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News 2020 - Cape Verde - June

News 2020 - Cape Verde - June

01-Jun-2020

News from Cape Verde - June 2020

If you haven't followed the news page for March 17th - 31st May 2020, then you can view those news posts by clicking on: News - Covid 19 March-April-May 2020.

June News: The links below will take you to the full articles that appear in the news during June 2020, which are uploaded onto this page every day (when possible). 

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Most recent posts online via links below -

Keep checking the Google Album by Cape Verde Tips - June 2020 for new photos and videos added throughout the month - Google Photo Album by Cape Verde Tips - June 2020

LINK TO JULY NEWS: News - July 2020

30th - The day in review (Expresso das Ilhas 30.6.20)

29th - Two deaths in one day registered on Santiago as covid-19 related. (Opais - 29.6.20)

29th - Coronavirus: World Health Organisation warns, the worst could be yet to come. (BBC - 29.6.20)  

29th - Cape Verde has performed more than 39,000 Covid-19 tests. Of these, more than 30,000 are rapid tests and more than 9,000 PCR tests. (Opais - 29.6.20)

29th - Domestic internal flights between Cape Verde islands postponed, now due to re-commence 15th July. Maritime transport between Santiago and Sal also postponed. (Opais - 19.6.20)

28th - The Sabura Hotel on Sal Island, which has been closed for a number of years (situated near the Riu Hotels) has been identified for alternative use during covid-19 pandemic. Video (TRC - 28.6.20)

28th - (No Link) Hotel Morabeza in Santa Maria announces that will reopen its doors on October 15th 2020
HOTEL MORABEZA – IMPORTANT INFORMATION COVID-19
Dear clients, partners and friends,
Following the announcements and directives issued by the Cabo Verde Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Morabeza hotel decided to extend the closure of its doors until October 15th 2020.
However, this date will depend on the decisions that Cabo Verde government will make about the reopening of airports and borders.
We'll keep you informed.
We appreciate your understanding and your support.
We hope everyone stays well, healthy in these difficult times.
The Directorate

28th - Cape Verde registers another 64 cases of Covid-19. Sal has 40 new infections. (Opais - 28.6.20)

28th - The island of Maio registers first positive cases of Covid-19. These are two people who traveled from Cidade da Praia (Santiago) to Porto Inglês (Maio). (Opais -28.6.20)

28th - African Development Bank lends Cape Verde 30 million Euros to fight Covid. (Expresso das Ilhas - 28.6.20)

28th - AIRBNB - It took us 12 years to build the company and we lost almost everything in weeks (Sapo -28.6.20)

28th - Covid-19. Rises to 12 number of deaths in Cape Verde. (Opais - 28.6.20)

27th - Cape Verde breaks daily record of infections by registering 64 new cases. 11 on Sal, the rest on Santiago Island. (Opais - 27.6.20)

27th - Video of the Minister of Tourism and Transport on Sal Island. (Sapo - 27.6.20)  

27th - Minister of Tourism for Cape Verde attends a Rapid Test centre in Santa Maria (More photos and videos in Google Album link above - 27.6.20).

27th - A source from the operators in Cape Verde told Expresso das Ilhas that the return of tourism will only happen later in the year, but with little certainty. ....And what do operators want? Hospitals equipped and with good human resources!!! (Expresso das Ilhas - 27.6.20)

27th - Government postpones resumption of flights aiming at opening Cape Verde with “security and tranquility” (Sapo - 27.6.20)

27th - Cape Verde excluded from the list of countries that may enter the EU from July. (Mindel Insite - 27.6.20)

26th - National Police in Sal recover about 3 thousand contos in stolen materials. (TCV - 26.6.20)

26th - Cape Verde with 24 more positive cases. 8 were registered in Ilha do Sal, the rest on Santiago. (Opais - 26.6.20)

26th - Covid-19 causes another death in Cape Verde. Patient was hospitalized in Ilha do Sal.(Opais - 26.6.20)

