COVID-19 in the Canaries: Sanidad updates on numbers and types of outbreaks in the islands

If you feel at risk or infected first use the online test HERE then for further help if needed ring the free multi-lingual helpline 900 112 061. For general info use the Canarian authorities’ websites/official social media. Use 112 only for emergencies.

For the restrictions in place due to the pandmic, please see HEREThe official Canarian Government website for the outbreak with detailed breakdowns of areas at all levels in all islands is HERE. The post below is a daily breakdown of data from that site and other information released by the various Government departments dealing with the outbreak. The original post from the start of the outbreak in the H10 Costa Adeje Hotel is HERE

Updated 29 May: In the last ten days, over a thousand cases have been recorded in the islands, most of them in Tenerife taking our particular figures well over the 24,000 mark and the region’s overall tally over 56,000. Four more people have lost their lives, but that tragic figure is at least better than we have had to endure so often in recent months. The same can be said for the active cases which are now under 2,000, and hospital figures, particularly ICU occupancy, are down as well. The current picture is as below and for future figures, and the evolution of the pandemic in the Canaries, please see the official site which is updated daily HERE.

  • Total recorded cases 56,202 (24,641 TF, 22.571 GC)
  • Fatalities 766
  • Recoveries 53,616 
  • Active cases 1,820  (248 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 19 May: Although everyone is naturally very pleased that recent ICU and hospital figures are reducing, no-one is jubilant, and certainly no-one thinks this is anything but very far from over. Sanidad (Canarias) today has given an update on brotes, groups of cases in a local outbreak. The figures show that this week there have been 67 new brotes in the Canaries comprising 374 cases in all. Of these outbreaks, 33 are in Tenerife, 23 in Gran Canaria, nine in Lanzarote, one in Fuerteventura and one in El Hierro.

Statistics show that 26 of them broke out as a result of social interaction, 24 of them due to family groups, nine in the workplace, five in education settings, two among vulnerable social groups (homes), and one is football related. Generally the brotes have fewer than ten cases, though there are several just over that number, and self-evidently the majority are breaking out after social or family get-togethers. In addition to these new brotes, 27 existing ones are also being monitored, particularly one in Lanzarote that’s sports related involving now 136 individuals

Meanwhile, the latest update shows that total cases have now exceeded 55,000, and four more people have died in just the last two days, but those active case and hospital/ICU figues continue to improve.  

  • Total recorded cases 55,004 (23.980 TF, 22.289 GC)
  • Fatalities 762
  • Recoveries 52,109 
  • Active cases 2,133  (283 in hospital, 49 in ICU)

Updated 17 May: Another week, another thousand or so cases, another nine lives lost, but the active cases continue to go down, now only just over two and a half thousand. The most reassuring figures, though, are the hospital numbers, with now just 290 admitted and only 54 in intensive care units – they haven’t been this low since 53 in January.

The authorities say that they hope these figures will long carry on reducing but they are also talking about returning holidaymakers, and anxiously trying to get the UK Government to put the Canaries on its so-called green list for no quarantine requirement … BUT even if the UK does this Spain still has border controls in place banning non-EU (and so banning British) tourists until at least 31 May. If you are travelling from the UK, please understand that you also need to know whether Spain will let you in even if the UK will let you out.

  • Total recorded cases 54,766 (23.866 TF, 22.218 GC)
  • Fatalities 758 
  • Recoveries 51,450 
  • Active cases 2,558  (290 in hospital, 54 in ICU)

Updated 10 May: It’s just a couple of days since the last update but cases are up another couple of hundred, most of them in Tenerife, and tragically, there have been eight more deaths, one of the latest being that of a six year old girl in Tenerife. 

  • Total recorded cases 53,842 (23,370 TF, 21,986 GC)
  • Fatalities 749
  • Recoveries 50,259 
  • Active cases 2,834 (328 in hospital, 71 in ICU)

Updated 8 May: As of today, the penultimate day of the national state of emergency which ends at midnight tomorrow night, the Canaries have registered 53,644 cases since the start of the pandemic, a rise of 1,054 cases in this last week, over half in Tenerife alone. In the same period, another twelve people have lost their lives to covid, but the active case count is reducing significantly now, down to under 3,000. Hospital numbers are unchanged in the past week.

As the estado de alarma comes to an end, it’s perhaps not a bad idea to put this in some perspective, with now over 50,000 cases resulting in a recovery, and 741 people losing their lives. That is a terrible statistic but it is still only 1.4% of those who have contracted covid, albeit with a considerable number suffering significant ongoing issues after what can sometimes pass as “recovery” from this virus. We also have a vaccine programme that Carolina Darías, national Health Secretary, yesterday said was going at full steam ahead, with Spain among the top four EU countries in administering doses that the Commission is now able to provide with increasing speed and capacity. 

