In a statement, that official revealed that the man "diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection on Terceira island returned on 8 July to continental territory, failing to comply with the prophylactic isolation measures determined by the Municipal Health Delegation of Angra do Heroísmo".

“After being aware that the first follow-up analysis of the disease had produced a negative result and that the second, carried out on 7 July, still produced a positive result, and despite having been informed by telephone of this result at about 12:00 on 8 July by the Covid-19 Home Patient Monitoring Team, the referred individual left for mainland territory in spite of the authorities”, continues the note.

The Municipal Health Delegation of Angra do Heroísmo has already contacted the National Health Authority and has already taken the “necessary legal action for non-compliance”.

Without registering new cases since Saturday, 4 July, the Azores thus have five positive cases, four in São Miguel and one in Flores.

Since the beginning of the outbreak, the region has registered 154 cases of infection with the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes Covid-19 disease.

So far, 130 people have recovered, 16 have died and three people diagnosed in the Azores have returned to mainland Portugal.