1st May 2022 @ 9:17 am

The Canarian Government has extended the suspension of Covid restrictions until 30th June, reflecting the continued low occupancy of hospitals on the island.

When the Canaries lifted all covid restrictions on the 22nd March, it was made clear that this was not necessarily a permanent measure, and they could be reintroduced if figures got worse.  Instead, the suspension period will be extended periodically, and that is what happened yesterday.

63 Covid deaths were registered on the Canaries in April, a figure only slightly lower than the 66 deaths in March. However, intensive care unit occupancy on the island has fallen by more than half, with just 13 Canarian patients in a critical state.

Lanzarote remains one of the best-performing islands, with infection rates in the over-60s dropping considerably and hospital facilities under no pressure.

The over-60s are now the only group that are now subjected to monitoring and PCR testing by health authorities in Spain. Millions of Spanish residents under the age of 60  are now estimated to have suffered from a bout of Covid without ever taking a PCR test.

On Lanzarote, the closure of the drive-in AutoCovid test centre in Arrecife this weekend means that all future tests will be undertaken in health centres, hospitals and other medical establishments. 

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