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30th - Cape Verde recorded 45 more new cases of infection with the new coronavirus, the majority on Santiago Island, the main focus of the Covid-19 pandemic and 7 more new cases on Sal Island. (Noticias do Norte - 30.7.20)
30th - Although there were only 19 cases reported yesterday, all of which were on the island of Santiago, the fact that the Virology Lab on Sal Island is still out of action is a concern to many islanders. (Noticias do Norte - 30.7.20)
Announcement by Camara do Sal - Commencing from 27th July 2020 - Work to take place over 3 months along Rua Amilcar Cabral, Santa Maria (same road as Pharmacy). The road will be closed to vehicles.
Roadworks - Rua Amilcar Cabral (92 KB)
29th - Cape Verde reopens international borders in the second half of August. Cape Verde will reopen its international borders, closed since March 19 due to the pandemic, in the second half of August. Presentation of tests to Covid-19 should be mandatory. (Observador - 29.7.20)
28th - 26 new positive cases of Covid-19 were also reported on the last day. Of these, 21 were registered in Cidade da Praia, 3 in São Miguel, 1 in Ribeira Brava and 1 in Ilha do Sal. (Opais - 28.7.20)
28th - TAP will resume flights from Portugal to Cape Verde on Saturday, August 1st, with eight weekly connections, divided between airports in the city of Praia and Mindelo. But in September, according to TAP, flights to S. Vicente will be reduced to two per week. (Noticias do Norte - 28.7.20)
27th - Due to technical reasons pointed out by the Government, in August the island of Sal will not receive flights from Portugal, these will resume in September with 3 flights a week. (Noticias do Norte - 28.7.20)
27th - Covid-19. Sal's laboratory working again. After three days of inactivity, due to a problem, the laboratory returned to work yesterday, and samples from the island are already being analyzed. (Opais - 27.7.20)
24th - Re the Boletim Oficial, of 23rd July - LAW DECREE "LAY-OFF" PERIOD JULY OCTOBER 2020.
Law 96 / IX / 2020 - Article 14
According to article 14 of Law 96 / IX / 2020, adherence to the "second lay-off" (July - September), unlike the first (April - June), provides for the obligation on the part of the entrepreneur not to fire employees, for "extinction of the job or collective dismissal" up to 120 days after the end of the contract, all this regardless of the unpredictable socio-economic conditions that will be present at the time the benefit ends (September 30).
In summary, with the adhesion to this "second lay-off", the entrepreneur declares "implicitly" that he has the financial strength to pay 100% of the salaries, plus the social contribution, also for the period October 1, 2020, until January 31, 2021.
Many businessmen already comment that this decree may contain elements of unconstitutionality.
THE OFFICIAL BULLETIN THAT CONFIRMS THE LAY-OFF HAS SOME SIGNIFICANT NEWS -
The Boletim Official has been published confirming lay-off from July 1st until September 30th.
Some amendments are noteworthy:
- company owners and managers are excluded from benefit
- there is the company's obligation to train employees
- the benefit of lay-off ends in case of profit distribution
It is also timely to remember that obtaining this benefit forces the company not to dismiss workers within 120 days of September 30.
Thank you Renato Evarchi for the clarification and providing it in a format suitable for translation.
How will these s businesses comply with this demand? No tourism = No Income!!!
23rd - The Boletim Oficial (The Official Bulletin is in Portuguese) has been published and confirming the "lay-off" from 1st July to 30th September. (PDF - Official Bulletin - Lay Off Rules - July 2020).
