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Fears Over the Pandemic Grow

Today, the 6th of January, the municipalities of Funchal, Santa Cruz, Câmara de Lobos and Porto Santo registered the highest number of positive Covid cases. During today’s bulletin 37 new cases were registered in Funchal, 26 in Santa Cruz, 14 in Câmara de Lobos and 10 new infections in Porto Santo were confirmed.

Due to the worsening conditions, the Municipal Operational Coordination Centre (CCOM) met at the Salão Nobre dos Paços in the Municipality of Câmara de Lobos, to discuss the rise in Covid cases and as such raised, the municipality’s Covid risk alert to orange. 

According to a statement from the municipality, the Municipal Management platform of Covid-19 was also presented, which intends to integrate, in real time, all information related to the pandemic situation in the municipality. The platform is being developed by the Municipal Civil Protection Service and centralises all available information. 

This will allow for the allocation of resources optimised according to the evolution of the number of cases within the parish. With this geographic information system, the purpose is to collaborate with the different entities in the definition and evolution of transmission chains, allowing, if necessary, the reinforcement of hygiene in public spaces according to the prevalence of the number of cases in a given area.

Another important feature of the platform is related to the possibility of activating social responses quickly, in terms of food and medicine to families who are confined and who do not have a family support network to help them.  The municipality is currently assisting several families whose family members have tested positive with provisions of food. 

According to Mayor Pedro Coelho “The management and planning of any event is based on access to information. Given the situation of poor coverage of the internet network in the Health Centre of Câmara de Lobos, and with a view to supporting the teams that are currently doing a Herculean job, the municipality will allocate one of the Wi-Fi access points of the municipal network in order to guarantee open communication between all the entities involved.” 

During the CCOM meeting the need to strengthen Public Security Police (PSP) patrols to prevent gatherings in commercial establishments, was addressed, and as such the Mayor of the Municipality confirmed that any establishment contravening the new safety laws would have its licence temporary suspended. 

Samantha Gannon

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