About 20 students, infected with Covid-19 while on vacation in apartments in the south of Tenerife

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands reports this Friday that a coronavirus outbreak has been detected in a group of 20 students from a secondary school in Santa Cruz de Tenerife during your stay in an apartment complex in the south of the island.

Health details that the young people did not comply with the ‘Anti-Covid’ health regulations and they have also made tracking difficult, which makes it difficult to limit close contacts and therefore try to bend the contagion curve.

Three deceased under 39 years of age since April

“We are risking a lot, the health and the economy of the islands, and young people are not immune”, Ángel Víctor Torres commented this Friday, July 2, underlining that since last April, a total of 47 people under the age of 39 have been hospitalized, with five in the Intensive Care Units (ICU) and three deaths.

In addition, he has commented that as a result of the generalization of the new variants, such as the British or the delta, Covid-19 is transmitted “more quickly”, so in the case of Tenerife, the most affected island, it has asked citizens to “take advantage of the opportunity” of mass screening in Barranco Grande, La Cuesta and Granadilla, and the 24-hour vaccination day next Sunday.

Torres has been convinced that the current situation will be “overcome” and the month of August will be reached with a lower cumulative incidence – right now it is below the national average, with 72.06 cases per 100,000 inhabitants a 7 days and 129 cases to 14 days – but has warned that the pandemic is growing “meteorically” throughout Europe.

Likewise, it has recognized that without the state of alarm, the curfew, the perimeter closures or the limitation of meetings, the Government has “fewer tools” to influence the control of the pandemic, while it has defended the criteria of levels epidemiological alert, otherwise, the entire archipelago would have ended at level 4.

Without tourism: “absolute bankruptcy”

The president has also said that if supplies are respected, the objective of closing July with 70% of the vaccinated population is maintained, and highlighted that the increase in the accumulated incidence, apart from health effects, weighs down the arrival of tourists.

According to Torres, although the European green certificate comes into force, with daily figures of more than 300 infections, many countries may discourage their citizens from traveling to the Canary Islands and the archipelago has no alternative but tourism. “It can lead us to complete bankruptcy,” he said.

Pedro Martín, for his part, has asked for a joint “reflection” of the whole of society to try to reduce infections and control the pandemic, although the situation of the hospitals on the island is not “critical”, if the patients in ICU have been duplicate.

He has insisted on remarking that “breaking the rule cannot be free” and although the sanctions are delayed many times because resources are interposed, they will finally arrive – only the Government Delegation has processed 60,000.

In addition, he has warned of the economic damage caused by this reactivation of the pandemic because for this summer, Tenerife is the national tourist destination with the most reservations of peninsular visitors “and that work done can collapse” if it begins to recommend not to travel to the Island.

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