New record: 1,476 positive cases

Positive cases continue to rise

Covid testing station in Funchal, one of the places where positive cases are identified

Yesterday, January 4, saw 1476 new positive cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira – a new record in any 24-hour period by some considerable margin. These are 45 imported cases and 1,476 from local transmission according to the Regional Directorate for Health. The previous high was 1157 daily cases on New Year’s Eve.

There are a further 492 recovered, with the Region now accounting for 7,292 active cases, of which 379 are imported and 6,913 are of local transmission.

The death toll remains at 136, whilst 65 patients remain hospitalised at the main Dr Nélio Mendonça hospital in Funchal. Two of these are in ICU. The number isolating in the dedicated hotel unit has dropped considerably to 71 for some reason. The health authorities are monitoring a further 305 situations where people have been in contact with positive cases.

Update January 5:

Madeira recorded another 1210 positive cases today. 55 of these were imported with the balance being through local transmission. 1544 are recorded as recovered, leading to a slight drop in the number of active cases. 59 remain in hospital with two in the ICU.

Update January 6:

Yet another new record was set today as 1,665 new positive cases were announced by the health authority in the preceding 24 hours. These are 61 imported cases, with the balance being through local transmission. Another 649 cases were recorded as recovered, giving a total number of active cases of 7,974 – clearly an all-time high for the Region as illustrated below.

65 people remain hospitalised, with three in ICU. 67 remain in isolation at the dedicated hotel unit.

Update January 7:

Another slight increase to a new high was recorded yesterday, with a total of 1,690 new positive cases being recorded. 61 of these were imported, with the balance being through local transmission. Friday saw 699 recovered, so the Region now has 8963 active cases, of which 410 are imported.

69 people remain hospitalised, with three in ICU. The number isolating in the dedicated hotel unit has risen slightly to 75.

Update January 8:

1393 new positive cases were recorded today in Madeira – a slight, but welcome, reduction. 124 of these were imported, with 1269 through local transmission. 70 remain hospitalised, with two in ICU. There was one more death recorded today – a 65-year-old man, vaccinated, but with comorbidities.

Update January 9:

The Regional Directorate of Health has announced that 1,260 cases were registered this Sunday, confirming the forecast advanced by Pedro Ramos in Porto Santo. The region now has 32,359 confirmed cases of covid-19. These are 51 imported cases and 1209 cases of local transmission.

Update January 10:

Today sees another 1,592 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira. These are 27 imported cases and 1,565 of local transmission. There are 3,412 more recovered, with the Region accounting for 8,406 active cases, of which 302 are imported and 8,104 are of local transmission.

There are two more fatalities to be regretted, totalling 142 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.

Update January 11:

Today sees yet another record high of 1,889 new cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection reported in Madeira. These are 44 imported cases and 1,845 cases of local transmission. There are 1,369 recovered cases, with the Region currently accounting for 8,926 active cases, of which 276 are imported and 8,650 are locally transmitted.

Update January 12:

The latest daily figures show another 1839 cases recorded in the Region. 50 of these are imported, and the balance due to local transmission. After the ‘boom’ of recovered in recent days, today only 479 are reported, out of a total that already reaches 27,251 recovered cases.

There are currently 10,286 active infections, including the 87 people who are, this Wednesday, hospitalized at Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonca – 82 patients are in Multipurpose Units and five in the Intensive Care Unit dedicated to covid-19. This seven fewer in hospital than yesterday, although the number of patients in need of intensive care has increased, from three to five.

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

13 thoughts on “New record: 1,476 positive cases”

  1. The infection figures for the next week will probably be high as a result of the crowds over New Year’s eve enabling the spread of Omicron. Then as things quieten down they should drop off again. 🤞

  2. But you are all wearing masks in Madeira, even in the streets, so presumably there is no way that the virus can spread from one person to another. How can it possibly be that numbers of those infected are rising when the masks stop transmission?
    Anyone explain…?

    • Nearly all these are identified at the airport, but this does not mean that they are all tourists – a lot will be visitors from the mainland – immigrants or returning students etc. Thus the discrepancy between the number of imported cases and those in isolation at the dedicated hotel.


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