COVID-19: Worrying rise in new cases

39 new cases in 24 hours

graph of the number of new cases

Continuing a worrying trend, 39 cases were detected in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in the previous 24 hours, according to the daily bulletin issued yesterday by the the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE.

According to my reckoning, this makes a daily trend over the last week of 12; 10; 11; 18; 26; 29; 39, which is definitely going in the wrong direction.

There are a number of possible reasons for this rise in the number of new cases, with the most obvious being the moving of the curfew to 11:00 pm. Another is the arrival of a growing number of tourists, although these should be screened at the airport and quarantined if found positive (13 “imported cases have been identified over the same period, nearly all from mainland Portugal). It is not difficult to envisage that some of these do not wait for their results before heading down the cafe.

The authorities were very concerned earlier this week when Sporting Lisbon fans celebrated until well beyond even the later curfew, largely ignoring the use of mask and social distancing All those who were present on the Avenida do Mar without the necessary precautions to avoid contagion by covid-19 were called upon by the regional secretary for Health and Civil Protection, Pedro Ramos, to carry out a free rapid antigen test: “take the quick test in pharmacies and adhering places so that we can start to see if there was any negative repercussion here in the Region because of these celebrations”, appealed the government official.

.The final possibility for the increase in new cases is that there is simply more testing being conducted, with the regional government making free antigen tests available to residents across the island. Quite simply, the more you test the more you will find.

No deaths for 50 days

Of the 39 new cases reported yesterday, 38 were of local transmission and only one was detected in the airport’s tracking unit, from the Lisbon/Tagus Valley Region.

The Region now has an accumulated 9,246 cases, of which 250 are active. In recoveries, the last 24 hours revealed 21 more, rising to a cumulative 8,925. The number of deaths has remained, since March 27, at 71.

The graphic below is from the Diario and shows the total number of active cases of COVID-19 each day over the last three weeks:

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A new tab has been added to the top of each page with a link to resources dealing with COVID-19 in Madeira – this covers the latest government regulations on travel to the island, how to get a PCR test, and many other links that will be useful to people wanting to travel to and from Madeira

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

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found on an earlier post.

5 thoughts on “COVID-19: Worrying rise in new cases”

  1. It is good to see a well-thought-out post rather than just a translation of a Portuguese article. Are there figures available for how many free tests have been conducted?

    • That could be hard to calculate as you can get tested a a number of pharmacies around the island(a list of these will be added to the Covid in Madeira page soon) also you can pick up test kits for a few euros in some supermarkets etc.

  2. Also worrying that last weekend there were 17 people at hospital and today there are 5. Hospitalizations should go up too so that worried people can worry even more. Like a stereo of worriness.


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