26th - Sal: (From 16th of June - 25th) .... Three PJ agents tested positive for COVID-19 and colleagues waiting for test results were working, The NN knows that on Tuesday, the 16th, an inspector from the PJ tested positive for COVID-19 and on the 17th in the morning he was isolated by determination of the Sal's Health Office. All close contacts, co-workers, were submitted to PCR tests on the 17th afternoon, a total of 6 PJ employees. (Noticias do Norte - 26.6.20)

26th - Visa exemption between Cape Verde and Russia goes into effect in July. (Opais - 26.6.20)

26th - Covid-19. Cape Verde prepares two centers to treat tourists...... Sal and Boa Vista  (Opais 26.6.20)

25th - Coronavirus: The day in review (Expresso das Ilhas - 25.6.20)

25th - Home isolation should start soon. (Expresso das Ilhas - 25.6.20)

25th - Covid-19: 3 more cases recorded on Sal and 2 in Santiago. (Opais - 25.6.20) Update: 2 cases in Santiago reduced to 1.

24th - 10 more covid-19 cases on Santiago and 5 on Sal Island. (Opais - 24.6.20) Update: another one case was added to numbers on Santiago, making the re-count 11.

23rd - Registered covid-19 cases in Cape Verde as 'Recovered' (Opais - 23.6.20)

23rd - Cape Verde - Resumption of international flights postponed to August. (Expresso das Ilhas - 23.6.20)

23rd - The National Director of Health, Artur Correia, said yesterday at the usual press conference, that with the resumption of domestic flights, starting on June 30, including Santiago Island, it will be no surprise that more cases will appear on the other islands. (Opais - 23.6.20)

23rd - Covid-19: Another 22 cases on Sal, 2 in Sao Vicente, 16 on Santiago. (Opais - 23.6.20)

22nd - Tests sent to Sao Vicente from Sal were returned to Sal un-tested. Group of Cape Verdeans repatriated from the USA says they were abandoned in a hotel in Sal, 21 days ago. (RCV - 22.6.20)

22nd - Domestic inter-island flights in Cape Verde resumed on 30th June. (Expresso das Ilhas - 22.6.20)

22nd - Corona virus can cause lasting lung damage, but the effects may ease over time. (The Conversation - 22.6.20)

22nd - ILHA do SAL recorded again 22 new cases. SANTIAGO: 32 cases confirmed. TOTAL 54. (Opais - 22.6.20)

21st - TUI makes big change to holidays which affects millions of customers. (Wales Online - 21.6.20)

21st - Covid-19. Cape Verde with 27 new cases. Sal has 25. (Opais - 21.6.20)

21st - Arlindo do Rosário said the Government's decision not to carry out rapid tests and PCR tests on all those arriving in the country is due to Cape Verde's inability to carry out such tests at airports. “It is not just an impossibility for Cape Verde, but for several countries, to put into operation something that would require quick tests, with the performance in an hour, reliable, with the performance of PCR to all those who demand Cape Verde, including tourists . Having to do rapid, reliable tests, within an hour, at airports, does not exist in any country ”he concluded. (Noticias do Norte - 21.6.20)

21st - Government may postpone reopening of flights. Arlindo do Rosário stresses that this could happen if the national and international epidemiological situation justifies it. (Opais - 21.6.20)

21st - Reopening of flights without tests. President of the Republic of Cabo Verde gives benefit of the doubt to the Government. (RCV - 21.6.20)

21st - PR calls for “individual responsibility” in combating Covid-19. (Opais - 21.6.20)

21st - PM : "It is not tourists who are bringing the virus to Cape Verde " - Ulisses says that we are going to open borders."The country cannot remain closed ", "We are having cases without tourists ", "

20th - A woman infected with the new coronavirus today escaped isolation at Hospital Agostinho Neto, in Praia, Santiago Island, and was captured moments later by agents of the National Police (PN). (Sapo -20.6.20)  

20th - One more positive case recorded on Sal Island and 13 on the island of Santiago. (Opais - 20.6.20)

20th - Covid-19: Ilha do Sal is again covered by restrictive measures. Mayor Júlio Lopes applauds decision. Bars and restaurants to close at 9p.m. Visits to certain some establishments restricted. (RCV - 20.6.20)

19th - World Health Organization (WHO) director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.The global coronavirus pandemic is accelerating, with Thursday's 150,000 new cases the highest in a single day. The world is entering a ''new and dangerous phase' and wants countries to take great care. (Aljzeera -19.6.20)

