The Canary Islands chained this Sunday, December 19, five days above the threshold of 1,000 new daily cases of coronavirus after adding 1,235 infections to its statistics. In an interview for the Cope Canarias chain, Jose Maria Ortega, doctor of Primary Care of Gran Canaria, has ensured that it is not the time to carry out any mass event.
Given the figures registered in the last days of positives in coronavirus, the highest in the Canary Islands since the pandemic began, it indicates that it would not even bet on celebrating the alternative that the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has proposed to the Kings Parade, the reception in the Gran Canaria Arena.
This event could bring together more than 20,000 people in the stands, including many children who would come to see the wise men. "I think a tremendous wave is going to hit us, regardless of the vaccination".
The health specialist insists that "entrusting everything to the covid passport is a double-edged sword, since it induces vaccination, but it also generates a false assurance that you cannot be infected, something that is not true."
Ortega highlights that given the high rate of infections and the high risk of ICU bed occupancy He is concerned that at some point war medicine will have to be used as it had to be used in Madrid at the beginning of the pandemic. "It's about choosing who lives and who dies, who is intubated." This would lead to a very high mortality.
This is how the Three Kings will be received in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will not be absent on their annual visit to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, although this time it will have to be in a different way because of the pandemic. In the absence of being able to do so in the traditional Parade, the Three Wise Men will see the families at the Gran Canaria Stadium on January 5 in two passes, in the morning and in the afternoon, after collecting the magic key of the city from the hand of its mayor, Augusto Hidalgo. They will go accompanied by the royal and favorite pages, so that the boys and girls can deliver their letters at the last minute, hours before the most magical night of the year takes place and Their Majesties tour each and every home in the capital before dawn.
The question had been on the lips of public opinion for weeks: Will there be a Three Kings parade this year? Even, a mother made a letter viral on social networks with this question. Now a year ago it could not be, but the advance of vaccination against Covid-19 and the lower number of restrictions imposed by Health pointed in another direction. Finally, the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in the face of the escalation of cases -with record this Wednesday- You have opted for a "plan b" that brings together "all the guarantees" of health safety as it takes place in a space with capacity and with a free reservation "They are not yet available," according to what councilor Inma Medina explained yesterday to the media, in which they have been working for months.
There will be two receptions for Their Majesties of the East, at 12:00 and 17:00 on January 5, at the Gran Canaria Stadium. Up to 27,000 people will be able to see the Three Wise Men in each of the passes, upon reservation. An hour before the first, at around 11 in the morning, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will arrive at the Santa Catalina pier as usual every year to receive the magic key to the city, capable of opening the doors of all homes . On this occasion, the disembarkation will be behind closed doors and only authorities and collaborators of the Casa de Galicia will attend, in such a way that the smallest of the house will be able to see it together with their relatives through the broadcast of the Canary Television.
The Gran Canaria Stadium will have large screens in such a way that families will be able to see the Three Wise Men up close in any corner of the UD Las Palmas field - entity that collaborates with the event as well as the Sports Department of the Cabildo-. Their Majesties will tour both the field and the intermediate area of the stands, accompanied by royal pages, favorites and a hundred of the usual characters in the Cavalcade, the stories and the movies; familiar to the smallest of the house.
Between both countries, some 54,000 people will be able to enjoy the royal visit with prior reservation of location. To purchase tickets, these will be available on the entrees.es page on a date that the City Council must announce in the coming weeks. The Consistory is waiting to obtain the definitive authorization from Health depending on the epidemiological situation of the Island; Although the councilor Medina assured the media on Wednesday that the event is "more than worked" with both the Canarian Government and the Canarian Federation of Municipalities (Fecam).
To go to the Stadium, and in order to avoid crowds of vehicles, Municipal buses will make available to families three shuttle buses that will leave from the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Santa Catalina and the Theater from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The service will be free for children under 12 years old and to return to the lower part of the city the vehicles will leave from Felo Monzón.