The Canary Islands will reinforce the mandatory use of masks

2020/07/13 19:10:07 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Government of the Canary Islands has communicated to the Inter-territorial Health Council today, that it plans to approve measures this week to reinforce the obligation to wear masks in public, as reported by Efe from a spokesperson for the Ministry of Health.

The General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Islands is already working on a proposal for measures that are adapted to the situation of the islands, also bearing in mind the cases that are occurring in various parts of the mainland and the decisions that have been made in this regard by other regional governments, eg the Balearic Islands.

In principle, the head of the Ministry of Health, Blas Trujillo, is expected to take a proposal to the Governing Council this Thursday.

The Ministry recalls that, in this regard, the use of masks is already mandatory at this time, although there are a number of exceptions that will be assessed and reconsidered.

In the Interterritorial Council, Trujillo has once again insisted to the national Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, on the advisability of carrying out coronavirus tests at airports, selectively and on certain flights from countries of epidemiological interest, giving France as an example of a country that has just implemented measures along these lines.

According to the Canary Islands Government, Illa has promised to study the measures adopted by France, to assess whether it is appropriate to apply them in Spain. At the meeting, the different councillors exchanged data on the different outbreaks declared in Spain.

For statistical purposes, the Canary Islands have logged three outbreaks, corresponding to the two boats that arrived at Fuerteventura from El Aaiún in June, in which there were some thirty cases of covid-19 and many are still active, and a third boat, in this case in Lanzarote , with five detected infections.

However, epidemiologists from the Government of the Canary Islands do not consider those to be ‘risky outbreaks’, because all their protagonists are diagnosed, isolated and under supervision from the moment they landed in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote.

In the last 24 hours, the Canary Islands has registered three new cases of covid-19, one in Fuerteventura and two in Tenerife, bringing the number of active cases to 76, as reported by the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government.

The total number of affected since the beginning of the pandemic with these new cases is 2,462, of which 2,224 have been discharged and 162 have died.

In Fuerteventura there are 31 active cases; in Tenerife, 26; in Gran Canaria, 14; and in Lanzarote, six, according to the data that appears on the website of the Ministry of Health at 2pm today.