Madeira to keep curfew even if revoked at national level, says governor

“I am not ending any curfew. We are in a state of calamity and we will keep the schedules because we are in the middle of a pandemic,” said Miguel Albuquerque. [Shutterstock/ Per Bengtsson]

The Portuguese island of Madeira will maintain its curfew even if the mainland government decides otherwise following its meeting of the national drug authority to discuss the epidemiological situation on Tuesday, the president of the regional government has insisted.

I am not ending any curfew. We are in a state of calamity and we will keep the schedules because we are in the middle of a pandemic,” said Miguel Albuquerque, confronted with the possibility of a decision being taken to end this measure at a national level.

The Madeiran governor argued that, given the regional epidemiological situation, it is necessary to “keep the curfew [between 1 am and 5 am], the closure of establishments at the time that is determined [from midnight] and avoid gatherings and the stupidities that have happened recently.”.

The aim is for Madeira “not to have more cases”, he said, mentioning that the region currently has five people hospitalised in Funchal, none in intensive care and that “hospital capacity is fully safeguarded.” (Ana Basílio, Lusa.pt)

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