Madeira warns of new Covid-19 risk with airport reopening

in World · 03-07-2020 01:00:00 · 2 Comments

The President of the Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, has said that the reopening of airports in the region, which started on Wednesday, has "gone well", but admits to a risk of Covid-19 transmission chains beginning to appear.

"With the opening of the airport and even with tests [carried out on arrival] we are at risk. I cannot lie to the population: there are always risks of having the start of a chain [of transmission], but at this moment, it is a controlled risk "he stated.

Miguel Albuquerque, who leads the PSD / CDS-PP coalition executive, was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to a farm in Câmara de Lobos, west of the island, one day after the protocol that obliges passengers arriving in airports of the archipelago - Madeira and Porto Santo - to present a negative test for covid-19 carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip or, to do it on arrival.

"On [Wednesday] we did about 270 tests, all of which were negative. Things have been going well, but we shouldn't relax," he stressed.

On July 1st, around 400 passengers disembark at Madeira International Airport, from Lisbon, Porto and Ponta Delgada on TAP, easyJet and Azores Airlines planes.

"I don't want any euphoria", warned Miguel Albuquerque, reinforcing: "At this moment, we have to keep the rules of distance, hygiene, wearing a mask and I think that the Madeirans and Porto-Santenses have already understood that this has to be done".

Madeira continues to have two active cases of Covid-19 out of 92 reported since March 16, 90 of which have already recovered, the Institute of Health Administration (IASAÚDE) revealed.


Mr. President, do you want tourism or not? If you want ultimate safety then close the airport for good. CoVid-19 isn't a big drama, if you don't turn it into one.

By John Dough from Lisbon on 06-07-2020 06:11

I GO HOME EVERY year lm sad this year i may not go because the uk gov. balls it up yet again late for the boat. live in port do sol.

By william from UK on 05-07-2020 11:35
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