A SMALL island has escaped the Covid pandemic and has vaccinated all its residents towards the virus, with life already going again to regular.

Positioned lots of of kilometres from continental Europe, the Portuguese island of Corvo has a vital benefit within the combat towards the coronavirus pandemic: its remoteness.

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A person will get his Covid-19 vaccine on the solely well being centre on the island of Corvo[/caption]

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Kids put on face masks throughout a visit to Caldeirao crater[/caption]

With a inhabitants of round 400 individuals, Corvo seems to have escaped unscathed from the pandemic which has up to now killed 2,676,327 individuals worldwide.

For the reason that starting of the pandemic, the distant island within the Azores has reported just one coronavirus case – a resident who travelled to mainland Europe for the Christmas holidays.

And by March 12, 322 individuals – about 85 per cent of the island’s inhabitants and 95 per cent of these eligible to obtain pictures – had already acquired a second dose of a Covid-19 jab because of a group vaccination marketing campaign.

The island’s solely physician, Antonio Salgado, 62, mentioned: “There’s an environment of celebration in Corvo. Any more, we’ll really feel protected.”

‘WE FEEL SAFE’

Portugal determined to incorporate all these aged over 16 in Corvo’s first section of the vaccination rollout due to the island’s traits, such because the small measurement of its inhabitants and the actual fact it solely has one well being centre.

An outbreak on the 17-square-kilometre island – which has sheer cliffs operating alongside the coast and a volcanic crater lake – would have been devastating as Corvo has just one ventilator and no hospital beds in any respect.

Gustavo Borges, Azores’ Covid-19 coordinator, informed Publico newspaper he believed Corvo was the primary place in Europe to hold out a “mass vaccination of the whole inhabitants.”

“Having 85 per cent of individuals vaccinated is a milestone,” he mentioned.

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Brazilian baker Diego Stone, who has already had two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine, hugs his son David[/caption]

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Corvo is a distant island situated lots of of kilometres from continental Europe[/caption]

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Corvo has vaccinated nearly its complete inhabitants[/caption]

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Individuals take pleasure in their lunch at A Traineira restaurant on the island[/caption]

Native well being official Clelio Meneses mentioned vaccinating the entire inhabitants was “the one accountable factor to do”.

He defined that the small variety of jabs wanted to vaccinate all of the residents wouldn’t have an effect on rollouts elsewhere within the Azores.

Throughout the pandemic, locals had been apprehensive that somebody would go to the island and probably trigger the illness to unfold.

Mayor Jose Manuel Silva mentioned a few of the residents needed Corvo to be closed off attributable to fears of a “disastrous” and “very speedy” Covid outbreak in case guests had been contaminated with the virus.


In the meantime, mainland Portugal confronted a extreme surge in coronavirus instances earlier this yr which prompted the federal government to impose a strict lockdown in mid-January.

Lockdown restrictions within the nation are being lifted from this week, with kindergartens, pre-schools and first colleges reopening yesterday and companies corresponding to hair salons, libraries and bookshops set to reopen their doorways on April 5.

In complete, Portugal reported 814,897 infections and 16,707 Covid-related deaths for the reason that starting of the pandemic.

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Native information Fernando Camara, 67, has dinner with two buddies at his home[/caption]

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Residents had been apprehensive of a potential Covid outbreak, however now they are saying they really feel protected[/caption]

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The small island solely reported one coronavirus case for the reason that starting of the pandemic[/caption]