• Coronavirus (Covid-19)

Madeira Island Coronavirus Update

Since the beginning of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic only 90 persons have tested positive and Madeira Island has one of the lowest infection rates in Europe.

Last update 23rd July
No quarantine for UK tourists when they return from Madeira.

Quarantine-free travel between England and Portugal is likely to be confirmed within days as the government prepares to update its “air bridge” policy.

It is understood that Portugal, one of the most popular countries for British holidaymakers, will be added to the list of 59 countries where travel is possible without the need to isolate on return.

The move follows powerful lobbying from the Portuguese government, which was angered by the “absurd” decision to leave the country off the original list of Covid-safe travel corridors published by Westminster at the start of this month.

Portugal, which welcomed 2.1 million UK tourists last year, has had a spike in coronavirus cases around the capital Lisbon over the past month although rates are much lower in tourist hotspots such as the Algarve and the islands of the Azores and Madeira. The Foreign Office has already lifted its advice against non-essential travel to the Azores and Madeira for UK citizens.

Grant Shapps, the transport secretary, is due to update government policy on quarantine-free “travel corridors” by Monday. Other countries such as the Maldives, which opened up to international travellers last week for the first time since the pandemic began, may also be included.

It is also thought that money could be released to test those arriving into the UK. Mr Shapps said this month that he was “actively working” with Heathrow and other airports on the plan.

However, No 10 moved to scotch rumours that quarantine restrictions would be added to arrivals from Spain after a rise in cases. Spain, the most popular country for British holidaymakers, has reported almost 9,000 new cases in the past week, with particular concern around the regions of Catalonia and Aragon.

It is unlikely that quarantine policies in relation to the country will be changed immediately. A government spokesman said: “Spain is currently on a list of exemptions. We keep the data for all countries and territories under constant review. Travel advice can be changed rapidly to help stop the spread of the disease.”

Last update 3rd July
British holidaymakers have been given the green light to travel to Madeira Island and be exempt from quarantine, the good news was announced today the 3rd of July by the British Foreign Office. The new travel rule will be inforce from July 10 and give a welcome boost to the thousands of British tourists that are regular visitors to the always Summer Island.
Madeira has had no deaths from the coronavirus covid-19 and one of the lowest infection rates recorded in Europe.
https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/portugal

1st June
A TAP flight to Madeira from the continent had all the passengers tested for the virus and one passenger tested positive, all the passengers and crew are now in quarantine for 14 days. There are no new cases now for 26 days within the population on the island of Madeira.

Madeira and Porto Santo will reopen for Tourism on 1st of July, date on which the mandatory quarantine is lifted.

31st May
Madeira records no new COVID-19 cases in 26 days and no deaths. Cumulative total of confirmed cases remains at 90, with 76 recovered cases, bringing the total number of 14 active cases of infection.

From June 1, 2020 until June 30, 2020 - In order to avoid mandatory quarantine for 14 days, all travellers entering Madeira and Porto Santo must present a PCR test, issued no more than 72 hours prior to their travel date, confirming that they do not have COVID-19.

Madeira nightlife venues, clubs and bars with terraces and outdoor spaces reopen from Monday, June 1st, at 50% capacity with strict safety precautions. Clubs can only be open until 2 am.

Most shopping centres and shops reopen to the public, restaurants and bars can reopen from the 18th of May.

International tourist travel should begin around the end of June, and many hotels and resorts hope to open in July.

The beaches, parks, gardens are now open to the public and all road travel restrictions have been lifted.

14th May
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Madeira has had a total of 90 positive cases of COVID-19 and 59 recovered cases, bringing the total number of 31 active cases of infection in the Region. NO DEATHS from the Covid-19 virus have been recorded.

13th May
It’s the seventh straight day without new confirmed cases of the disease in Madeira, with the total number remaining at 90. Meanwhile, 55 people have been cured and the total number of active cases stands at 35. There were no deaths reported.

12th May
For the sixth consecutive day, there are no positive cases of covid-19 and NO DEATHS recorded. The total number of positive cases remains at 90, the recovered increased to 55, since there was two new recoveries, making a total of 35 active cases of infection.

11th May
As of today, there are No New cases of the virus and no deaths recorded. The total of positive cases remains at 90, with 53 people recovered, making a total of 37 active cases of infection.

10th May
For the fourth day in a row, no coronavirus cases were confirmed in Madeira, maintaining the number of 90 positive cases, 53 people have recovered, thus making a total of 37 active cases of infection. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded.

