Azores Situation Report Saturday 12th June 2021

 

From our colleague in the Azores 

Vaccination 

The Azores will lift the restrictive measures to combat Covid-19 as each island reaches 70% of its population vaccinated, with a return to normality throughout the archipelago by August 15th.

“We believe that by the end of July, if things don’t go faster, we could have 70% or more of people vaccinated on every island, which means that by August 15th will be, at most, the predictable date for a return to normality throughout the Autonomous Region of the Azores”, said the president of the Special Commission for Monitoring the Fight against the Pandemic, Gustavo Tato Borges, at a press conference in Angra do Heroísmo.

On Sunday, a massive vaccination process against Covid-19 began in five islands of the Azores without a hospital (in Corvo it had already taken place in February and March), with the collaboration of a team of nine soldiers, provided by the Ministry of National Defence, which is due to end on June 20th.

The restrictive measures will be eased 14 days after each island reaches 70% of the population vaccinated with at least one dose.

“Gatherings will have a limit of 20 people, restaurants and beverage establishments and the like will operate at normal hours, without restrictions, with a maximum of 10 people per table and three quarters of the respective capacity”, said the regional secretary of Health and Sports, Clélio Meneses.

“Cultural and sporting events will now have 50% of the capacity, complying with the distance rules. The resumption of travel by the regional administration is allowed,” he added.

Only when 14 days have passed since the inoculation of 70% of the population will all restrictive measures be lifted on each island.

“There are no longer restrictive measures of a collective nature, with the possibility of opening drinking establishments and the like, with dancing spaces, under the condition that the respective contingency plan is approved by the Regional Health Authority”, explained the official.

The survey of measures will take place in phases, by islands, with the Corvo, which has already surpassed 70% vaccination in March, to go into deconfinement next Saturday.

Santa Maria will no longer have restrictive measures on July 12th, Flores on 15th, Graciosa on 17th, São Jorge on 23rd and Pico on 27th.

According to Gustavo Tato Borges, the remaining three islands of the archipelago, where there are hospitals, should not have to “wait much longer”.

“Faial is in a favorable situation, there are not so many people that are missing for the 70% of the inoculated population. Terceira and São Miguel have a larger pool of people to be vaccinated. It may take a little longer. It will depend on this acceleration that it will be possible to do. We believe that by the end of July these two islands will have 70% of people vaccinated with two doses”.

9th June 2021 

25 new positive cases of covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, one on the island of Flores and 24 on the island of São Miguel, following 3,857 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region. Two of these new cases concern travellers who tested positive on the 6th day and upon arrival at the archipelago.

On the island of Flores, the positive case was diagnosed in Santa Cruz, concerning a traveller, non-resident, who tested positive on the 6th day.

On the island of São Miguel, one of cases concern a traveller, resident, who tested positive upon arrival. The rest of the cases are related to the context of community transmission. Thus, the municipality of Ribeira Grande registers five cases (three in Rabo de Peixe, one in Ribeirinha and one in Ribeira Seca). There are 19 new cases in the municipality of Ponta Delgada (eight in the Pilar da Bretanha, four in São Roque, two in São Pedro, two in São José, two in Fajã de Baixo and one in Arrifes).

Also in the last 24 hours, a total of 18 recoveries have been registered.

10th June 2021 

41 new covid-19 positive cases were diagnosed in the Azores, two in Terceira and 39 in São Miguel, resulting from 3,110 tests carried out in reference laboratories in the Region. Five of these new cases concern passengers with positive tests on the 6th and 12th days, as well as on arrival in the archipelago.

On Terceira, both positive cases refer to travellers, one resident and the other non-resident, with a positive analysis on the 6th day, one in São Bartolomeu dos Regatos and the other in São Bento.

In São Miguel, there was one case referring to a non-resident passenger, with a positive test on arrival, and another two to resident passengers, with a positive test on the 6th and 12th day. The rest are in the context of community transmission. Thus, the municipality of Ribeira Grande registers nine new cases (three in Ribeira Seca, two in Rabo de Peixe, two in Matriz, one in Maia and one in Ribeirinha). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada there are 23 new cases (seven in Pilar da Brittany, seven in Fajã de Cima, four in São Pedro, one in Fajã de Baixo and one in Ajuda da Brittany). In the municipality of Nordeste there are two new cases in Santo António de Nordestinho, in the municipality of Lagoa there are four new cases (two in Santa Cruz, one in Rosário and one in Cabouco) and in the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo there was a new case, in Saint Michael.

Also in the last 24 hours, a total of 28 recoveries were recorded.

