COVID-19 in Madeira: growing concern

14 more positive cases with 6 local infections

Concern is being expressed over "sick people" arriving in Madeira - photo of queues at the airport

Yesterday saw 14 new positive reported, with Madeira now totalling 518 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Region, where local concerns are growing. These were 8 imported cases (4 from the United Kingdom, 1 from Poland, 1 from France, 1 from Italy and 1 from Malta), plus 6 cases of local transmission.

In addition, 46 people are being monitored by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE – an unusually high number, and possible cause for concern. 31 of these are related to possible local transmission of the disease.

Concerning the 6 cases of local transmission, 2 are associated with contacts with travellers from outside the Region who tested positive after returning to their point of origin, and 4 are contacts close to 1 recently identified positive case, which were already being followed up by health authorities and were already in isolation.

Locals express concern

However, comments added to the daily reports in the press are beginning to change in tone, with some replicated below expressing their concerns over the increasing number of cases:


Every day Madeira allows people to arrive arriving with covid. The chicken eats from grain to grain until it fills the crop, this is what is happening in Madeira, thanks to the president we have, may God protect us so that Madeira is not a stage of a great catastrophe, I think we are getting more and more unprotected.


I’m sorry but you can’t criticize the government a lot it has done testing everyone, the donkeys that in this face of pandemic are unresponsible and insist on traveling either foreigners or Portuguese. Those are responsible for what is happening here in Madeira. And people who have no respect for anyone who are infected and send their children to schools, which is what is happening right now! Have you seen how many schools have cases because of parents who travel and see themselves infected and send their children to school? You missed an opportunity to be silent! 😢😢😢😢

(a reply to the second comment above) When I speak I never miss the opportunity, and I have been very responsible, what is it that I blame for there being so many irresponsible buzzwords out there, The President has done it, but the results are getting worse and worse, The President is receiving people who leave their lands already sick, he had to demand 24-hour frets, he arrives and makes a test if it is positive he goes back to his land, he fills the hotels with infected people, and we pay for everything, as possible, they and that they have to pay tests and all the expenses of the hotel, I am afraid that this way it will not reach a catastrophe here in Madeira, and practically with few hospital means, we are not the saint each of mercy, everything seems beautiful, but it’s not, and here we go, remember, in 2 months tell me something.

(I) would just like to know why my friends who work at the health center haven’t taken the test yet or even the airport professionals who are on the front line also without any tests done to date …. the population site should be tested … if so we will find asymptomatic patients at our side.

Previous detailed daily COVID-19 statistics for Madeira can be found here

Update November 8:

Today Madeira has 13 new cases of covid-19, according to the daily report of the Institute of Health Administration. Eight cases are of local transmission.

Regarding the cases of local transmission confirmed today, 2 are associated with contact with travellers from outside the RAM, and 6 are close contacts of recently identified positive cases, which were already being monitored by health authorities and remained in prophylactic isolation. One of the cases is a health professional from

7 more recovered cases are reported – the region now accounts for 332 recovered cases of COVID-19.

13 thoughts on “COVID-19 in Madeira: growing concern”

  1. I can understand the locals becoming agitated – previously when it was just arrivals that were testing positive, they could be confined in hotels. Now that it is in local transmission among health-workers and in schools they feel much more threatened, and beginning to question whether the tourists should have been encouraged to return so quickly when all of the experts were predicting a second wave.

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  2. I guess the locals will come across the same problem as in the UK – maybe even worse – people will not want to stay isolated when they have an income to earn and relatives to see over the festive period.

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  3. Finland isn’t as reliant on tourism as Madeira (some would say it is irrelevant) yet in order to ”save” Finnish Lapland’s tourism industry which affects at most 5% of the Finnish population (and probably much less than even that) there was the news that the Finnish government is planning a ”safe tourism” model for tourists from higher-risk countries (which for entire countries means the entire EU and almost certainly all of Europe).

