The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands provisionally registers 176 new cases of coronavirus today COVID-19. The total number of accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 25,873. In the last 24 hours, no deaths have been reported or validated. However, it is likely that in the official data update for the next few days, some death will correspond to yesterday.
By islands, Tenerife today adds 116 cases, for which the total accumulated amounts to 12,585; Gran Canaria has 40 new cases and 10,246 accumulated. Lanzarote today adds 14 new cases with 1,528 accumulated, while Fuerteventura has 985 accumulated, since it registers two new cases in the last hours. For its part, La Palma adds four new cases, so the accumulated are 274. La Gomera and El Hierro do not add any cases in the last 24 hours, keeping those accumulated at 181 and 74, respectively.
The Ministry of Health recalls that these data are provisional, since the Alerts and Emergencies Coordination Center does not receive epidemiological information from the Autonomous Communities on weekends and holidays, so there will be no communication of complete data nor will the website be updated of Grafcan these days, but these provisional data that will be reviewed and consolidated according to the protocols. The daily update will be active again next Monday, December 28.
Health recommendations for Christmas gatherings
The Ministry calls to follow the recommendations of the General Directorate of Public Health of the SCS to hold social and family meetings with the greatest possible security and avoid the possibility of transmission of COVID-19.
The ideal thing is to celebrate the meals outdoors or in well-ventilated areas in order to avoid closed spaces. It is advisable to hold the meetings of this period with the same bubble group of contacts so as to limit the possibilities of transmission 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 keeping distance at all times, including at the table during lunch or dinner, between non-cohabitating people and only removing 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-partners, for example including a free chair between non-living 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.
Preventive measures for this Christmas
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 between 01.00 and 06.00 hours has been established, except for Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, which is delayed until 01.30 hours.
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.
Exceptional measures for Tenerife
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., exclusively for the return home habitual.
In the hotel and restaurant industry, the interior areas will be closed, with a distance of at least 2 meters between adjacent table chairs and with a maximum occupancy per table of 4 people.
Bar consumption, buffet or self-service is also prohibited and the maximum capacity in these interior areas will be 33%. The collection service of food and beverages on the premises and the delivery at home is allowed, with the time limitation indicated above.
In outdoor spaces, bar consumption, buffet or self-service service, and smoking are prohibited, and you cannot exceed 50% of the authorized capacity, maintaining a distance of at least 2 meters between adjacent table chairs and with a maximum occupancy per table of 4 people.