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News 2020 - Cape Verde - August

News 2020 - Cape Verde - August


News from Cape Verde - August 2020

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13th - Japanese couple on honeymoon and stranded on Sal Island end up as Cape Verde's Olympic team ambassadors (Channel News Asia - 13.8.20)

12th - Covid-19 Update - (Governo de Cabo Verde - 12.8.20)

12th - TAP announce they will start to fly to Boa Vista in October from Lisbon. (Zap.aeiou - 13.8.20)

12th - Tourism Minister expects to reopen tourism on the island later this month. (TCV - 12.8.20) PLEASE NOTE - Not all countries with airlines that used to fly to Cape Verde (pre March 2020) will operate flights to Cape Verde from August 2020. Some airlines will fly into some Cape Verde islands, not others. Flights from Cape Verde airports to other international airports abroad may be limited to certain airports or countries and, these may change/be cancelled as a result of fluctuations in corona virus infections (home or abroad). Other airlines may not return to Cape Verde until later this year or next (who knows). Check your own Government websites for updates and that of the flight operator/airline. 

12th - Ministry of Tourism wants to train 600 professionals in the tourism sector across the country. (RCV - 12.8.20)

12th - Bar, restaurant and hotel owners complain about the losses they say are huge. (RCV - 12.8.20)

12th - Covid-19. Cape Verde with 24 new recoveries and 3 thousand accumulated cases. 71 new cases on Santiago, 9 new cases on Sal Island. (Opais - 12. 8.20)

12th - Saga to launch Covid-19 holiday insurance. (Breaking Travel News - 12.8.20)            

12th - TACV / CVA suspended employment contracts with almost 100% of employees. Most of the pilots have already delivered their houses in Sal and are returning to Praia. (A Nacao - 12.8.20)

12th - Latest government measures to combat covid-19 are hasty, considers CCISS president. (RCV - 12.8.20)

12th - Covid-19 has killed more than 23,000 in Africa. (Opais  12.8.20)  

11th - Cabo Verde Telecom launches project for the largest Submarine Cable Terminal Station in the country. (Noticias do Norte - 11.8.20)

11th - From the 26th of this month, that is, 60 days before the elections, inaugurations are prohibited, the same calendar establishes. (RCV - 11.8.20)  

11th - The prime minister says that he does not react to open letters in the media, when confronted with the letter from Colombian businessman Alex Saab. (Sapo - 11.8.20)

11th - Covid-19..... 36 on Santiago, 1 Sao Vicente and one mortality. (Opais - 11.8.20)

11th - Prime Minister says Government “is complying” with Sal. ((Opais - 11.8.20)

11th - When inaugurating, in the presence of the Prime Minister, the renovation works of the António Sousa neighborhood and the new Calçadão de Santa Maria, Júlio Lopes referred to the fulfillment of the “contract” with the population of the Island. (Opais - 11.8.20)            

10th - Covid-19 results 10.8.20. (Governo de Cabo Verde - 10.8.20)

10th - Internet users displeased with the ban on parties and gatherings in private homes. (Noticias do Norte - 10.8.20)            

10th - There are nine infected with Covid-19 at the São Martinho Prison (Santiago). Two of these are at the Agostinho Neto Hospital. In the last 24 hours there were 47 more suspected cases. (Opais - 10.8.20)  

10th - CV Airlines CEO Erlendur Svavarsson, in a letter addressed to workers, acknowledges that, despite "numerous conversations and good intentions", there is still "no agreement" among the major shareholders on future financing and settlement of past debts. (Expresso das Ilhas - 10.8.20)

10th - With four more recovered Sal reduces active cases to 48. (Noticias do Norte - 10.8.20)  

10th - Cape Verde: Bar Association warns of unconstitutionality of restrictive measures. (RFI - 10.8.20)

10th - 25 new cases, all on the island of Santiago. (Opais - 10.8.20)

10th - The Government has decreed the mandatory use of masks on public roads, even in open spaces. However, the measure does not appear in the published BO on the extension of the state of calamity and raises questions of constitutionality. (A Nacao - 10.8.20)

10th - The Prime Minister is expected, this Monday, 10, in Ilha do Sal, for a 2-day visit to the Island. (Opais - 10.8.20)

10th - The ordinance that establishes the new rules for the use of facial masks will be published today and implies sanctions when non-compliance occurs in certain sectors and areas of activity, especially vulnerable to the spread of the virus, such as transport and trade. (Expresso das Ilhas - 10.8.20)

9th - 23 new positive cases all on the island of Santiago. (Noticias do Norte - 9.8.20)

8th - IMP announce rules for use of beach from 10th Aug. On Sal it will be as follows: The "Istituto Marittimo Portuario" (maritime authority) has issued the circular regulating the use of the beaches for the next three weeks starting on 10 August.

Relating to the island of Sal:
- You can go to the beaches from 06.00 to 10.00 (four hours in total)
- it will be possible to practice water sports on the beaches that allow it (without limitations whatsoever)
- it will be mandatory to respect a minimum distance of two meters and avoid any type of aggregation
- there are further restrictions re-opening and closing of establishment and other restrictions. (No Link).

8th - Covid-19 : 2 deaths in Santiago. Reported cases: 49 Santiago, 4 São Vicente, 2 Sal. (Opais - 8.8.20)  

8th - The measures announced yesterday (7th) will take effect this Monday, August 10th. (Noticias do Norte - 7.8.20)

8th - Decision on reopening borders only next week. Next Monday, the 10th, the Government will meet to decide, depending on the situation in the country and whether the prognosis of opening is maintained in the second half of August. (Opais -8.8.20)

7th - Covid-19 results 7th Aug. (Facebook - Governo de Cabo Verde)

7th - The Government extended, this Friday, 7, the state of calamity for the two Islands most affected by the new coronavirus, in the country, Santiago and Sal. (Opais - 7.8.20)

7th - Sal - Renato Evarchis' post: Restaurateur from Santa Maria imports 2,000 masks at the price of 407 euros and pays 229 euros (25,223 escudos) in costs and customs clearance fees.

