Surprise upswing an cases screened at airport
JM reports online this afternoon that Madeira now has six new cases of COVID-19, with an abrupt upturn in positive tests being identified at the airport.
The newspaper details that there have been 6 imported positive identifications in the screening operation at Madeira airport, 4 from the United Kingdom, 1 from Germany, and 1 from the Czech Republic.
These new additions mean that as of today there are 49 active cases, of which 37 are imported and identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport and 12 are instances
of local transmission.
In addition to the six new cases of COVID-19 announced today by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE, two others are being studied.
The epidemiological situation report, which is released daily, reports a recovered person. The region now accounts for a cumulative total of 187 confirmed positive tests for COVID-19.
COVID-19: national situation – number of cases increasing
There appears to be little chance of Portugal (or any other country for that matter!) reappearing on the UK’s “approved list” for quarantine upon return, as the whole of Europe seems to be experiencing the start of a second wave.
Today Portugal nationally announced seven more deaths related to COVID-19 and 673 new positive tests for infection, according to the epidemiological bulletin of the Directorate-General for Health (DGS).
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Portugal has recorded 1,867 deaths and 63,983 identified infections.
Update September 14
Today there is 1 new positive case reported by the health authorities, so the Region now accounts for a cumulative total of 188 confirmed cases of COVID-19. This is an imported case identified in the screening operation at Madeira airport and confirmed yesterday at the end of the day, from France.
The region has 138 recovered cases of COVID-19, so there are currently 50 active cases, of which 38 are imported cases identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport and 12 are cases of local transmission.
Update September 15
Two more “imported” case screened at the airport, taking the total active cases to 52. Three more suspected cases are under investigation
Update September 16
Three more cases are identified at the airport. Two from the UK and one from Lisbon. Two cases have receovered.
Update September 17
Another three cases allocated to Madeira have been announced by the central authorities in Lisbon, no details yet.
Later the health authorities confirmed that just two cases had been identified in the region, both travellers from the UK. However, a further four cases were being monitored.