9th May
Today we have one more recovery and no new positive cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases remains at 90, 53 people have recovered, thus making a total of 37 active cases of infection. At the moment, 6 people await laboratory results. No deaths have been recorded.

8th May
There are no new cases of coronavirus for the second consecutive day and no deaths recorded in Madeira. The total number of positive cases remains at 90 and the number of recovered patients has increased to 52, since the hospitalized patient is now recovered, making a total of 38 active cases of infection.

The president of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque announces today that churches and all other places of worship in Madeira will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 9th, limiting the capacity to one third and with strict measures in place.
People must comply with social distancing rules, alcohol-based hand disinfectant is required before entering the church and the use of a mask is mandatory. After service, people should return home and avoid gatherings in the churchyard or surrounding areas.

Porto Santo beach reopens under strict rules from Sunday, May 10th.
The social distancing between bathers is mandatory and group gatherings is prohibited. Facilities, bars, cafes and restaurants along the beach will remain closed. The mandatory quarantine for Porto Santo will be lifted on the 18th of May for all residents of the archipelago.

The Madeira Private Hospital and Madeira Medical Centre will resume their normal services starting Monday, May 11th. Entry will be allowed after a questionnaire and Temperature screening, mask and hand disinfectant are mandatory. Safety distance is also signalled in all services areas.
MMC will resume all its services: clinical analysis, permanent care (adults), face-to-face consultations, imaging exams, cardiology, gastroenterology and nursing care, from Monday to Friday from 7:30 am to 9 pm, and Saturdays from 7:30 am to 2 pm.
As for HPM, all exams and face-to-face consultations for adults and children will be activated, as well as permanent paediatric care, from 9 am to 12 am.

As of May 11th, a series of individual sports will be allowed, while always maintaining social distancing, such as sport and recreational fishing, surfing, bodyboard, canoeing, tennis, motor racing, etc. Public and Forest spaces, recommended walking routes and some public gardens, such as Quinta do Santo da Serra, Quinta Magnolia, Jardim das Madalenas, Jardim do Amparo e Jardim de Santa Luzia will also reopen on May 11th. Maintaining all Facilities, bars, cafes and restaurants closed.

Gyms will resume limited activity starting Tuesday, May 12th.
Group classes can only take place outdoors at the condition to respect social distancing. Spaces are limited to one third of its capacity, showers and changing rooms remained closed. Members are only allowed to stay inside the gym for one hour, each member will be required to clean and sanitize equipment after each use.

Museums, libraries, galleries, cultural centres and archives reopens Thursday, May 14th, with mandatory use of masks, hand disinfectant for all employees and visitors. Routine cleaning and disinfecting of regularly touched surfaces must be frequent and recorded.

Beaches, bathing complexes and sea access reopens Friday, May 15th, if the pandemic situation continues to evolve favorably. More information in regards to safety rules, social distancing and hygiene will be announced next Thursday.

Restaurants, bars, cafes and terraces may reopen on Monday, May 18th. The operating conditions will be announced at the end of next week.

7th May
There are no positive cases of covid-19 and NO DEATHS recorded in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases remains at 90, the recovered increased to 51, since there was one new recovery, making a total of 39 active cases of infection.

6th May
Madeira registers four new cases of infection in the last 24 hours, raising the number to 90 positive cases, 50 people have recovered, thus making a total of 40 active cases of COVID-19. At the moment, 5 suspected cases await laboratory results and NO deaths have been recorded.

5th May
For the eleventh consecutive day, there are no positive cases of covid-19 and NO DEATHS were recorded.The total number of positive cases remains at 86, the recovered increased to 50, since there was two new recoveries, making a total of 36 active cases of infection and 85 suspected cases awaiting laboratory results.

4th May
Madeira has reached it's tenth consecutive day without any new cases of COVID-19, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases, 48 people have recovered, thus making a total of 38 active cases of infection. At the moment, 71 suspected cases await laboratory results. No deaths have been recorded.

The region reopens some economic activities, such as shops, hair salons, barbers, and shopping centres, with tight restrictions established by the Regional Government.
The reopening immediately imposes the obligation for both businesses and individuals to social distancing regulations, the use of masks in all closed spaces, in public transport and temperature screening of workers twice a day.
Clear safety rules regarding the hygiene of employees, customers, disinfection of spaces and trying on or exchange of clothes, footwear, accessories and jewellery are prohibited.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Porto Santo Airports will continue to operate a reduced number of two weekly flights and a maximum of 100 passengers allowed to disembark per week, maintaining the mandatory14-day quarantine for all.
The ports and marinas of the archipelago will remain closed.

