"Regarding the Omicron variant in Madeira, the information we have is that there is be a case of an English citizen, therefore an imported case, who is already isolated in a hotel", said the Regional Secretary for Health and Civil Protection, Pedro Ramos, in Funchal .

Pedro Ramos said that this is "to be expected" because in the UK the Omicron variant of the virus that causes Covid-19 "has more prevalence" than others such as Delta.

The regional secretary of Health, who answered questions from journalists, called for respect for the "basic measures of protection" against Covid-19 in the archipelago, despite the high rate of vaccination and the massive testing that is being carried out in the population.

"We have to be vaccinated, we have to be tested frequently, we cannot be in groups without a mask," he said.