The entrepreneur points out that these are additional costs exceeding 50% of the price of the masks and specifies that they have been purchased for the protection of their staff and not for commercial use.
The restaurateur want to raise public awareness about the high cost of customs clearance even in the presence of purchases of health products required by law. (No link)

7th - COVID-19: Three deaths in 24 hours. (Expresso das Ilhas - 7.8.20)

7th - 'WHO' is in China to investigate the origins of the new coronavirus. (TVi24 - 7.8.20)  

7th - D. Saúde de S. Vicente asks passengers coming on the ship Praia d'Aguada to make screenings of Covid-19. (Mindel Insite - 7.8.20)  

6th - REMEX fourth edition: Paddle crossing between São Vicente and Santo Antão with the participation of 12 athletes. (Noticias do Norte - 6.8.20)

6th - Economic Crisis: Sal hotels and tour operators apprehensive about the current situation and already admit redundancies. (Sal Wave - 6.8.20)  

Article from July 16th 2020: Tents and tin houses increase in the neighborhood of Alto de Santa Cruz, Sal island. (Sal Wave - 16.7.20)  

6th - Sal: Thirty people who tested positive in a rapid test and negative in PCR prevented from traveling to São Vicente. (Noticias do Norte - 6.8.20)

6th - Covid-19: The 20/30 age group is the most infected in Cape Verde. (Noticias do Norte - 6.8.20)

6th - Portugal grants moratorium (a legal authorization to debtors to postpone payment.) to Cape Verde on direct loans. (Expresso das Ilhas - 6.8.20)

6th - The ship Interilhas of Cape Verde Interilhas, CVII, aborted, on the last night, the trip to Ilha do Sal, leaving several passengers ashore, without much explanation. (Opais -.6.8.20)            

6th - Covid-19 - 45 new positives:  37 on Santiago and 8 on Sal. (Facebook - Governo do Cabo Verde - 6.8.20)

5th - 58 new cases. 39 on Santiago, 19 on Sal. One more death. (Opais - 5.8.20)

5th - Hospital Dr. Agostinho Neto will double beds for hospitalization of patients with covid-19. (Inforpress - 5.8.20)

5th - Head of State visits Boa Vista Island, between the 7th and 9th Aug. (Opais - 5.8.20)  

4th - Work continues on new the HOTEL RIU PALACE SANTA MARIA, Sal Island. It is due to open in 2021. This video was taken Aug 4th 2020. (Taken from August Album - Cape Verde Tips)

4th - According to the Ministry, in the last 24 hours, 48 new cases of Covid-19 were registered in the country, 35 of which were diagnosed in Praia, Santa Cruz and Tarrafal de Santiago with 2 each, São Salvador do Mundo , São Miguel and Ribeira Brava with 1 each and São Salvador do Mundo and Sal with 3 each. One death was recorded and 19 recoveries. (Opais - 4.8.20)

3rd - Another 36 new positive cases, all in Praia, Santiago. (Opais - 3.8.20)

3rd - Passengers stay on the ground on the first TAP flight between Lisbon and Cape Verde for not meeting requirements. (A Nacao - 3.8.20)

3rd - Another 15yr old girl drowns off shore on Boa Vista. (RIP. Condolences to her family and friends). (Noticial do Norte - 3.8.20) 

3rd - 29-year-old dies on Santa Maria beach. (Opais - 3.8.20) (RIP. Condolences to her family and friends). 

Maritime: CV InterIlhas launches mobile system for check-in. It is necessary to install the SmartBoarding system on a mobile device. (Noticias do Norte - 31.7.20)

3rd - TUI may organise a flight from Sal to the Netherlands (Amsterdam). Please access this link for more information. (Google Doc - 3.8.20)  

2nd - The youngest person in Cape Verde died, victim of Covid-19. This is an 18-year-old man who was admitted to the Agostinho Neto Hospital, and lived in Cidade Velha. Santiago. According to OPAÍS.cv, it can be determined that the young person did not suffer from other diseases, but even so he evolved to a critical condition. (Opais - 2.8.20)

2nd - Covid-19: 63 positive cases, 12 on Sal and 51 on the island of Santiago. (Opais - 2.8.20)

2nd - After five months with the country closed, it is not certain when and in what manner the reopening will take place and it is unknown at what pace the tourism sector will resume. For small traders, these are painful times that have stopped years of growth. Some small businesses have reached their limit.  (Expresso das Ilhas - 2.8.20)

1st - In just 1 and a half months, at least 14 people have already been detained on Ilha do Sal for hunting turtles, a practice punishable under the Cape Verdean law.(Opais - 1.8.20)  

Please find below the link to information on the test results for Covid-19 for 1st August 2020. For further updates please follow 'Governo de Cabo Verde' on Facebook.  https://www.facebook.com/GovernodeCaboVerde/

Covid-19 Update - 1st Aug.2020 Covid-19 Update - 1st Aug.2020 (200 KB)

1st - Sal Island: Alex Saab visited Ramiro Alves hospital for alleged health problems. The Colombian businessman who is awaiting extradition in Cape Verde was in Hiace escorted by five other vehicles, which comprised a total of twenty special forces agents. (Inforpress - 1.8.20)

1st - Cabo Verde Broadcast, the company that manages DTT, Digital Terrestrial Television in the Archipelago, has programmed the beginning of the "blackout" of the analog signal, starting on the 17th of this August and terminate January 2021 (Opais - 1.8.20).


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