Lanzarote and Gran Canaria in danger of new lockdowns
Lanzarote and Gran Canaria could both face lockdowns in the coming days if measures to control coronavirus outbreaks don’t work or are not adhered to.
The warning has come from the president of the
Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres who has called in 100 soldiers to help
police the “worrying” situation.
He says there are towns in both Lanzarote and
Gran Canaria where the number of positive coronavirus cases were outstripping
other areas and islands and more restrictions could be enforced.
The Canary president also warned that if
people are found to be ignoring new coronavirus rules, including the mandatory
wearing of masks in all public places and social distancing, the decision would
be taken to increase fines and other sanctions.
Mr. Torres said he did not know why Lanzarote
and Gran Canaria were suffering the surge more than the other islands which
include Tenerife and Fuerteventura.
“The two large islands have many
similarities in population, customs and habits, ” he said. “We hope
there will be some explanation in the future because that could help a
The president said the so-called “hot
zones” are those that exceed 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and this
could occur in a district, a neighbuorhood , a municipality or an island.
“It is clear that in Gran Canaria there
are a dozen municipalities that exceed that record and it also occurs in two
towns in Lanzarote,” he said.
The Canary president said confinements were
usually imposed when case hit 600 positives per 100,000 people but they would
not be waiting until these levels were reached to make any curfew decisions.
The 100 military trackers from the State will
reinforce the areas most affected by the rebound, mainly Gran Canaria and
Lanzarote. In addition, Gran Canaria’s tracking team has gone from 89 to 158
and the local police will be making sure people tested positive and put into
quarantine comply with the isolation.
“A person who receives the order to be
quarantined for ten days must comply with it; it is an obligation of a sanitary
nature but also of another nature, with the pertinent sanctions ,” Mr.
The regional government is to meet every day
to review the situation and restrictions would be imposed if necessary.
“These are measures that we do not want
to take but we will be obliged to do so if epidemiological data are not
improved, because we do not want hospitals to be saturated, for us to relive
the nightmare of last March and April, for citizens to live in a state of
permanent alarm , nor put our economy at risk,” he said.
Lanzarote’s president, María Dolores
Corujo said the coronavirus increases were “sufficiently worrying and
justify, among other measures, the closure of playgrounds, leisure, cultural
and sports facilities and beaches that do not meet safety conditions.”