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Mayor of town in Gran Canaria asks residents to go into “auto confinement” 

A town in Gran Canaria has become the first place on the island to go into “auto confinement” due to the increasing number of coronavirus cases.

Valleseco is known for its natural charm and is a magnet for
holidaymakers seeking rural tourism, with its landscape offering “some of
the most beautiful hiking in the world.”

The local mayor has asked its 4,000 residents to confine
themselves on a voluntary basis and not to leave their homes if possible to
avoid outbreaks of coronavirus.

According to health figures, Valleseco has only reported
three positive cases but Gran Canaria has registered the most coronavirus
outbreaks of all the Canary Islands, mainly connected to nightlife.

Dámaso Arencibia Lantigua has also suspended all events
until further notice in order to avoid the mass concentration of people. He
says all travel outside the town should be avoided unless absolutely essential.

The mayor has praised the behaviour so far of local
residents but has stressed they must continue to follow all the health and
safety advice to keep coronavirus at bay. They are being told not to go to
local health centres but to phone for advice if needed.

“I call for more effort to contain the disease,”
he said.

The island has tripled its positives in 23 days, with 2,043
cases as at Saturday.