  • Total recorded cases 53,644 (23,245 TF, 21,943 GC)
  • Fatalities 741    
  • Recoveries 50,056 
  • Active cases 2,847 (325 in hospital, 72 in ICU)

Updated 1 May: In the last week, cases have increased by just over a thousand, over half of them in Tenerife, and eleven people have died with covid. The active cases are still decreasing though, thankfully, now down under 3,500, and hospital admissions are down quite a bit, as are ICU cases, a great relief to see them nearer 70 than over 80. 

  • Total recorded cases 52,590 (22,664 TF, 21,601 GC)
  • Fatalities 729  
  • Recoveries 48,422 
  • Active cases 3,439 (325 in hospital, 72 in ICU)

Updated 23 April: The last week has seen 1,285 new cases, 725 of them in Tenerife. Thirteen more have lost their lives to covid and ICU cases remain stubbornly high and worrying but we can take great comfort from the constantly reducing number of active cases, now under 4,000 after a significant drop this last week of 506.

  • Total recorded cases 51,556 (22,105 TF, 21,268 GC)
  • Fatalities 718 
  • Recoveries 46,975 
  • Active cases 3,863 (384 in hospital, 82 in ICU)

Updated 16 April: And in the last six days three new milestones have been passed. The Canaries as a region has now exceeded 50,000 cases; fatalities are up by 13 and are now over 700; and Tenerife’s figures specifically have gone over 21,000. The biggest concern, perhaps, is the ICU figures … 87 now needing intensive care.

  • Total recorded cases 50,271 (21,380 TF, 20,849 GC)
  • Fatalities 705
  • Recoveries 45,197 
  • Active cases 4,369 (402 in hospital, 87 in ICU)

Updated 10 April: The latest figures are not happy reading. Overall, we have 1,575 new cases in just the last week, with Tenerife’s now exceeding 20,000, a terrible yardstick also newly exceeded in Gran Canaria. Fatalities have increased by 13, and hospital admissions are up to 394 with 78 in ICU.

  • Total recorded cases 48,943 (20,697 TF, 20,366 GC)
  • Fatalities 692    
  • Recoveries 43,684 
  • Active cases 4,567 (394 in hospital, 81 in ICU)

Updated 3 April: In the past six days, 1,117 cases have been recorded in the Canaries, 453 n Tenerife. In the same period, 14 people have lost their lives to covid, and the active cases, which were heading down quite clearly to the 4,000 mark are now back up to 4,670, and ICU occupancy is back in the extremely worrying 80+ band. 

  • Total recorded cases 47,368 (19,986 TF, 19,630 GC)
  • Fatalities 679   
  • Recoveries 42,019 
  • Active cases 4,670 (364 in hospital, 81 in ICU)

Updated 28 March: Another five days, another 13 fatalities. Cases are up by 975, 438 of them in Tenerife, 454 in Gran Canaria, so these two islands are now clearly fuelling almost all the incidents in the region, with ICU capacity still causing concern as it hovers around the 80 mark again.

  • Total recorded cases 46,251 (19,533 TF, 19,093 GC)
  • Fatalities 665  
  • Recoveries 41,431 
  • Active cases 4,155 (368 in hospital, 79 in ICU)

Updated 23 March: In the past five days, case numbers have risen 1,065, averaging over 200 a day, and taking Tenerife’s figures up by 484 to over 19,000 . Fatalities have risen by 13 in the same period. 

  • Total recorded cases 45,276 (19,095 TF, 18,639 GC)
  • Fatalities 652
  • Recoveries 40,458 
  • Active cases 4,166 (387 in hospital, 75 in ICU)

Updated 18 March: Following today’s Cabinet meeting, Sanidad (Canarias) Minister Blas Trujillo has announced that Tenerife, as well as Gran Canaria, will move back to Level 3 on Sunday after figures have failed to stop rising. Here are the updated figures for the last 24 hours which sadly show another two fatalities, and total case figures now over the 44,000 mark: 

  • Total recorded cases 44,211 (18,611 TF, 18,191 GC)
  • Fatalities 639
  • Recoveries 39,455 
  • Active cases 4,117 (383 in hospital, 71 in ICU)

Meanwhile, very little gives reason to smile with these sorts of statistics but one incident does at leat have its amusing side. Statistics published recently in the Lancet showed, it said, that the “highest rate of deaths per 100,000 children was in Spain” with additional deaths clearly occurring “in children and young people during periods of high community transmission, particularly in Spain”. The article reports serious concerns among paediatricians about significantly elevated statistics of child mortality as a result of covid. Now, it transpires, these were the result of software being unable to cope with a three-digit age and therefore treating anything over 100 as the age of the last digit only, so 103 as 3, for example. The error has now been rectified.

