COVID-19: tests delayed in England

… to give travellers more time.

New rules requiring people travelling to England to have a negative COVID-19 test have been delayed to give travellers time to prepare.

The requirement was due to come into force at 4:00 am tomorrow (Friday), but the regulations have now been moved to the same time on Monday.

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Police enforce new curfew

Funchal busy prior to new curfew

Just a few minutes ago JM reported that the PSP (Security Police) were already in place on the streets of Funchal to monitor the new curfew, which began at 7:00 pm tonight.

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New curfew starts today

Avenida do Mar empty during curfew

… between 19:00 pm and 5:00 am

The Diario reminds all inhabitants that the new curfew comes into effect in Madeira today until January 31. It will be compulsory, other than for a few special exemptions previously detailed here, to remain at home after 7:00 each evening in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.

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Jet2 suspends operations further

Jet2 plane tailfins

All flights and holidays now on hold until March 25

Jet2 have just announced that due to the ongoing “uncertainty and travel restrictions” caused by Covid, the company has taken the decision to extend the suspension up to and including March 25th, 2021.

The company said it will be cancelling affected bookings with a full refund.

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EU receives Oxford vaccine

Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine

… but approval not expected before month end

Reuters reports this morning that Europe’s drugs regulator will review AstraZeneca and Oxford University’s COVID-19 vaccine this month under an accelerated timeline, after the British drugmaker submitted an application for conditional approval, the watchdog said on Tuesday.

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COVID-19: President of the Republic tests positive

President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa

… but Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is asymptomatic

Various national and international media outlets report that President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.

Official sources confirm that Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa is asymptomatic and is displaying no symptoms. He has cancelled his agenda for the next few ............ more

New measures in detail

A tighter curfew is part of the new measures

COVID-19: fight ramped up.

Apart from the headline measure of an every-day curfew from 7:00 pm until 5:00 am, there were a number of other measures announced last night by the Regional president Miguel ............ more

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