The President of the Government of Madeira, Miguel Albuquerque, confirmed that the face-to-face classes will be maintained at various levels of education, because the number of people infected by the new coronavirus does not justify its suspension.
"At this moment, in daycare centers, kindergartens, pre-school, 1st and 2nd cycles, vocational education and special education, we have detected so far only 31 positive cases in students and 14 in teachers and staff", he explained Miguel Albuquerque, stressing that "it is a residual number."
The government official, who was speaking on the sidelines of a visit to the Madeira Civil Protection Service, in Funchal, where he handed over 11 vehicles to the Forest Police, said that these levels of education represent a universe of 27 students, teachers and employees, in the regional total of 53 thousand.
On January 11, the Madeiran executive, from the PSD / CDS-PP coalition, decided to suspend the face-to-face classes in the 3rd cycle and in secondary education in all schools in the autonomous region until at least January 31, keeping the remaining levels.
“To date, prophylactic measures have been taken, in this universe of 27 thousand, in relation to 995 people, which means 3,5%”, said Miguel Albuquerque, stressing that the figures show that the school remains the “safest place ”For young people to stay.
The chief executive indicated, however, that the Regional Government Council will “clarify”, at Thursday's meeting, some of the restrictions that came into force on January 13, namely in terms of the concentration of people in bars and restaurants , which now close at 18:00.
"We are not going to restrict anyone, nor are we going to restrict economic activity, but we are going to make it very transparent in what conditions people can stay in the bars drinking," he explained, stressing that the inspection will also be reinforced.
According to the most recent data, the Madeira archipelago registers 1.735 active cases of covid-19. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 31 people have died.
The covid-19 pandemic caused at least 2.058.226 deaths resulting from more than 96,1 million cases of infection worldwide, according to a report made by the French agency AFP.
In Portugal, 9.465 people died from 581.605 confirmed cases of infection, according to the most recent bulletin from the Directorate-General for Health.
The disease is transmitted by a new coronavirus detected in late December 2019 in Wuhan, a city in central China.