Another 32 immigrants arrive in Fuerteventura to stricter security

2020/06/19 08:28:12 Written by Canarian Weekly Fuerteventura

The Maritime Rescue boat, Salvamar Mizar, arrived in Puerto del Rosario harbour just after 7.25pm last night, with 32 sub-Saharan immigrants on board including two babies, that they rescued 59 kilometres southeast of Fuerteventura in an inflatable rib which they were travelling in from El Aaiún in the Western Sahara.


The arrival of this group to the island has been handled by reinforced health security measures, after 14 of the 39 occupants of another boat that arrived on Sunday from the same place, tested positive for Covid-19.

For this reason it was decided not to bring them in to Gran Tarajel, but straight to the main port at Puerto del Rosario, where they will spend the next 14 days in quarantine.

This group of 32 (20 men, 10 women and two babies), had to stay in a Red Cross field hospital on the pier until the facility for their quarantine had been disinfected, as it had just been vacated by the group that arrived on Sunday, as they have been moved in police vans to a warehouse on the outskirts of the town owned by the Cabildo, to complete their quarantine.

For weeks now Canary Islands Government has insisted that PCR tests are carried out on immigrants as part of health protocols, which their decision was proved right after the 14 positives from Sundays arrivals.
They waited before the Ministry of Health added these to their figures, to ensure that it was isolated and not an outbreak, as the group had been controlled properly.