Mini-tornado in Santana

Mini-tornado in Santana

“Incredible phenomenon” caught on video

JM reported yesterday afternoon on an atmospheric phenomenon in Achada do Teixeira, in Santana, and have now published new images appear from the moment the mini-tornado started to form. Videos have also appeared on YouTube and Facebook – below.

According to Vítor Prior, the delegate of the ............ more

Madeirans occupy first BA flight

BA flight landing in Madeira

First post-pandemic Heathrow flight introduces risk with returning residents

The Diario reports on the first BA arrival in Madeira since March: “This is the first flight from London, it will bring tourists, but it will mainly bring Madeirans who want to return to their land”, said the President of the Regional Government, when asked by journalists about the resumption ............ more

Spain’s air bridge under threat?

A cafe in the catalonia region of Spain

… as Portugal still waits in the wings

The Portugal Resident asks the question: what if…the UK were to revoke Spain’s air bridge? With Portugal pinning its hopes on a reprieve from the UK travel ‘blacklist’, the newspaper points out that people are missing what’s going on next door in Spain – one of the many ............ more

COVID-19: 2 new cases

… taking the total into three figures

Yesterday Madeira recorded two new positive cases of COVID-19, taking the total to 101 cases since the start of the pandemic.

There are currently eight active cases of the infection. Health authorities are monitoring these

At the same weekly press conference the Regional Secretary of Health, Pedro Ramos, ............ more

2 new cases hospitalized

COVID care unit where new cases are admitted

2 non-residents admitted to COVID-19 unit

The Diario reports that Madeira did not register any new positive case of COVID-19 yesterday. However, two cases are in isolation at the Multipurpose Inpatient Unit dedicated to COVID-19, at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, two non-residents in the Region.

These two instances concern people who were ............ more

Very high fire risk

Map showing Machico and Funchal at at a very high fire risk today

Very high fire risk today in Machico and Funchal

The Diario reports online that the high areas of Machico and Funchal are classified as being at very high fire risk of due to the high temperatures that have been recorded since the beginning of the week.

According to the Portuguese Institute of the Sea and the Atmosphere (IPMA), the rest of Machico, ............ more

Fishermen test positive despite spending 35 days at sea

Echizen Maru, where nearly all the fishermen on board tested positive

… and testing negative before they left

Thanks to Peter for a link to an intriguing article on MSN News reporting that Argentinian health officials are scrambling to understand how nearly all the fishermen on a ship which spent 35 days at sea were found to have contracted COVID-19 upon returning to land.

All 61 sailors aboard the trawler, Echizen ............ more

Enotel & Pestana plans

Enotel Lido

Enotel Lido not opening until 2021

According to a Tripadvisor contributor yesterday: “I can tell you for certain that the Enotel lido is closed and will not be opening again until the 1st April 2021″.

I am an Enotel plus guest and was informed of this some time ago as I had a booking for Christmas. I believe the hotel ............ more

Ship’s crew replaced under “new normal”

1st replacement of merchant crew under COVID regulations

JM report this afternoon on the first replacement of crew members of a merchant ship since last March 13, which happened on Monday, precisely four months after the last occasion in the Port of Funchal.

The operation, involving six crew members (three who embarked and three who disembarked) took place ............ more

Azores hotels struggle

“Summer has become a winter with lower occupancy rates than winter itself”

Thanks to Peter for an interesting link to Correio dos Acores last week, providing an insight into the hotel sector in the Azores as the islands struggle to cope with the impact of Coronavirus.

The newspaper interviewed Carlos Morais – Managing Partner of Hotel Horta, on the island of Faial, ............ more

Madeira excluded from online shopping

Region omitted from home deliveries

The print edition of Diario de Notícias headlines that online stores are excluding the Region. Consumer rights organisation DECO has identified at least 28 companies that do not include Madeira in the list of locations where they deliver goods. 

Also on the front page, they feature that ............ more

New Madeira Palacio 46% bigger

The old Madeira Palácio as it is today

New Enotel development will have 318 rooms/728 beds

FN reported at the weekend that the Government Council have approved the expansion of what was previously “Hotel Madeira Palácio”, now planned to be included in the group of 5-star hotels belonging to the Enotel group, with a 46% increase being granted to the original capacity of 250 ............ more

Madeira reaches 99 cases

Madeira Airport, when two more cases have been detected

More positive tests at the airport

There have been two more positive cases of COVID-19 in Madeira, thus making a total of 99 cases already registered, of which six are active. This new case corresponds to the suspect presented yesterday by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE in the usual daily report.

According to the epidemiological ............ more

Greece risks lockdown

Greece - one of the many islands

… as tourists bring a spike in coronavirus cases

In a story that hopefully is not replicated in Madeira as it reopens to tourism, the Daily Mirror reported over the weekend that Greece was facing a return to “lockdown” as the number of new positive cases identified stubbornly continues to rise.

Since borders were reopened more than 100 ............ more

Tourist tests positive. Blog

Positive COVID test

Second traveller under observation

The Diario reports that a tourist in their thirties who arrived in Madeira on Saturday and was tested at the airport constitutes a new case of Covid-19 infection in the Region after testing positive. According to the information made available yesterday afternoon by the Institute of Health Administration ............ more

Binter to increase flights

Binter plane at Madeira Airport

More flights between Madeira and the Canaries

FN report that Binter plans to increase its connections between Madeira and the Canaries from August, to offer three weekly flights to Gran Canaria and the re-incorporation of the connection with the island of Tenerife, according to a press release from the company.

The same website reported in June ............ more

Calheta beach packed!

Calheta beach

Sunny day sees crowded beach – video

The Diario reports that at 6:00 pm yesterday and the state of the beach was what you can see in the video images below. Hundreds of bathers had flocked to the west of the island largely because of the sunny day that was being enjoyed there.

Apparently car parking capacity in  ............ more

Christmas lights: €2m tender

Christmas lights in Funchal

Christmas lights in 4 zones this year

FN report that the Regional Government have launched a tender for the Christmas lights, in what could be a very unpredictable period for tourism. Who knows how the virus will be controlled by then (or a second wave?) and what tourist numbers will be looking like.

Ordinances authorizing the distribution ............ more

Airport: 4,800 tests conducted

testing facility at Madeira airport

… this week, taking the total to 29,900

Following up on the previous post, details have been released of the testing being conducted at Madeira Airport during the first full week of operation since relaxed regulations were introduced for passengers landing on the island.

The new sample collection stations for testing the COVID-19 located ............ more

COVID-19: 2 new cases

The airport, where 2 cases of COVID-19 have been recently identified

Testing picks up two more positive cases

JM report that yesterday there were 2 new positive cases of COVID-19 to report in Madeira, corresponding to 2 of the 3 study cases reported on the previous day. The third case was discarded by the health authorities after the laboratory analyzes were completed” according to an announcement from ............ more

Loja without the queue!

Loja do Cidadão with queues outside

Direct access to some desks in the Loja do Cidadão

Bit of “public information” that may be useful to local residents who might have become familiar with the long queues on the pavement outside the Loja do Cidadão in Funchal and who might be struggling to get appointments with various services located there.

The Diario reports that the ............ more

Flights divert

Flight landing at Madeira airport

… due to strong winds

No sooner have flights begun to return to normal at Madeira Airports, the weather has decided to make a reappearance as a factor in diversions and cancellations.

The Diario reports that after the pandemic that has left the airport virtually unused since mid-March, strong winds have caused cancellations ............ more

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