… as 14 more cases are recorded
JM reports that a Venezuelan is one of four people who are hospitalized in the Multipurpose Unit dedicated to COVID-19 at the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal. This, at this moment, is the most serious case of COVID-19 in the Region, with the remaining three people remaining in that unit all stable and not requiring ventilator support.
The patient is hospitalized after having tested positive as an imported case on the 15th of this month. The man arrived from Venezuela not long ago, and performed the test on arrival in Madeira, as part of the surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport. The test was initially negative, but days later the man began to experience symptoms and was tested again on a second trip to the hospital.
The result turned out to be positive, and he was admitted to the multi-purpose unit for COVID-19, initially without ventilator support, but already in a serious condition. On Wednesday afternoon, his respiratory condition worsened and the patient ended up having to be moved to a bed in the Intensive Care Unit, remaining in a critical condition and now breathing with the aid of a ventilator
14 new positive tests for COVID-19
Yesterday saw 14 new positive cases reported, so the Region now has had 653 confirmed cases of COVID-19. These are 2 imported cases (1 from Venezuela and 1 from the Azores) and 12 cases of local transmission, mostly associated with contacts of positive cases previously identified.
The Diario reports that the Gonçalves Zarco School student who had been referred to as a suspicious case on November 17 has tested positive. According to the Regional Secretariat of Education, the respective class (23 students) and four teachers will remain in confinement until otherwise indicated by the health authorities. JM reports that a student at the Francisco Franco School (photo) has also tested positive.
The previous day saw 23 cases, reported here, where the deteiorating situation sparked some controversial debate.
Update November 20:
Today has seen 7 new positive cases reported in the last 24 hours. This is 1 case imported from the North of Portugal and 6 cases of local transmission, mostly associated with contacts of positive cases previously identified.
Update November 21:
12 new cases announced in the last 24 hours. For the first time these are all local, none from the airport screening.
Update November 22:
Sunday saw 11 new positive cases reported, so the Region now totals 683 confirmed cases of COVID-19. These are 3 imported cases (1 from the United Kingdom, 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley and 1 from the North of Portugal) and 8 cases of local transmission, all associated with positive case contacts previously identified.
Update November 23:
Today saw 8 new positive cases reported, so Madeira – all cases of local transmission associated with positive case contacts previously identified. 3 of these relate to children, aged between 7 and 9 years, who attend educational establishments in the municipality of Funchal, whose contingency plans are active.
Today there are 8 more recovered cases to report. The region is accounted for 523 cases of recovered covid-19
Update November 24:
16 new cases reported today. These are 3 imported cases (from the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Switzerland) and 13 cases of local transmission, all associated with contacts of positive cases previously identified.
Three of the cases of local transmission identified today relate to children aged between 10 and 14 who attend educational establishments in Câmara de Lobos, whose contingency plans are active.