Tenerife reinstates Covid curfews
THE Canary Islands are calling for reintroducing the nighttime curfew to counter the surge in the rate of COVID-19 infection among unvaccinated youth that threatens the summer tourist season.
The British hope to return to the Orange List destination later this month after Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed fully vaccinated travelers can avoid quarantine.
In Spain, cases had declined in recent months but started to increase from mid-June, propelled by the more contagious Delta variant and more socialization among younger groups.
The Canary Islands regional government belatedly said it is calling on the Supreme Court to allow a 12:30 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. curfew in Tenerife, which has the highest coronavirus incidence on the islands.
Defending the measure, regional chief Angel Victor Torres told Cadena Ser radio on Friday that it would prevent crowds from building up at night and on weekends.
He said: “The pressure on hospitals is starting to increase. In Tenerife, intensive care occupancy is around 15% and young people are admitted to intensive care.
Hospital admissions have started to increase but remain well below levels seen earlier this year, while intensive care occupancy rates are below 7% in the rest of Spain.
Daily deaths have been declining since April, as the most vulnerable groups, such as the elderly and those with pre-existing illnesses, have been vaccinated.
Since the state of emergency expired in May, regional authorities have been responsible for responding to COVID-19 but need court clearance or government decree for strict measures such as control measures. containment, travel bans and curfews.
Valencia, home to the popular seaside resort of Benidorm and the central region of Castile and León, had previously asked the central government for curfews, but Health Minister Carolina Darias said on Wednesday they weren’t ” not on the table “.
Germany has since designated Spain as a high-risk area on Friday and France has warned its citizens against the visit, although Spain’s Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto has defended Spain as safe.
It also follows a Covid outbreak in the Balearic Islands, after more than 500 people tested positive for the coronavirus in just two days,
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However, impatient Britons are hoping to return to the Canaries and the rest of Spain later this month with summer offers starting at just £ 330 per person.
Britain’s Foreign Office also dropped the travel warning for a number of destinations, including to Spain, before July 19.
Grant Shapps announced yesterday that restrictions for Orange List countries would be lifted for double-bitten Britons, which would lead to an increase in holiday bookings.
He said: “I can confirm today that from July 19, UK residents who are fully vaccinated, thanks to the rollout of the vaccine in the UK, will no longer have to isolate themselves when they return to England. . “
Mr Shapps added: “In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travelers, the requirements for green and amber countries are the same.”
Spain welcomes Britons who have been fully vaccinated or who have a negative Covid test.
Demand for seats has skyrocketed, with EasyJet saying bookings to Orange List destinations have increased by 400%.
British Airways said its website traffic nearly doubled after the announcement, with Spain and the United States among the top destinations.
However, the British have also been warned that Amber List countries could turn red in the short term, if the situation changes abroad.