Lay Off Rules - Covid-19 - July 2020 (328 KB)
23rd - The rules for access to beaches due to the Covid-19 pandemic are essentially remoteness, that is, maintaining social distance, avoiding collective sports, picnics and camps. Beaches may be banned again if users do not respect the rules, warns IMP. (RCV - 23.7.20)
22nd - Covid-19 blocks tourism sector. Carlos Santos, who was speaking this morning at the MpD Parliamentary Group conference-forum, as part of the preparation of the debate on the State of the Nation, predicted that only in 2023, our country could again register tourists, similar to 2019. (Opais - 22.7.20)
21st - IMP calls on everyone to comply with the rules on access to beaches, remembering that the spread of Covid-19 is a public health problem that requires the assumption of the responsibility of each of us in their fight. (Facebook - 21.7.20)
20th: Yesterday afternoon (20th July 2020) the Minister of Tourism and Transport, Carlos Santos, during a meeting with a group of entrepreneurs announced that Cape Verde airports will reopen to international traffic starting from August 15th. By the end of the month, a group of TUI executives will visit Cape Verde to check if there are conditions to reopen their resorts. Source: Renato Evarchi ( he was present at the meeting). No Link.
19th - Cape Verde recorded 28 more positive cases and 67 recovered in the last hours. The country counts 1047 active cases and 1040 recovered. Today - Santiago 20, Sal 5, Sao Nicolau 3. (Expresso das Ilhas - 19.7.20)
18th - Covid-19: Tests performed on Friday 17th July, for travel purposes resulted in 17 positives...... 65 rapid tests were carried out in Cidade da Praia (Santiago), two of which were positive and Sal 84 with 15 positives. (Sapo - 18.7.20)
16th - Info for British Nationals: The British Embassy in Portugal is made aware of repatriation flights organised by other foreign diplomatic missions in Cape Verde and this information has been shared by the EU Delegation on Praia. LINK: https://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/cabo-verde/area/contacts_en
We refer all our British nationals in Cape Verde seeking assistance and information to our FCO Travel Advice for Cape Verde which we regularly update and which British nationals can sign up for alerts. LINK: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/cape-verde
British Vice Consulate | Edificio A Fabrica | 8501-912 Portimão | Portugal
15th - Very sad news: Santa Maria - 5-year-old boy escapes from adult control and drowns in the "quintalona" beach which is located near the swimming pool of the Porto Antigo residence. The episode happened around 04.00 PM and the child died shortly before arriving at the Santa Maria clinic where any attempt to save him resulted in vain. Video News: (Sapo - 15.7.20)
15th - TCV News report in Portuguese with video. Re-extradition of Alex Saab. (TCV - 15.7.20)
15th - Scientists have never seen another virus attack the brain in the same way as the virus that causes COVID-19, says doctor Michael Zandi, the study's lead author. Something unusual is severe brain damage even in patients with mild symptoms. (Sapo - 15.7.20)
14th - Registration form for meeting between the Deputy Prime Minister / Minister of Finance and National Business Entrepreneurs to be held on 14th has been postponed until the 20th. National Business Entrepreneurs can use the registration form to put questions to the Ministers and express their concerns. (Google Docs - 14.7.20)
13th - IMP (Port Maritime Institute) have stated that beaches can open on 7 islands without opening and closing time restrictions, with the exception on the beaches on Sal Island. Santiago's beaches remain completely closed. (Expresso das Ilhas - 13.7.20)
10th - The company Transportes Interilhas de Cabo Verde (TICV) ... (Ex Binter).... considers "absolutely necessary" and "urgent" the resumption of domestic flights in the archipelago, admitting that the airline, stopped since March 29, faces "very high" financial losses. (Expresso das Ilhas - 10.7.20)
7th - Non-Portuguese or foreign nationals without residence in Portugal who do not have a negative test on COVID-19 on arrival must do so at the airport and pay and the company that transported them will have fines of 1,000 euros / passenger. (Sapo - 7.7.20)
7th - Ilha Brava recorded the fall of the first precipitation yesterday, in the late afternoon.Yesterday's rains lasted about half an hour, enough to wet the land and revive the hopes of the countrymen.(Opais - 7.7.20)
6th - The island of Sal now has the first aircraft simulator 737 800 - NG (new generation), in an investment of 120 thousand dollars by the Angolan businessman Carlos Pinto. Its situated in the Socol Shopping Centre. (Sapo - 6.7.20)
1st - The National Director of Health, Artur Correia, reiterated yesterday, 30, that the fight against the covid-19 in Cape Verde will only be won if there is a “strong involvement” of all civil society actors. (Sapo - 1.7.20)