covid reduced on Sal

The success of the covid-19 vaccine rollout on the island of Sal, has been confirmed. The number of covid-19 cases on the island has reduced significantly. No longer will people leaving Sal have to take a covid test prior to travelling to other islands within the archipelago. This includes travelling by plane or by boat. There is still no testing requirement for the ferry service between São Vicente and Santo Antão, but Sal is the first island where the test requirement has been removed. It was reported a few days ago that there were only six active cases on the island of Sal. More than 60% of the island’s adult population has been vaccinated. This information was provided by the Ministry of Health (Ministério da Saúde).

This is part of the policy of improving the rate of vaccination on the two main tourist islands – Sal and Boa Vista. The intention being to make it possible for tourism to recover. Approximately 75% of the tourism in Cape Verde is concentrated on these two islands, furthermore, it accounts for about 25% of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

It is good news to learn that the Delta (or Indian) variant has not been found in Cape Verde.