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It Will Get Worse Before it Gets Better!

The President of the Regional Government admitted today, that this week, the number of positive Covid-19 cases in Madeira will go up, but hopefully, starting from next week, there will be a decrease in the number of new cases.

As expected, the high numbers are linked to the relaxation of rules over the Christmas and End of Year period.

Regarding health care, Miguel Albuquerque said that there are currently 73 people in hospital with Covid-19 at the Dr. Nélio Mendonça Hospital, two of whom are in intensive care. He went on to reassure journalists that there are currently 238 beds in the Region dedicated to Covid patients.

When asked about the epidemiological situation of Madeira/Porto Santo, the President replied that he was concerned with the behaviour of some Madeirans, giving as an example last weekends ‘poncha bar’ incidents.  The president appealed to the common sense of the people, but also of those same establishments. “Many people” he said “were not wearing masks or obeying social distancing regulations.” And for this reason alone, these establishments were under scrutiny.

Finally, he said that he has ruled out any plans for general confinement for now, as the island’s economy must work if we are to survive.

Samantha Gannon

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