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Regional Government Wants to Restrict Number of Passengers Arriving

The Government of Madeira intends to restrict the number of passengers who disembark in the region to 120 per week – thus allowing for each passenger to be quarantined.

In a statement, the President of Madeira said that “At the moment, given our limited quarantine facilities and healthcare teams, we are considering limiting the number of passengers travelling to Madeira to a 120 per week.

The President argued that this is not a question of authorising or providing for the return” of Madeirans who want to return home, although he agreed that it is understandable that families want to be united at this difficult time.  However, he stressed that in these exceptional times it is necessary to implement social confinement to safeguard the health of the people and that the emergency regulations must be complied with.

He went on to say that the hotel in Quinta do Lorde where all those arriving in Madeira are quarantined has a capacity of only 167 rooms and we only have a limited number of health teams available to process the influx of people travelling to the island.  The President further clarified the situation by saying that “Our guidance is based on information provided by the Public Health Authority in relation to the capacity of its health professionals and the means at its disposal to ensure that from the arrival of people at the airport the spread of the virus is strictly controlled.”

The coronavirus, responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has already infected nearly 428,000 people worldwide of whom more than 19,000 have died.

In the archipelago of Madeira, the Institute of Health Administration (IASAÚDE) confirmed that the number of people infected on the island on Thursday had risen to 21.

Portugal entered a State of Emergency at 00:00 on March 19th and will remain so until 23:59 on April 2nd.

Samantha Gannon

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Madeira Weekly