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Canary volunteers take part in coronavirus testing project 

The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government took samples from a total of 6,301 people during the first wave of the ‘Sero-epidemiological survey of infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus in Spain’, launched by the Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Carlos III Health Institute and the National Statistics Institute.

The aim is  to better understand the characteristics of
the COVID-19 pandemic in Spain and how it is affecting the health of the
population.

In this first round, 100% of the 3,168 selected households
were contacted, some of which have had to be discarded due to census errors in
the sample initially selected by the INE. The rest will be contacted again to
offer them to continue in the study and perform the second of the tests contemplated
or to invite them back to join the study.

Today, Wednesday, May 13, the work will resume and the
second round of calls will be launched to continue contacting the selected
Canarian homes.

The 6,301 residents of the Canary Islands who agreed to participate
in this first round represent around 65% of the more than 9,000 selected, which
exceeds the representative sample established by the Ministry of Health by 60%.

The Ministry of Health hopes to increase this percentage in
this second round, for which it encourages citizens to receive the call of
their staff to participate in the study given the importance of the results
obtained to address future decisions on the progressive return to normal after
confinement and alarm status.

*The current number of fatalities in the Canary Islands is
151, of which 106 have been in Tenerife, 37 in Gran Canaria, five in Lanzarote,
three in La Palma and none in El Hierro, Fuerteventura and La Gomera.