2020/08/11 20:36:32 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Minister of Health for the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo, has made an appeal today to everyone's responsibility because "we are not only risking the health of the most vulnerable people," but some behaviours may lead to having to carry out "new confinements", which would lead to serious financial problems for everyone.

Trujillo insists that young people who are getting together in groups without Covid protection or distancing, and in some cases are infected, are "putting the economic future of the entire archipelago at risk, because if businesses are closed, unemployment will skyrocket, and they will be affecting their own futures."

The minister also appealed to the spirit of solidarity and responsibility that our youngsters have shown on other occasions, "to now take that step and comply and help enforce the rules."

At the same time, he announced the coordination with all local, regional and state administrations to "intensify control measures and sanctions for possible non-compliance, especially related to illegal leisure activities."

Trujillo insists that the majority of young people do not suffer the consequences of the disease, but are vectors and transmitters of it to vulnerable groups.

Despite the fact that the young sector is the mostly asymptomatic, "the cases detected force a large number of people to isolate, who in turn, exhaust the health system with their follow-up and tracing."
There are cases in which a single party "has forced a search of dozens of people and the consequent isolation of them all."

The Ministry of Health reminds that, until there is a vaccine, the only method to avoid contagion is physical distancing of 1.5 metres between people; frequent hand washing, and the use of masks, which in the Canary Islands is mandatory in all closed and open places, provided that the safety distance cannot be maintained.

Experts reiterate that the main route of infection is physical contact, with an exposure of more than 15 minutes between people.