Madeira now considered ‘low risk’

… on EU travel map

ECDC logo - the organisation now regards Madeira as low risk

Press agency Lusa report that Madeira has moved into the green, low risk category for COVID-19 on the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) map, which supports travel decisions in the European Union (EU), with mainland Portugal and the Azores in orange.

This low risk classiification is despite the unfortunate 76th death recorded today, Friday – an 80-year-old with complications who died at the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal.

The green low risk category is the best of the epidemiological situation on the ECDC map, which combines the reporting rates of COVID-19 cases over the past 14 days, the number of tests performed, and the total number of positives updated weekly on Thursday.

Madeira moved to low risk on Thursday

In this Thursday’s update, the archipelago of Madeira registered an improvement by being considered as low risk, which refers to territories with fewer than 50 new cases and a positivity rate of less than 4%, or less than 75 cases, but with a positivity rate of less than 1%.

Mainland Portugal and the Azores are considered to be at moderate risk (orange), referring to places where the notification rate of new infections is between 50 and 75 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, and the positivity rate of the tests is 1% or between 75 and 200 new infections per 100,000 inhabitants and the positivity rate of the tests is 4% or more.

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Last February, due to the high number of infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, Portugal was even in the dark red category of the ECDC maps, used for areas where the virus was at very high levels.

In mid-June, the Council of the EU adopted a recommendation for a coordinated approach to travel, proposing that vaccinated and recovered people with Covid-19 should not be subjected to restrictive measures such as quarantine or testing. These maps from the European agency, are advisory only, and follow a system of traffic lights on the spread of COVID-19 in the EU, starting from green (favourable situation) through orange, red and dark red (very dangerous situation). They serve as an aid to member states on what restrictions to apply to travel within the EU.

In Portugal, since March 2020, 18,065 people have died, and there have been 1,077,186 cases of infection, according to data from the country’s national health authority, the DGS.

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

Travel latest: requirements for entering and leaving Madeira: is kept up-to-date on a previous post

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