Madeira to use ‘sniffer dogs’ at airport to detect passengers infected with Covid-19

Two sniffer dogs are about to start being used at Madeira’s Cristiano Ronaldo airport to detect passengers infected with Covid-19. The plan is a pilot project that if successful “could lead to the suspension of the requirement for people to present negative PCR tests”, reports SIC television news today. On the basis that fully vaccinated people may still be able to shed the virus, this could however lead to the complicated scenario of fully vaccinated people being ‘stopped’ from entering the archipelago. Madeira has a population of 260,000 people and has so far reported 8,718 cases of the virus and 68 deaths.