One Year Ago Today….

This week, exactly one year ago, we first used the word Coronavirus on these pages. We reported that the first recorded case of the virus had been detected in La Gomera.

Track & Trace Team Doing Impressive Work

Lanzarote’s 36 strong track and trace team have been achieving great results, tracing the origin of 85% of all cases of Covid 19 on the island. Their record for a single day was in January, where they tracked 115 cases, making more than 1200 phone calls.

Lanzarote On Mars

Nasa’s Perseverance Rover probe is due to land on Mars later this month. The Landing site chosen for the vehicle is called Timanfaya, after the the volcano range here in Lanzarote, which bears a resemblance to that area of the surface of the planet. Our thanks to reader Nick for pointing this story out to us – we missed it!

Spain To Introduce Covid Testing Areas At Airports

Spanish airport operator AENA has confirmed that it will create covid testing areas at several airports across Spain, including Lanzarote’s César Manrique airport. The testing suites will be located in the departure lounges, allowing passengers who require a test on arrival at a destination to get a range of different type of tests. Customers will have to pre book test slots, and then wait until they have their results before boarding.

22% Occupancy In December

Hotels and apartment complexes that were open achieved only 22% occupancy in December here, compared to a typical occupancy in the high 80’s for the month.

Lanzarote Launches Video Game

A 13 year old boy from the island, Gorka Aranzábal, has launched a video game called Bromeliad, which has achieved impressive sales across the world on release. Gorka has been coding since he was just 11 years old, and Bromeliad is a complex multi player game which he has released through his own company, Gorka Games Studios.

Irish Visitors Fined

Several hundred travellers were fined by Irish police at Dublin airport this week, for attempting to leave the country for “non-essential” reasons. Some were bound for Lanzarote. Another 300 have been fined for arriving into Ireland, again, some from Lanzarote without a negative Covid test. Ireland is currently under Level 5 restrictions and residents are not supposed to travel more than 5KM from their homes, unless essential.

Ideas Being Sought For Uga “Hole”

El Hoyo de Uga, the large “hole” close to the village, which was created by quarrying, is a well known feature. Yaiza Ayuntamiento is planning a competition to generate ideas as to how it can be used. At one time consideration was giving to turning it into a Lucha wresting arena, but current thinking is that it could be used for some kind of assembly area.

Record Year For Concrete Sales In Lanzarote

Concrete sales reached a record 70,000 tonnes in 2020, despite the pandemic. Concrete sales are used as an indicator of the strength of the construction market.

Heavy Rain Expected

A weather warning for heavy rain was issued this week. Rain is expected across the island from Thursday until Saturday, with the potential for some flooding in Arrecife.

Unemployment Reaches Record High

The number of unemployed workers in Lanzarote rose to a record 19,120 at the end of January – more than during the financial crash in 2008. The areas with the highest numbers are Arrecife, Tias and Yaiza.

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