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Health chiefs issue coronavirus alert over Easter get-togethers 

The Canary Islands will adopt “more additional restrictions” but rules out the perimeter closure at Easter. 

The Government of the Canary Islands reiterated that, with
the current data, “it is not foreseeable that the perimeter closure of the
archipelago will be agreed during Holy Week, although that does not mean that
additional restrictions can be adopted to those that are in force,” said
spokesman for the Executive, Julio Pérez.

The Governing Council also agreed to raise Fuerteventura
from alert level 1 to 2, and keep the rest of the islands at the same alert
level as they were. Regarding the evolution of the pandemic, Sr. Pérez
indicated that in the islands there is a “general trend” that seems “relatively
favourable” and is approaching 50 cases of incidence in the last seven days.
Putting the focus on some islands, he pointed out that “Tenerife does not
get worse, but it does not improve either”, and some of the data recorded
in Fuerteventura “have led to the elevation to level 2”, so it can be
said that “in general it improves with some shade ”.

In any case, he insisted that “with the current data it
is not foreseen that the perimeter closure will be agreed at Easter” and,
if it were to occur, he commented that “the entry of tourists to stay in
accommodation spaces of the Archipelago, that of people who return to visit
their family or travel for work reasons ” would continue.

The Executive “showed its concern” and launched a
message asking that no demonstrations be held on March 8th. Sr. Pérez indicated
that “the Public Health authorities consider that it is not
convenient” that there are concentrations and agglomerations of people on
the occasion of Women’s Day.

Head of Epidemiology of the Canary Health Service, Amós
García, believes that given the epidemiological situation of the islands, more
favourable than that of other regions, although “worrying about the
underground growth” of infections, it is viable not to close the perimeter
at Easter “if measures are taken to prevent a new wave.”

Health chiefs have urged people not to lower their guard at
Easter and to follow the rules.