Vaccine passports and masks return
In justifying the introduction of some firm new restrictions, Regional President Miguel Albuquerque, announced today that between 58% and 60% of those admitted to intensive care units are not vaccinated. The information was disclosed at a press conference, at which the government official announced the new measures to contain the pandemic in the Region.
The President reinforced the appeal for those who are not yet vaccinated to do so, recalling that deaths by COVID-19 in the archipelago have occurred in people who refused inoculation or in people with associated pathologies. He emphasised that Madeira has available 84 thousand vaccines ready to be administered.
Among the new restrictions, customers of supermarkets and large supermarkets in the Region must, from 00:00 hours on Saturday, November 20, be vaccinated or tested weekly with a rapid antigen test to enter these spaces.
Those entering restaurants must, as recommended by the Regional Government, from 00:00 on the next Saturday, November 20, present the digital certificate of vaccination or antigen test (weekly).
Masks return as part of restrictions
Miguel Albuquerque, president of the Regional Government, this afternoon declared a contingency situation in the archipelago, having announced that, from midnight on Saturday, November 20th, as part of the new restictions, the use of masks in open spaces is mandatory, as well as all individual and collective health protection measures, such as hand disinfection and a distance of 1.5 metres.
Testing will also be carried out on a weekly basis for all citizens in Madeira. Previously, the recommendation was to carry out an antigen test every 15 days, which is then replaced by testing every 7 days.
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