The president of the Government of Madeira said this Thursday that the region will not follow the less restrictive measures adopted on the continent, as the objective is to keep the archipelago safe for residents and visitors.

If on the mainland they’re going to leave the mask in September, if they’re going to do the handstand in Cais do Sodré, I don’t want to know anything about that”, said Miguel Albuquerque, on the sidelines of his visit to the Madeira Photography Museum – Vicentes, which reopened to the public two years ago.

The leader of the regional executive, of a PSD/CDS-PP coalition, thus responded to journalists, when asked about the measures determined today by the Council of Ministers, and the prime minister, António Costa, announced that the restrictions on timetables in commerce and restaurants end on August 1st, maintaining the mandatory use of digital certificate indoors on holidays and weekends.

Also, the use of masks on public roads will no longer be mandatory as of September, except in situations of crowds, according to the new deconfinement plan presented today. The measure is part of the second phase of the plan, which should start at the beginning of September, when the Government anticipates that 70% of the Portuguese population will already have full vaccination.

António Costa also pointed out that the restriction of circulation on public roads in municipalities with the highest risk of incidence of covid-19, between 23:00 and 05:00, will no longer be applied from next Sunday, 1st of August.

We currently have in Madeira a set of preventive and prophylactic measures that have resulted in the containment of the infection.”, argued the head of the Madeiran executive.

Miguel Albuquerque highlighted that, since the beginning of the pandemic, the region “has adopted a very specific posture and position, depending on its own characteristics, in terms of population density, orography and floating population”.

Again, it is important for people to be aware that we have an average of 37,000 floating people in Madeira who enter and then leave during the week”, indicated.

The official indicated that between the 1st and 22nd of July, the region registered a “very high flow of tourist inflow”, having landed around 85,000 people in Madeira.

Given the characteristics, we have adopted the measures proposed by the Regional Health Directorate, adapting them to our pandemic reality”, he emphasized.

Miguel Albuquerque argued that the “fundamental objectives” of the Regional Government are “security, normal living, the functioning of the economy” and “keep the region attractive” for visitors.

Therefore, we will maintain the measures in force here in Madeira, which are analyzed and monitored on a weekly basis” by the archipelago’s health authorities.

He recalled that the Regional Government Council renewed today the calamity situation and decided to keep the curfew at 01:00, the closing of spaces at 00:00 and the use of masks.

“We have to protect each other and the pandemic is not over”, he argued, concluding that his obligation is “to take measures to ensure that Madeira is safe and is a safe destination”.

Madeiran authorities diagnosed 16 new cases of covid-19 and another 24 patients recovered in the last 24 hours, recording 241 active situations in the region, the Regional Health Directorate reported today.

The covid-19 pandemic has caused at least 4,190,383 deaths worldwide, among more than 195.8 million cases of infection by the new coronavirus, according to the most recent report by the Agence France-Presse.

In Portugal, since the beginning of the pandemic, in March 2020, 17,330 people have died and 963,446 cases of infection have been registered, according to the Directorate-General for Health.

The respiratory disease is caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, detected in late 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China, and currently with variants identified in countries such as the United Kingdom, India, South Africa, Brazil and Peru.

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