Covid: alarming trend continues

63 new cases

COVID-19 in Madeira grphic

Yesterday saw 63 new cases of COVID-19 infection reported in Madeira in the preceding 24 hours, all of them locally transmitted. According to the figures that have been recorded here daily since the outbreak began, this is the highest number of daily cases since the end of February this year when the height of the pandemic was unwinding.

There are 39 more cases classed as recovered, so the Region currently has 379 active cases, of which 46 are imported and 333 are of local transmission.

Since the end of February, more precisely since the 24th, there have not been so many cases of covid-19 registered in the Region on the same day. At that time, when Madeira was starting to come out of the peak of the post-Christmas pandemic, 74 new cases of covid-19 had been reported.

The Diario reports that the 63 new infections, affected almost all the municipalities. The exception goes to Calheta and Porto Santo. As usual, Funchal was the municipality with the most cases, in a total of 35. It is followed by the municipality of Câmara de Lobos with 13; Ponta do Sol had three cases; Santa Cruz, São Vicente, Porto Moniz and Ribeira Brava each had two cases; Machico and Santana each added a new infection. Added to these two new cases among non-resident citizens, infections that are still considered to be locally transmitted by regional health authorities. 

Covid cases grow on the north coast

In the last week, the three municipalities in the North of Madeira have registered new cases of Covid-19. In the space of seven days, Porto Moniz adds six new positive cases, São Vicente four and Santana another three. Usually, in these three municipalities, the numbers of the pandemic are more modest, mainly because they are also the localities with less population density, although they have the aggravation of having an older population. 

At a time when the administration of the booster dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 is already underway, the health authorities have been calling on Madeirans to reinforce the protection and safety measures, even on the part of people who are already vaccinated, as the vaccine does not prevent infection and transmission, it only reduces the risk of serious illness.

Update November 13:

Between Friday and Saturday, the Autonomous Region of Madeira registered another 30 positive cases of covid contagion. These new cases are 25 linked with local transmission and five imported, one each from the North Region, Spain, Austria, Venezuela and the United Kingdom.

Hospitalisations rise, and one more death

26 people are now receiving treatment at the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal, up from 19 the day before, five of them in the Intensive Care Unit. We also have 47 people in isolation in a dedicated hotel unit, the rest remaining in their own accommodation.

Today, there is, unfortunately, one more death to report, that of a 48-year-old woman. The Region accounts, to date, for a total of 79 deaths associated with COVID19.

Update November 14:

According to the bulletin issued (late) by the Regional Health Directorate, the Autonomous Region of Madeira registered 73 positive cases in the last 24 hours. Just 6 of these were imported – 3 from Austria, 2 from the UK, and 1 from Switzerland. The remaining 67 were through local transmission.

The pandemic accounted for another death in the Region yesterday afternoon when a 75-year-old man with associated comorbidities passed away at Nélio Mendonça hospital

Update November 15:

Regional health authorities recorded 36 more positive cases of COVID-19 in Madeira in the last 24 hours, during which 38 people were considered to have recovered from the same disease. 6 cases are imported (3 from the Lisbon/Vale do Tejo region, 1 from Austria, 1 from Germany and 1 from Israel), with the remaining 30 were transmitted locally.

With these new cases, the number of active infections now stands at 405, of which 46 are imported cases and 359 are local transmission.

FN report that there are 30 cases currently hospitalized in Madeira, and the Diario report on another 12 positive cases identified in schools.

Update November 16:

Today sees 50 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira. These are 7 imported cases (3 from the Czech Republic, 1 from France, 1 from Austria, 1 from the North Region and 1 from the Netherlands) and 43 of local transmission. There are another 45 recovered.

The graphic below is from the Diario and show the total number of active cases recorded since the start of the year:

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COVID-19 in Madeira: previous 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

13 thoughts on “Covid: alarming trend continues”

    • I suspect that many who are vaccinated are under the impression that they have immunity and drop all precautions. As for mainland Europe, the vaccination take-up has petered out and so infection rates are rising again. Lockdown are being brought back in Holland and Austria.

      • Not really in the Netherlands, Maurice. They only decreed that bars, cafes and restaurants close at 20.00 hrs, non-essential shops at 18.00 hrs and essential shops have to close at 20.00 hrs. Theatres remain open. Hardly a lockdown.

        • I don’t understand how in the Netherlands theatres remain open when there are all those time restrictions on bars, cafes, restaurants and shops.

          Here (in Finland) theatres (and cinemas) were being run with empty seats in all directions around seats that could be used (20% occupation?) and they were only fully opened when the opening times of bars were increased to something like 1am with compulsory checks on being double vaccinated at 10 (11?) pm. (In what turned out to be the same madness as UK “freedom” days)

          Theatres, where you sit next to the same person for at least an hour at a time, must be danger points. Recently Carminho + mini band was performing a 20 mins walk from where I live. I didn’t go because of the risks involved in a 90 mins (no break) performance in an almost full theatre. Quite a few people with less contact to Portuguese (and Portuguese music) than me obviously ignored those risks for less gain.

    • That is the elephant in the room!!!

      Because the Vaxx, is NOT a real vaccine/inoculation in the true medical definition.

      It is a therapeutic treatment, the same as the annual Flu jab.

  1. … Why the contant talk about taking Precautions? ,, it’s not as much of a Health threat now as it was last year thanks to the Vaccine ,, it’s become just another Flu ,, although this one has a Massive “Brand Name” COVID !!! …

    • because, Russell, there are too many who are not and won’t be vaccinated. As long as there are too many people who choose to not vaccinate and therefore do get seriously ill after infection, the health services won’t be able to cope. In the Netherlands, non-covid treatments are being postponed yet again, and this causes indirect victims to covid. It won’t be much different in other countries. Only with EVERYONE vaccinated these precautions would probably be no longer necessary.

  2. It has gathered its own energy Russel and its out in media, flu just gets a mention as winter approaches and after, does the average person know how many die annually of it!!! But roll back to 1920 and I bet that wasn’t the case and we had a lot smaller media.
    By far the most important issue is, is it killing people,hospitalising them or just making them ill.
    Pandora is out of box and she won’t be climbing back in, we all need to accept that and live with it as best we can.

    • Absolutely agree 100%.

      Because of SM, the risks/threats have been amplified, but in all the previous years of real Influenza pandemics, the marketing campaigns of the Pharmaceutical companies wasn’t as powerful.

      It’s endemic, we need to learn to live with it, as we have with the Flu over the last 20 000 years.

      As they always used to say, there has never been a cure for the common cold.

    • The biggest problem is the marketing of this whole pandemic.

      It is not a vaccine!!! It is a therapeutic treatment thr same as the Flu jab.

      A real vaccine/inoculation confers immunity to the person for their lifetime.

      When they Pharmaceutical companies admit that this is endemic and people will need to keep taking boosters for perpetuity, we can carry on with “normal life”


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