11 people on board Thursdays patera test positive in Fuerteventura

2020/06/21 11:57:25 Written by Canarian Weekly Fuerteventura

11 of the immigrants rescued on Thursday in seas off Fuertenventura in an inflatable boat from El Aaiún (Western Sahara), have tested positive for coronavirus, as confirmed by the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands.

These eleven cases of covid-19 are added to the 14 detected a few hours before their arrival in Fuerteventura, among the 39 occupants of another patera intercepted last Sunday, also from El Aaiún.

The Government of the Canary Islands has been carrying out PCR tests for all immigrants, as soon as they reach the Islands, at the beginning of their 14-day quarantine, which until now has registered a few sporadic cases, of one or two people in small boats or kayaks.

However, these two boats from the capital of the Sahara, are the first to give figures of this size, almost half of the occupants in the first boat and a third in the second.

Since May 30th, the number of covid-19 infections detected in the Canary Islands has not exceeded four daily, with several days at zero.
In the case of Fuerteventura, the island only had two positives from April 23rd to June 17th.

On Friday, those responsible for the General Hospital of Fuerteventura, indicated that they did not consider the 14 infections of that patera to be an outbreak, although they are formally counted on the island, because its protagonists and the people who accompanied them on the patera are isolated and quarantined from the time they disembarked, following the sanitary protocols established for the boats.