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Canary government bans smoking whilst walking in the street 

Tenerife has banned tourists and locals from smoking whilst walking in the street as the island remains on red alert until at least October 23rd to halt the spread of coronavirus.

Health chiefs have introduced the new rule as
they say social distancing cannot be guaranteed and there is a threat to other
people. The new ban on smoking whist walking also applies to the other Canary
Islands as well.

La Gomera, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria are
also red on the government’s health alert system but only for another
week. 

The islands of Lanzarote, La Palma and El
Hierro remain on green.

The red signal involves tighter coronavirus
regulations, including a maximum of ten people at gatherings. Hotels,
restaurant and terraces, as well  beach bars, must close at midnight, with
no new clients allowed after 11pm.

At one stage during the second wave of
coronavirus, most of the cases were concentrated in Gran Canaria but Tenerife
now accounts for the majority of contagions in October.

The archipelago added 186 positives yesterday,
of which 126 were registered in Tenerife. One death, an 80-year-old woman in
Gran Canaria, brought the Canary death toll from the virus to 242 since the
outbreak of the pandemic.

So far in October, Tenerife has added 593 new
infections, compared to the 390 registered in Gran Canaria. Lanzarote has
recorded 30 positives in October, while Fuerteventura, 56; La Gomera, five
cases; two El Hierro and one on La Palma.

However, Gran Canaria is still the most
affected island in the archipelago, with a cumulative 7,957 infected people, of
which 3,764 have the active virus. Of these, 3,191 are located in Las Palmas de
Gran Canaria.

Yesterday the index stood at 41.1 cases per
100,000 inhabitants in the last seven days (95.57 in the last 14 days). To
date, a total of 395,852 PCR tests have been carried out on the islands.

The Canary Islands are, however, the Spanish
community with the most favourable epidemic situation.

Government leaders hope this will allow safe
air corridors to be opened up, particulary with the key markets of the United
Kingdom and Germany. They hope the EU will make a major announcement next week.