COVID-19: cases slowly edge upwards

Numbers remain low, but trend upwards

COVID-19 graphic

Madeira registered today 23 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours as the number of cases continues to edge slowly upwards. The region now accounts for 9827 confirmed cases of Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic

These are six imported cases (2 from Denmark, 2 from the Czech Republic, 1 from the North Region, and 1 from the Lisbon/Tagus Valley region) and 17 cases of local transmission.

According to the daily bulletin of the Institute of Health Administration IASAÚDE, there are another five cases classified as recovered.

Update July 15:

Today sees 13 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in the Region. These are 3 imported cases (2 from the North Region and 1 from the Lisbon/Vale do Tejo Region) and 10 cases of local transmission. There are also14 recovered cases recorded. Currently, there are 137 active cases, of which 49 are imported and 88 are of local transmission.

Update July 16:

Madeira registers today 41 new cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2. There are 16 imported cases (5 from the United Kingdom, 5 from the North Region, 3 from France, 2 from the Lisbon/Vale do Tejo Region, and 1 from Greece) and 25 cases of local transmission. According to the daily bulletin of the Regional Health Directorate, there are now eight more cases recovered.

Update July 17:

Madeira has today 26 new cases of infection by SARS-CoV-2. The region now counts 9907 confirmed cases of covid-19. There are 13 imported cases (9 from the United Kingdom, 2 from the North Region, 1 from the Lisbon/Vale do Tejo Region, and 1 from Spain) and 13 cases of local transmission. There are 16 more recovered cases.

Update July 18:

Madeira has 15 new Coronavirus cases, according to the daily report of the Regional Directorate of Health. These are 8 imported cases (5 from the United Kingdom, 2 from the Lisbon/Vale do Tejo region, and 1 from Finland) and 7 cases of local transmission.

Update July 19:

Today sees another 28 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in the Region announced. These are 11 imported cases (4 from the North Region, 3 from the United Kingdom, 1 from Spain, 1 from South Africa, 1 from Venezuela, and 1 from the Czech Republic) and 17 cases of local transmission. There are now another 15 recovered cases to report.

There are currently 193 active cases in total, 79 being imported cases and 114 of local transmission. Regarding the isolation of active cases, 10 people are hospitalized at Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital (9 in Polyvalent Units and 1 in the Intensive Care Unit dedicated to COVID-19), and 58 people are in isolation in a dedicated hotel unit, with the rest remaining in their own accommodation.

Update July 20:

The latest epidemiological bulletin from the Regional Secretariat for Health and Civil Protection reports 21 new cases of COVID-19 recorded in the Autonomous Region of Madeira in the last 24 hours. There are 14 cases of local transmission and seven imported, ()five from the North region, one from the United Kingdom, and one from Venezuela). There are 13 more recovered cases to report,

The graphic below is from the Diario and shows the total number of active cases of COVID-19 each day since the start of the year. The progress of the vaccination program is also now tracked:

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 in an earlier post

Vaccinations in Madeira: updates can be found in an earlier pos

13 thoughts on “COVID-19: cases slowly edge upwards”

  1. … As long as people aren’t Dying or getting Seriously I’ll and needing to be Hospitalized I don’t think it’s a Major Health problem ,, things have moved on from last years Dangers in having numbers Rising, thanks to the Vaccine, advanced understanding of the Virus and Testing etc …

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    • Even double jabbed people can get Covid and get it quite badly.

      There is also Long Covid, aka ME, to consider, This is affecting thousands of people and affecting their quality of life long term. You don’t need to have Covid badly to end up with Long Covid.

      Don’t dismiss Covid so quickly.

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  2. One thing that I haven’t read about (and which isn’t included in the page on Covid in Madeira) is anything to do with mask wearing; adherence to distancing ”rules”.

    There seems to be a total concentration on rules applying if you want to fly to Madeira and little on what you can do safely when there.

    I’d be grateful for feedback from people living in Madeira about what normal life looks like at the moment.

    (I don’t want to spend 4 weeks in Madeira later this year and be afraid to leave our (hotel) appartment the whole time – If that is what lies ahead, I can still cancel)

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    • The guidelines have not eased, unlike the UK. Masks to be worn inside and outside in crowded areas, social distancing etc. But, worry not as you will be fine if you use common sense. We spent a month on the island over Christmas and New year and felt safer than in the UK. Enjoy and Don’t be put off by do on & gloom merchants.

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      • Are the guidelines being followed today though (and policed?) ? I remember you (Maurice) noting that Funchal webcams showed a lot of people (who looked like tourists, if I remember correctly) walking around with no masks.

        (My other problem is that Finland – apart from just now because of a few hundred crossing into Russia for one Euros match and seemingly like football supporters everywhere not bothering with masks much – has for most of the past year and a half had much lower figures than the UK. So I’m comparing it with here and looking at figures in Madeira that recently have started rising again. On the other hand we’ve already missed one 4 weeks in Madeira and are loth to miss another)

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        • Mike,
          We’ve been here for nearly 4 weeks now and this is our second “Covid-cation” the last time being October last year and, like Maurice, we have never felt so safe on both occasions.

          Each time we return I ask our local friends what the mask wearing protocols are so my reply is based on what they say and what we have found to be the case.

          Mask wearing on the streets is mandatory but you are unlikely to be fined for not wearing one. However wearing a mask and social distancing is being adhered to in a sensible manner – tables in restaurants and café bars are spaced apart and you will be expected to wear your mask if entering an establishment to be seated or even “nip to the loo” but once at a table you can remove your mask.
          Shops, Banks, etc are the same and should you inadvertently forget to put your mask on an assistant will most probably remind you politely and maybe offer you the hand sanitiser gel as well !!.

          I say ” forget” as there is also a common sense approach taken by many in so much as if you are walking on a quiet street ( and it has been very quiet until this last week as well as hot !) and can maintain social distancing then you won’t get arrested and fined for removing your mask but in the busier parts of Funchal you will find most will be wearing masks. It is really a case of ” when in Rome etc.” and showing respect for everyone’s sake.

          As Luis says below Madeira is letting people live and it’s good to be here and enjoying life in these difficult times.

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    • Soon leaving after two weeks, people are wearing masks, especially in shops and buses, also when moving around hotels and restaurants. Looking at the UK figures, if you have been double vaccinated, I think you will be a lot safer here.

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  3. One in five can end up with blood clots by having Covid.
    This is not only vaccine related.
    The families and friends of people who are still suffering and passed are realistic and not deluded into thinking it won’t catch me.
    “Being in the wrong place at the wrong time” never a stronger phrase has been uttered.
    There is no safe place ,the pandemic is still alive and kicking.
    We are all entitled to our views whaever they maybe.

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  4. Things are a mess in Algarve, Canaries, Balearic, Cyprus, Greece, Spain and becoming a mess in Italy and even Malta. These are the main tourist destinations in Europe. So, are things a mess just in there?

    No, they are a mess in mainland Portugal, in Spain, in UK, in France, in Netherlands and becoming a mess in Germany.

    This is reality. The virus spreads when people move, it doesnt matter if they are tourists or not. The new variant will cross of all of European continent no matter what you do. Keep deaths low. Keep hospitalizations low. Let people live. This is what Madeira is doing right now.

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  5. Mike, come on in, the waters lovely but if you have to keep looking over your shoulder for sharks you won’t enjoy any holiday, anywhere. Soon leaving after two weeks, people are wearing masks, especially in shops and buses, also when moving around hotels and restaurants. Looking at the UK figures, if you have been double vaccinated, I think you will be a lot safer here.

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