Outbreak with 35 infected aboard a Portuguese Navy corvette in Madeira – Sociedade


An outbreak of COVID-19 aboard the corvette ‘António Enes’, of the Portuguese Navy, has already reached 35 infected, confirmed to CM official source of the Navy. The positive cases were detected after carrying out rapid tests on the entire garrison, which resulted in 34 negative tests.

The ship is moored in the port of Funchal, Madeira, and “it was possible to isolate the positive cases from the remaining soldiers inside the corvette”. With the ship “split in two”, the situation is being evaluated with the health authorities of Madeira, but there will be no immediate need to take the infected military to isolation in a hotel unit. Those who have symptoms “are only mild” such as a sore throat and cough.

“The military personnel on board are all vaccinated and all had been tested, with negative results, on departure for the mission”, said the same official source.

The corvette has been in the seas of Madeira for a week, on a mission “within the scope of safeguarding human life at sea and patrol and surveillance of maritime spaces, thus contributing to fulfilling the functions of security and authority of the State at sea”.

It was to reinforce the region after the ship that was there had suffered a damage, which has now been resolved. Therefore, the inoperability of ‘António Enes’ “has no impact on the operation of the Navy in the region”. ‘António Enes’ is commanded by the frigate captain Madeira Gonçalves.?

This Tuesday was the day on which the Autonomous Region of Madeira recorded a maximum of new infections, with 1889 positive cases. According to local health authorities, 44 of the cases are imported and 1845 are locally transmitted. Currently, the Region accounts for 8,926 active cases. There are 94 people hospitalized.


Source: Correio da Manhã by www.cmjornal.pt.

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