11th June 2021 

48 new positive cases of covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all on the island of São Miguel, following 2,533 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region. Three of these new cases concern two travelers who tested positive upon arrival, and one on the 12th day.

The rest of the cases are related to the context of community transmission. Thus, there are 33 new cases in the municipality of Ribeira Grande, nine in the municipality of Ponta Delgada, four in the municipality of Lagoa and two in the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo.

In the last 24 hours a total of 13 recoveries were registered. Two cases previously reported on the island of Terceira, in the municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, with history of travel from outside the Region, for which screening tests carried out after the sixth day on SARS-CoV-2 produced positive results, provided documentation demonstrating a previous infection and recovery, and are no longer considered to be active cases in the Region.

As of today, 13 patients are in hospital, all at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada, with one of them in intensive care.

There are currently 312 positive active cases in the Azores: 311 on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Faial. There are no active local transmission chains and 203 have been extinguished so far. There are 1,567 people under active surveillance today.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,856 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the Azores and 5,378 people recovered from the disease. There were 33 deaths, 79 people who left the archipelago and 54 cases with history of previous cure.

Up to now, 532,736 tests have been carried out in the archipelago for SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19 disease. From December 31st, 2020 until June 4th, 146,999 doses of covid-19 vaccine were administered in the Azores, corresponding to 92,036 people aged 16 years or more who received the first dose, and 54,963 people who received both doses, under the Regional Vaccination Plan.

 

 

Azores Situation Report Wednesday 9th June 2021

 

From our colleague in the Azores

Daily Totals

Saturday 5th June 

23 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all in São Miguel, in a context of community transmission, resulting from 1,977 tests carried out in reference laboratories in the Region and one in an unconventional laboratory.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 13 cases (four in Rabo de Peixe, one in Matriz, three in Maia, three in Fenais da Ajuda, one in Ribeira Seca and one in São Brás). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada there were six new cases (three in Fajã de Baixo, one in São José, one in São Roque and one in Fajã de Cima). In the municipality of Lagoa, two new cases were diagnosed (one in Santa Cruz and one in Água de Pau). In the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo there were two new cases, both in São Pedro.

There was a total of 24 recoveries.

Sunday 6th June 

22 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all in São Miguel, resulting from 2,975 tests carried out in reference laboratories in the Region. One of the diagnosed cases refers to a traveller with a positive test on the 6th day, and the rest are in the context of community transmission.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 13 cases (three in Rabo de Peixe, two in Matriz, one in Pico da Pedra, one in Conceição, one in Porto Formoso and five in Maia). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada there were seven new cases (one case for each of the parishes of São José, São Pedro, Capelas, São Roque, Fajã de Cima, Fajã de Baixo and Pilar da Brittany). In the municipality of Lagoa, a new case was diagnosed in Água de Pau.

There was a total of 31 recoveries.

Monday 7th June 

26 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all on the island of São Miguel, following 959 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region. Two of these cases refer to travellers who tested positive upon arrival, a resident and a non-resident. All the other cases are related to the context of community transmission.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 15 cases (six in Rabo de Peixe, five in Maia, two in Porto Formoso, one in Ribeirinha and one in Ribeira Seca). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada, there were nine new cases (four in São Pedro, and one in each of the parishes of Fajã de Baixo, Livramento, São Sebastião, Arrifes and Fenais da Luz). In the municipality of Lagoa, a new case was diagnosed in the parish of Rosário, and in the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo a new case was reported in the parish of São Miguel.

No recoveries registered today.

Tuesday 8th June 

19 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, one on the island of Faial and 18 on the island of São Miguel, following 2,760 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region, and one in an independent laboratory. Three of the cases are related to travellers who tested positive on the 6th day and the remaining cases were registered in the context of community transmission.

On the island of Faial, the positive case was diagnosed in the parish of Feteira, municipality of Horta, concerning a traveller, resident, who tested positive on the 6th day.

On the island of São Miguel, there are 16 new cases in the context of community transmission and two involving travellers, non-residents, who tested positive upon arrival. The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 10 cases (four in Rabo de Peixe, four in Conceição and two in Porto Formoso). There are eight new cases in the municipality of Ponta Delgada (three in São Pedro, two in São Roque, two in Fenais da Luz and one in São Sebastião).

Also there was a total of 53 recoveries have been registered and as of today 10 patients are in hospital, all at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada, with three of them in intensive care.

The archipelago currently has 260 active positive cases: 259 on the island of São Miguel and one on the island of Faial. There are no active local transmission chains and 203 have been extinguished so far. There were 1,375 people under active surveillance yesterday.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,742 positive cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in the Azores and 5,319 people recovered from the disease. There were 33 deaths, 79 people who left the archipelago and 51 cases with history of previous cure. Up to now, 523,236 tests have been carried out in the archipelago for SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19 disease.

