Note that we are updating the numbers further below daily – scroll down for numbers of people with the virus.

Update 4th April

President Pedro Sanchez will be asking congress next week to extend the special measures by a further 15 days, to us up to April 26th.

This has not been confirmed yet, and will need to be ratified. We’ll update here, next week, if and when it is confirmed.

Update 4th April

Lluis Serra, who is the spokesman for the scientific committee advising The Canarian government said in a statement last night that the islands have already passed the peak of infections, and that the number of patients in hospital and intensive care has been falling over the last few days.

He went on to suggest that some elements of the confinement restrictions may be able to be lifted during the month of April.

Update 3rd April

In the last 24 hours, The Canary Islands have had 46 new coronavirus cases confirmed – the lowest daily increase since the 18th March. Early days yet, but this may be an indication that the islands have passed the peak infection rate.

Update 31st March.

Health experts have said The Canary Islands are in a “privileged position” with Coronavirus. According to all parameters, the islands are fairing much better than other regions of Spain, with fewer infections and a significantly lower death rate. Hospitals are coping well, and the number of new infections has started falling in the week when it was predicted we would reach our peak of new infections.

Luis Serra, spokesman for the committee, told the press that the battle is not yet won, and there could still be reverses.

Update 29th March.

The President has announced an extension to the special measures, which will requite all non-essential workers to take paid leave and stay at home from 30th March until 9th April. See full lockdown details here: Lanzarote Lockdown.

Update 28th March.

The total number of cases on the islands has broken through the 1,000 barrier. Lanzarote has recorded the third death from the virus, and across the islands 36 people have died. Tenerife remains the hot spot, with more than half the cases, and flights between Tenerife and other islands have been suspended.

Update 25th March 2020.

Lanzarote had announced the first death from the virus –  a 71 year old German resident from Yaiza.

A military aircraft has delivered more masks, gloves and test kits to the island for the health service.

Update 24th March 2020

Lanzarote remains steady with nine active cases. Tests are having to be sent to Gran Canaria currently for verification.

The Canary Islands government has asked Madrid for permission to keep some hotels open after the 26th as it is still thought that there are around 3,000 tourists on the island. More than 33,000 have left the island in the last seven days.

The airport is closing T1 for disinfection and any remaining flights will operate to T2.

Update 18th March 2020

It has now been confirmed by Sanidad that the four additional cases reported in Lanzarote were “false positives.” The initial test carried out on the island, is then checked with a more sophisticated test in Madrid, and in the case of three, they proved negative. The fourth is being tested again.

That means Lanzarote currently has three active cases.

Update 14th March 2020 – Emergency Measures

Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced a series of emergency measure which will last for 15 days:

All travel across Spain is to be limited from midnight on Saturday 14th March. Citizens are required to stay at home unless they have to make essential journeys. Fines of €500 to €2000 will be imposed on people out and about without a good reason.

All retail establishments, with the exception of those selling food, pharmacies, tobacconists, news stands, IT equipment suppliers and other essential supplies.

All bars and restaurants will be closed, and people are asked to maintain at least a one metre space where they do encounter others.

At this stage, we have no information about the airports in Spain, but the assumption is that they will be closed to incoming flights other than those arriving empty to repatriate tourists. We’ll update as soon as more information is available.

Read about what you can and can’t do during the Lanzarote Lockdown.

Canary Islands

There are 1564 active cases of Coronavirus on the Canary Islands currently and 78 people have died.

Lanzarote currently has 68 active cases and has had three deaths – a 71 year old German man, an 80 year British man and an 80 year old Canarian lady.

Currently, there are no active cases of coronavirus in La Graciosa – the only island with no cases.

Tenerife remains the hardest hit island, with more than half of the active cases.

Note: Some readers have pointed out that there are differences between the figures published across various media. That’s because Coronavirus is a moving feast and the numbers change all the time. There is one official bulletin that comes to media outlets at 1200 each day and is based on the numbers from 2000 the previous evening. These are the figures we use.

Also note that we use “Active cases” as our key measure. These can go down as well as up – as people recover or lose their lives, they are no longer considered active.

If you have symptoms

The Canary Islands Health Service has asked anyone with the symptoms of Coronavirus (mainly fever, tiredness, and a dry cough, although some people may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhoea) to call 112 or +34 900 112 061 for English speakers.

Do not visit the hospital or a local clinic, the doctor will come to you.

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