Lagos: Covid-19 cases linked to illegal party up to 111, including 19 children

The number of confirmed Covid-19 cases linked to the illegal party held in Odiáxere, Lagos on June 7 has increased to 111, including 19 children under the age of nine.

The announcement was made last night by the Algarve’s regional health administration (ARS).

Two people, aged 27 and 39, remain hospitalised in Faro. No one has required intensive car thus far, ARS confirmed.

“All the other cases remain in isolation at their homes,” the health authority said.

It added most of the infected individuals reside in Lagos (74%) while the remaining live in Portimão (17%), Albufeira (6%) and other Algarvean boroughs (3%).

ARS Algarve said it continues identifying new cases, ensuring they remain under quarantine and identifying the people they have come into contact with in order to “break chains of infection and avoid the spread of the virus within the community”.

So far, around 2,500 Covid-19 tests have been carried out due to the illegal party.

The health authority stressed the importance of being responsible and following all recommendations, from continuing social distancing and using masks inside closed areas to avoiding groups of over 20 people.

Clube Desportivo de Odiáxere, the local sports club which runs the venue where the illegal event was held, has publically apologised for the party’s consequences and stressed it alerted authorities when it realised the number of people attending the event was much larger than originally expected.

The Ministry of Justice has already asked the Public Prosecutor’s Office to identify and prosecute the organisers of the party.

Prime Minister António Costa said last weekend the government is considering creating the legal framework necessary to punish those who organise and attend illegal parties and events. (click here)