3rd May
For the ninth consecutive day, there are no positive cases of covid-19, announced this Sunday by the vice president of IASaúde. The total number of positive cases remains at 86, the recovered increased to 48, since there was one new recovery, making a total of 38 active cases of infection and 69 suspected cases awaiting laboratory results. No deaths were recorded.
If the evolution continues to be positive, Madeira will be one of the first regions in the world to receive tourists safely, guarantees Pedro Ramos, the Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection.

2nd May
For the eighth day in a row, no coronavirus cases were confirmed in Madeira, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases, 47 people have recovered, thus making a total of 39 active cases of infection. At the moment, 33 suspected cases await laboratory results. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded. Sanitary fence in Câmara de Lobos will be lifted at 00:00 on Sunday.

1st May
No New COVID-19 cases for the seventh day in a row, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases, there are 4 more new recoveries, thus making a total of 39 active cases of infection. 33 people await laboratory results. No deaths have been recorded. 

30thApril
No New cases of COVID-19 for the sixth consecutive days and NO DEATHS recorded in Madeira Island. The total number of positive cases remains at 86, with 43 patients having recovered. The number of active cases is down to 43. 176 cases await laboratory results.

The emergency state ends and the state of calamity begins in Madeira from 00:00 on Sunday night, for a period of 15 days.
The president of the Regional Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque declares the situation of calamity and announced the reopening of some economic activities, hairdressers (appointment only), services and shopping centres.
The strict measures that come into force are:
- The use of a mask will be mandatory in all commercial spaces where there is a greater concentration of people, such as public transport, shopping centres, schools.
- Workers must take temperature twice a day and maintain social distance.
- All establishments must operate at one third of the capacity.
- Visits to care homes are not allowed.
- Restaurants will continue to operate in take-away.
- Beaches remain 'closed'.
- The reopening of economic activities will be evaluated weekly.

29thApril
There are No New cases for fifth consecutive day, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases. The total number of recovered patients remains at 43. Of the 43 active cases, one patient was admitted to the isolation unit dedicated to covid-19 at the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, due to the need of additional medical treatment. 70 cases await laboratory results. No deaths from COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira. 

28thApril
No New COVID-19 cases for fourth consecutive day, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases, there are 8 more new recoveries, thus making a total of 43 active cases of infection. The hospitalized patient who was in the isolation unit dedicated to covid-19 is now recovered. 18 people waiting for results. No deaths have been recorded. 

27thApril
As of today there are no positive cases for third consecutive day, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases, 1 new recovery, thus making a total of 51 active cases of infection. No deaths from the Covid-19 virus have been recorded. 58 people waiting for results.

26thApril
There are no positive cases for second consecutive day. There are 3 more cases of recovery, bringing a total number of 52 active cases of infection. 16 cases await laboratory results. No deaths from COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

25thApril
As of today there are no new positive cases reported, maintaining the number of 86 positive cases. There are 10 new cases of recovery, bringing a total number of 55 active cases of infection. No deaths have been recorded. 36 suspected cases await laboratory results.

24thApril
As of today there is one new case of infection, raising the number to 86 positive cases of COVID-19. No deaths have been recorded. As for the two patients who were hospitalized, one remains the isolation unit dedicated to covid-19 and the patient in intensive care unit is now recovered. 54 people await laboratory results.

23rd April
As of today there are no positive cases for third consecutive day, maintaining the number of 85 positive cases, 20 people have recovered, thus making a total of 65 active cases of infection. 80 people waiting for results. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

22ndApril
As of today there are no positive cases for second consecutive day. There are 7 more cases of recovery, bringing a total number of 65 active cases of infection. No deaths have been recorded. 72 suspected cases await laboratory results.

21stApril
As of today there are no positive cases in the last 24 hours, maintaining the number of infected patients at 85. No deaths have been recorded. 67 suspected cases await laboratory results. In connection with the transmission chain in Câmara de Lobos, 78 new contacts were identified, which are currently being evaluated and tested.

20th April
Madeira registers two new positive cases in the last 24 hours and one recovery in Porto Santo. 31 suspected cases await laboratory results. No deaths have been recorded. Two patients were transferred to the isolation unit dedicated to covid-19 at the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, due to pre-existing medical conditions.

