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Tenerife put on red traffic light alert after “significant” new outbreaks of coronavirus in Canary Islands 

Four of the Canary Islands, including Tenerife and Gran Canaria, have been put on a “red traffic light” alert from today following new outbreaks of coronavirus.

Health chiefs announced last night that 289
cases of Covid-19 had been recorded in the previous 24 hours, bringing the
accumulated figure to 12,778 cases and 6,754 active. 

“This is a significant increase with
respect to the cases that have been reported in recent weeks and that,
according to the General Directorate of Public Health, is attributable to
several outbreaks detected mainly on the islands of Gran Canaria and
Fuerteventura that are being studied and controlled at the moment, to which are
added multiple cases related to social, family and work activities in the rest
of the islands,” said a spokesman for the Canary government.

By islands, Gran Canaria has 7,191 accumulated
cases, 155 new cases and 4,648 active cases; Tenerife has 3,693 accumulated, 83
new and 1,769 active; Lanzarote has 1,063 accumulated cases, 23 new and 191
active; Fuerteventura 569 cases, 22 new cases and 122 active; La Palma 177
accumulated, with three new cases and four active; El Hierro has recorded no
new positives and remains with 46 accumulated; La Gomera adds three cases to
make 39, of which 20 are active. Today there have been two deaths, a
65-year-old man in Tenerife; and another death in Lanzarote, a 40-year-old man.

Despite the increase today, the Canary Islands
has lowered the cumulative incidence per 100,000 inhabitants to 53.22 cases
from 67.34 seven days ago and 106.99 three weeks ago. At present it is the
third autonomous community with the least accumulated incidence in Spain, only
surpassed by the Valencian and Galician communities.

“Even so and in order to contain the
curve throughout the archipelago, this Friday restrictive measures are applied,
marked by the red traffic light that is activated this Saturday, September 26th
to the islands of Tenerife (for at least 15 days), La Gomera (up to 15 days),
Fuerteventura (for a week) and Gran Canaria (for 15 more days).  Lanzarote
goes from red to green traffic light tomorow so the restrictive measures will
not be applied, as well as La Palma and El Hierro, which are still green,”
said the spokesman.

The municipalities with over 100 cases are:
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 126.08; Santa Cruz de Tenerife with 120.83
cases; San Sebastián de La Gomera with 120.97 and Tejeda with 104.77, although
this municipality only has two cases and this incidence is due to its
population of 1,909 inhabitants. In Fuerteventura, Puerto de Rosario has an
incidence this week of 95.7 and last week it was 179.13, so the red traffic
light is determined for at least one week on this island.

Public health officials say the red traffic
light comes into force when on an island there is at least one municipality
that exceeds 100 cases / 100,000 inhabitants in the cumulative incidence of
cases diagnosed in the last seven days, which has more than two sporadic cases
and that present an increase in the last seven days equal to or greater than
10% compared to the means of the previous two weeks.

On the islands with a red traffic light, mass
events or acts will not be allowed, ie those of more than ten people, with the
exception of the celebration of ordinary scheduled public cultural activity. In
hotel, restaurant and terrace establishments, as well as in beach bars and
restaurants, a closing time is established at midnight maximum, with no new
clients after 11pm. Non-occupational day centres must also close.

The Canary government had earlier warned it
would not hesitate to take tough action to contain the spread of coronavirus as
it wants to become one of the safest places in Spain for Brits to take their
holidays. Once cases have declined to an acceptable level, the government hopes
the UK will allow British tourists to visit the islands without having to go
into quarantine but subject to coronavirus tests at the airports on arrival and
departure instead.