UPDATE Coronavirus – 27th October

  • The regional governments have notified the Ministry of Health that a total of 12,675,772 PCR diagnostic tests have been performed up to 22 October. Between 16 and 22 October, they have performed 813,466 PCR tests, an average of 116,209 a day.
  • A team of researchers at the Imperial College London claim immunity appears to be waning after discovering that the number of people testing positive for antibodies has fallen by 26% between June and September. This means there is a risk of becoming infected with coronavirus several times. The study was performed on more than 350,000 people in England.
  • The person who died from covid-19 in the last 24 hours is a 73-year-old woman with previous pathologies, who died in Tenerife.
  • The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, has attributed the highest incidence of covid-19 cases in Tenerife to “an excess of social relaxation”, as more than 85% of outbreaks have occurred in the family environment.

The Ministry of Health has updated its database at today and the accumulated cases to date reach 16,895 there are 6,049 active cases 10,570 have recovered but sadly deaths have increased once again to 276.

By Island

GRAN CANARIA – 8576 – 109 deceased – Active 2669 (2572 – homecare, 82 – hospital, 14 – ICU)
TENERIFE – 5,999 – 148 deceased –  Active 3,254 (3,116 – homecare, 111 – hospital, 27 – ICU)
LANZAROTE – 1,227 – 9 deceased – 69 Active (65 – homecare, 3 – hospital, 1 – ICU)
FUERTEVENTURA – 747 – 3 deceased – 37 Active (34 – homecare, 2 – hospital, 1 – ICU)
LA PALMA – 192 – 6 deceased –  1 Active (1 – homecare)
LA GOMERA – 88 – 0 deceased – 11 Active (10 – homecare, 1 – ICU)
EL HIERRO – 65 – 1 deceased – 8 Active (7 – homecare, 1 – hospital)

  • Once again the numbers for both Fuerteventura and El Hierro change dramatically without any explanation.

 

For those wishing more specific information on each municipality click the link below.

TENERIFE GRAN CANARIA LANZAROTE
Adeje Agaete Arrecife
Arafo Agüimes Haría
Arico Artenara San Bartolomé
Arona Arucas Teguise
Buenavista del Norte Firgas Tinajo
Candelaria Gáldar Tías
El Rosario Ingenio Yaiza
El Sauzal La Aldea de San Nicolás  
El Tanque Las Palmas FUERTEVENTURA
Fasnia Mogán Antigua 
Garachico Moya Betancuria 
Granadilla San Bartolomé La Oliva
Guía de Isora Santa Brígida Puerto del Rosario 
Güímar Santa Lucía Pájara
Icod Santa María de Guía Tuineje 
La Guancha Tejeda  
La Laguna Telde LA PALMA
La Matanza de Acentejo Teror Barlovento
La Orotava Valleseco Breña Alta
La Victoria de Acentejo Valsequillo Breña Baja
Los Realejos Vega de San Mateo El Paso
Los Silos   Fuencaliente
Puerto de La Cruz EL HIERRO Garafía
San Juan de La Rambla El Pinar Los Llanos de Aridane
San Miguel Frontera Puntagorda
Santa Cruz Valverde Puntallana
Santa Úrsula   San Andrés y Sauces
Santiago del Teide LA GOMERA Santa Cruz de La Palma
Tacoronte Agulo Tazacorte
Tegueste Alajeró Tijarafe
  Hermigua Villa de Mazo
  San Sebastián  
  Valle Gran Rey  
  Vallehermoso  

* To find more information visit CV. Canarias by clicking this LINK

For more info on Tenerife read the Red Queen Musings everyone’s favourite Tenerife Blog

 

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The Netherlands also lifts restrictions on flights from the Canary Islands

The Netherlands has turned the Canary Islands from red to amber in its COVID traffic light, thereby opening its borders to tourists returning from the Islands, as announced in a statement by the President of the Tourism and Security Commission of the Hospitality and Tourism Federation from Las Palmas (FEHT), Tom Smulders.

The country lifts the recommendation not to travel to the Islands after others such as Great Britain and Germany have done so last week.

The main tour operators from the Netherlands are TUI, which has its own aircraft and Sunweb, which will have four aircraft after obtaining permission to purchase the Dutch subsidiary of the tour operator Correndon.

The FEHT head of Tourism and Security considers it “vital” for the sector to keep the island within the current covid margins, in order to “keep open connections with the main client-issuing countries”.

In this sense, he has made a call to the responsibility of the population, to “maintain a collaborative attitude, complying with the established sanitary measures”, which will prevent the Government “from applying tougher restrictions”, such as those imposed in the rest of the country. “Halloween is near and it could give us a big scare if we are not able to maintain the discipline of caution on the islands,” he said.

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Marichal urges control of those who do not stay in Canarian hotels

The decision of the Canary Islands Government to request a negative test for tourists staying in establishments on the islands is, for the President of the Hotel and Extra-Hotel Association of Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, (Ashotel), Jorge Marichal, “positive” news but not enough to control those travellers who arrive on the islands and do not stay in their regulated accommodation. He, therefore, urged the President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Victor Torres, to take advantage of the new state of alarm to take further steps to “protect” the archipelago against the virus.

“It is a positive and brave measure with respect to what we have been asking for in the last months to advance the tourist sector in the winter season in our islands”, said Marichal, who nevertheless has indicated that it is “insufficient” since it does not control the rest of the travellers who arrive at the Islands without having a hotel or apartment in the destination.

The Canary Islands will urgently reform its legislation to ensure that the tourists it receives are free of COVID-19, and in a matter of days no traveller will be admitted to a hotel, flat or holiday home without a PCR or a negative antigen test done a maximum of 72 hours before.

The tests are paid for by the traveller, whether they take the test in their own country or arrive at their hotel reception without it, and from there they are referred to a health centre, clinic or laboratory in the Canary Islands to take the test.

In this respect, the President of Ashotel pointed out that the Canary Islands also have a high incidence of people from the mainland and of people from the Canaries who go out and return “and this must also be controlled”.  For this reason, the hotel employers’ association is calling on the President of the Canary Islands to take advantage of the new state of alarm decreed by the government “to take decisions in this regard and to make it clear once and for all that the islands need to be protected from the disease”.

“The most important thing is that we control the curve on the islands themselves, but once the effort has been made by all the Canaries, we have to shield ourselves not only against tourists coming from outside, but also against nationals who may come through our ports and airports,” he said.

In this respect, Marichal said that it was “extremely important” that the regional government take action in this regard. “We must take advantage of this opportunity, we cannot let a new train pass us by”. (See “Without airport tests, will the British and Germans return to the Canary Islands?)

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