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Two young people missing in the mountains of Madeira; ongoing searches


Two young people in their 20s are missing in the mountains of Madeira, AgoraMadeira knows. The boys went on a pedestrian route, entered the Encumeada area, and never returned home. They have been unreachable since the dawn of this Thursday, when searches began on the part of the Voluntary Firefighters of Ribeira Brava and Ponta do Sol and also of the Forest Police

At this time – 9.30 am this Thursday – more fire brigades are already involved: the Mountain Rescue Team of Madeiran Volunteer Firefighters entered Pico do Areeiro. Other corporations can, however, be activated to enter other locations in Madeira as there is no idea where young people might be.

The alert for 112 came from family members.

From Agora Madeira

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CHRONIC DEPRESSION AFFECTS 10.4% OF THE POPULATION IN THE REGION


According to data from the National Health Survey, carried out between September 2019 and January 2020, released today by the Regional Directorate of Statistics of Madeira, depression as a chronic disease maintained the proportion of 10.4% in the population aged 15 or more years, as found in the last survey, in 2014.

This means that 22,900 people living in the Region suffer from this disease in a chronic form. In this context, the female gender continues to be the most affected by this disease (14.2% of the female population aged 15 or more).

According to the results obtained for the Region, the chronic diseases most frequently reported by the population aged 15 or over were low back pain or other chronic back problems (31.8%), high blood pressure (28.7%) and allergies (23.0%), with arterial hypertension having the greatest increase compared to 2014 (+6.0 percentage points – pp). This trend is identical to that seen in the country.

Also, know that more than half of the population aged 18 or more, more precisely 55.0%, was overweight or obese, although there was a reduction of 1.6 percentage points in relation to 2014, a trend opposite to the national one. Of that total, 38.2% were overweight and 16.8% were obese.

From Jornal Madeira

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Madeira imposes mandatory testing on cruise ship passengers


The docking of the first cruise ship in Funchal, after the start of the pandemic, is scheduled for Saturday and passengers who want to disembark will have to present a negative test to Covid-19 or perform it on arrival, said the regional government today.

“The strategy will be similar to that of the airport,” said the Regional Secretary of Health, Pedro Ramos, on the sidelines of the presentation of two capsules for transporting people with an infectious disease at the Regional Civil Protection Service in Funchal.

And he reinforced: “In addition, in the case of the cruise, all passengers will have to have a negative test on departure to be able to embark. Then, depending on the duration of the cruise to reach the region, we will see if there is a need to do a test on arrival.”

The Regional Government, of the PSD / CDS-PP coalition, determined that all passengers disembarked at Madeira’s ports and airports present a negative PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip, or else they must perform it on arrival.

The measure has been in effect since July 1, and the executive has already invested 10 million euros in testing.

“Whoever wants to land in Funchal will be tested,” said the secretary, stressing that the measure applies even if the ship – the ‘SeaDream I’, with about 100 passengers – remains in the port for a period shorter than necessary to obtain the result of the test, which is 12 hours.

According to the Health Administration Institute (IASAÚDE), the Madeira archipelago currently records 103 active cases of covid-19, of which 95 were identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport, and eight are for local transmission.

From RTP Madeira

I cant see the point of carrying out tests on people if they won’t get the results back in time, if they don’t already carry a test then I’m sure they cant be allowed off the boat. I think the cruise ships should have these new rapid tests, and they should be responsible for each passenger. Madeira has already spent 10 million in testing and over 2 million putting those positive in hotels…..

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Covid-19 Update 21st October – Madeira Island News Blog


Today’s balance sheet – Wednesday – October 21 – regarding covid19 in the autonomous region of Madeira.

2 new cases recovered.

8 new positive cases to report. These are 8 imported cases (4 from the United Kingdom, 2 from the Reg. Norte de Portugal, 1 from Poland and 1 from France).

Among the eight cases recorded in the last 24 hours in the Region, it concerns a resident, a health professional, who, having left the Region, tested positive in the test carried out at the airport. Having followed the recommendations of the health authorities, there are no close contacts to this identified case.

> 15 cases in study.

> Madeira, the only region in the country with 0 deceased for covid-19. We continued to test, to be able to isolate and recover, protecting public health.

> The region now accounts for a cumulative total of 345 confirmed cases, with 109 active cases and 236 recovered.

> There are 109 active cases, of which 101 are imported cases identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport and 8 are cases of local transmission.

Daniel Caires – 18h36
#MaisSaudeMaisMadeira
#Identify #Isolate #Recover

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Palheiro Golf


Explore the scenic Palheiro Golf course located high above Funchal on the island of Madeira, Portugal. Recently awarded the title of World’s Best Emerging Golf Destination, Madeira has two courses which can provide a challenge to any golfer.

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Strange lights moving in the sky surprise Caniço residents


Several moving lights in the sky surprised last Saturday night some residents of the Moinhos area, in Caniço.

“There was a light ahead and about 20 in the back. They passed in front of my house always in the same direction and shining. It lasted about two minutes, ”Diogo Fernandes told AgoraMadeira that until now he has not yet been able to explain what he saw in the skies of Caniço with other family members.

Diogo says he was aware that something like that was seen recently but elsewhere in Madeira.

“I have a friend of mine who says he saw something similar in Calheta about two weeks ago”, stresses this reader who insisted on sending some videos to AgoraMadeira.

The fact that it is very dark and the lights are small makes it difficult to see but in a close look, and without light around, it is possible to see some of these lights in motion in this video published here.

From Agora Madeira

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MANDATORY COVID TESTS FOR DEPARTURES LESS THAN 72 HOURS


From Thursday, those who leave the Region, even for a period of less than 72 hours, will have to take the covid-19 test on arrival at Madeira airports.

Words from the President of the Regional Government this morning on the sidelines of the visit to ECAM, a consulting company.

Miguel Albuquerque, who was speaking to journalists, said this decision will be taken at the next Government Council.

At the moment anyone who has left the Region for less than 72 hours, normally a trip to the mainland, did not need to be tested on return.

From Jornal Madeira

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Covid-19 Update. – Madeira Island News Blog


Today’s balance sheet – Tuesday – October 20 – regarding covid19 in the autonomous region of Madeira.

> 6 new cases recovered.

> 3 new positive cases to report. The three cases are imported: 2 from Germany and 1 from the Lisbon and Tagus Valley Region.

> 17 cases in study.

> Madeira, the only region in the country with 0 deceased for covid-19. We continued to test, to be able to isolate and recover, protecting public health.

> Regarding the isolation of positive cases, 51 people are isolated in a hotel
dedicated and 52 in own accommodation.

> The region now accounts for a cumulative total of 337 confirmed cases, with 103 active cases and 234 recovered.

> There are 103 active cases, of which 95 are imported cases identified in the context of surveillance activities implemented at Madeira Airport and 8 are cases of local transmission.

Daniel Caires – 7:00 pm
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#Identify #Isolate #Recover

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Rough Seas


Johann Gerlach sent me these photos of the rough sea in the lido area today. Apart from a few showers and a lot of wind in places it’s been a great day.

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CCTV for Funchal – Madeira Island News Blog


Funchal prepares installation of video surveillance cameras in the city.

The Funchal City Council has already started to assemble fiber optic cables to install fourteen video surveillance cameras in eleven strategic locations in the city. The municipality awaits the validation of the PSP and the approval of the Ministry of Internal Administration and the National Commission for Data Protection.

This I think is needed now in these changing times, but it’s a shame it has come to this on the island.