19th April
Madeira registers 19 new cases of coronavirus, 16 in Câmara de Lobos, 1 in Funchal and 2 in Porto Santo. In the last 24 hours 43 additional suspected cases were detected and 3 recovered cases. No deaths from COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

18th April
The patient hospitalized in the intensive care unit dedicated to covid-19 is now able to breathe without a ventilator. No deaths have been recorded.
10 new positive cases registered in Câmara de Lobos and 40 people are waiting for test results of covid-19. Announced this morning by the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, raising the total number to 64 positive cases, an increase of 18.5% in 24 hours.
Due to the exponential increase in cases, a sanitary fence was applied in the parish of Câmara de Lobos, placing more than 18 thousand people in mandatory isolation during the next 15 days.

17th April
Madeira registers the seventh recovery case, after testing negative for the virus twice, at least 24 hours apart, according to guidelines. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

11th April
Madeira registers the second recovery case. A resident of Ponta do Sol, who had returned from United Kingdom tested positive for covid-19 and was in quarantine, declared recovered after two negative tests (under home isolation). To date, no deaths due to COVID-19 infection have been recorded in the region.

10th April
As for the two coronavirus patients who were hospitalized, one remains in intensive care unit dedicated to covid-19 and the other discharged and transferred to a hotel where he will remain in isolation. No deaths from COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

5th April
As of today, Madeira has 1 recovered case and 47 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 315 suspected cases have been identified of which 260 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 643 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 231 people in ‘self-surveillance.’ No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira. Only 2 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized at Dr. Nélio Mendonça in Madeira, although 1 in stable condition, the other patient was transferred to intensive care unit and ventilated, as condition worsened overnight. The other 45 patients remain in isolation, 42 in their homes and the 3 Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde.

4th April 
Madeira registers the first recovery case, as one of the four Dutch tourists at Quinta do Lorde was considered recovered after testing negative twice. Today returned to her country of origin. No deaths have been recorded.

3rd April
Madeira has 44 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 277 suspected cases have been identified of which 232 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 691 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 428 people in ‘self-surveillance.’ No deaths have been recorded.
Only 2 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Madeira, although without the need for intensive care. The other 42 patients remain in isolation, 38 in their homes and the four Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde.

2nd April
As of today Madeira has 43 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 257 suspected cases have been identified of which 212 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 717 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 559 people in ‘self-surveillance.’
Only 2 coronavirus patients remain hospitalized in Madeira, although without the need for intensive care. The other 41 patients remain in isolation, 37 in their homes and the four Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

1st April
Madeira has 43 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 240 suspected cases have been identified of which 197 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 724 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 1698 people in ‘self-surveillance.’
Only one (1) coronavirus patient remains hospitalized in Madeira, although without the need for intensive care. The other 42 patients remain in isolation, 38 in their homes and the four Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde. To date, no deaths due to COVID-19 infection have been recorded in the region.
April Workers' Pavilion prepared to accommodate the homeless. 50 beds will be made available as well as all the necessary conditions, so homeless people can self-isolate during covid-19 pandemic.

31th March
As of today, Madeira has 42 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 225 suspected cases have been identified of which 183 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 728 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 1699 people in ‘self-surveillance.’
Only one (1) coronavirus patient remains hospitalized in Madeira, although without the need for intensive care. The other 41 patients remain in isolation, 37 in their homes and the four Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde. No deaths from COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

30th March
As of today, Madeira has 40 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 214 suspected cases have been identified of which 170 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 792 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 1670 people in ‘self-surveillance.’ No deaths have been recorded.
Only one (1) coronavirus patient remains hospitalized in Madeira, although without the need for intensive care. The other 39 patients remain in isolation, 35 in their homes and the four Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde.

29th March
As of today, Madeira has 39 positive cases of COVID-19. So far, 198 suspected cases have been identified of which 155 tested negative. Further statistics show that there are 766 people under ‘active surveillance’ with a further 1462 people in ‘self-surveillance.’
Only one (1) coronavirus patient remains hospitalized in Madeira, although without the need for intensive care. The other 38 patients remain in isolation, 34 in their homes and the four Dutch citizens at Quinta do Lorde. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

The President of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque issued a new mandate with regards to restrictions on movement and social isolation to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
From 00.00 on the 31st of March the following measures come into force:
1 - From the 31st of March only essential business may remain open.
2 - All Hotel suspicious cases must undergo compulsory 14-day isolation period.
3 - A reduction from 120 to 100 passengers to airports Madeira Cristiano Ronaldo and Porto Santo allowed per week. All passengers are directed to comply with mandatory 14-day quarantine
4 - Reorganisation of the health system. Cessation of mobility between existing health units to prevent cross-contamination.
5 - Reinforcement of circulation measures and social gatherings are strictly limited to two people.

