Health Department Urges More Vigilance

The Canarian Health department has asked all the islands’ town halls to be more vigilant in ensuring citizens and visitors adhere to the sanitation rules against a background of increasing Covid 19 cases in The Canaries.   Local Police officers will be out and about ensuring people are maintaining social distance of 1.5 metres and wearing masks where appropriate. 90% of new positives over the last few days have been from those under 30 and who have not been observing the social distancing rules.

New Buggy Routes Denied By Cabildo

The Cabildo has refused permission, requested by a company, to set up three new off road buggy routes departing from Costa Teguise. The refusal was based on the damage that could be caused to natural areas, and the amount of dust that would be created.

New Ferry Cuts Time To Mainland

Naviera Armas has put a new ship, Cuidad de Valencia, into service on the Canaries to Cadiz route. Valencia can cruise at 24 knots, shaving 3 hours off the journey time to 33 hours. The new ferry has a much larger area for vehicles – up to 3,300 M2.

Brutal Killing Of Dog

A man and a woman convicted of suffocating a stray dog called Timple, and videotaping the event,  have been sentenced to four months in prison for the crime, suspended for two years. The sentence has been roundly condemned in the local press and via social media, and there is a protest planned at The Cabildo, to push for their sentence to be increased.

Passenger Numbers At Airport Down 61%

Figures have been released for the total number of passengers that arrived into Lanzarote Airport in July – 194,355. That compares with a more normal figure for January, which was 528,733.

Guardia Civil Aircraft Drafted In For Immigrant Boat Watch

A Guardia Civil maritime patrol CN-235 aircraft has been flown to the islands to aid in the search for immigrant boats arriving from the African coast. The initial deployment is for ten days, and the aircraft, which is equipped for boat detection, will fly several sorties each day.

La Graciosa Ramps Up Health Checks

The eighth island has put in place a plan aimed at preventing Coronavirus reaching the island. Temperatures of all passengers arriving on the island by ferry will be taken by Emerlan staff based on the island.

Teguise Seizes Scooters

Ayuntamiento de Teguise has seized 45 Wind electric scooters from the streets of Costa Teguise this week. The company will be fined €1500 for not complying with traffic management laws  – specifically for allowing the scooters to be parked in public areas without concern for pedestrian’s safety.

Canaries Show UK Government Radar Covid App

National Health Service officials from the UK have met with Canarian health department officials to discuss the Radar Covid tracking and tracing app,  which has been launched here after a successful trial period in La Gomera. Details of the trial were shared with NHS staff, and the UK may use similar technology in the future.

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