All Islands keep same alert level until March 4th, except Tenerife
The Vice President of the Canary Islands Government, Antonio Olivera, confirmed this afternoon after this week's Governing Council meeting that after weeks of improvements in the epidemiological data of the Islands, they have gone backwards this week so all Islands are staying in their current alert levels.
In a press conference, he explained that during the meeting the state of the alert levels in each of the islands has been maintained, while an extra Governing Council that will take place on Monday that will be used to reassess the data of the last few days.
After the review of the epidemiological reports by the Ministry of Health, the alert levels remain as they have been until now so La Palma, Fuerteventura, La Gomera and El Hierro are still on alert Level 1, Tenerife and Gran Canaria remain at Level 2 and Lanzarote and La Graciosa at Level 4 alert.
These levels will be in effect until next Thursday, March 4th, except in the case of Tenerife, which will remain until March 7th.
"What we are seeing is that after a period of clear improvement, it has not fully consolidated, so we are very aware of the follow-up."
Here, he recalled that last Friday the Canary Islands had a seven day incidence rate of below 50, which meant that one of the international benchmark indicators was reached to assess a destination as 'safe' regarding the coronavirus, but it now currently stands at 54.61.
“We are getting closer to the point that is essential to ensure that the perception of the islands is favourable for the countries that supply us the most tourists” he said, although he did point out that it is not known what will be the right moment for the recovery of tourist activity, although he emphasized that the regional government and the tourism sector are doing everything in their power so that the right moment is "as soon as possible."
"But as we all well know, it does not depend only on the evolution of the Canary Islands. It also depends on the actions in the countries of origin and, of course, on the agreements that are established at international level to facilitate safe mobility”, he assured.
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For this reason, Olivera added that the archipelago has chosen to make appropriate and timely decisions to continue to keep epidemiological levels under control, speed up the vaccination process, and be prepared for when the tourist flow recovers.