Wearing a mask on the street is no longer mandatory in Madeira from March 16
The president of the regional government considers that there are safe conditions to proceed with this measure. The mandatory use of a mask in closed spaces will remain in force.
The use of a mask on the street will no longer be mandatory in Madeira as of March 16, the president of the Regional Government said this Wednesday, considering that there are "safe conditions" to proceed with the measure.
"At this moment, we have, fortunately, a complete vaccination rate [against covid-19] in Madeira above 90% and the mortality rate for covid-19 is less than 0.8%", said Miguel Albuquerque, noting that, therefore, there are conditions, "with relative safety", to dispense with the use of a mask outdoors.
The Madeiran official was giving a speech at the Horácio Bento de Gouveia Basic School, in Funchal, where he presented the prizes for the "The Pandemic Still Hasn't Ended" contest, aimed at 1st, 2nd and 3rd cycle students and secondary school students. autonomous region, who submitted a total of 239 works.
"We take the measures in line with reality and according to the guidelines of the Regional Health Directorate", said Miguel Albuquerque, adding these measures have been defined and implemented "with care" and "progressively".
The mandatory use of a mask in closed spaces will remain in force in Madeira.
In February, regional authorities announced that they would publish the Covid-19 epidemiological bulletin once a month, limiting daily information to the number of deaths associated with the disease and hospital admissions.
According to the most recent data from the Regional Health Directorate, referring to Tuesday, 49 patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 are hospitalized in hospitals in the region, one of them in intensive care.
Madeira has recorded a total of 211 deaths associated with the disease since the beginning of the pandemic.
Data from the regional authority differ from those presented by the Directorate-General for Health (DGA), which reports 193 deaths in the region since March 2020.
The DGS reports, on the other hand, a total of 83,389 confirmed cases of infection in the archipelago since the beginning of the pandemic.
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