COVID-19: a record 54 cases

… and another death on the island

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Yesterday’s daily bulletin from the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE announced that there had been a record are 54 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the Region in the previous 24 hours. 

The new cases were 4 imported cases (2 from the United Kingdom, 1 from Switzerland and 1 from the North of Portugal) and 50 cases of local transmission, most of which are already associated with contacts or contexts of previously identified positive cases. Epidemiological investigations are still ongoing.

Now 391 active cases of COVID-19

There are now 391 active cases in the Region, of which 110 are imported cases and 281 are cases of local transmission.

Regarding the isolation of active cases, 63 people are isolated in a dedicated hotel unit at Praia Formosa, 306 in their own accommodation and 22 people are currently hospitalized, 21 in the Multipurpose Unit and 1 in the Intensive Care Unit dedicated to COVID-19 at the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal.

New case on Porto Santo

Later today (Christmas Eve), the automated news/Google translate website picked up on a story that Porto Santo has registered yet another case of COVID-19, in this case with the patient having tested positive on the 12th day. However, the patient was already in isolation, therefore, presenting no risk to the local population.

“Porto Santo registered yet another positive case, but it does not constitute any risk, because it belongs to the last transmission network and was already isolated at home. So, we have three cases, two of which should recover in the next three days”, according to the Porto Santo health delegate, Rogério Correio, in statements made to radio 88.8 JM FM.

Following this new case, three more people who correspond to the patient’s family nucleus will be in isolation. As he was identified on the 12th day, Rogério Correio sent the alert: “For those at risk, we ask you to stay the 14 days in compulsory isolation, because normally the virus is positive during the first week. However, there are cases that come later ”.

In Party time, the Health delegate also advises the people of Porto to celebrate this Christmas only with their family and not to leave the island, except in urgent cases.

Update December 24:

The Institute of Health and Social Affairs Administration (IASAÚDE) today registered 38 new cases of COVID-19, 26 of which are locally transmitted and 12 imported (eight from the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Angola, and Lisbon/Tagus Valley.). The Region has seen 1381 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic. There are still ten more recovered cases to report, taking the total to 951.

Update December 25:

The Region on Christmas Day there are 48 new positive cases to report, so Region has now had 1429 confirmed cases of COVID-19. These are 12 imported cases (5 from the Northern Region of Portugal, 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 3 from the United Kingdom and 3 from Spain) and 36 cases of local transmission.

Update December 26:

The Secretary of Health has just announced in a statement this morning that a 91-year-old patient died today at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça. The lady had been admitted to the COVID-19 Special Unit on December 21. To date, the Region accounts for a total of 12 deaths associated with covid-19.

Later the authorities announced that today there are 35 new positive cases reported, so the Region now counts 1464 confirmed cases of COVID-19. These are 12 imported cases (3 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 3 from the United Kingdom, 3 from France, 2 from Germany, and 1 from Switzerland) and 23 cases of local transmission.

Update December 27:

Today registered 49 new positive cases of COVID-19, taking the Region to 1513 confirmed cases. 14 of these are imported (7 from the United Kingdom, 4 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region, 2 from the Czech Republic, and 1 from Northern Portugal) and 35 cases of local transmission

Regarding the positive cases reported today, there are 15 cases (13 residents and 2 employees) identified as part of the ongoing contact screening at the Casa São João de Deus health unit in Funchal, which provides long-term care in the private sector, where a case had been identified yesterday. positive of COVID-19.

Update December 28:

47 new positive cases reported in the previous 24 hours in the Region. These are 12 imported cases (6 from the United Kingdom, 2 from Luxembourg, 1 from Poland, 1 from the Czech Republic, 1 from France and 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region) and 35 cases of local transmission, in their majority already associated with contacts or contexts of positive cases previously identified.

Update December 29:

A record 60 cases were reported today. The previous “high” was 54 positive cases in the Region over a 24-hour period, but yesterday saw 60 new positive cases reported by the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE. These were 11 imported cases (3 from the United Kingdom, 1 from France, 1 from Spain, and 6 from the Lisbon/Tagus Valley region) and 49 cases of local transmission, and as the authorities always say “most of which are already associated with contacts or case contexts previously identified positive results”.

There are currently 563 active cases, of which 163 are imported cases and 400 are cases of local transmission.

Update December 30:

The record number of cases reported here yesterday for the previous 24 hours was quickly overtaken by the latest figures – 67 new positive cases – leading to speculation about a new lockdown in Madeira. The latest figures, according to the front page of JM, have resulted in the possibility of a new period of confinement. If the pandemic situation worsens in Madeira, the Regional Health Directorate admits that in January citizens will be subject to new restrictive measures. However, the health authority ensures that there is still no community transmission.

Today saw the 13th fatal victim and 67 more cases of infection were confirmed, and the upper area of ​​Ribeira Brava is described as “being in turmoil”. There is, apparently, outrage at the failure to comply with rules that generated a chain of transmission that accounts for several dozen infections. 60 of the 67 cases were attributed to local transmission – a lot of these in Ribeira Brava. Easy to see why there is increased speculation about a new lockdown, or at the very least, stricter rules on confinement.

COVID-19 in Madeira: previous daily updates can be found on an earlier post.

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