    Here’s the quote:

    ”Safe tourism’ system could be in place by Christmas

    The government is to announce next week new measures aimed at ensuring health and safety in the tourism sector. It intends to enable tourism even from countries where the coronavirus situation is poor. No details of the plan have been made public.

    ”This weekend, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health is finalising a bill aimed at the safe re-opening of Finland’s international tourism business.”

    I tweeted back that safe tourism from higher-risk areas is impossible and that they should contact Madeira, but I doubt that anyone important enough will read my tweet and thus they will follow in Madeira’s footsteps for much less possible gain, but with just as great risks.

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  4. “Growing comcern”.

    Tomorrow 8 cases:

    “Decreasing concern”

    Next day 12 cases

    “Growing concern”

    Day aftee tomorrow 5 cases

    “Decreasing concern”

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  5. It is logical to assume that the people who test positive on arrival do not know that they have the virus because they have no symptoms. That is nothing unusual, it has been established that a high percentage of people are asymptomatic. The solution seems to be – testing before travel, and upon arrival.

    There is no need for panic (here). It is just necessary to abide by the recommendations. The virus is highly infective, but in most people it produces just a flu-like state, and in many not even that. It’s important to keep a cool head and not to stir up fear and more stress than we are all already living under.

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  6. Two deaths in Madeira now. Both in their nineties. I fear there will be more, because locally transmitted COVID cases are rising. Why has not the island’s health authority investigated using ultraviolet blood irradiation to treat COVID patients? There will be no vaccine until winter is over, and in any case there is no certainty that it will be safe and effective. UBI has killed all viruses where it has been used to treat patients. UBI has been proved safe in over 60,000 applications over the years. UBI is cheap, simple and can be administered by any competent phlebotomist without needing a clean room or ICU. It’s use is a no-brainer, yet the Madeiran Government still refuses to act, nor does it explain why it is not acting.

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      • I have the only UBI machine on Madeira, plus the accessories. But I’m a biologist not a doctor, even though the RSM invited my membership. To administer the UBI intervention a doctor has to be present, and the procedure to be carried out by a qualified phlebotomist. There’s plenty of info on Youtube if you search “ultraviolet blood irradiation.”. My specialist Bioelectromagnetics lab has known about UBIsince 1992! We have hundreds of scientific papers on it covering every aspect. The latest studies report that UBI destroys SARS CoV 2 in human blood within hours if not minutes, and that immunity lasts six months. I think I may write an uptodate review paper on it.

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      • I suspect the broadcast media may not wish to report that RF/MW frequencies can have biological effects. Or maybe they just don’t want to offend their pharmaceutical advertisers, who will make millions out of vaccines. Despite the premature Pfizer announcement, there really isn’t a creditable vaccine yet, nor has there ever been one for coronaviruses. . I have the only UBI machine on Madeira, plus the accessories. But I’m a biologist not a doctor, even though the RSM invited my membership. To administer the UBI intervention a doctor has to be present, and the procedure to be carried out by a qualified phlebotomist. There’s plenty of info on Youtube if you search “ultraviolet blood irradiation.”. My specialist Bioelectromagnetics lab has known about UBIsince 1992! We have hundreds of scientific papers on it covering every aspect. The latest studies report that UBI destroys SARS CoV 2 in human blood within hours if not minutes, and that immunity lasts six months. I think I may write an uptodate review paper on it.

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      • I suspect the broadcast media may not wish to report that RF/MW frequencies can have biological effects. Or maybe they just don’t want to offend their pharmaceutical advertisers, who will make millions out of vaccines. Despite the premature Pfizer announcement, there really isn’t a creditable vaccine yet, nor has there ever been one for coronaviruses.

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  7. When we were in Madeira a couple of weeks ago, the majority of those walking around without masks were locals…….even standing chatting to policemen ! Replying to this thread generally, if you want the tourists money into your economy, you have to have tourists ! While with you we spent little of our time mixing with others, as we do at home, but we returned with a wallet empty of euros and a credit card bill, a few days later. Now we are in quarantine at home, Track and trace contacted us, seems as if there was someone on our flight back who has had a positive test……..caught disease in Madeira ??

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