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Canary president says “stay vigilant” as he looks ahead to phase 3 for all islands 

The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has participated this Sunday morning, May 31, in the twelfth telematic conference of presidents of the autonomous communities called by the head of the Spanish Government, Pedro Sánchez, to address coordination between these public administrations in relation to the management of the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences.

The President of the Canary Islands said there had been
positive progress made within the EU for the financing of the reactivation
plans by COVID-19 due to the fact that more has been committed to the Funding
aid (500,000 million) than for loans (250,000 million). In addition, Ángel
Víctor Torres stressed that the European Union has previously decided in its
reconstruction plans to sectors such as tourism, trade and renewable energy
“which for the Canary Islands are strategic, essential areas and where we
are well positioned”.

Sr. Torres called for special treatment for the Canary
Islands due to its status as an outermost region (RUP), in the distribution of
these Community funds and requested that the start of the delivery of the
amounts that correspond to the Member States should not be made to wait because
it is urgent. “There needs to be quick responses to recover the economy as
soon as possible,” said the President of the Canary Islands.

In his presentation, at the meeting of regional presidents,
Ángel Víctor Torres has also insisted on the use of the remnants, the surplus,
the need for transfers, the extension of the ERTE “and, in short, to have
certainty as soon as possible.”

On the social side, the approval of the Minimum Vital Income
in the Council of Ministers last Friday was applauded by the Canary Islands,
“because it is a direct public support for the 48,500 families who receive
a beneficiary power from this aid in the Archipelago” .

As usual in these meetings, the head of the regional
Executive took stock of health issues related to COVID-19 in the last week and
highlighted, as has been happening in recent times, that the evolution in the
islands “is once again more favorable than the week before. “

Sr. Torres provided several updated records that confirm
this, among which are those admitted to the ICU, which today are seven; the
number of hospitalised, which goes from 41 to 26 patients, and by the
“hopeful” record of adding four days without deaths due to the
coronavirus.

The Canarian president insisted on the need for
“constant vigilance” and recorded that it is the key to continue
doing things well that there is “maximum social activation”.

The President of the Canary Islands presented the main
novelties that will be activated tomorrow in the islands of El Hierro, La
Gomera and La Graciosa, with its entry into phase 3. Among these measures is
the disappearance of the time slots for activities – including that of older
people, the increase in people who can join groups or the increase in capacity
in shops, restaurants or theaters. “We want everything to continue to turn
out well, as is happening in those islands. By next Monday, June 8, the other
five islands can also enter phase 3,” he said.

As for mobility between islands, the President of the Canary
Islands recorded that from tomorrow onwards he will have more connectivity
“and the planes will be able to have a greater presence of passengers on
their routes.”

Ángel Víctor Torres, has also demanded today that “all
the mechanisms that are necessary to achieve the gradual recovery of
international tourism from July 1 be done with maximum health security, flights
and mobility in general, of so it is guaranteed that no positive can get on an
airplane.