Since December 31st, 2020 and until June 4th, 146,999 doses of Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the Azores, corresponding to 92,036 people aged 16 years or more who received the first dose, and 54,963 people who received both doses, under the Regional Vaccination Plan.

 

Azores Situation Report Saturday 5th June 2021 

 

From our colleague in the Azores 

Portugal, including the archipelagos of Madeira and the Azores, will leave the British Government’s “green list” of international travel on Tuesday at 04:00, announced the British Ministry of Transport.

According to the ministry, Portugal goes to the “yellow list” to “safeguard public health against worrying variants” and protect the British vaccination program.

In a statement, the British Government said that, according to the European database GISAID, 68 cases of variant B1.617.2 were identified in Portugal, identified for the first time in India, named by the World Health Organization as Delta variant, “with an additional potentially harmful mutation”.

The UK Health Directorate (Public Health England) is investigating this variant and mutation to better understand whether it might be more transmissible and more resistant to vaccines.

The British Government also says that the positive rate of tests for the new coronavirus in Portugal is almost double that registered about a month ago, surpassing the national average in the United Kingdom.

Countries on the “yellow list” are subject to tighter restrictions, namely a 10-day quarantine on arrival in the UK and two PCR tests on the second and eighth day, as is already the case with most European countries, such as Spain, France and Greece.

The “green list” exempts travellers arriving in British territory from quarantine, while the “red list” requires a 10-day quarantine at a designated hotel, in addition to two PCR tests.

In the published update of international travel lists, the UK Transport Ministry added Afghanistan, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Egypt, Sri Lanka, Sudan and Trinidad and Tobago to the “red list”.

The British Executive also reiterates the appeal to the British not to travel to destinations on the “yellow list” in order to protect public health because the “prevalence of worrying variants and overall rates of coronaviruses are higher”.

The traffic light system is based on four criteria: vaccination rates, number of cases, prevalence of “concerning variants” and quality of testing data.

According to data from the British Government, since the beginning of the pandemic, nearly 128,000 people have died in the UK, the worst mortality rate in Europe.

The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 3,693,717 deaths worldwide, resulting from more than 171.5 million cases of infection, according to a balance made by the French agency AFP.

In Portugal, 17,029 people died out of 851,031 confirmed cases of infection, according to the latest bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.

Covid-19 

2nd June 

26 new positive cases of covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all on the island of São Miguel, in the context of community transmission, following 2,510 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 17 cases (nine in Rabo de Peixe, four in Matriz, two in Pico da Pedra, one in Porto Formoso and one in Ribeirinha). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada, there were nine new cases (three in São José, and one in each of the parishes of Capelas, São Roque, Fajã de Cima, Fenais da Luz, Relva and Pilar da Bretanha).

Also, there has been a total of 26 recoveries.

3rd June 

27 new positive cases of covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all in São Miguel, in a context of community transmission, resulting from 3,036 tests carried out in reference laboratories in the Region and another two in non-conventional laboratories.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande had 14 cases (five in Rabo de Peixe, three in Maia, two in Porto Formoso, two in Conceição, one in Ribeira Seca and one in Lomba da Maia). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada there were seven new cases (two in São José, two in Fajã de Baixo, two in Arrifes and one in Fenais da Luz). In the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo there was a new case, in São Pedro, and in the municipality of Lagoa, five new cases were diagnosed (three in Santa Cruz, one in Rosário and one in Cabouco).

Also, there was a total of 20 recoveries.

4th June 

22 new positive cases of covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all on the island of São Miguel, following 2,070 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region and one in an independent laboratory.

Of the total number of new positive cases, 21 are related to the context of community transfer and one refers to a traveller, non-resident, with positive analysis on the 12th day.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande had 11 new cases (three in Rabo de Peixe, two in Matriz, two in Maia, one in Lomba da Maia, one in Fenais da Ajuda, one in Conceição and one in Pico da Pedra). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada, there were nine new cases (two in Roque, two in Fenais da Luz, two in the Fajã de Baixo, one in the Arrifes, one in São Vincente Ferreira and one in São José). In the municipality of Povoação, there was a new case in the parish of Furnas, and in the municipality of Lagoa, a new case was diagnosed in the parish of Cabouco.

Also, there have been a total of 27 recoveries.

As of today, 12 patients are in hospital, all at the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada, with three of them in intensive care.

