… 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 situation of calamity throughout the territory of the Autonomous Region of Madeira, with the aim of promoting the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic, and preventing the contagion and the spread of the disease, ”said the executive in a statement.
According to data released yesterday by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE, the archipelago registers the cumulative total of 158 confirmed cases remains in the Region, 40 of which are still active (updates to the COVID-19 situation are being added to last Friday’s post)
The Regional Government, of the PSD / CDS-PP coalition, in view of the on-going developments, decided to authorize the extension of the calamity situation in Madeira, which ended on 31 August.
The executive led by the social democrat Miguel Albuquerque, whose official residence is in the photograph) underlined that, in general terms, the rules of the resolution in force for this month of August are maintained, which also defined the rules of the calamity situation, namely the presentation or carrying out tests in the ports and archipelago airports and the mandatory use of a mask in all public spaces, open or closed.
Today it was also announced that most of mainland Portugal will remain on alert and the Lisbon Metropolitan Area will be in a state of contingency for the next fortnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the entire country going into a state of contingency on 15 September. The decision was communicated by the Minister of the Presidency, Mariana Vieira da Silva.
In the Azores, the public calamity situation on the islands of Santa Maria, São Miguel, Terceira, Pico and Faial (which have air connections to the outside of the archipelago) was extended until September 1, as well as the alert situation in the Graciosa, São Jorge, Flores and Corvo islands.
Levels of State intervention
Calamity is the highest of three levels of intervention foreseen in the Basic Law for Civil Protection, above contingency and warning.
The calamity situation can be declared when, in view of the occurrence to which it is associated and its foreseeable intensity, the need to adopt exceptional measures to prevent, react or restore normal living conditions in the areas affected by their effects.
In the state of calamity, unlike the state of emergency (which is an initiative of the President of the Republic, approved by parliament’s resolution), the right to strike and demonstrate is not prohibited.
In a state of emergency, the Armed Forces are on standby and in a calamity situation, civil protection forces are responsible for operations.
In Portugal, 1.809 people of the 56.673 confirmed as infected died, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
Travel corridor could be closed
Meanwhile travel expert Paul Charles is quoted in the Portugal News under the headline Portugal “air bridge over before it even really began?”:
Travel expert Paul Charles has stated that Portugal could be put back on the UK travel quarantine list due to new coronavirus figures for the country.
Paul Charles tweeted: “Friday update: #Portugal is now in the amber zone as cases rise again. #Italy still green but has gone from 7 to 13 in a week. A clear surge continuing in #Spain and #France.”
Data released by The PC Agency shows that Portugal has moved into the amber zone with 16.4 cases per 100,000 over the past 7 days and 26.3 cases per 100,000 over the past 14 days.
While Covid-19 cases have been rising in Portugal in recent days, the situation appears to be more positive than that in Spain which has registered 110 cases per 100,000 over the past 7 days.
Updates are being added to Fridays post for the time being