19th - 8th person dies from covid-19. This was a 31yr old woman who recently gave birth in Praia on the island of Santiago. RIP. (Opais - 19.6.20)

19th - Covid-19 - INCV - The Government of Cape Verde has been adopting a set of measures for the prevention, containment, mitigation and treatment of the epidemiological infection caused by COVID -19, as well as support for businesses and families and the most vulnerable population.(INCV - 19.6.20)

19th - 26 more cases of Covid-19 confirmed on Santiago Island, Cape Verde. (Opais - 19.6.20)

19th - The weather in Cape Verde may return to normal tomorrow 20th June. (Opais - 19.6.20)

18th - A fishing vessel that arrived yesterday afternoon at the island of São Vicente, from the island of Sal, with 16 fishermen on board, was placed in mandatory quarantine by the São Vicente Police Department on the commercial pier of Porto Grande. (Notiscias do Norte - 18.6.20)

18th - Sal: Government will change and extend restrictions on the tourist island of Sal. More Police presence on streets. Bars open till 9p.m. (Noticias do Norte - 18.6.20)

18th - Manchester Airport to trial pre-bookable security slots, to clear security through a dedicated lane. (18.6.20)

18th - Covid-19. Cape Verde registers 31 new positive cases. 30 of these are on the island of Santiago (Praia registered 25, Santa Cruz, 2, Santa Catarina de Santiago, 2, Regional Hospital of Santa Rita Vieira, 1) and on the island of Sal, 1. (Opais - 18.6.20)  

18th - European Parliament approves fisheries agreement with Cape Verde.  (Expresso das Ilhas - 18.6.20)

18th - Experts warn that pulling the mask to the chin is risky and increases the risk of contagion of the covid-19. (Noticias do Norte - 18.6.20)

18th - The president of the implementation team for the National Civil Identification and Authentication System assured Inforpress today that the Residence Permit for Foreigners (TRE) will soon be launched, a document equivalent to the National Identification Card (CNI). (Sapo - 18.6.20)

18th - “We are not going to have tax increases. That would further aggravate the economic situation ”- Ulisses Correia e Silva. (Expresso das Ilhas - 19.6.20)

17th - Today there were no new cases in Sal , but the boom that has been occurring for a couple of weeks (71 cases of COVID-19 and one death since June 1st) puts the island in the red indicator. Thus, as in Boa Vista, a minister will be placed on the island for 15 days to “reinforce coordination, the intervention plan and an integrated strategy”. (Expresso das Ilhas - 17.6.20)

17th - MINISTRY OF TOURISM publishes the circular containing the directives that must be observed by hotels and all other accommodation facilities to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

Ministry of Tourism - Directives for Hotels (June 2020) - Portuguese Ministry of Tourism - Directives for Hotels (June 2020) - Portuguese (2067 KB)


17th - COVID-19 screening tests will not be required for air connections. The government justifies the decision with the complexity of a mandatory pre-trip testing system and supports the option in the recommendations of the international civil aviation authorities. (Expresso das Ilhas - 17.6.20)

17th - Sal: Minister of Internal Administration considers people management the greatest challenge in combating the pandemic. The island of Sal currently has 72 cases of people infected by the virus, more than 300 in quarantine and one death. (Sapo - 17.6.20)

17th - Covid-19: Cape Verde registers ten more cases, three of which imported. (Sapo - 17.6.20)  Later in the day this number is increased to 11 cases.

16th - Prime Minister, José Ulisses Correia e Silva...... I was in Sal this morning, and I was able to advance that we will publish today, a resolution in the Council of Ministers to change the situation of deflation on the island of Sal. (Facebook - 16.6.20)

16th - Covid-19: Ilha do Sal will have a laboratory by the end of the month for greater autonomy in the production of PCR tests, announces PM. (Sapo - 16.6.20)

16th - Cabo Verde Airlines (CVA) expects to resume air connections on July 1, with a flight to Paris. “Subject to restrictions and the granting of permissions, the first flight will be to Paris on July 1,” said Erlendur Svavarsson .... all guarantees in aviation and tourism are subject to government approval at both ends of each flight. More flights planned to other destinations. (Facebook - Cabo Verde Airlines).

