I know you have concerns about COVID-19, not just at home but abroad. At the end of this text you will find updates on what is happening in Cape Verde since the flight ban was introduced on 17th March.
Here on the ground on Sal Island, some hotels have shut their doors, just looking after remaining guests, other hotels and resorts will follow
suit. Restaurants and bars, businesses and services are also going to find it difficult in Cape Verde, many will need to close. Please give
some thought also, for the people that won't be able to work for the foreseeable future due to operational cut backs and closures of services
and business, or of those that work as self-employed. Most have relied on tourism on Sal to earn money.
There are also many others that will continue to work to provide a service and they will need protection in one form or another, such as those working at the local Pharmacy in Santa Maria, where clear screens were fitted on the counter between staff and public. There are other steps being taken by other service providers and businesses to protect their staff, so all types of businesses and services will be affected to varying degrees.
Stay safe everyone, wherever you are.
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- The President of the Republic has already initiated contacts in order to decide whether or not to extend the state of emergency, which entered into force on 29 March, lasting 20 days, due to the pandemic of COVID-19. (Expresso das Ilhas - 7.4.20)
- The Prime Minister, Ulisses Correia e Silva, announced today that around 179 nurses have been recruited to strengthen the national health system, in all municipalities in the country, to combat COVID-19. (Expresso-das-Ilhas - 3.4.20)
- The test for covid-19 on a person on Sal Island has proved to be negative........... It is now the fifth day without new positive cases of Covid-19, in Cape Verde, however there are two new suspects, one in Praia on the island of Santiago and the other on Boa Vista. (Opais - 2.4.20)
- Lack of transport makes COVID-19 screening tests difficult. Altogether there are seven suspected cases that have not yet been tested due to the lack of air and sea connections between the islands. Six are in Boa Vista and one in São Vicente. The rest, whose results were not yet known, were negative for coronavirus. (Expresso das Ilhas - 1.4.2020)
- Seven more samples arrived from Boa Vista, but the good news is that there are no new positive cases. Of the 4 suspected cases referenced yesterday, two were negative and the remainder are still in progress. (Opais - 31.3.2020)
- The National Director of Health brought to Covid-19 the usual balance sheet, “two novelties”, the first of which the only suspicious case that expected the result was negative and that Cape Verde currently registers four more cases suspects, two in the city of Praia, one in Boa Vista and another on the island of Sal. (Opais - 30.3.2020)
- Presidential decree goes into effect at zero on Sunday, and lasts until midnight on April 17th, a measure taken in “conscience and sense of responsibility”, says President Jorge Carlos Fonseca. The Head of State has already announced that a presidential decree will institute a state of emergency regime, which will take effect from midnight today, for a period of 20 days.
- The President of the Republic of Cape Verde has received all the powers necessary to declare a state of emergency and should speak to the nation today at 11.30 am. Further info will be posted after 11.30a.m. as to what he has stated. (Opais 2.3.2020)
- Repatriation flights from TUI being sent in to take people off Sal Island today Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd. Passengers due to leave Sal later this week are being contacted and told they are to leave on earlier flights. Check your emails, phone messages and TUI website, or see if you can't speak to someone at TUI in person. Some passengers due to fly to Bristol Tue 24th are leaving sooner on a flight Saturday 22nd to London Gatwick. Photo below taken 9.50a.m. 23rd March 2020. Having been informed by TUI that they would need to be on and earlier departure flight from Sal leaving Monday 23rd, some people arrived at the airport early, knowing there would be long queues for flights due depart in the afternoon. NOTE: Today's flight departures from Sal may be the last for some time.
Quoted from announcement yesterday by Prime Minister, José Ulisses Correia e Silva 17th March 2020
Considering the situation of the epidemic in Portugal and several other countries of Europe; in the USA, Brazil and certain African countries, the government decides (with effect from tomorrow, March 18th): It is prohibited to dock cruises and sailing ships and the landing of passengers in Cape Verde Ports. The landing of crew arriving at Cape Verde Ports on cargo, fishing and similar ships is prohibited.
Ban air links with Portugal and all European countries marked with the of 19 epidemic and with the USA, Brazil, Senegal and Nigeria. The Ban is for a period of three weeks. It may be anticipated or extended as the epidemic has developed in these countries. The Ban, cargo flights and return flights of citizens on holiday or in service in Cape Verde to their countries of origin or residence.
Urgent medical evacuations and supplies of hospital medicines, materials and consumables in an emergency regime will be covered and guaranteed under health flights.