COVID-19: 6 new cases

Surprise upswing an cases screened at airport

Airport, where new cases are being screened

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.

9 thoughts on “COVID-19: 6 new cases”

  1. Maurice has a good question.

    I was struck more by the title of a “surprise” upswing. If you let more people in, and from countries with high rates, surely it shouldn’t be a surprise if cases increase.

    • Just checked Mike – the most recent figures for the last 6 days are 0, 0, 1, 2, 1, 6 – there is an upward trend but I’m not that sure that the number of people arriving has increased that significantly? More likely a reflection on the contagion rates rising at countries of origin?

    • These imported cases, and others already on the island, could be all eradicated by one simple proven FDA approved intervention, namely Ultraviolet blood irradiation (UBI ), making Madeira the world’s number one holiday destination, sort after by concerned travellers. It would also ensure that Madeira’s tourist revenue fully and quickly recovers.
      UBI involves extracting about one percent of the patients blood and reinfusing it in a heparised saline solution, a procedure little different from normal blood donation. It takes 20 minutes and can be performed by any phlebotomist without need for a clean room or ICU. It kills all known coronaviruses and their mutations, as demonstrated in many peer review published clinical studies. Why isn’t it already in general use? Governments are fixated on finding a vaccine. No effective vaccine for coronaviruses has ever been found, but big Pharma stands to make billions from them and lobby politicians into a false optimism. I bought a UBI machine from the US where there are already over 500 UBI doctors. Read more about this from their reports on YouTube, of which there are now over a hundred videos. Best of luck with your vaccine fellows! If I get reinfected I will using my UBI machine.

  2. 4 cases from the UK and there were 3 flights from UK yesterday: BA (LHR), EasyJet (LGW) and Jet2 (Leeds).

    This is not surprising at all and the trend is going up. The pandemic is getting worse all across Europe, mainland Portugal included. So Madeira Airport Testing system will “capture” more and more of those cases.


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