New rapid Covid-19 test to be used at all Canary Islands airports

2020/06/29 06:51:05 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The president of the regional government, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced on Sunday, that the Canary Islands will strengthen controls on the arrival of travellers from abroad.

They are implementing a new test for the detection of COVID-19, that replaces the traditional swabs with a liquid like a 'mouthwash' that is placed in a test tube, and gives a 100% reliable result in a matter of minutes.

This system, which also has a very low cost, is expected to be operational shortly once it is approved by the European Medicines Agency. "All this represents great progress so that we can offer maximum security at our airports," said the president, while stressing the importance of the validation flight of the Islands as a safe destination, by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), that will take place on July 8th.

(Ángel Víctor Torres, Blas Acosta & Sebastián Franquis at Fuerteventura airport on Sunday)

Torres made these statements whilst in Fuerteventura at the reception of the first international flight to the island, after the state of alarm, from Germany with 150 travel agents on board.

After the Condor flight from Dusseldorf landed, all passengers voluntarily underwent a quick test at their hotel.

Torres also reported that 50,000 PCR tests that were on the flight that have been acquired by the Canary Health Service to continue testing the population.