Madeira advances with second phase of tests to covid-19 in school where positive case was detected

Another teacher and 11 students from the class where the positive coronavirus case will be tested on Thursday will be tested.

The health authorities will advance this Thursday with the second phase of tests to students in a class in which a positive case of covid-19 was detected, in a school in Funchal.

“In a first phase, we tested a teacher and 11 students. Fortunately, the result was negative. The remaining contacts of the class will be tested this Thursday: another teacher and 11 more students from that class ”, said Pedro Ramos, Regional Secretary for Health

The Regional Secretary for Health was speaking on the sidelines of the presentation of two capsules for transporting people with infectious disease at the Regional Civil Protection Service in Funchal.

"It should be noted that all students in this class, of which the positive case is part, are in isolation and will remain in isolation for 14 days", underlined Pedro Ramos.

The positive case was detected on Sunday in a student from the 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycles with preschool Bartolomeu Perestrelo and motivated the activation of the establishment's contingency plan, which has about 750 students.

The contagion occurred in a family context and will have resulted from the fact that an element did not respect the isolation to which it should have been subjected until confirmation of the test performed at the airport, on the return of a trip to the city of Porto.

"The direct contacts of that student will all be tested because they lasted more than 15 minutes and had a proximity of less than two meters, despite having the mask", stressed Pedro Ramos.

On Monday, the Regional Secretariat for Education indicated that two classes at the Bartolomeu Perestrelo school, totaling 41 students, were placed in quarantine for a period of 14 days.

According to the Institute of Health Administration (IASAÚDE), the archipelago of Madeira currently registers 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.

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