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FAKE NEWS USING OFFICIAL BOLETIN PAPER!

4 hours 9 min ago

Police are investigating the source of a fake document which says that people in Spain are allowed out for one hours exercise, as it is completely fraudulent.
Someone has made the ‘document’ using a page of official bulletin headed paper, but it has not been published, and is not true.
Police would like to warn that this is a criminal offence and have launched an investigation.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: NOW 1,730 CONFIRMED CASES IN THE CANARIES

5 hours 1 min ago


The Ministry of Health recorded 81 new infections, 35 cured and 3 more deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.

The Canary Islands now has a confirmed total of 1,730 positive cases as of 8pm last night, 81 more than the previous day, thus breaking the downward trend of recent days.

In addition, there have been 35 more people discharged from hospital, meaning that 192 have now recovered from the virus.

POSSIBLY 5,618 PEOPLE IN GRAN CANARIA HAVE CORONAVIRUS

5 hours 27 min ago

The Health service says that there are a possible 5,618 people in Gran Canaria infected with coronavirus.

This is because primary doctors are following up 2,096 patients by telephone who have been exposed to the virus, and 3,522 suspected of having been infected, who are quarantined at home.
Experts advising the Government are emphasizing the importance of carrying out tests “on those that detected antibodies” to have a more realistic assessment of the situation.
The people quarantined at home, have not had a PCR test or rapid test to rule out that they have the disease.

These patients are included in the list made by doctors from all primary care health centers in each health area of ​​the archipelago, of the calls they receive from users who believe they are suffering from symptoms of coronavirus, and which each call centre manages on a daily basis.
“We quantify all the cases that we attend in primary care. Those who are clearly Covid-19 are referred to hospital, but also those exposed, who are people who have been in contact with another who has tested positive, and the suspects, those who suffer some mild symptom that leads to suspicion of a possible coronavirus”, explained a primary care health professional yesterday, who added that these last two groups of patients “are asked to self-isolate, the relevant hygiene measures are explained to them and they are followed up daily by telephone.”
Some of these cases “will present a confirmed positive at some point, and others we could do the test now and they would give a negative, but since we do not have it we will not know,” the source added.

TWO FINED 720 EUROS FOR BREACH OF CONFINEMENT

5 hours 32 min ago

A 23-year-old man has been fined 720 euros when he was caught skipping confinement while consuming alcohol in Las Remudas estate in Telde, Gran Canaria.

The Investigating Court number two of Telde (Las Palmas), issued two condemnatory sentences yesterday, imposing fines on individuals for breaching the order of confinement, one of them walking on the street without justification, and the other for being surprised with a group of people consuming alcoholic beverages on public roads.

In the second case, magistrate Virginia Peña imposed a fine of 720 euros on a 23-year-old man stopped by police at 2.30pm on Sunday, in the company of other people, consuming alcoholic beverages under the pergolas of the Central Park of Las Remudas. When the Police went to identify them, they fled, the accused being the only one who was caught.

He man confessed to the crime and admitted the police account was true, in order to benefit from a lower sentence. The ruling is final.

The other sentence resolves the case of a 54-year-old man who was also caught on Sunday morning, in the Teldense street of Manuel Alemán Álamo, out walking on public roads without any justification along with other unidentified people.
The sentence was the same, 720 euros, for a crime of disobedience to authority.

FUERTEVENTURA: GUARDIA CIVIL TAKE ESSENTIALS TO ISLOTE DE LOBOS

5 hours 38 min ago

The Fuerteventura Maritime Detachment of the Guardia Civil, has to provide basic food and essentials to the inhabitants on Islote de Lobos, which is located northeast of Fuerteventura, in the Bocaina Strait.

The Order TMA/246/2020, of March 17th, which establishes the transport measures applied to the connections between the peninsula and the Canary Islands, specifies that as of March 19th 2020, the entry into all ports of the Canary Islands of all vessels and recreational vessels used for recreational or sporting purposes, is prohibited.
Aware of the impossibility of acquiring the necessary food as they are not allowed to travel by sea to the nearest supermarket located in the municipality of Corralejo, the Guardia Civil were concerned about the state of the people who live there.

Because of this they made an offer to transfer the necessary supplies to the officers at the docking station of the Guardia boats on the Provincial Maritime Service vessel. This past week, the first transfer of food was made on the S-36 boat, which landed in Lobos where the residents of the islet were waiting for it, and in the following weeks the necessary support will continue to be provided to these people, with goods being sent by family members in Fuerteventura.

