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Spain, including Canaries, on the alert again as new coronavirus outbreaks soar again 

Virtually all regions of Spain, including the Canaries and Balearic islands, are now battling new outbreaks of coronavirus.

The Spanish government says there are 201 clusters,
classified as having three or more positive cases, and incidents have nearly
quadrupled from a week ago. New cases are now approaching the 4,500 mark and
health chiefs admit they are worried.

For every outbreak, dozens of contacts are having to be
traced, put into quarantine and tested.

Events in nightclubs, school summer camps, factories, a
number of hotels, weddings, funerals, family parties, sports weeks….all these
and more have been the source of the new outbreaks which are not causing a
substantial number of deaths but are affecting all ages.

According to the health department headed by Salvador Illa,
the new positives with a diagnosis date in the last 24 hours were 685 people, a
number that is not only the highest since the end of the state of alarm, but
also dates back to May 7, before even starting the plan towards the ‘new
normal’.

Over the weekend alone,  15 new active hotspots were
detected.

“Most of these outbreaks are in a mixed environment, family,
leisure, work, social factors come together. There is the type of outbreak that
affects large gatherings of families, which affect different homes, friends …
These days we are seeing many outbreaks at parties, nightlife, nightclubs, with
a lot of infected people and difficult to find. These areas are starting to
worry us. Once again we call for responsibility,” he said.

Many regions have imposed their own new lockdowns, as well
as ordering the compulsory wearing of masks. Aragon and Catalonia are the worst
hit areas.

In the Canaries, there haven’t been any new deaths but there
are over 100 active cases and there have been worrying scenes in the news of
queues of people without masks and a fiesta on a yacht in Gran Canaria,

The wearing of masks is not yet mandatory but it is on the
cards although the authorities say everyone should be wearing one in public of
social distancing cannot be guaranteed.