The Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo, reported this Monday that the islands will maintain the measure related to screening to contain the transmission of SARS-COV-2, through diagnostic tests for active infection (PDIA) to national passengers who enter the islands by air or sea at least while the state of alarm lasts.
This is what he has said in statements to the media after attending the Gran Canaria airport together with the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, to receive a new shipment of 43,000 vaccines of Pfizer / BioNTech.
"Today there is an extraordinary bulletin and the order is already published where we resume that measure that, as you know, once Easter had passed we were evaluating whether to continue or not, and we have preferred to be prudent and continue with this measure," he said.
For his part, the counselor stated that it will be maintained at least during the validity of the state of alarm. "And then we'll see," he clarified.
MEASURE ESTABLISHED ON DECEMBER 18
The Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands pointed out that this order was established on December 18 based on the epidemiological situation that the Canary Islands registered in comparison with the rest of the national territory.
Thus, once the evolution of the pandemic has registered changes, but taking into account the good results that this protocol has meant for the situation in the Canary Islands, a new wording of said Order is necessary that allows, based on the legal umbrella that establishes the Decree of the State of Alarm, maintain this procedure.
For its part, the measure is established for the arrival of visitors from other regions of the country. In the case of movements between the islands, and once the specific and temporary measures for Easter have been completed, the obligation to present negative PDIA is eliminated.
Although the islands that are in alert levels 1 and 2 do not have their entry and exit restricted, those that are in levels 3 and 4 will only be able to enter and exit justifying the movement based on the established exceptions.
In addition, national and international passengers who prove their stay in a regulated tourist accommodation in the archipelago will be obliged to present a negative diagnostic test when registering at the establishment.
DETECTED 753 POSITIVES FROM DECEMBER 18 TO APRIL 4
87 percent of the 342,794 travelers who arrived in the Canary Islands from the rest of the national territory, by air or sea, between December 18 and April 4 provided a negative active infection diagnostic test (PDIA). Thanks to this protocol, a total of 753 positive cases were detected.
Among the passengers who underwent the test at origin, 482 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected, of which 410 were confirmed by PCR and the remaining 72 by antigen test.
In addition, 271 positive cases of COVID-19 were detected at destination among travelers who underwent the test upon arrival in the Canary Islands, once they had been identified and placed in isolation until the negative result of the diagnostic test was received.
Finally, once the good results of this control system and detection of positive steps at the entrance to the Canary Islands have been analyzed, the Ministry will extend this rule to ensure that all passengers who enter the archipelago do so free of coronavirus, minimizing the risk of importation of new cases and, therefore, of causing an increase in the transmission of COVID-19 in the Canary Islands.