Covid: more than 2,000 daily cases

Positive cases move to new high

Covid case arriving at hospital

Madeira yesterday announced another record number of new positive cases of COVID-19 recorded in the previous 24 hours, with a total of 2,166 infected. 51 of these are imported with the balance of 2115 being attributed to local transmission. The epidemiological bulletin reports 1,544 recovered, so the total number of active cases is 10,907. Among the active cases, 291 are imported cases and 10,616 are locally transmitted.

There is one death to report., with an 82-year-old man being the 143rd death associated with covid-19 in Madeira. The patient was vaccinated but had associated comorbidities.

There are 88 people hospitalised at the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal (photo), 5 of them in the intensive care unit. There are also 49 people who are in isolation in a hotel unit and the rest are in their own accommodation.

Update January 14:

Cases remain over 2,000: Today, there are 2,006 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in RAM. These are 25 imported cases and 1,981 cases of local transmission. There are still 647 more recovered, with the Region with 12,266 active cases, of which 321 are imported cases and 11,945 are of local transmission.

Update January 15:

Madeira has, for the third consecutive day, more than two thousand new cases identified in just 24 hours. This Saturday (Jan 15), the daily epidemiological bulletin of the Regional Health Directorate reports 2,034 new infections with the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

1105 people are classed as recovered, leaving the total number of active cases in the Region as 13,193. Unfortunately, another two deaths have been attributed to the disease. taking the total so far to 145 deaths since the start of the pandemic. One was a 64-year-old and the other aged 85. Both were vaccinated and had associated comorbidities.

Update January 16:

Madeira today registered another 1,455 cases of covid-19, according to the epidemiological bulletin issued this Sunday by the Regional Health Directorate. Of these confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus infection, 20 are imported cases and 1,435 are cases of local transmission.

There were another 1,030 recovered cases to report, adds the DRS, noting that there are now 13,617 active cases, of which 365 are imported cases and 13,252 are of local transmission.

Update January 17:

Today sees 2,071 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira. These are 17 imported cases and 2,054 cases of local transmission. There are another 1,681 recovered, with the Region currently accounting for 14,006 active cases, of which 353 are imported cases and 13,653 are locally transmitted.

Update January 18:

Today, there are 2,169 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection to be reported in Madeira. These are 29 imported cases and 2140 cases of local transmission. Epidemiological investigations are ongoing. This is an all-time high, setting an unwelcome new record.

There are another1,681 recovered cases, with the Region now having 14,494 active cases, of which 317 are imported and 14,177 are locally transmitted.

Update January 19:

Madeira today recorded 1,605 more cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection. There are 44 imported cases and 1,561 cases of local transmission. There are 1,969 classed as recovered, with the Region currently accounting for 14,127 active cases, of which 322 are imported and 13,805 are locally transmitted.

Madeira recorded, this Wednesday, two more deaths associated with covid-19, announced a moment ago, a source from the Regional Secretariat for Health and Civil Protection. The first two patients were 66 and 76 years old. One of them was vaccinated, both had associated comorbidities. The third death today was a 91-years-old patient, vaccinated but with associated comorbidities. All died at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, with the Autonomous Region of Madeira now accounting to date for a total of 150 deaths associated with COVID-19.

Update January 20:

Today there are 1,927 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira. These are 47 imported cases and 1,880 cases of local transmission. There are another 2,124 recovered, with the Region now having 13,928 active cases, of which 327 are imported cases and 13,601 are locally transmitted. There are two more deaths associated with covid-19 to be regretted.

Update January 21:

Today saw1,583 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira. There are 40 imported cases and 1,543 cases of local transmission. There are 1,746 more recovered, with the Region now accounting for 13,760 active cases, of which 331 are imported cases and 13,429 are locally transmitted.

Unfortunately, Madeira recorded 5 deaths today.

