COVID-19: Another record high

… and Madeira moves to “extremely high risk” level

JM reporting another record high

Both local papers lead with the headline that the Region reached a new record high yesterday when 325 cases in the previous 24 hours were announced by the Regional Secretariat for Health and Civil Protection. More details as usual on the link below which is updated daily.

Also at a new record high is the number of people testing positive for Coronavirus and subsequently confined to a dedicated hotel unit in Funchal there are now 102 accommodated at the Pestana Casino Studios. I had always assumed that these were mostly tourists who had failed the test upon arrival, but of course their numbers will have been swollen by students and emigrants returning from the mainland for the holidays.

The Diario also highlights that Madeira as a whole has now moved to the “extremely high risk” category as defined by the EU disease control body. Previously only certain municipalities (Machico, Funchal and Porto Santo) were classified at this level.

JM reports that hundreds of Madeirans with high levels of dependency once again benefited from home consultations this year. Data collected between January and November show a slight increase compared to the same period in 2020. Hospital administration authority SESARAM expects to move forward with a home hospitalization project in early 2022

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

New restrictions: a detailed updated explanation of the latest regulations can be found here

5 thoughts on “COVID-19: Another record high”

  1. This new strain is spreading faster but seemingly is weaker. As more people get infected there are consequently, fewer people left to infect – in other words we should soon see a peak of infections then a fairly rapid drop-off in infections. With a bit of luck, by some point in March the pandemic could be virtually over.

    Watch this space 🤞

    • Let’s hope you are right. Issue will be to what degree does omicron exposure and or vaccination protect us from future variants and how long will that resistance last. It appears that neither infection from previous variants or vaccination created significant long term resistance to the new omicron variant. This could happen again with future variants.
      The really good news of course has been that the omicron variant produces less severe disease. Hopefully this trend will continue with future variants.

  2. Time to exercise calm and keep looking at hospitalisations and deaths rather than headline infections. Across the Omicron infected nations, the pattern seems to be very high infections combined with low and stable hospitalisations and deaths. It will run out of steam soon.

    • On the BBC News this morning they were discussing the rapid spread of Omicron and its effects. A man from the NHS made a salient point – up until recently people were arriving at hospital because of covid but now, people were arriving with covid.

      He then explained the difference. People were previously arriving at hospital with breathing difficulties and needing to go on oxygen but now people were arriving at hospital for more normal reasons(results of accidents, hip replacements etc) and being tested and found positive but with either no or few symptoms of covid. In other words the likelihood of hospitals being overwhelmed with covid cases was greatly reduced. Nevertheless, the NHS would still struggle for a while due to the numbers of staff isolating with covid.

      So, things are looking up for the not too distant future.

  3. A related, much milder virus easily handled by the immune system… an interesting way of exiting the plandemic without raising too many suspicions

    May you live in interesting times


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