Alarming trends developing
Different stories dominate all the local media outlets as the number of positive cases of COVID-19 accelerates, and some alarming trends develop, particularly concerning children.
Yesterday saw 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 in Madeira – a new record. According to the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE these were 13 imported cases and 10 instances of local transmission, associated with positive case contacts previously identified.
6 children in local COVID-19 transmission
Six of the 10 cases of local transmission identified today in Madeira concern children aged up to 2 years. They attended two nursery schools, one in Funchal and one in Câmara de Lobos.
JM also reports that 7 students from a preschool in Ponta do Pargo are in isolation. According to the Regional Education Secretariat, this measure results from the contact of the respective educator with a positive case.
In another case, one of the collaborators of the Professional School of Hotel and Tourism of Madeira tested positive for COVID-19 this Tuesday. “Today, on November 17th, we were informed of the positive result of COVID-19 by one of our collaborators. This is a case that originated outside the school community. The collaborator, as a precautionary measure, did not present herself to their work duties since Monday.
Another of the confirmed cases today concerns a professional from the Regional Health Service. The epidemiological investigation is ongoing, but it has already required the isolation of four more professionals in two services.