The Canary Islands ask for state regulations to avoid Covid spike at Easter
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has officially requested for state regulations today, to avoid a spike in the number of coronavirus cases at Easter, saying that restricting contagion should be everyone’s priority especially as other countries are talking about dates for international travel.
In statements to the media this afternoon, he voiced his concern in relation to Semana Santa (Easter), saying that whenever there is a rest period or holiday, as happened in summer and Christmas, or a celebration, as happened at new year and over Carnival period, alarm bells go off, and we can’t afford another step backwards.
The president, who continues to appeal to everyone's responsibility, said that on a day-to-day basis, when schools are open and people are at work, there is greater control than in holiday periods, when families get together more often, and people meet socially more often.
"As a government we are concerned about Easter, and in view of this, state regulations must be established and appeal to the responsibility of everyone," he said, “we cannot afford to be set back another two months by people acting irresponsibly and not taking the situation seriously.”
He continued, he hopes that in the month of July the maximum number of vaccinated population will be met, and with immunity, as mass vaccination starts in April, and "because vaccination is our best solution to beat Covid."
Finally he advocated that, if other countries are planning to re-open in May or June with international travel, then we need to be ready in the most positive way. If that means stricter restrictions over, what is traditionally an important week in the calendar, then so be it.