The graphic below is from the Diario and shows the total number of active cases of COVID-19 in Madeira each day since the start of the year:

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

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

26 thoughts on “Covid: more than 2,000 daily cases”

  1. They will in the next week or so and infections are irrelevant anyway. Keep your eye on hospitalisations and deaths. Consistently low and stable. Omicron is doing a useful job in inoculating high numbers of people who for the most part are experiencing no or mild symptoms.

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    • That’s what we all hope.

      Ever heard of wishfull thinking?

      I sincerely hope that in the future I will not have to tell you “I told you so”. Meanwhile I hope that maybe I’ll be back in Madeira after my waiting listed heart surgery – too many unvexxed in ICU.

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  2. A friend of ours tested positive through a mandatory workplace test. He was fully vaccinated including a booster more than a month ago. He was confined for a week with his family with no symptoms at all. His wife tested negative on day 6 of his confinement. This all this testing is COVID theatre.

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  3. So many masks, so many infections!
    Einstein said madness is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results. There is overwhelming evidence that masks don’t work, and that they are intended by governments to scare people into compliance, yet the Madeiran government carries on insisting that people wear them in the OPEN air.

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      • John
        I have a university degree in science. I was, until retirement, a Registered General Nurse and a Registered Mental Nurse with further specialist qualifications in psychiatry. I am well placed to recognise “nutters” and to know that that is an offensive term. You seem to be particularly and unnecessarily hostile to other contributors in this chain, more so than you usually are. I think you need to reflect on your anger and your excessive fear of covid, which is, even more than ever now, not dangerous to the massive majority of people.

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          • There are about 55 million deaths from all causes globally each year.
            In the UK, there have been roughly 15m people infected, according to govt stats, and 150,000 approx have died. That gives a fatality rate of 1 in a 100. But most of those who died died with covid, not from it (they would have died anyway), so the actual death rate is much lower than 1 in a 100. Plus, far more people will have had the virus than the number tested positive, dropping the proportion who died even lower.
            Covid has about the same risk of death as flu. We don’t close down because of flu.

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            • QUOTE: most of those who died died with covid, not from it (they would have died anyway),

              Good riddance!?!?!?

              Also, the WHO (and you) do not include those who died of cancer/heart attacks/….. because ICU’s were filled with unvaccinated covid patients…..

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  4. You imply that I intended “good riddance” to those who would have died anyway. That is very offensive. I spent most of my career campaigning for the rights of the elderly and I remain outraged by the actions of the UK government with care home residents at the start of all this. The sad truth is that human beings, including me, have a finite life span. The average age of death with covid is about 82 (81.5 or 82.5, depending what you read). Four years ago, my mother died at the age of 93. She had heart failure and kidney failure. Three weeks before her death she got a cold. I said to my wife that the cold would probably kill her. It was indeed the final insult to her frail body. Likewise with most of those who die with covid.
    ICUs are not “filled” with unvaccinated people, nor are they filled with people with covid, vaxxed or not. Certainly in the UK, the health service is no more overwhelmed just now than it is in most recent winters. Google “nhs bed crisis” or similar and add any year you want over the past ten and you will get headlines about imminent NHS meltdown. The NHS is just no longer fit for purpose, sadly.
    It is, though a tragedy, I agree, that many people have died unnecessarily from heart attacks and strokes and cancers, but that’s because primary care and secondary care was effectively closed due to lockdown. I myself am slowly going blind and waited 18 months for an eye appointment I should have had in 6 months. Lockdowns have killed far more people than the mythical ICU beds crisis.

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    • So you are waiting for an eye appointment – sad to hear, I can relate to that with my postponed heart surgery – but you are blaming lockdowns? Please explain.
      In my country 50% of ICU beds are reserved for covid patients, the majority unvaccinated.