26th March
There are currently twenty (20) positive cases of Covid-19 on the island comprising four Dutch tourists and sixteen Madeirans, including one case concerning a passenger who was compulsorily quarantined at Quinta do Lorde in Caniçal and five members of one family who contracted the virus after a recent trip Spain.
Since February 29, of the 105 suspected cases, 85 have since been confirmed as negative. In addition, there are currently 835 people who are under ‘active surveillance’ at home and a further 1.591 people undergoing ‘self-surveillance.’ No deaths have been recorded.
All arrivals in Madeira are required to enter mandatory quarantine and undergo testing.
The Regional Government has requested that all remaining tourists on the island return to their countries of residence. Furthermore, as of Wednesday 25th of March, only those travelling for medical reasons can fly to and from the island.

25th March
Four new confirmed cases were announced, bringing the total to 16 positive cases of Coronavirus in Madeira (12 are patients residing in Madeira and 4 are tourists of Dutch nationality). Of the 94 suspected cases, 78 were negative, 806 are in active surveillance in their homes and 1678 in self-surveillance.
Three of the patients who were hospitalized in the isolation unit of Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça were sent home to continue isolation in their homes. All these patients are in stable condition and none required intensive care. No deaths from COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.

24th March
Coronavirus cases continue to rise in Madeira, with 12 confirmed positive cases, in which eight refer to residents of Madeira. Five have mild symptoms, recovering at home. The remaining seven are hospitalized in the dedicated coronavirus treatment unit, at the Hospital Dr. Nélio Mendonça, in stable condition.
Madeira has 459 persons under active surveillance by the health authorities and 1,532 persons in self-surveillance at home. No deaths due to COVID-19 infection were recorded in Madeira.
Passengers arriving in Madeira - 66 have been transferred to a specific quarantine centre at Quinta do Lorde resort at Caniçal and 15 are in mandatory quarantine at Hotel Praia Dourada in Porto Santo. All cases are of external origin.

23rd March
Madeira, like many other tourist destinations, has been affected by the outbreak of the Coronavirus. As a precaution, many of the scheduled events have been postponed this year. This, of course, includes the famous and vibrant Flower Festival which is now scheduled for September 2020.
The Regional Government of Madeira and the Government of the Republic of Portugal have shown a proactive and sensible approach to the pandemic, and by declaring a State of Emergency are doing everything in their power to create a safe environment for their citizens. As of the 23rd of March, nine positive coronavirus cases had been recorded in Madeira. Tourists are being flown home to their countries of origin and all hotels closed, a specific quarantine centre have been set up both here in Madeira at Quinta do Lorde resort at Caniçal and on Porto Santo island. In a world spinning out of control, Madeira has remained calm and is quietly getting on with life as best it can under the circumstances.
Despite the virus Madeira remains as always a floating garden that’s always Summer. With a stoic and practical population, the island will soon rise again and shine as a beacon of all that is good in the world – safe, clean, beautiful and nature at its best, not forgetting its warm welcome to all those who visit our magical island.

19th March
Madeira registers two new positive cases of coronavirus. No deaths have been recorded.
In total 3 positive cases are confirmed. A tourist arriving from Holland 5 days ago and a Madeiran resident arriving from Dubai, both quarantined immediately.
The Government of the Portuguese Republic declares state of emergency as of 00.00 today 19 March, for 15 days.
We hope that with this measure, we are able to contain the spread of the virus on Madeira Island.

17th March
A tourist who recently arrived in Madeira has tested positive for coronavirus and is now in quarantine.

16th March
The President of the Regional Government of Madeira announced today, March 16, that there is no case of coronavirus or covid-19 reported on the Island of Madeira. To try to maintain Madeira virus free, all passengers arriving at Cristiano Ronaldo Madeira Airport will be under mandatory quarantine for 14 days, until further notice.
This means that all Tour Operators are cancelling their flights to Madeira and Porto Santo except for return flights for tourists already on the Island.
Hopefully soon things will returns to normal and Madeira will maintain it corona free status and welcome visitors to Madeira’s always Summer Climate. We will keep you updated in the coming days.

 

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