LANZAROTE TUNA FISHERMEN AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK

5 hours 43 min ago

Optuna calls for the commercial fishing season to be extended as Bluefin tuna price plummets.

The sector has called on the central and regional governments to extend the term of quotas assigned to each fishing boat, beyond 14th June 2020.

Optuna are concerned by the current crisis, in which all sectors are paralyzed by the decree of state of alarm we are going through, but in their case the circumstances are different.
While their fleet is currently at sea, it is the middle of the Bluefin tuna season, however, the collapse in prices has led to the boats choosing to abandon these catches as it is not profitable.

As fishing boat fleet owner, Andrés Cedrés explains, “the situation is very complicated and although the boats are fishing, we have had to approach the central and regional governments, to request that the deadlines areextended, “he says,” so that each ship can capture the quota assigned to it, and which in the case of our six large tuna boats is 53 tons between them.”

The reason for this request, he continued, is that “as prices fell dramatically, we have chosen to stop fishing Bluefin tuna, and prefer wait for it to return to normal as the market recovers, since it now makes no sense to continue fishing to sell it at prices that are only around six euros a kilo, when normally it is up to three times more than that.”

The lack of demand, especially from restaurants that have had to close; and the difficulties in sending the fish to markets on the mainland, due to the lack of air links, “have forced us to ask to extend the deadlines to exhaust our catch quota.”

ARRESTED AFTER FLEEING POLICE IN FUERTEVENTURA

5 hours 47 min ago

The National Police have arrested a 44-year-old woman in Puerto del Rosario, Fuerteventura, who was riding a motorcycle with a companion, and ignored the agents’ request to stop at a Police checkpoint, and raced away from them through the neighbouring streets.

Officers finally managed to intercept the motorbike, identifying the rider, who already has a criminal record, and arrested her for serious disobedience to law enforcement officers.

After the corresponding police report was heard, she was passed to the competent Judicial Authority.

NEW DELIVERY OF OVER HALF A MILLION MASKS ARRIVES IN GRAN CANARIA

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 19:40

The third shipment of medical equipment arrived from China yesterday, as 578,000 masks and 7,500 protective face screens were delivered by plane to Gran Canaria, destined for health workers who account for 20% of infections in the Canary Islands, a figure much higher than the state average.

In total, 570,500 type 2 surgical masks have arrived, a total of 7,500 protection screens, 8,500 FPP2 masks, and 6,000 gowns that will be distributed out across the Islands for health and social health personnel facing the pandemic on the front line.

According to the Canarian Government, these materials are expected to guarantee the existing stocks in the Archipelago, as two other shipments have also been purchased to arrive next week, with an investment of 16 million euros.

This new delivery joins other previous ones from China of 1,540,000 surgical masks, 58,200 diagnostic kits, 4,000 protective glasses for healthcare personnel, 505,000 pairs of nitrile gloves, 25,040 FFP2 masks, 17,200 plastic surgical gowns, and 100 overalls.
In addition to 28 respirators for patients affected by COVID-19 and 1,750 swabs to collect samples for diagnostic PCR.

A million quick tests!
The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has announced that in the next 48 hours, the first batch of a million ‘fast’ tests will be distributed among all the autonomous communities across Spain, which will substantially increase the diagnostic capacity to confirm or rule out the presence of COVID-19 in the population.
The objective of the Ministry, as Illa has indicated, is to make the maximum number of tests possible for people who have symptoms. “15,000 to 20,000 tests are being performed daily, but this daily diagnostic capacity needs to be increased.”

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: NEW STATISTICAL CRITERIA INCREASES NUMBERS IN TENERIFE!

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 18:55

The Ministry of Health will from now on, collate the data island by island according to where the coronavirus case was declared, and not according to the address that appears on the patient’s health card. This means the latest stats see a decrease in numbers in 6 of the islands, and adds 109 to the total for Tenerife.

They have confirmed that there are 1,649 cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands, with data from Sunday 5th April cumulatively, a total of 651 people have required hospitalization and 133 have done so in intensive care.
The number of hospital discharges is now 157 (20 more than the previous day) and 85 deaths (5 more).

The statistics for islands corresponding to Sunday show different data from those provided by the Ministry of Health so far, which means that all the islands, except Tenerife (which increases by 109), have seen a reduction in the number of infected people attributed to them .