16th - A box with medical waste was found yesterday, the 15th, on the public road, near the garbage collection containers, in the city of Ribeira Grande, Santo Antao. The fact that is causing outrage on social networks. (Sapo - 16.6.20)

16th - Covid-19 cases - Another 22 recorded cases: (14 Santiago) 6 are from the municipality of Santa Cruz, Cidade da Praia and Ilha do Sal have 8 each. (Opais - 16.6.20)

16th - The Cape Verdean Government estimates the resumption of cruise tourism in the archipelago from October (Economio ao Minuto - 16.6.20)

16th June - Interactive Coronavirus (Covid-19) Travel Regulations Map (powered by Timatic) - (IATA Travel Centre Update)

15th - European Union's plan to re-open borders and interactive map shows the UK is excluded.

15th - UK: See who can travel and countries part of the Schengen Agreement. The UK is not included in EU plans to reopen borders. The UK Foreign Office continues to advise against all but essential travel and although trips abroad are not against the law, you will be subject to quarantine on your return. (Yahoo News - 15/6/20)               

15th - Cape Verde registers another deadly victim. This is a 41-year-old patient who suffered from other diseases such as diabetes and was undergoing hemodialysis. More on todays' situation here. (Expresso das Ilhas - 15.6.20)

15th - Covid-19. Of the 151 samples analyzed, 9 were positive. Of these nine new cases, Praia has 6, Santa Cruz, 2, and Santa Catarina de Santiago, 1. (Opais - 15.6.20)

14th - The covid-19 tests results for 13th: There seems to be two results on negative/positives on this Boletim for the 13th for Sal (Salt) ...... the top one says 0 positive 4 negative, the bottom 9 positive and 14 negative....the text below that confirms 9 tests on Sal are positive. (Facebook-Governo de Cabo Verde) .... Later informed some tests are sent to Sao Vicente and some to Santiago and the test results are from each of those islands. Santiago 0 positive for Sal, Sao Vicente 9 positive for Sal..

13th - Covid-19: Vice-PM ensures continuity of support measures for companies that remain impacted. (Infopress - 13.6.20)

VIDEO: Cape Verde, one country, 10 destinations.

13th - Slightly confusing. Sal/Sao Nicolau: Reported on Saturday 13th. This shows how inter-island infections can be spread, recorded and reported.

13th - Out of the 29 cases reported on the 13th these were Santiago (11), Sal (15) Santo Antão (1) and São Nicolau (2) ........ Maio, Fogo and Brava are the only three islands inhabited without cases registered in the new coronavirus. (For info - No Link).

13th - Cape Verde with 29 more cases and the first two in São Nicolau. (Sapo - 13.6.20)

13th - Ribeira Brava de São Nicolau registers the first 2 cases of Covid-19. (Opais - 13.6.20)

13th - Facts and hypothesis: The spreading of the virus through the Cape Verde Islands (Noticias do Norte - 13.6.20)

12th - The day in review. (Expresso das Ilhas - 12.6.20)

12th - Jorge Barreto guarantees that cases of covid-19 in São Vicente and Santo Antão are imported from Sal. (Noticias do Norte - 12.6.20)

12th - Covid-19. Cape Verde with over 40 new positive cases today (16 on Sal, 24 on Santiago).(Opais - 12.6.20)

11th - Coronavirus in Africa: Outbreak 'accelerating' across continent. (BBC News - 11.6.20)

11th - Riu Palace - videos of work taking place today in Google Album link towards top of page.

