The Canary Islands are studying the implementation of the use of the digital covid certificate to access public spaces in which there is a social relationship. The document will be necessary to enter establishments such as bars, restaurants, concert halls or museums. Although, the regional government has not yet outlined when and how the measure will be launched and in the coming days it will discuss with the affected sectors the ways to activate this control. “There are more than half a million canaries that have downloaded the certificate and it is about expanding its use, because it is something that has already been done in the tourist establishments of the autonomous community ”, said the spokesman for the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, at the press conference after the Governing Council. This decision has already been implemented in Portugal and France, where it is necessary to present the covid passport to access the hotel industry and cultural and leisure centers and Italy is studying to follow in the footsteps of these countries.
To contain the advance of the pandemic in the Islands, which has been registering record figures for more than a week, to the proposal of the regional Executive to expand the use of the covid certificate is added the authorization by the Council of Ministers of the sale of tests of antigens without a prescription in pharmacies, which can be purchased for about ten or twelve euros, according to Pérez. In addition, selective screening and the vaccination campaign will be intensified, with which It is intended that by the end of the summer 70% of the target population of the Canary Islands will be vaccinated, a goal that is already close to 50%.
Despite the worrying data that have been reported in Gran Canaria and Tenerife during the last seven days, the epidemiological indicators have not suffered enough variation to change the level. In this way, the Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, confirmed that the two capital islands remain at alert level 2, in the case of Gran Canaria, and 3 in Tenerife. However, he warned that both islands are at the limit to level up, which implies a tightening of the restrictions.
The escalation of infections and the increase in the accumulated incidence in Fuerteventura has led the island to rise to level 3. A situation that is replicated in La Palma, which passes to level 2. The rest of the islands, El Hierro, La Gomera and Lanzarote, they stay one more week at level 1.
Trujillo emphasized that the highest number of infections is occurring in the population between 20 and 39 years of age and highlighted the high contagion of the Delta variant. Two factors that have influenced the rapid advance of the virus. The counselor wanted to deny the discourse that infections in young people and with the new strain cause milder clinical pictures. “16% of ICU beds in Tenerife are occupied by patients with covid-19, which is already a high risk, and the average age of patients hospitalized in intensive care has dropped to 50 years,” he said.
The healthcare pressure in this fifth wave of the pandemic is being noticed especially in Primary Care. The Ministry has reinforced the staff over the last year and a half, with the hiring of more than 3,500 toilets, but it has reached a point where they cannot expand the workforce because there are no more professionals to hire, according to what he pointed out. Trujillo.
Pérez also announced that the Government of the Canary Islands will present a cassation appeal to the Supreme Court on Monday by the order of the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) that denies the activation of the curfew in the islands at levels 3 and 4. “We believe that there is a serious and imminent danger for the Canarian population and we trust that our arguments will be heard, ”said Pérez.
The spokesman stressed that the order of the regional court alleges that there are laws that give power to the security forces and bodies to control and sanction the bottles. Although, the Government spokesman pointed out that the most desirable and effective thing is that these concentrations do not take place, because there is a curfew that prohibits being on the street between 00:30 and 6:00, “a time slot in which there is no there is too much economic activity that could be affected ”. The regional Executive considers that the curfew has been an average that has demonstrated its effectiveness throughout the 17 months of the pandemic.