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Your Coronavirus Q & A

How do I catch coronavirus? Coronavirus is transmitted by saliva or mucus from an infected person. It can be picked up in the air, on hands or skin, or on surfaces that have been exposed to droplets of infected material. To stop transmission,…

Nationwide COVID 19 sample begins

The Canarian Health Council will today commence random COVID 19 tests on Lanzarote and other islands, as part of a national project to establish the extent of infection in Spain. All over the world, experts agree that official figures…

Cover competition: the four finalists

We received a great response to our appeal for photos for the cover of our May edition, but after looking at all the entries closely, it's fair to say that four fantastic shots stood out. Benno Hessler's stunning landscape shot shows…

Adults to be let out for exercise from May 2nd “if all continues well.”

Spain's President Pedro Sánchez has announced that adults will be permitted to leave the house for walks or exercise from May 2nd “as long as the evolution of the pandemic is favourable, which it continues to be up until now.” Sánchez…

How Coronavirus Swept the World

In just three months the coronavirus has utterly changed our world. Even now the speed and scope of recent events seem incredible, and the consequences are sure to be felt for years. Here’s a swift recap of the main events so far (from the…

Health workers at risk

Worrying recent figures show that health workers and care home staff account for 20% of Spanish coronavirus cases, while the proportion is even higher on the Canaries. Inadequate protection material, defective face masks and lack of…

“This drama unites us”

The British Ambassador to Spain, Hugh Elliot, has estimated that “a few hundred” British expats have been infected by the coronavirus and around “30 or 40” have died of the virus. In an interview with voxpopuli.com, Elliot said…

Need To Know: Emergency

Everyone on Lanzarote and the Canaries should know the 112 number for emergencies off by heart, especially if they're used to the 999 number in the UK. 112 was established as a universal emergency number in EU countries in 1972, and…

All eyes on Madrid

“Will I be able to go for a run?”, “When will my children be allowed to go out to play?” , “When can I buy some new clothes?”  Questions such as these are on everyone's lips as the third extension of the lockdown approaches,…