Canary Islands to approve restrictions similar to those of Carnival for Easter
The Canary Islands Government plans to approve the restrictions today that will be applied to contain the transmission of the coronavirus during the Easter period, which will be similar to the measures imposed during Carnival.
However, people will be able to move freely between the Canary Islands, dependant on the alert level restrictions in force on each island, since the Inter-territorial Council of the National Health System decided to exclude the Balearic Islands and the Canary Islands from the perimeter closure yesterday, that will be imposed in the rest of Spain from 26th March to April 9th.
At yesterday’s meeting, the communities also agreed to impose a curfew of, at the latest 11pm, meaning that regions can set it earlier if they want to, and limit meetings in public spaces to between 4 and 6 people, and only cohabitants in private ones, meaning no visiting friends or families homes that you don’t live at.
However, the Canaries Government has the ability and rights to apply more restrictive measures, as announced by both the Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, and the president of the regional government, Ángel Víctor Torres, who insist that increased mobility and family and social gatherings caused by the holiday periods contribute more to the spread of the virus than anything else.
It is expected that these rules will resemble those that were applied just a month ago to prevent infections over the traditional Carnival period, when curfew was limited to 10pm, and any activity, event, or celebration that led to people gathering was prohibited.
At the same time, the Governing Council will also decide today whether or not to update the alert levels in any of the islands, which are experiencing a rebound in infections, mainly in those of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife.
Yesterday Tenerife had most of the 221 new positives detected in the archipelago, with 112 cases, and Gran Canaria had 76 new infections. The cumulative incidence on the islands after fourteen days was 112.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and 58.6 after seven days; five points above the one registered a week ago.
Above this average value are Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and Tenerife, with seven-day incidents of 68.4; 65, 9 and 60.5 points, respectively.
Until yesterday, Fuerteventura had three epidemic values at high risk; the incidence at 14 days, the infection rate at seven days in those over 65 years of age and the level of occupation in ICUs. Gran Canaria also has three indices in red, those relating to the incidence in those over 65 years of age and the percentage of occupancy of ICU beds.
As of today, in Lanzarote and La Graciosa, alert level 3 (high risk of contagion, red traffic light) is in force, in Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Tenerife, level 2 (medium risk, orange traffic light), while in La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro apply the rules of level 1 (green traffic light, low risk).
Yesterday mixed reports came out of the regional Government whether or not there will be increases to Level 3 for either, or both, of the capital islands, so we can only wait for an announcement later this afternoon.