Covid-19: cases double to 56 per day

… in the week after Christmas

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According to the most recent situation report on Covid-19, released yesterday by the Directorate-General for Health (DGS), Madeira had an average of 56 new daily cases of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus, the week after Christmas. Nationally, the daily average of new cases was 403 infections.

The numbers recorded between 26 and 30 December in the Region reflect a doubling of new cases, since the previous report indicated, on average, 28 new daily infections of covid-19.

Madeira has the highest transmission rate

In these accounts, Madeira again presents the highest R(t) in the country, in the order of 1.43. At the national level, the average value of R(t) – effective reproduction number – for the period in question was 0.98. For the mainland, the corresponding estimate of the transmission rate was 0.96

“The following R(t) values were also estimated for the regions: 0.97 in the North region, 0.94 in the Center region, 0.94 in the LVT region, 0.93 in the Alentejo region, 0.99 in the Algarve region, 1.31 in the autonomous region of the Azores and 1.43 in the autonomous region of Madeira”, points out the national health body.

In the European comparison, Portugal presents the cumulative notification rate for 14 days between 20 and 59-9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and R(t) less than 1, that is, a reduced notification rate with a decreasing trend.

COVID-19 in Madeira: previous updates can be found in an earlier post

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22 thoughts on “Covid-19: cases double to 56 per day”

    • Come on, not this canard again. Recent data from US CDC for Oct 2022 showed that the unvaccinated are dying of Covid at a rate 18.6 times higher than those vaccinated with the latest fall booster. (covid.cdc.gov). The data also showed that recently boosted were 3.1 less likely to have gotten Covid in Nov 2022 although this number is likely also impacted by lifestyle choices. There is also recent data indicating that vaccination reduces long Covid.
      The scientific data speaks for itself: vaccines reduce deaths dramatically, reduce serious disease and hospitalizations, and helps keep the vulnerable safer.

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    • The only thing worse than watching or reading Murdoch controlled media is reading the bizarre rantings of someone like Vernon Coleman. Murdoch is a greedy manipulative fascist, but Coleman is just plain crazy.

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      • Vernon Coleman is telling it how it is currently and what’s planned for the future, he only goes over what governments have already planned and have said do a little research on what he is saying you will find out he’s not crazy very far from it.

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  1. Hardly surprising that Madeira has the highest infection factor. No-one takes any precautions anymore.
    Rare to see anyone on the streets wearing a mask. If they do it’s the locals. Tourists don’t of course – they are on holiday..

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      • Masks are not a panacea but if they are high quality, and worn properly, there is plenty of research data showing they help reduce (not eliminate) transmission rates in the general population. Masks alone are certainly far from sufficient and need to part of a multipronged approach that includes vaccination and other reasonable testing and other public health measures. I would agree though that low quality masks, especially when hanging loosely, are of little benefit.
        I ran an ICU for years. We cared for people with highly contagious airborne diseases. Staff spent hours in close quarters with these patients. The N95 masks worked.
        One can assume things would be worse in China if people didn’t wear masks. Problem for China is that their vaccines are of poor quality and many of the elderly that account for 75 to 90% of deaths are not adequately vaccinated. In addition the new variants are much more easily transmissable and immune resistant than earlier variants.

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        • Spot on. One big problem with masks is that, because the, blue IIR 3 ply masks (let alone N95 masks) were in such short supply, people were encouraged to make their own from tee shirts, scarves etc. most of which were of little to no use, but considered better than nothing and it made the Govt. look as though it was doing something!!

          This guidance should have been changed when IIR masks became more readily available and more affordable, but it never was. Even now I see the occasional person just pull their scarf over their mouth and nose when they go into a shop, not realising how ineffective that is.

          Proper, all inclusive, public health information (not just on masks) should be provided regularly, so people know how to prevent themselves and others getting ill. And who wouldn’t want to do that?

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        • Dan:
          God help us. Meanwhile, back in the real world… The streets and shops of Funchal, Fulham, Felixstowe or wherever are not Intensive Care Units. Staff in ICUs are trained in donning, wearing and disposing of masks. The public fiddle with them with their hands and so cross-infect, put them on and off and leave them lying around. People in ICUs are very sick and so there is a cost-benefit analysis whereby the dangers of long-term mask wearing may be outweighed by the benefits for such severely ill people. However, covid is a cold with something like a 99.9% recovery rate (cue the protests about long covid, even though a German study found that 86% of people claiming to have long covid had, according to blood tests, never had covid). You cannot import the circumstances of an ICU into a school classroom, or a restaurant, or a football stadium. Try learning, singing, waitering etc wearing an N95 for eight hours. There are massive damages caused by masks, especially N95s precisely because they are so effective at preventing normal airflow, such as carbon dioxide poisoning from rebreathing our exhaled breath, and growing moulds, bacteria and viruses in such a damp and warm atmosphere as the inside of a mask, which we then breathe in. Best practice is to change to a fresh mask every 20 minutes. By the way, I too have worked in ICU and been a patient in ICU.
          As for “one can assume things would be worse in China if people didn’t wear masks”, well, I don’t know where to start with that kind of illogic. You are clearly going to carry on believing in your rabbit’s foot (your assumption), when the FACT is that everybody has been wearing masks for three years everywhere in China and now covid is rife there. Wearing red socks prevents cancer. Ah but most people wore red socks and a lot of them still got cancer. Yes, but even more of them would have got cancer if they hadn’t worn red socks.

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    • Nobody bothers about basic hygiene in the U.K., now, either, let alone masks. The Govt. and media say the pandemic is over and no longer a problem, so it must be true!

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      • “Nobody bothers about basic hygiene…”.Er, slightly dramatic there Caroline? I think you will find most people do. When I was a child, bathing was once a week.

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  2. Well after reading all this is better be full protected and have a mild covid19 than be in the hospital dying of and end up in the garden of the tablets .People should be grateful that a vaccine was fund very quickly and many lives been saved and protected .

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    • Isabel and others above (Maurice and Dan):
      Just published New South Wales (NSW) data on deaths and hospitalisation with covid, for the two weeks ending December 31st 2022, which include vaccination status.
      Out of 1,415 hospitalised patients where vaccination status was known, 10 had received a single dose, 218 two doses, 377 three doses and 810 four doses. There were zero hospital admissions for Covid among the unvaccinated, who comprise 13% of the NSW population.
      Only one patient died who had received a single jab. Nine deaths were in those who had received two doses, and 19 in the triple-jabbed. The figure then shot up to 53 in those who had four shots.
      The figures will be skewed by differences in how many people have had the different number of shots. After adjusting for those differences, however, the four-times-jabbed have a four times increased risk of hospitalisation compared with those who had two shots.

      If you downvote these facts, please explain why.

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      • “As Benjamin Disraeli said “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics.” And the same is as true today as when he first coined the phrase. The so-called truth changes depending on which way you look.”

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