29th May 2020 @ 9:03 am

The last patient in the intensive care unit was moved onto a normal ward yesterday after testing negative for Covid-19. She had spent 57 days under special care. This means that there are currently two patients recovering in the hospital . Their cases are described as active until they are discharged,  but both have tested negative for the virus.

Meanwhile testing continues. 71 people were tested yesterday, and 520 have been tested in the past week. All have returned negative results, and Lanzarote has not registered a new case of coronavirus for 19 days.

Nevertheless, the risk of new outbreaks has been illustrated by a recent case in Tenerife in which an asymptomatic Covid-19 sufferer infected eight family members. The victims, members of an extended family, had begun to have meals together once the lockdown exit rules permitted them to do so. Domingo Nuñez of the Canarian Health Service said that the outbreak had been contained, but showed “the importance of social distancing and those famous two metres” in meetings between people who do not live together.

La Graciosa goes to Phase 3

La Gracisoa has officially been permitted to enter Phase 3 of the lockdown exit plan, along with El Hierro, La Gomera and the Balearic island of Formentera.

Although many of the activities permitted in Phase 3 will not apply to La Graciosa, such as the ability to hold business conferences and reopen discos, there are regulations relating to bar and restaurant capacity, maritime sports and ferry passengers that may be welcomed.

If the health situation progresses well in the Canaries, Lanzarote and the rest of the islands ought to enter Phase 3 on Monday 8th June.

Canary Day activities cancelled

The Cabildo and the Ayuntamientos have suspended online activities scheduled to celebrate the Day of the Canaries tomorrow. The decision was taken in respect for the ten days of official mourning for the victims of coronavirus that commenced on Wednesday.