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      • “So you are waiting for an eye appointment – sad to hear, I can relate to that with my postponed heart surgery – but you are blaming lockdowns? Please explain”.
        Eh? I would have thought it’s pretty obvious. By “lockdown” i mean the withdrawal of services, whether NHS, social services, shops, banks, whatever. The media regularly told us that out-patients appointments were being cancelled/delayed so that staff could be re-allocated to the covid patients who never arrived. When I eventually got to an eye appointment there were hardly any patients there, in what is the busiest department (the eye clinic) in the hospital.
        A close relative of mine (I don’t want to be specific for internet security reasons) is a professionally-qualified clinician in the NHS. Her managers attempted to remove her from the job she was trained at great expense by the NHS to do so that she could be re-deployed as a care assistant on the covid wards, leaving her patients without any service whatsoever. As it turned out neither she nor her colleagues were needed and they were returned to their regular jobs. Now, she is still not allowed by her managers to do anything other than “assess” patients referred to her. She is actually forbidden from treating them! Her caseload has been massively increased but the number of patients she can see is massively reduced because she has to take an hour between each patient to remove and re-apply PPE and deep clean the equipment she uses. The waiting lists for her specialty are now literally years long. And all this is to stop people from dying of covid! Yes, they die instead of neglect by the NHS.
        A friend of mine is a GP. She works from home now. Face-to-face consultations are very rare. She works in a practice with about 8 GPs. Pre-covid, most of those GPs would be running full clinics on any given weekday. Now one GP per day sees patients face-to-face. And all this serious damage to people’s health by politicians is so that people are kept apart from each other so that they don’t give each other… a cold.

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        • QUOTE: The media regularly told us that out-patients appointments were being cancelled/delayed so that staff could be re-allocated to the covid patients who never arrived.

          Are you saying that the 175 000 UK covid deaths never passed through hospital, not to mention those that recovered?

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          • Broadly, yes I am. And it’s 150,000 approx, not 175,000.
            Certainly the vast majority of care home residents who died got nowhere near a hospital.
            People who died at home from entirely separate causes were labelled as having died with covid simply because they had tested positive in the previous 28 days. In the early months of this nonsense, a positive test at any point previously was enough for people to be counted in the death toll. So someone who got killed by a bus was classed as dying from covid.
            Of those who did spend time in hospital, a significant number caught covid in hospital. Hospitals are dangerous places.
            I’m assuming you are in the UK. If you look on the government coronavirus dashboard you can drill down to each local NHS health trust and see how many covid patients were in ICU on any date. In my local hospital there were months when it was zero.
            I know a nurse who was sister of an NHS chest ward. She resigned a few months ago, partly out of boredom and partly out of protest. Her ward was empty. Several wards in my local hospital are kept closed, ready for the covid patients.
            I don’t think the rest of this site’s readers will want to see our discussions going on and in. I suggest we stop.

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            • Peter, there is no point in trying to convince one of these BBC covid worshipping cultists.

              They lack the ability to do any real research or critical thinking.

              5.5m “deaths” from/with covid over 22 months may sound terrible, but in the same period there have been approx 191m births, so definitely not an existential threat to humanity.

              And the hidden excess deaths, directly related to the lockdowns is going to dwarf the deaths attributed to covid.

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            • SOURCE: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-51768274

              First, government figures – the ones reported each day – count people who died within 28 days of testing positive for coronavirus. This figure is more than 152,000.

              According to the latest ONS figures, the UK has now seen more than 175,000 deaths in total – that’s all those deaths where coronavirus was mentioned on the death certificate even if the person had not been tested for the virus.

              I assume the average doctor can tell the difference between covid symptoms and f ex a broken neck.

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              • And the Office for National Statistics also says that 23% of people with covid mentioned on their death certificate did not die from covid.
                Doctors can indeed usually tell the difference between a broken neck and covid, but you need to understand that very little of all this is to do with medicine. It’s politics. It’s politicians worldwide desperately trying to show that they didn’t overreact in March 2020. The more deaths, the more fear, the more compliance from the public, the more they can cover their backs. Now we see them backpedalling like fury as they begin to be found out.

                Are you actually enjoying the bad news reports?

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