“Night without rules”

Youngsters party into the night on Avenida do Mar

"Night without rules" headline in JM

The headline of today’s edition of JM reports that the restrictive measures still in place in the Region have been ‘forgotten’ in the Madeiran night, as witnessed by their journalists this weekend. 

Neither the intervention of the police nor the efforts of some night-time establishments were enough to impose order, because some people, mostly young people according to the newspaper, opted to bring from home the products they intend to consume, transforming, for example, Avenida do Mar, together to Almirante Reis, in a kind of camp with a lot of alcohol in the mix.

Unlike England (rightly or wrongly), there is no “freedom day” in Madeira – indeed, just two days ago the President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, told journalists that the current restrictive measures will remain in place, and if the numbers of positive cases continue to increase, he will not hesitate to introduce new restrictive measures.

There were 15 new positive cases reported in Madeira yesterday – details on the link below as usual.

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: daily updates can be found in an earlier post

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

12 thoughts on ““Night without rules””

  1. We can’t live our lives forever under restrictions and there has to come a time when they are lifted. The younger generation are the most effected and you can understand their need to escape and there has to be some timescale for freedom to give them hope. Freedom day has arrived here in the UK and everyone knows the risks, but if not now, when?

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    • I would have said that the older generation has been significantly affected, too. Going forward, it will be the younger generation whose health will be most affected, due to Long Covid, if the virus continues to run rampant. Then there are those of all ages whose operations and treatments have been delayed because of the numbers of Covid patients in hospitals. Opening up now is not going to benefit anyone in the long run.

      No, sadly many don’t know the risks, or at least many don’t believe them.

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      • The idea that the ‘general’ pubic are all ‘thickies’ and do not understand the risks is the line taken by much of the Media. They try to find ‘confused’ individuals for street interviews and are selective as to whom they broadcast. The public are much more aware than they are given credit and are guided by their own experiences. The ONS has announced today that deaths in England and Wales are currently 5.2% below the 5 year average and that Covid only accounts for 1.2% of deaths. Hospital admissions are also well down and deaths and hospital admissions are almost all from those who have not had 2 jabs. We are reaching saturation point as far as inoculations are concerned as those left are those who have refused the jab and you will never get 100% of the population as everyone has a choice and we do not live in a totalitarian State.

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        • More people are dying from cancer etc due to the massive backlog in people not getting any diagnoses. Almost impossible to see a GP which is the first step to finding out what is wrong with you.

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      • Long-Covid is a serious problem and the long-term effects have not yet been fully realised. People are having to wait ages getting a hospital appointment to see what course of treatment they should have. Big strides are being made in this area one of which seems to be to have a dose of Pfizer every month. This seems to be effective. The next stage is treatment to help various organs recover from the damage. Steroid treatment and other existing drugs seem to be working well too. The main bugbear seems to be the time needed to get an appointment for proper diagnosis and a course of treatment.

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        • There are at two main types of Long Covid. One is suffered by those who have had severe disease, often ending up in intensive care, but at least hospital, where there has been significant damage to organs. These people continue to develop complications, some of which are treatable, others are a complete mystery and medical professionals wash their hands such patients.

          The other developed by those who have mad mild to moderate disease and is basically CFS/ME, for which there is no cure and no treatment. Money is now being given for research for LC, which is a good start as there has been precious little money or research for CFS/ME to date, so hopefully this will benefit CFS/ME sufferers, too, but it is likely to be a long haul. Of course, if they psychiatrists start taking over, as they did with CFS/ME, there will be even less hope for such patients.

          So it is not as simple as not getting an appointment quickly. For the majority there are no answers. I know people suffering from both and it is very demoralising, as well as debilitating.

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  2. Been Supermarket shopping. Shop fairly busy but only one person not wearing a mask. He was elderly.
    Maybe most of us will be cautious but for how long?

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    • Just been to get petrol from Morrisons. Masks to non-masks were about 70-30. Of course it’s not just about masks. With the sun out and restrictions off it’s all too easy to forget other precautions, such as distancing and sanitising. A dangerous time.

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  3. Agree Caroline about the Long Covid.
    A former pupil was 8 months into his Secondary education when he contacted Covid.
    He was a fit active child with no health problems.
    I heard in May that he was still unwell,14 months after he contacted the
    Virus.
    Everyone has to be cautious but I too know people who believe they
    are invincible.

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    • That young man has my sympathies. It is harder for children and young people, both to suddenly not be able to do what you used to be able to do and your peers still can, but also just to be believed. Children with CFS/ME have struggled to be believed, as they are often written off as just lazy.

      If he and/or his parents are in doubt as to the best way forward, they can contact the ME Association, who is giving advice and guidance to LC sufferers as well as those with ME. Whatever he does, do not fall for the Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or Graded Exercise Therapy rubbish. They do more harm than good!

      He must be kind to himself. I wish him all the best for the future.

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