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Tenerife raises coronavirus alert to highest level and sets new covid-certificate rule  

Tenerife has raised its coronavirus alert to the highest level after a record number of infections and will only allow people inside restaurants, bars, cultural centres, theatres, cinemas and gyms if they show a Covid health certificate.

All of the other Canary islands, including Lanzarote, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, have also seen their alert level raised, with the exception of El Hierro.

Tenerife is the worst-hit island in the popular holiday group and had been on level 3. But health chiefs say it will go to level 4 on Monday and have introduced the covid health certificate rule in a bid to stem the rising number of coronavirus cases.

Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Palma go up to level 3, Lanzarote and La Gomera to level 2 and El Hierro remains at level 1.It is understood that any Brits going on holiday to Tenerife will be able to use the vaccination proof they need to travel anyway. The new rule only applies to inside the specified premises, not for outside terraces. Clarification is awaited about hotels.A spokesperson for the Canary government said: “As of July 20th, the AI7d for the entire population of the Canary Islands was 209.6 cases / 105 inhabitants, which places it at a very high risk level. By age groups, people aged 65 and over, those under 40 years of age and specifically the group from 20 to 29, which presents a higher risk with a rate of 459.6 cases / 105 inhabitants, are at a very high level of transmission.”

“This significant increase in the cumulative incidence, together with the decrease in the cases in which the epidemiological link can be determined (traceability) and the increase in healthcare pressure, justifies that all the islands with the worst evolution of their pandemic indicators rise in level epidemiological.

“All of the islands still have extensive coronavirus regulations in force, including limits on the number of people who can sit together and capacity restrictions for terraces and interiors, as well as on beaches and on public transport.Yesterday, the islands registered 914 new cases, surpassing the daily record since the start of the pandemic. Of these, 510 were in Tenerife and 337 in Gran Canaria.

For Tenerife, and for any other island in the group which reaches level 4, anyone over the age of 18 will need to present a COVID-EU vaccination certificate or a Negative Active Infection Diagnostic Test (carried out in the previous 72 hours) or proof of overcoming the infection in the last six months to be able to access the interior of  restaurants and hospitality premises. The measure will also affect access to the interiors of sports and cultural establishments. Such premises will now be able to stay open until midnight to help them bring in more money.

Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo said: “The increase in infections requires the adoption of measures that help control the pandemic within the framework of action that the regional government currently has.””Epidemiological circumstances are in an upward progression with a predominance of the Delta variant throughout the world and therefore also in the Canary Islands, which largely explains the level of transmission in which we find ourselves.

“Heath chiefs are particularly worried about the spread of coronavirus in young people aged from ten to 29 and especially those with obesity problems or diabetes.

“The Delta strain is much more transmissible than those existing so far, so we must be more vigilant in preventing infections,” the health minister stressed.The Canary government wants the power to impose a curfew if necessary but its application was turned down by the Supreme Court. The outcome of an appeal is expected within the next few days.