The archipelago currently has 279 active positive cases, all on the island of São Miguel. There are no active local transmission chains and 203 have been extinguished so far. There are 1,504 people under active surveillance today.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,653 positive cases of COVID-19 have been diagnosed in the Azores and 5,211 people recovered from the disease. There were 33 deaths, 79 people who left the archipelago and 51 cases with history of previous cure.

To date, 514,565 tests have been carried out in the archipelago to detect SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes covid-19 disease.

From last December 31st, 2020 until May 28th, 126,130 doses of covid-19 vaccine were administered in the Azores, corresponding to 79,832 people aged 16 years or more who received the first dose, and 46,298 people who received both doses, under the Regional Vaccination Plan.

 

 

Azores Situation Report Wednesday 2nd June 2021

 

From our colleague in the Azores 

 

Azores Fare.

Passengers, resident in the Azores can travel back and forth between the islands of the archipelago, starting today, for the maximum price of 60 euros.

Reservations related to the so-called ‘Azores Fare’ can be made through the sales channels of SATA Air Azores, which makes inter-island trips, and travel agencies.

Passengers who have already purchased a ticket with the normal resident fare for inter-island travel starting today (and who have not yet started their travels), may request a refund of the differential for the Azores Fare.

 

Azores Bathing Season 

The bathing season started yesterday, Tuesday 1st June in the Azores. There are 32 zones, and a manual on the use of these spaces is being finalized in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, which does not provide for fines, but warns users of their responsibility.

82 bathing waters are available for the public to use this year, six of which are for the first time.

 

Covid-19 

29th May. 

18 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all in São Miguel, in the context of community transmission, resulting from 2,197 tests carried out in reference laboratories in the Region.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 10 cases (five in Rabo de Peixe, two in Ribeirinha, two in Lomba de São Pedro and one in Pico da Pedra). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada there were three new cases (one in Capelas, one in Santa Clara and one in Fenais da Luz), in the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo there was a new case in São Miguel and in the municipality of Lagoa there are four new cases, in Cabouco.

Tthere were a total of 19 recoveries. With the recovery of the only positive case on the island of São Jorge, it has no positive cases.

30th May. 

32 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all in São Miguel, in the context of community transmission, resulting from 2,340 tests carried out in reference laboratories in the Region.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 20 cases (14 in Rabo de Peixe, two in Ribeirinha, two in Matriz, one in Conceição and one in Porto Formoso). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada there were 11 new cases: three in Arrifes, three in Fenais da Luz, two in Capelas, two in São José and one in Fajã de Baixo. In the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo there was a new case, in São Pedro.

There was a total of 21 recoveries

31st May. 

23 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores in, all on the island of São Miguel, in the context of community transmission, following 945 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registered 11 cases (three in Rabo de Peixe, six in Ribeirinha, one in Matriz and one in Porto Formoso). There were 11 new cases in the municipality of Ponta Delgada (two in Arrifes, two in Capelas, two in Relva, one in São Sebastião, one in São Pedro, one in Santa Clara, one in Fajã de Baixo and one in Fenais da Luz). In the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo, there was a new case in Ponta Garça.

There has been a total of 21 recoveries.

1st June. 

19 new positive cases of Covid-19 were diagnosed in the Azores, all on the island of São Miguel, following 2,312 tests carried out in the reference laboratories of the Region and two in independent laboratories. One case concerns a traveller, non-resident, who tested positive upon arrival. All the other cases refer to the community transmission.

The municipality of Ribeira Grande registers 10 cases (four in Rabo de Peixe, two in Ribeirinha, two in Matriz, one in Maia and one in Lomba da Maia). In the municipality of Ponta Delgada, there are six new cases (three in São Vincente Ferreira, one in Santo António, one in Fenais da Luz and one in Covoada). In the municipality of Vila Franca do Campo there was a new case in Ponta Garça and in the municipality of Nordeste, there was also a new case in Vila do Nordeste.

There have been a total of 31 recoveries.

As of today, there are 13 patients hospitalised, all in the Divino Espírito Santo Hospital in Ponta Delgada, with three of them in intensive care.

The archipelago currently has 277 active positive cases, all on the island of São Miguel.

There are no active local transmission chains and 203 have been extinguished so far. There are 1,396 people under active surveillance.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 5,578 positive cases of Covid-19 have been diagnosed in the Azores and 5,138 people recovered from the disease.

There were 33 deaths, 79 people who left the archipelago and 51 cases with history of previous cure. Up to now, 506,949 tests have been carried out in the archipelago for SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes Covid-19 disease.

From December 31st, 2020 until May 28th, 126,130 doses of Covid-19 vaccine were administered in the Azores, corresponding to 79,832 people aged 16 years or more who received the first dose, and 46,298 people who received both doses, under the Regional Vaccination Plan.