Corona: german foreign office issues travel warning for canary islands

  • Now it's happened: After rising Corona numbers, the Canary Islands are now also considered a risk area
  • With that, the Foreign Office is now warning against travel throughout Spain
  • In no other European country is the disease rate as high as in the mainland hundreds of kilometers away: Thousands of new infections are reported daily

Due to the increased number of new Corona infections, the German government has also classified the Canary Islands and thus the whole of Spain as a risk area. The federally owned Robert Koch Institute (RKI) published an updated list of Corona risk areas on Wednesday.

The Foreign Office subsequently also ied a travel warning for the islands popular with German holidaymakers because of the Corona pandemic. With this, the federal government is now warning against "non-essential, touristy" travel to all parts of Spain.

Corona travel warning now applies to the whole of Spain

"Spain has been and continues to be severely affected by COVID-19," the Foreign Office said Wednesday evening, explaining the decision. In the Canary Islands, he said, the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife were particularly affected.

So far, the archipelago was the only region of Spain for which the German government had not yet ied a travel warning.

Central criterion for the German Classification as a risk area is which states or regions have seen more than 50 new infections per 100 in the past seven days.000 inhabitants and residents has given. Read here: So it goes on after the travel warning for the Canary Islands now on the islands.

Canary Islands exceeded threshold for travel warning

On Wednesday, this value for the Canary Islands as a whole was 98.3. If this value exceeds the threshold of 100, the regional government wants to ie contact restrictions.

  • Currently there are 4885 active infections on the archipelago with about 2.15 million inhabitants
  • The previous record of new infections was on Sunday (30. August) was detected with 367 cases within 24 hours.

A Travel warning of the federal government for the Canary Islands would "deal a death blow" to the hard-hit tourism industry, which contributes to about 35 percent of regional income, media warned Friday. "It's not going well," said Fernando Simon, Spain's chief epidemiologist and spokesman for health authorities.

  • In some parts of the country, it said, the epidemic already again out of control.
  • In the past five days alone, around 23 coronas were registered in Spain.000 new infections registered (as of 2. September).
  • In no other European country the illness rate is so high as in the vacation country Spain. National health experts are already warning of a new "viral tsunami".

Spain: Corona cases also rising rapidly in the Canary Islands

Despite its previous special status, "desolation" and "despair" already reign on the islands, the newspaper El DIa wrote Friday, showing photos of empty streets and pubs. Because of the emergency, the Canary Islands regional president angel VIctor Torres announced Tuesday night (1. September) announced new restrictions, which he called "drastic".

Corona: german foreign office issues travel warning for canary islands

On the particularly hard-hit Islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote events with more than ten participants are banned since Saturday for two weeks for the time being. Restaurants and pubs will close as early as midnight.

Throughout the region, people will also Mask have to carry. Torres warned the 2.15 million inhabitants of his region that the police will have more officers to ensure that the rules are respected. "We never thought it would get worse here," said Mauro, who runs a restaurant in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

The hope that many German Mallorca fans after the "disqualification" of the Mediterranean island by the Foreign Office for the Canary Islands would rebook, had namely not fulfilled in the past two weeks. "It's already a dead heat here", complains Mauro. "The typical Mallorca tourist probably does not like what is on offer in the Canary Islands," the newspaper "El Diario" noted disappointedly these days.

Madrid: Epidemiologist expects 'drastic measures' in fight against Corona

The situation is currently most alarming in the capital city Madrid, the absolute national hotspot, and in the northern part of Spain. "If the number of cases continues to rise, drastic measures will have to be taken," warns epidemiologist Simon, who coordinates the state's anti-Corona campaign. New Curfews are therefore not ruled out in Spain.

  • So far, authorities are still trying to contain the new virus outbreak with appeals, restrictions on gatherings, a general closure of discos and night bars, and total Compulsory masks to fight.
  • Spain-wide, there is now even a widespread Smoking ban in public to reduce potential infection risks from exhaled smoke.
  • Smoking is only allowed if there are no other people within a radius of two meters.

However, all these measures have so far been able to prevent the second major virus wave Do not stop in Spain.

Corona: illnesses in Spain pass more easily than in spring

Even though the daily number of cases is now approaching the peak values of the spring again. As a result, most illnesses now run a milder course, which is reflected in the number of victims: The number of registered Corona deaths is currently with 10 to 20 per day far below the horror figures of the end of March, when about 900 people died daily from or with Covid-19.

  • And that, in addition, increased testing and tracking capacity means that many more infected people without symptoms of the disease are now being recorded.

  • Only about five percent of those infected currently require hospital treatment.
  • The Spanish Intensive care units Are thus not yet overcrowded with patients, as they were during the first wave of disease.
  • On the other hand, local health centers, which are responsible for the initial diagnosis of the infection and for following up on contacts, are on the verge of collapse.

Vacations: Half of parents in Spain don't want to send children to school

But the worst could be yet to come. In September, public life rolls back into action after the traditional Spanish vacation month of August: Millions of employees will return to their Workplace back. Schools and open universities. Local buses and trains are filling up again. A nightmare for state virus expert Simon, who calls this an "explosive mix". Read here: Most recently, party during the Corona crisis caused a stir.

Corona: german foreign office issues travel warning for canary islands

Spectacular images: Sandstorm over Tenerife and Gran Canaria

According to a survey by the daily La Razon, about half of all parents do not want to send their children to school. Teachers' unions, meanwhile, are threatening strikes because schools are being closed for the Classes in the Corona era are unprepared. The summer has not been used to create security concepts, they complain. In fact, for example, it is not even clear yet whether there will be a Mandatory masks will give. Before the start of school, "La Razon" describes the mood as "chaos, fear and uncertainty". 

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