New coronavirus measures

Airport “subject to control on arrival”

New coronavirus measures 1The Diario reports that the Regional Government have presented new recommendations, contingency and response measures to support citizens and companies in the face of the coronavirus.

Of the measures announced, they highlight:

. Schools will remain open until Easter break.

. The airport of Madeira will be subject to control on arrival, through temperature measurement and filling out a survey that covers 10,000 people per day. ANA and ANAC are already informed and the system will be set up by Monday

. Cruise ships and yachts are prevented from docking at the Port of Funchal and in the marinas until March 31, affecting 23 operations and 50 thousand people.

. Replenishment of goods is guaranteed. Therefore, the government calls for calm.


7 thoughts on “New coronavirus measures”

  1. Can I suggest everybody reads this carefully please:-

    A piece written by Abdu Sharkawy
    At last an intelligent measured article about Covid-19!!!
    I’m a doctor and an Infectious Diseases Specialist. I’ve been at this for more than 20 years seeing sick patients on a daily basis. I have worked in inner city hospitals and in the poorest slums of Africa. HIV-AIDS, Hepatitis,TB, SARS, Measles, Shingles, Whooping cough, Diphtheria…there is little I haven’t been exposed to in my profession. And with notable exception of SARS, very little has left me feeling vulnerable, overwhelmed or downright scared.
    I am not scared of Covid-19. I am concerned about the implications of a novel infectious agent that has spread the world over and continues to find new footholds in different soil. I am rightly concerned for the welfare of those who are elderly, in frail health or disenfranchised who stand to suffer mostly, and disproportionately, at the hands of this new scourge. But I am not scared of Covid-19.
    What I am scared about is the loss of reason and wave of fear that has induced the masses of society into a spellbinding spiral of panic, stockpiling obscene quantities of anything that could fill a bomb shelter adequately in a post-apocalyptic world. I am scared of the N95 masks that are stolen from hospitals and urgent care clinics where they are actually needed for front line healthcare providers and instead are being donned in airports, malls, and coffee lounges, perpetuating even more fear and suspicion of others. I am scared that our hospitals will be overwhelmed with anyone who thinks they ” probably don’t have it but may as well get checked out no matter what because you just never know…” and those with heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia and strokes will pay the price for overfilled ER waiting rooms with only so many doctors and nurses to assess.
    I am scared that travel restrictions will become so far reaching that weddings will be canceled, graduations missed and family reunions will not materialize. And well, even that big party called the Olympic Games…that could be kyboshed too. Can you even
    I’m scared those same epidemic fears will limit trade, harm partnerships in multiple sectors, business and otherwise and ultimately culminate in a global recession.
    But mostly, I’m scared about what message we are telling our kids when faced with a threat. Instead of reason, rationality, openmindedness and altruism, we are telling them to panic, be fearful, suspicious, reactionary and self-interested.
    Covid-19 is nowhere near over. It will be coming to a city, a hospital, a friend, even a family member near you at some point. Expect it. Stop waiting to be surprised further. The fact is the virus itself will not likely do much harm when it arrives. But our own behaviors and “fight for yourself above all else” attitude could prove disastrous.
    I implore you all. Temper fear with reason, panic with patience and uncertainty with education. We have an opportunity to learn a great deal about health hygiene and limiting the spread of innumerable transmissible diseases in our society. Let’s meet this challenge together in the best spirit of compassion for others, patience, and above all, an unfailing effort to seek truth, facts and knowledge as opposed to conjecture, speculation and catastrophizing.
    Facts not fear. Clean hands. Open hearts.
    Our children will thank us for it.

  2. Just one day later and the scenarios has completely changed and now schools are closing until after Easter.
    The restrictions that have now been placed will cause holidaymakers to cancel their holidays and the Island will suffer enormously.
    Abdu you are right in being scared of the panic that is arising from the unknown !!

  3. We have been since 6th January staying at the Royal Savoy and now the Savoy Palace until the 6th April.
    We have now been told by the hotel management that we will have to stay in our room (quarantined)for two weeks as from Monday 16th March no ifs or buts.
    What I don’t understand is that I thought this only applies to visitors who arrive on Monday 16th March not those who have already been here for ten weeks.


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