COVID-19: new variant rampant in Portugal

Lisbon, where the new variant is on the rise

20% of new cases being reported are of the new variant

The more contagious new variant of the coronavirus discovered in the UK is spreading rapidly across Portugal. Around 20% of new COVID-19 cases being reported are of the more transmissible “UK” variant, Health Minister Marta Temido said, warning that the number could reach 60% as early ............  ...read more

Cable connection in detail

More detail on the new cable link

Thanks as usual to the blog’s resident nautical expert, Jaime, who has “fleshed out” the details in the earlier post about the start of the last phase of the new Madeira cable link to the mainland.

Jaime reports that the “Ile de Seine” had been “on his radar’ for ............  ...read more

Curfew causes traffic jams

Via Rapida with hold-ups tonight as curfew approaches

JM reports that due to the impending curfew, the main exits from Funchal were, at around 6:30 pm tonight, completely blocked and circulation on the expressway was very slow, in both directions.

The curfew tonight is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm, with business establishments instructed to close at ............  ...read more

Councillor calls for more enforcement

Câmara de Lobos, where more enforcement has been called for.

Câmara de Lobos councillor urges authorities to crack down

The Diario reports that a councillor belonging to the CDS party in Câmara de Lobos has asked: “the authorities to be relentless and to reinforce the inspection”. The statement follows the meeting of the city council executive. Amílcar Figueira regrets that we continue to make the same ............  ...read more

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