20% of arsonists re-offend

11 of 54 arsonists in Portugal are repeat offenders

Thanks to Peter for a link to the Diário de Notícias on the mainland. The newspaper reports that 20% of arsonists identied so far this year in Portugal are repeat offenders. They ask “What is failing in control” – In 2018 the government announced ............  ...read more

Fire in Monte was arson

Fire in Monte

Mayor says coincidence “unthinkable”

The Mayor of Funchal, Miguel Gouveia, has spoken out about the fire that broke out in Monte last night, claiming that it was “unthinkable that two fires could ignite at the same time – 8:00 pm – just 50 metres apart.

“There are no words to describe the evil of someone who wants ............  ...read more

Torches light up Machico

Machico, where the torches were lit last night

“Famous flares” celebrate the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament

The Diario reports on events last night in Machico where the “famous flares” lit up the slopes of the Machico valley, as part of the celebrations of the Feast of the Blessed Sacrament.

This year the tradition was a little different, due to the environment dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic. ............  ...read more

COVID-19: President on alert

Porto Santo link

The Correio da Manhã on the mainland has picked up on close contact between TV presenter Jorge Gabriel and the President of the Republic of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa whilst both were in Porto Santo recently.

Jorge Gabriel has, among other shows, presented  Quem Quer Ser Milionário?............  ...read more

“State of Calamity” extended in Madeira

Qta Vigia, where the stae of calamity was announced

… for another month

The wonderfully titled “state of calamity” in Madeira will be prolonged for another month, the Regional Government has announced – the measure will take effect from September 1.

“A new resolution was approved that declares, following the epidemiological situation of COVID-19, the ............  ...read more

Porto Santo has a good summer

Porto Santo aerial photograph

Mayor makes positive assessment of holiday season

The Mayor of Porto Santo, Idalino Vasconcelos, has acknowledged that although in very difficult times, the holiday season on the island has been better than expected.

The Diario reports that hotels in Porto Santo have been recording occupancy rates of between 65-75% throughout June July and August ............  ...read more

Faro airport struggles to cope with British influx

Queueing Brits at Faro airport

Algarve airport to get reinforcements

The Portuguese Foreigners and Borders Service (SEF) is sending border control reinforcements to the Algarve’s Faro airport next week, as authorities struggle to cope with a surge in arrivals of British tourists after quarantine rules were lifted last week with the opening of an air corridor. The ............  ...read more

West Nile disease threatens

Spraying in Spain to halt progress of West Nile disease

British holidaymakers at risk in Spain

Authorities in Spain’s Andalusia region are warning residents about a growing threat posed by an outbreak of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

The Daily Mail reports that the killer virus spread by mosquitoes could pose the next health risk for British holidaymakers travelling to Spain, ............  ...read more

COVID-19: 4 more cases


Upward trend continues

The Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE has just released their latest bulletin.

There are four new cases of COVID-19 in Autonomous Region of Madeira, all of which are locally transmitted in the municipality of Funchal, and there is the situation of a traveller who is under study.

Regarding ............  ...read more

New coastal road opens in Ribeira Brava

New seafront road in Ribeira Brava

“Marginal” opens today

The Marginal da Ribeira Brava, a project that was the subject of a program contract between the Regional Government and the Municipality, will be inaugurated today, August 28, at 5:00 pm.

JM originally reported that work on the new “marginal” of Ribeira Brava, between the town and the parish ............  ...read more

Jet2 switches to Portugal from Spain

Jet2 plane tailfins

Operator strengthens Madeira connection from Stansted

TravelWeekly reports that Jet2holidays has cancelled all holidays to the Balearic Islands until November 30 and has extended the suspension of its programme to mainland Spain and the Canaries until September 12.

The operator had previously suspended its Spanish programmes until the end of this month ............  ...read more

COVID-19: 6 more cases in Madeira

COVID-19 test

Worrying trend continues

The Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE released its daily bulletin earlier today, and it looks like the numbers testing positive for COVID-19 are continuing to increase.

Regarding the transmission chain identified in Porto Santo, in association with a confirmed case in the region of Lisbon ............  ...read more

President asks tourists to wear masks

Hoteliers told to ask guests to wear masks on the street

JM reports that the President of the Regional Government said today that he does not yet feel euphoric due to the fact that a possible focus of local infection in Porto Santo has not yet been confirmed, saying that it is necessary to have “a lot of attention to control the situation”.

Then ............  ...read more

Porto Santo beach and S. Vicente caves in top ten …

Porto Santo beach - among the top ten

… natural wonders of Portugal

The Diario reports that Lonely Planet, which it describes as the largest publisher of travel guides in the world, has placed Porto Santo beach and the caves at São Vicente in the top ten natural wonders of Portugal.

The beach is the main reason tourists visit the Golden Island, which hopefully does ............  ...read more

COVID-19: Alarming number of new cases

COVID-19: new cases

6 new cases in the Region today

On the back of the outbreak in Porto Santo reported here earlier today and yesterday, the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE have announced in this Wednesday’s update that there are 6 new positive cases to report, so the region now accounts for a ............  ...read more

President confident there is no transmission chain

Albuquerque happy the Porto Santo situation being monitored

The president of the Regional Government, this morning assured the public that the situation in Porto Santo was under control, with no chain of transmission of COVID-19, after “some alarmism” arose on Monday and yesterday.

As reported earlier today 14 people have had to be quarantined, 11 of whom ............  ...read more

2 more policemen for Câmara de Lobos

Town to pay for 2 more PSP agents

At the end of the meeting he held with the PSP, the Mayor of Câmara de Lobos announced that the municipality will pay extra to the Public Security Police, to have the service of two more policemen in the downtown area in the late afternoon and evening, with longer hours at the weekend.

Pedro Coelho ............  ...read more

14 now in quarantine after Porto Santo positive test

Porto Santo health centre

There is no positive case at the moment

Following on from the earlier post about a possible COVID-19 transmission chain in Porto Santo after a visitor arrived with a negative test result but later tested positive.

A spokesman for the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE said they were aware of ............  ...read more

Temperature to reach 33°

Several counties to exceed 30° today

The Diario website is headlining that in Bica da Cana thermometers are set to reach 33° today.

The Portuguese “Met Office”, IPMA, predicts that wind will be weak to moderate (10 to 30 km/h) and sea temperature will be 24°

IPMA also warn that mainland Portugal and the Madeira archipelago ............  ...read more

Airline stocks recover

airlie easyJet

Portugal travel corridor boosts airlines

Thanks as usual to Jaime for a link to one of the Mail’s websites last weekend, reporting that the UK’s announcement of a travel corridor with Portugal helped boost airline stocks.

thisismoney.co.uk reported ............  ...read more

Porto Santo transmission chain

Jorge Gabriel pictured on Porto Santo

Visitor tests positive after returning home

The Diario reports that concern spread on Porto Santo after a woman who had been on holiday there tested positive for COVID-19. The lady, who had passed through Madeira en-route, had been in contact with TV presenter Jorge Gabriel who was on the Golden Island at the time, but he has subsequently tested ............  ...read more

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