11th - The day in review (Expresso das Ilhas - 11.6.20)

11th - Jorge Barreto: “It was not yet possible to determine the focus of the virus on the island of Sal”

11th - Covid-19: Public-private partnership allows testing in Sal. (Sapo - 11.6.20)

11th - Sal Island will soon have its own laboratory for covid-19 tests. (Opais - 11.6.20)

11th - First death registered on Sal from Covid-19 (Opais - 11.6.20)

11th - Official Boletim - The Ministry of Health and Social Security hereby inform the results of the exams carried out in the virology laboratories of Praia and São Vicente on June 10, 2020. (Facebook - 11.6.20)

11th - Update - Official data point to 41 more positive cases in Cape Verde (Updated). The island of Sal with 16 more new cases. (Opais - 11.6.20)

11th - Ilha do Sal has 162 pending samples waiting for result. (Noticias do Norte - 11.6.20)

11th - TUI cancels all beach holidays until mid July after Foreign Office advice. (Express - 11.6.20)

10th - Jet2, easyJet, Ryanair and TUI latest update on when flights and holidays will resume. (Mirror - 10.6.20)

10th - Case of covid-19 imported from Sal has been in São Vicente since May 27th, which raises concerns, since this person has since been at the heart of the community. (Noticias do Norte - 10.6.20)

10th - Cape Verde today accounted for a total of 30 new cases of Covid-19, informed the Ministry of Health and Social Security. 23 of these cases were registered in the municipality of Santa Cruz. Cidade da Praia also registered six more new cases. The island of São Vicente had another case imported from Ilha do Sal. (Opais - 10.6.20)

10th - The government of Cape Verde is working with Preverisk on a pilot application of the programme for tourism on the island of Sal. A holistic approach is being taken for the whole island applying the programme to the entire traveller circuit – airports, ports, transfers, taxis, hotels and other accommodations, bars, restaurants, shops, excursions, activities and nightclubs. (Travel Weekly - 22nd May 2020)

9th - Tests were carried out in Santa Maria, Sal Island on approximately 260 people on 9th June. Images in Google Photo Album for June (link to album above).

9th - Covid-19. Another 18 positive cases on the island of Santiago. 9 in Praia, 9 in Santa Cruz. (Opais (9.6.20)

9th - Re last post below. The World Health Organisation (WHO) rephrases what it said about asymptomatic patients: "It's an open question" (A Semana - 9.6.20)

9th - The World Health Organization, WHO, said that those infected with Covid-19 who have no symptoms are not contributing to the spread of the virus, contrary to what has been believed since the beginning of the pandemic. (Opais - 9.6.20)

8th - Covid-19: Cape Verde still unable to isolate persons with positive cases at home. (Sapo - 8.6.20)

8th - São Vicente: Seven positive rapid tests show negative results by PCR. (Noticias do Norte - 8.6.20.)  

8th - Camara Municipal do Sal will carry out Rapid tests on the population in Santa Maria at the large football stadium 'Djidjuka' near the secondary school at the back of Santa Maria between 9a.m. - 3p.m. on 9th June 2020.

8th - 13 more cases recorded in Praia, Santiago. (Opais - 8.6.20)

Travel - South Africa announced it will be closed to international travel until February 2021. Domestic tourists will be able to move around South Africa in December 2020. (Travel and Leisure - 4.6.20)

7th - The day in review (Expresso das Ilhas - 7.6.20)

7th - Positive: Ilha da Boa Vista registered yet another positive case, after the last one recorded in April. This new case registered on Ilha das Dunas was imported from Ilha do Sal. Also in Cidade da Praia, there were 11 more positive cases. (Opais - 7.6.20)

6th - The day in review (Expresso das Ilhas - 6.6.20)

6th - 5 people who traveled from Sal Island to the island of Sao Vicente have today, tested positive for covid-19. Another person on Santiago has also recorded a positive result. (Facebook: Governo de Cabo Verde Boletim - 6.6.20)

5th - Coronavirus: The day in review (Expresso das Ilhas - 5.6.20)

5th - Measures to resume national and international flights announced next week (Expresso das Ilhas - 5.6.20)

5th - The Cape Verde Government wants more virology laboratories in Santiago and on the island of Sal (Expresso das Ilhas 5.6.20)

5th - Laboratory for testing is inaugurated on Sao Vicente (Sapo - 5.6.20)

5th - Boa Vista with two positives in rapid tests. Note and Update following this article: The PCR test results were confirmed as NEGATIVE later in day. (Opais - 5.6.20)  

5th - 4 new cases on Sal, another 30 on the island of Santiago. (Expresso das Ilhas - 5.6.20)

