Tenerife doctors ask for a ‘reinforced level 1’ to contain the virus
Tenerife continues this week at alert Level 1 with the extra measures that the Governing Council and health authorities have imposed throughout the archipelago to prevent Carnival celebrations and the spread of the virus. The doubt of many citizens is whether the island will remain in this situation as of Monday when they are lifted.
The Governing Council plans to analyze the evolution of the epidemiological indicators of the archipelago in their weekly meeting this coming Thursday, and if there are no substantial changes, Tenerife will enter Level 1 without any extra restrictions, such as curfew, from midnight on the 22nd.
The elimination of the curfew has generated controversy among a part of the population due to the risk it represents. In an interview with COPE radio, the spokesperson for the Tenerife Primary Care Physicians Platform, Ana Joyanes, said they want a ‘reinforced level 1' to keep the contagion under control.
She said: “Although at the moment we have restrictions, many people are skipping them. We cannot claim victory against the virus until we see how people behave during 'no Carnival'. It is important that we get to next Monday without a spike in the incidence of the pandemic. In any case, I would not rule out that some adjustments could be applied to minimize the possibility that we will have to go back a level. It could be perfectly continued with an attenuated curfew that could start at 1am in the morning."
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Along these lines, Joyanes wanted to highlight that the behaviour of the inhabitants of Tenerife has been exemplary since December. “We have taught ourselves a lesson by complying with the rules, so it would hurt me a lot to lose what has been achieved so far with so much effort. Now, it is essential that we adapt to normality with caution, not forgetting to use a mask, not forgetting to social distance, and avoiding meetings in closed spaces", she concluded.