This is because the Canarian Health Service is now preparing statistics based on the place in which the case was declared, and not on the patient’s address on their health card.
“This is because there are people residing on one island but their health card is registered on another, which makes processing data difficult,” according to the Ministry of Health in a statement.

All this means that Tenerife rises to 1,080 accumulated cases (109 more than the previous day), while the other islands see a reduction in numbers so that Gran Canaria has 411 (56 fewer), La Palma 66 (3 less), Lanzarote 58 (11 less), Fuerteventura 23 (12 less), La Gomera 7 (one less) and El Hierro 1 (2 less).

Likewise, the Ministry of Health indicates that it has detected a mismatch in three cases that at the time of closing the report could not be resolved, which will be reflected in the report issued on Tuesday, April 7th.

In the case of the deceased, with the new criteria introduced to make the statistics of the pandemic, the number of deaths in Tenerife rises to 56 (5 more) and to 24 in Gran Canaria (2 more), Lanzarote changes to 2 (one less) and La Palma at 3 (also one less).

SHOULD I WEAR A MASK #3

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:58

WOMAN IN SANTA CRUZ STEALS TWO POLICE OFFICERS HELMETS IN RETALIATION FOR A FINE

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:23

A 48-year-old woman retaliated after being fined for having her vehicle parked on a pedestrian street in Santa Cruz, she removed the police officers helmets who had left their motorcycles parked to carry out a foot patrol in the local area.

The events happened last Friday afternoon when the woman had parked her car, a Fiat 500, in the pedestrian area of ​​Calle Valentín Sanz, without any justified reason, the police proceeded to issue a fine and, subsequently they parked their motorcycles in the vicinity for a foot patrol.

In addition to the traffic sanction, she also received a fine for breaching the State of Alarm conditions and also judicial proceedings against her as her actions affected the police service because for two hours the agents could not carry out their work.

NOT EVERYONE GUARANTEED ERTE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS IN APRIL

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 09:46

Many workers in the Canaries will not receive ERTE unemployment benefits in April, as the system was “just not ready” for this unforeseen situation.

Thousands of workers in Spain affected by temporary employment regulation files (ERTE), will not receive unemployment benefit this month due to the delay with which the Government issued the decree, that regulated the conditions in which companies must communicate to the Public State Employment Service (SEPE), the data of the affected workers.
The Government issued this decree on Saturday March 28th, and from that date, companies only had five days to give SEPE information on their employees, including bank account numbers.

But, as the labour professionals warn, it is impossible that if the information is provided in early April, that payments can be executed by April 10th, the date on which SEPE makes the payment of unemployment benefits.
Close sources assure that SEPE itself has recognized that possibly only 400 of the more than 150,000 Canary workers affected by an ERTE, will receive unemployment benefits in April.

The spokesperson for the Equipo Covid-19 collective, made up of 170 labor professionals (including social graduates, economists, advisers and lawyers), Carlos Talavera, said “It is impossible for benefits to arrive by April 10th if SEPE is still recording the data. This month there will be people who will collect from their company, what they earned for the first half of March, but nothing will come from the state until May 10th.”
Talavera also warn of the problem these people are going to have by not having any income, by adding “Those people have to eat and pay expenses. What is going to happen is indecent.”

Talavera also explained that labour professionals have acted quickly, but it has been the administration that has not been so fast. “We began to process ERTE from the first day, but we could not give the information with the data of the workers until the decree of March 28th came out giving permission.”

From this group, it is considered a priority that the administration articulate measures to guarantee that all workers affected by an ERTE, receive the benefit. “I do not know what formula they will be able to choose, but they have to do something to avoid leaving these people unprotected,” explains Talavera, who on behalf of the group he represents, criticizes the “obsolete system” with which the administration works, and with little capacity they have to attend to the high volume of procedures in recent weeks.
As he points out, when submitting an ERTE, the procedure is “nineteenth-century”.
“We have to enter the data of the companies at least three times, and then they ask you for all the data of the workers in a little operational computer application,” says the tax advisor, who wonders why the administration is not capable to share all the data they have to speed up and facilitate the procedures.
“Every month we send the contribution bases, all the personal circumstances of the worker, and that is held by the Social Security Treasury, and SEPE supposedly has access to that data. They have everything but also a problem: the bureaucratic burden to access their database” he says.

