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Health precautions stressed again over festive season 

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands provisionally registered 108 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 on December 27th. 

The total number of accumulated cases in the Canary Islands
is 26,135. The death of three more people has been reported in Tenerife, two
men and one woman, aged between 75 and 76 years.

By islands, Tenerife registered on December 27th 70 cases,
so the total accumulated amounts to 12,756; Gran Canaria had 33 new cases and
10,318 accumulated. Lanzarote added two new cases with 1,539 accumulated, while
Fuerteventura remained at 985 accumulated as it did not register new cases. For
its part, La Palma added two new cases, so the accumulated are 281. La Gomera
did not add any cases in the 24 hours and its accumulated remain at 181, while
El Hierro added one new case and has 75 accumulated.

The Ministry of Health is calling on the public to follow
the recommendations of the General Directorate of Public Health of the SCS to
hold social and family gatherings with the greatest possible security and avoid
the possibility of transmission of COVID-19.

The ideal thing is to celebrate meals outdoors or in
well-ventilated areas in order to avoid closed spaces. It is advisable to keep
the meetings of this period with the same contact bubble group so that the
possibilities of transmission are limited and that if one of the guests has
symptoms that they do not attend the celebration. In this case, you have to
isolate yourself and call the coronavirus service line 900 112 061.

Recommendations include maintaining distance at all times,
including at the table during lunch or dinner, between people who are not
living together and only remove the mask when eating and drinking, since the
greatest risk occurs at the time of the fact that people are unprotected so it
is important to avoid these exposures as much as possible without a mask.

Other recommendations are to greet each other without
maintaining physical contact, therefore, without kisses or hugs; maintain
separation at the table between non-cohabitants, for example by including a
free chair between non-cohabiting families; carry out adequate hand hygiene,
for which it may be useful to put the hydroalcoholic gel on the table; avoid
placing the masks on the table; it can be kept, for example, in a paper
envelope; do not share utensils, or chop from the same plate and it is
recommended to mark the glasses so that there is no possibility of confusion;
food should always be served by the same person so that movement around the
table is limited; toast without clinking glasses to avoid contact, and reduce
table time to reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.

Likewise, it re recommends that in the event that several
family members are caregivers of a vulnerable person, they do not all coincide
in the same celebration. If it were necessary to establish a quarantine, they
would not all be affected.

The Ministry of Health recalls that a series of restrictive
measures are active to stop the expansion of coronavirus infections during the
Christmas holidays. Thus, for all the islands except Tenerife, a limitation of
the movement of people has been established between 01:00 and 06:00, except for
Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, which is delayed until 01:30.

For meetings, the number of 6 people may not be exceeded,
except for December 24, 25 and 31 and January 1, where the maximum is 10
people.

Given the progressive increase in COVID-19 cases in
Tenerife, the Government of the Canary Islands approved a series of more
restrictive measures to curb the contagion curve on the Island.

The freedom of movement of people at night is limited from
10 p.m. to 6 a.m. every day, except for Christmas Eve, which is delayed until
12.30 a.m., and for New Year’s Eve, which is delayed until 1 a.m.