COVID-19: Alarming number of new cases

6 new cases in the Region today

COVID-19: new cases

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 cumulative total of 148 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is the highest increase since a local outbreak in Câmara de Lobos in April

Regarding the new confirmed cases, these are two imported cases, coming from South Africa and Lisbon, plus four of the cases of local transmission, three identified in the municipality of Porto Santo, and one in the municipality of Funchal, according to the same source.

Regarding the cases diagnosed in Porto Santo, which the blog has reported, these are associated with a case confirmed yesterday of a traveller who has been in the Region since the incubation period of the disease when she arrived on holiday in Porto Santo, first spending a few days in Madeira.

IASAÚDE adds that the epidemiological investigation of this transmission chain has already identified 17 contacts in the municipality of Porto Santo (3 were confirmed, 8 were negative and 6 are awaiting results).

“All contacts remain in isolation and the epidemiological investigation is still ongoing. Regarding the case identified in the municipality of Funchal, an association was identified with travellers from the Northern Region. There are already 2 contacts in this case identified, awaiting laboratory results. The investigation epidemiology is ongoing”, adds the bulletin.

According to the same source, since yesterday, six situations of travellers that are being studied by health authorities have been identified, and laboratory analyzes and epidemiological investigations are underway.

Regarding the isolation of positive cases, 18 people are isolated in a dedicated hotel unit and 11 in their own accommodation.

“Keeping the cumulative total of 118 recovered cases of COVID-19, there are 30 active cases, of which 25 are imported cases identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport and 5 are cases of local transmission”, reveals still IASAÚDE.

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