Furthermore, accessing the main headquarters system to file an ERTE is itself a problem.
“You have to try it at least five times because it crashes. It does not have the capacity to handle requests, and then it gives lots of errors, but they are not your fault, they are the servers. It’s a disaster. The administration was just not prepared for such a situation, “he concludes.

PÉREZ WARNS “WE CANNOT DROP OUR GUARD”

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 08:33

The Minister of Health, Julio Pérez, has acknowledged the improvement in the figures for coronavirus in the Canary Islands over the past few days, but prefers to maintain a cautious position.
He assures that despite the positive predictions, the Health Service ‘machine’ remains at the highest level and is working “as if we were in the worst case scenario.”

He affirmed that the Government “will not lower its guard” regarding their measures to fight and contain the coronavirus, although he did admitt that some data from the last few days “invited optimism.”

Although some experts are already talking of the Islands having passed the peak of infections, and some even suggesting that some restrictions could be lifted, Pérez points out that “we cannot relax for a second, but are working towards that stage.”

He also acknowledges that some figures, particularly those referring to the number of hospitalized, admitted to the ICU or deceased, are positive compared to previous days “but as a health administration, these data do not authorize us to reduce the means that are being applied to contain the disease”.
Pérez adds that “my obligation is not based on optimism, but on the needs to be met and these have not changed.”
Although the numbers have improved, he insists his responsibility is “to be prepared exactly the same as last week.” And that means, he said, that tests must continue to be carried out, protecting health personnel, keeping the population convinced that they must remain confined as a measure of self-protection, or keeping protection of the particularly vulnerable population at a maximum level.

1.5 MILLION FAKE ACCOUNTS FOR FAKE NEWS IN SPAIN

Mon, 04/06/2020 - 08:10

The Spanish police have estimated that there are approximately 1.5 million fake accounts online launching hoaxes about the coronavirus, and
warn that their objective is “to spread fear among the population.”

The current situation of pandemic and confinement is a breeding ground for the unscrupulous and ‘fake news’.
Profiles, in theory, of Unicef ​​recommending to wash your hands with hot water and to stop eating ice cream to fight against COVID-19; in Bilboa, a fraudulent campaign that appeared on behalf of Cáritas (charity for the homeless) asking for money for the most vulnerable; and one for the United Nations ‘requesting’ personal data to feed the most needy families.
They are just three examples of the fake WhatsApps, tweets, or Facebook posts, that are popping up during this period to fool the most gullible.

The National Police warned about this trend yesterday, and calculated that there are close to one and a half million online accounts with the sole objective of misinforming society. “It is a serious risk,” warned the deputy director general for logistics and innovation of the National Police, José García Molina, in the daily report on the state of the pandemic in the country.
“They only aim to create social alarm,” stressed Molina.

Gender violence.
Police officials also stressed that surveillance has intensified in fear of more cases of gender-based violence.
Two women have been murdered by their partners since the state of alarm was applied. “Tensions can arise from confinement,” the police spokesman acknowledged.

The chief of staff of the Guardia Civil, José Manuel Santiago, pointed out that Alertcorps APP, where information on different crimes is collected, has an SOS button so that victims of this social scourge and health personnel send an alert signal to the nearest police station.
“Victims can always count on us. They will not be alone. We are aware that there is still a way to go” said Santiago.

ONLY 27 NEW CASES TODAY IN CANARIES

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 21:31

The Canary Islands is continuing the downward trend of the coronavirus with only 27 positives and 5 more deaths in the last 24 hours, as reported by the Ministry of Health at 8pm tonight.

Data closed with 1,649 accumulated cases, only a 1.6% increase on the previous day, when there were 1,622.

As for the number of deceased, this has gone from 80 to 85 compared to the latest statistic, which means an increase of 6.2%.

Likewise, a total of 20 patients have been discharged since yesterday, increasing the number of people who have been cured from 137 to 157.

These figures confirm the downward trend in the number of infections in the archipelago, confirming that the peak has been passed, although the arrival of kits and fast tests could lead to an increase in the number of positives.

13 RESIDENTS OF TEGUESTE NURSING HOME ARE HOSPITALIZED

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 20:45

The Ministry of Health has taken a series of exceptional measures due to the situation that has arisen at the San Marcos de Tegueste residential home, in Tenerife.
13 residents of the centre have been transferred to hospitals on the island, and the centre itself has been deep cleaned and disinfected by the UME.

