Canary president gives update on coronavirus measures and “favourable” progression
The Canary Islands must do everything possible to contain the spread of coronavirus and avoid a second wave, says its president.
Ángel Víctor Torres said the archipelago was progressing
well, saying the evolution continued to be “very favourable, much better
than it was seven days ago”.
But the head of the regional executive said social
responsibility was the key as “undoubtedly the main fear” was a new
outbreak of the virus.
He referred to those hospitalised in the ICU, 12, which is
the lowest number so far.
The Canary Islands have now seen 1,760 epidemiological
discharges, has 404 positives and has carried out more than 100,000 PCR tests.
However, Sr. Torres very much regretted the loss of 157
lives due to the pandemic.
The regional president also addressed questions about
economic recovery, with special relevance to announcements related to the start
of tourist mobility. Regarding the assurances by President Sánchez that
international tourism will open in July, Sr. Torres said it was “good news
for the Canary Islands and Spain”, although he immediately stated that
“this must be done with the utmost health security ”for tourists visiting
To achieve this essential objective, the President of the
Canary Islands stressed the need for passengers who come to the islands to
arrive with negative PCR tests for the COVID-19 virus, or equivalent tests, and
always strictly complying with international protocols on health security for
tourism, processes that must be approved and applied before the restart of this
activity. To this, he said, it will be necessary to add a system that allows
controlling the traceability of the visitor.
“It is essential that the planes come full but for that
you must have proof at origin or the extreme guarantee that the passenger moves
with the security of having a negative test for detection of the virus that
produces COVID -19. If the planes come full and with safe passage, then
it will be time to open the hotels,” he said.