the Video is here. https://youtu.be/y7ZryZLx8kA

More Arrests this last week in the fight against Drugs in The Algarve.

In the continued fight against the illegal trade in drugs, The GNR detained eight people and seized 187 doses of narcotics, between last Thursday and Saturday, as part of an operation to combat crime carried out in nightlife areas of the Algarve, it was announced this week.

In a statement, the GNR said that it had arrested six men and two women, aged between 17 and 41, in Albufeira , Vilamoura and Portimão, for drug trafficking. According to the force, the operation targeted “mainly the areas with the greatest number of people and nightlife in Albufeira, Vilamoura and Portimão”, with “random inspection actions being carried out in several places in those municipalities”.

During the operation, 47 doses of cocaine, 138 doses of hashish, two doses of liamba, a mobile phone and 580 euros were seized. The detainees were made arguidos and the facts were reported to the Albufeira Judicial Court, the Loulé Judicial Court and the Portimão Judicial Court.

The operation involved personnel from the Albufeira Criminal Investigation Centre, the Vilamoura Territorial Post and the Portimão Criminal Investigation Centre.

In another operation, The Judiciary Police ( PJ ) arrested, in Alvor, in the municipality of Portimão , a man suspected of trafficking more than 120 kilos of cocaine.

In a statement, the PJ quoted that at 00:50 this Friday, the alleged trafficker, 30 years old and not of Portuguese nationality, was preparing to pack and transport 120.5 kilos of cocaine.

“The drug was packed in small bundles and was located inside and outside a vehicle that was in a dirt parking lot, in a deserted and unlit place,” the note reads.

The PJ adds that it will continue to investigate the case and that the detainee will now be present for the first judicial interrogation, at the Court of Portimão, for possible application of coercive measure.

Covid 19 deaths continue in the Algarve.

Eight people died in three days with covid-19 in the Algarve. The number of people with covid-19 hospitalised in Algarve hospitals is 56, and six are in intensive care and two are ventilated. The Algarve recorded on Monday, June 6, 206 more cases of covid-19. There are currently 11,447 active cases and 3,812 on active surveillance.

According to the DGS weekly epidemiological bulletin, the Algarve recorded 5,972 infections by SARS-CoV-2 (479 less) and 10 deaths (the same number as the previous week) between 24 and 30 May. The seven-day incidence was, on Monday, at 2,821.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, having registered an increase of 5.5% compared to the previous week , while the transmissibility index (Rt) of the SARS-CoV coronavirus -2 dropped from 1.12 to 1.00 in the region. The number of people with covid-19 hospitalised in Algarve hospitals is 56, and six are in intensive care and two are ventilated.

The region has 195,798 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic and 183,535 recovered. 816 people have already died from covid-19, 8 of them in 3 days. There are 11,391 people recovering at home.

Portimão is the municipality with the most active cases of covid-19, where there are 1948, followed by Faro with 1902, Loulé 1686, Olhão 1021, Albufeira 958, Silves 890, Lagos 699, Lagoa 597, Tavira 516, Vila Real de Santo António 391 , São Brás de Alportel 312, Monchique 136, Castro Marim 134, Aljezur 132, Vila do Bispo 87 and Alcoutim 38.

Aljezur municipality joins the CHUA decentralisation project.

The Centro Hospitalar e Universitário do Algarve (CHUA), the Regional Health Administration (ARS) of the Algarve and the municipality of Aljezur agreed on June 1st a collaboration protocol that aims to introduce in the municipality of Aljezur the project “Decentralised Consultations – CHUA + Proximity”.

The project began on the day that International Children’s Day is celebrated, with paediatric home consultations using the municipality’s mobile health unit for the medical and nursing team to travel.

The pilot initiative, which is now starting in Aljezur and which will be progressively extended to cover area specialties of Internal Medicine and General Surgery, aims to avoid people having to travel long distances to get to hospitals for actions that could be done in the home.

“The strategic partnership is of enormous importance for a peripheral municipality, such as Aljezur, in which the distance to the reference hospital units, the lack of public transport, the lack of individual transport and the difficulty of locomotion of a significant number of citizens, prevent or limit access to this type of health care”, says the municipality in a statement.

The municipality of Aljezur supports the project “Decentralised Consultations – CHUA + Proximidade” with the rental and transfer to CHUA of a light passenger vehicle that will be allocated to the project, allowing the travel of doctors, nurses and other health technicians from the hospital units to the Aljezur Health Centre and the availability of the Mobile Health Unit for home consultations, according to the available services and the planning of actions to be carried out.

New Emigrant Resource Office Opens in Lagos.

Lagos has a new Emigrant Support Office (GAE), whose main objective is to support Portuguese citizens who have emigrated, or who have already returned to Portugal, as well as those whose purpose is to start a migration process.

The service, provided by the Municipality of Lagos , aims to support and inform Portuguese citizens in the social, legal, economic, education, employment, professional training, among others, guiding them towards public services aimed at, to clarify doubts or to solve more specific problems, as well as advising and informing Portuguese citizens who intend to emigrate.

The GAE is qualified to deal with subjects as diverse as the follow-up of processes in all matters related to social security, such as: requests for old-age, disability and survival pensions; work accident benefits; family allowance and unemployment benefits; vehicle legalisation and car tax exemption; equivalence of studies – recognition/equivalence of academic qualifications acquired abroad; double taxation; general legal information; investment- guidance for the creation of companies in the region, in articulation with structures to support entrepreneurship and business initiatives, among others. The GAE will also promote articulation with other entities and institutions, helping to resolve other issues.

In conjunction with the Diaspora Investor Support Office – GAID, integrated in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it is also intended to boost the economic potential of the municipalities with the Portuguese Communities, referencing local diaspora investment initiatives, ensuring adequate information for the conducting business in Portugal and contributing to its facilitation and promoting contact between investors and national entities.

The opening of the Emigrant Support Office (GAE) comes after the signing of the protocol, signed last January, between the municipality of Lagos and the Directorate-General for Consular Affairs and Portuguese Communities (DGACCP).