In addition, the ten residents who are still at the centre, who have given negative results to coronavirus tests, have been isolated.
Sanidad is taking extreme measures to monitor and control this centre, where five deaths have already occurred, after detecting that the current situation of infections does not correspond to the forecasts that the technicians of the General Directorate of Public Health had performed, taking into account all the protocols that were implemented.

In the Canary Islands to date, there have been seven deaths in nursing homes related with Covid-19.
All have been in Tenerife, five in this residence in Tegueste; one at the Santa Rita Home in Puerto de la Cruz, and one at the Fasnia Senior Center.

FIREFIGHTERS PUT OUT HOUSE FIRE IN LA TEJITA

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 17:59

San Miguel firefighters were called to a house fire in La Tejita (Granadilla de Abona, Tenerife) this afternoon, that was started by a candle setting fire to an armchair.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In their Twitter account, the Bomberos reported that after igniting the armchair the fire spread throughout the upper part of the house, producing a large amount of smoke.

After putting it out they then proceeded to ventilate the property, and paramedics from the Canarian Emergency Services, attended to the tenants of tbe housecwho suffered from smoke inhalation.

CANARIES CORONAVIRUS CASES BY MUNICIPALITY ACROSS THE ISLANDS

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 16:11

For the first time since the epidemic started, the Ministry of Health has published statistics by municipality of people infected with coronavirus, according to the address on the patient’s health card.
This list refers to where they are registered, not the hospital where they are being treated, if hospitalized.

ACTIVE CASES BY MUNICIPALITY OF RESIDENCE:

GRAN CANARIA CABILDO LAUNCHES ONLINE VIRTUAL MARKET

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 14:11

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cabildo in Gran Canaria has opened their Virtual Market called Gran Canaria Me Gusta, with almost 200 local producers that do home deliveries.
On the first day it registered more than 6,000 visits to the website www.grancanariamegusta.com

The market, the Cabildo said, has been created to channel the surplus of agrifood due to the closure of hotels, restaurants and markets, is to make it easy for people to buy fresh island products.

“Its objective is to directly connect supply and demand, so that there is contact between producer and consumer to acquire fruits, vegetables, fish, meats and cheeses, without people having to travel to markets” said a Cabildo spokesman.

The initiative is also part of the Cabildo’s plan to create a permanent online sales channel with its own shopping basket, payment method, and network of distribution.

The virtual store is divided into five zones: north, capital, center, southeast and south, and also in product categories so that online users can easily locate fruits, vegetables, fish, meats, wines, beers, honeys, oils, breads and sweets, from the 21 municipalities around Gran Canaria.

“CANARIES HEALTH SYSTEM IS COPING WELL”

Sun, 04/05/2020 - 10:52

The director of the Canary Islands Health Service, says that hospitals across the islands are coping with the COVID-19 crisis well, but face their toughest week so far.

He believes that the epidemic will subside if an outbreak doesn’t arise in one of the health centres.

Hospitals are preparing to contain the spike in the number of hospitalized patients, that is expected to peak next week.
As Antonio Olivera explained, measures are being planned to have “more beds and staff available” with which to attend to a possible influx of the critically ill.
However, he clarified that the situation of Canarian hospitals is far from collapse, although they prefer to look at the worst case scenario to face any contingency. “It is well known that the island with the most hospital pressure is Tenerife. Neither Gran Canaria, Lanzarote or La Palma reach the level of Tenerife but, taking this into account, right now all the islands have a good degree of leeway to respond to quite adverse circumstances, “said Olivera.

Regarding the trend of the epidemic, he commented that the maximum peak was reached around March 28th, when 147 positive cases were added in one day.
Although he believes that an indication of the decline of the virus will only be obtained by comparing the number of daily cases with that of discharges, which will grow in the coming days.
“The number of new infected people is decreasing, but if there were to be any outbreak in some overcrowded centre, health centre, or any other type of place where many people come together, that trend could easily change.”

Olivera said that about 850 coronavirus tests are being carried out daily on the islands, which are resulting in between 7 and 8% positives. “Only in the Tenerife metropolitan area is there a waiting list” for the Covid-19 tests, he said.

As for the senior residential homes, he stressed that an inspection process has been deployed to identify risk characteristics early, and try to eliminate them.

Likewise, Olivera believes that prolonging the state of alarm until April 26th will prevent a second-wave of the epidemic that would destroy the efforts made to contain it.

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