More than 70 people quarantined in Faro after case confirmation

in News · 16-03-2020 14:51:00 · 1 Comments

More than 70 rural workers are quarantined in Faro after a case of Covid-19 involving a Nepalese national, who works and lives in the county's countryside, was confirmed on Sunday, 15 March, confirmed the municipality.

"The worker is hospitalized at the Centro Hospitalar Universitário do Algarve and is the first record of infection by the new coronavirus (Covid-19) in the municipality of Faro, we have not registered any more" the Mayor of Faro, Rogério Bacalhau told Lusa.

Following confirmation, the health authority “decreed the need to keep 74 citizens in quarantine”, of various foreign nationalities, with whom the first infected person will have had personal or professional contact.

Rogério Bacalhau revealed that “due to the possibility of contagion” the City Council was asked to “provide an adequate space for this reception” with the municipality providing the Basic School Pavilion of Santo António do Alto, in conjunction with the Agrupamento Escolar João de Deus.

A source from the Regional Health Administration of the Algarve revealed that the precarious living conditions of the workers led them to be accommodated in school facilities, so that "screening can be done, since there may be a new transmission chain".

Meanwhile, in a statement, the municipality said that "all aspects related to clinical treatment" of these citizens are being and will be addressed by health authorities.

For a decent accommodation, this case is being supported by the Moto Clube de Faro, by the Sapadores Firefighters, by the Volunteer Firefighters 'Cruz Lusa' and by the Portuguese Red Cross - Faro / Loulé nucleus.

Rogério Bacalhau made an appeal "to the tranquility of the entire population", requesting full compliance with the safety and prevention recommendations of the Directorate-General for Health, in particular those "respecting social modesty and personal hygiene standards".


We are on an extended holiday and living in an apartment in Praia de Faro. Yesterday travelling on the Proximo number 16 bus, we noticed the driver was cordoned off from passengers and we were not required to pay fares. Buses were running to the timetable. We are worried that this is unsustainable and the buses will stop running soon. Do you have any information on this?
We should be here till 31st March but in the circumstances we have managed to rearrange our flights to Scotland for Thursday 19th March - the first available flight. Hopefully this flight will go as scheduled, things are developing so fast! We have loved our time in Portugal and have travelled widely.

By Anne Austin from Algarve on 17-03-2020 10:13
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