Sal Island - Espargos - Thursday 4th June 2020: Huge queues of people who went to these areas, before an announcement of the screening of the covid-19 virus, which should take place during three days. (Sapo - 5.6.20)

5th - Covid-19 / São Nicolau: Antibodies detected in a passenger from Sal. The result of the PRC test is now awaited to confirm whether or not it is a case of coronavirus infection. (A Nacao - 5.6.20)

4th - Two of the passengers who came on a repatriation flight to Praia from Brazil are contaminated with the Covid-19 coronavirus. (Inforpress - 4.6.20)

4th - Covid-19: Cape Verde expects to test 6,000 people in virus seroprevalence study. (Sapo - 4.6.20)

4th - Covid-19. Today, a total of 25 new cases were recorded, 18 from Praia, and 7 from Santa Cruz as well as a total of 92 negative samples.(Opais - 4.6.20)

4th - Sal Health Police Station informs the population of the city of Espargos that of today, June 4th, they will carry out rapid tests for COVID-19 in the community with the aim of assessing the health condition of the island.

4th - COVID-19: WWF concerned about increasing plastic in the sea with masks and gloves. (Sapo - Lifestyle)

3rd - Covid-19: Cape Verde strengthens health team in Sal with 11 more technicians (Sapo - 3.6.20)

3rd - Covid-19 / Ilha do Sal: Health authorities on the ground “hunting” for asymptomatic cases to discover outbreak of the virus. (Inforpress - 3.6.20)

Video (3rd June 2020) - Santa Maria, South Coast, Sal, Cape Verde (By Adrian Shaw)

3rd - WHO: clinical trials with hydroxychloroquine will continue in the group of more than 3,500 volunteer patients from 35 countries. (Opais - 3.6.20)

3rd - The Day in Review - 3rd June 2020 (Expresso das Ilhas)

3rd - Cabo Verde: Covid-19 .... tests required before inter-island travel – Official (Macau Business - 3.6.20)

3rd - 11 new cases on Santiago island. (Expresso das Ilhas - 3.6.20)

2nd - Looking back on the day of the 2nd June 2020. (Expresso das Ilhas - 2.6.20)

2nd - IMP on covid-19: It's not just Sal Island beaches and use of them that the Cape Verde Maritime Authorities are concerned about, it's beaches and the use of them on other islands too. (Mindel Insite - 2.6.20)

2nd - The islands of Madeira and Porto Santo pioneer the development of good practices for Portugal in dealing with covid-19. Is this the future for travel? (Madeira Island News - 28th May 20)

2nd - The day in review and what happened with news updates on the corona virus in Cape Verde on 2nd June 2020. (Expresso das Ilhas - 2.6.20)

2nd - Maritime travel from Sal to the other islands is suspended. (TCV - 2.6.20)

2nd - How did the first case on Sal come about? (Noticias do Norte - 2.6.20)

2nd - IMP on covid-19: It's not just Sal Island beaches and use of them that the Cape Verde Maritime Authorities are concerned about. (Mindelinsite - 2.6.20)

2nd - The Cape Verde Port Authorities IMP - Instituto Marítimo Portuário have stated that the rules must be followed or the beaches will be closed again. The following link was translated by Google:

Cape Verde Port Authorities - IMP - Rules - 2nd June 2020 Cape Verde Port Authorities - IMP - Rules - 2nd June 2020 (195 KB)


2nd - Ilha do Sal registered three more cases of Covid-19, bringing to four the number of cases registered in just two days. (Opais - 2.6.20)

2nd - DNS warns that all islands are at risk of having Covid-19 cases. (Noticias do Norte - 2.6.20)

1st June 2020 - São Vicente currently has 279 quarantined people. (Noticias do Norte - 1.6.20)

1st June 2020 - Covid-19: 62 passengers from Sal quarantined in São Nicolau. (A Nacao - 1.6.20)

1st June 2020 - Sal Island registers 2nd positive case of Covid-19 (RCV - 1.6.20)

1st June 2020 - Covid-19. Cape Verde with 22 more new cases. Sal has first case (Opais - 1.6.20)

1st June 2020 - São Vicente with 119 quarantined people following the case of the pregnant patient infected with covid-19. (Noticias do Norte - 1.6.20)


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