8th Apr 2020 @ 9:11 am

Lanzarote received a thousand coronavirus testing kits yesterday, as a Canarian Government helicopter delivered the vital supplies directly to a landing zone near the hospital.

“This equipment will supplement previous deliveries, and be added to other material required for PCR tests that the Cabildo has already acquired,” a Cabildo source said.

Cabildo President María Dolores Corujo commented “The coronavirus crisis destroyed normal supply networks, but with hard work we’re increasing the rhythm of acquisitions. Despite the difficulties, our response has been rapid and efficient.”

Information at a click

The Canarian Government has released detailed information on the progress of the COVID 19 virus on the Canary islands, dating from the appearance of Spain’s first cases in La Gomera at the start of March. The data includes graphs and maps that show the chronological development of the disease on the islands, as well as which areas have been most affected.

The information, in Spanish, is available at www.gobiernodecanarias.org, in the section marked “Información Covid 19” under “Datos”, or you can click here.

Call to write off council taxes

Lanzarote’s Chamber of Commerce has called on the island’s seven Ayuntamientos to write off a range of local taxes in order to support the business community on the island.

The Chamber of Commerce’s President, José Torres, said that property taxes and charges for waste removal, IBI, terraces, market stalls and several other matters should be written off rather than postponed. “Postponing taxes until later will only prolong the agony for many businesses,” said Torres, “Writing these debts off, and a range of public subsidies are the solutions that local councils can offer.”

Latest statistics: 7th April , 20:00

Increase on previous day’s figures in brackets.

Total Canarian Cases: 1762 (+32)

Cases on Lanzarote: 71 (+1)

Deaths (Canaries): 91 (+3)