Updated 17 March: Just three days but 650 more cases, nearly half of them in Tenerife and Gran Canaria’s accumulated cases now over 18,000. Sadly, we also have 12 more deaths. Whatever is announced for Easter tomorrow is very unlikely to include any sort of loosening of restrictions …

  • Total recorded cases 43,993 (18,517 TF, 18,104 GC)
  • Fatalities 637
  • Recoveries 39,118 
  • Active cases 4,238 (381 in hospital, 73 in ICU)

Updated 14 March: We now know the reinforced Level 2 measures that will apply in Tenerife and Gran Canaria from midnight tonight: curfew and doors closed for businesses from 10pm, groups limited to 4, external terrace capacity reduced to 50% like indoor spaces. We also know that these measures are in place for at least the next fortnight and we have Easter measures still to come: these have been approved nationally but all regions can tighten the restrictions and we’ll know more this coming Thursday as to what if anything on top of Reinforced Level 2 we’ll have over Easter. Meanwhile, as the UK says another autumn wave is inevitable and Germany says that they are already in their third and facing their fourth wave in the summer, here in the Canaries we have a further eight fatalities in the last five days and Tenerife’s total case figures have now exceeded 18,000. 

  • Total recorded cases 43,343 (18,221 TF, 17,817 GC)
  • Fatalities 625
  • Recoveries 38,251 
  • Active cases 4,467 (385 in hospital, 74 in ICU)

Updated 9 March: Six more lives have been lost in the past two days, and 362 more cases registered, 150 of them in Tenerife and 180 in Gran Canaria. These are clearly the islands most affected right now even though Lanzarote remains alone in Level 3 at present. All islands’ levels are due for review at this Thursday’s Cabinet meeting, and of course we’re waiting for the measures that will be in place over Easter: these figures aren’t likely to conduce to any relaxation in existing measures but the active cases are at least down further again today, taking our small comfort where we can find it.

  • Total recorded cases 42,275 (17,676 TF, 17,413 GC)
  • Fatalities 617
  • Recoveries 37,194 
  • Active cases 4,464 (387 in hospital, 77 in ICU)

Updated 7 March: Another 710 cases have been recorded in the past four days of which 302 are in Tenerife and 322 in Gran Canaria where accumulated cases now also exceed 17,000. Sadly, too, in the past four days fatalities have increased by ten to 611. One glimmer of light is in the active case figures which have dipped below 5,000 for the first time since December. Meanwhile, we await details of the special Easter measures that will be in place for Holy Week along with confirmation of whether they will be applied as nationally or with further restrictions in the Canaries, 

  • Total recorded cases 41,913 (17,526 TF, 17,232 GC)
  • Fatalities 611
  • Recoveries 36,410 
  • Active cases 4,892 (373 in hospital, 77 in ICU)

Updated 3 March: 24 hours, 191 more cases, 4 more fatalities taking our grim total now past 600.

  • Total recorded cases 41,203 (17,224 TF, 16,910 GC)
  • Fatalities 601
  • Recoveries 35,572 
  • Active cases 5,030 (358 in hospital, 75 in ICU)

Updated 2 March: Recently an idiot threatened to overwhelm this site with trolling if I didn’t update the figures which, they claimed, would prove there was no outbreak and my lack of updates was because the “truth” would impact my “narrative” … presumably the idiot thought I was trying to create a picture of a bad outbreak whereas the reality was no cases, indeed “no cases” was what the idiot claimed was the truth.

Well, I said a while ago I wouldn’t update more than once a week or so while figures remained fairly static, but that I’d post updates when it seemed appropriate. And it has seemed appropriate over recent days. Sadly, however, although I doubt the trolls are happy with updates that show their idiocy for what it is, I am no happier than they at having to report five further fatalities in just the last 24 hours, along with another 172 cases. 

  • Total recorded cases 41,012 (17,143 TF, 16,820 GC)
  • Fatalities 597
  • Recoveries 35,182 
  • Active cases 5,233 (352 in hospital, 72 in ICU)

Updated 1 March: In the last four days we have had over 400 more cases and seven deaths in the Canaries, and Tenerife’s figures have gone over the 17,000 mark. Just as concerning are the ICU figures which are again alarming the health authorities. With Easter week starting at the end of this month, all political eyes are on risks and restrictions, and announcements concerning the religious celebration that is, if anything, more revered here than Christmas, can be expected in the fairly near future.

  • Total recorded cases 40,840 (17,078 TF, 16,742 GC)
  • Fatalities 592
  • Recoveries 34,762 
  • Active cases 5,486 (364 in hospital, 81 in ICU)

Updated 26 February: Another 48 hours, another three fatalities and another 378 cases, 137 of them in Tenerife. There is a slight release of pressure, though, with ICU cases falling a little, and active cases continue to reduce as well … taking our comfort where we can find it.  

  • Total recorded cases 40,437 (16,902 TF, 16,573 GC)
  • Fatalities 585
  • Recoveries 34,173 
  • Active cases 5,679 (340 in hospital, 78 in ICU)

Updated 24 February: And we’ve gone over the 40,000 mark for accumulated cases in the Canaries with a further 219 cases in the last 24 hours, 73 of them in Tenerife. In the same period four more people have lost their lives, and Intensive Care Unit pressure continues to cause alarm.

  • Total recorded cases 40,059 (16,765 TF, 16,415 GC)
  • Fatalities 582
  • Recoveries 33,530 
  • Active cases 5,947 (353 in hospital, 84 in ICU)

Updated 23 February: I was updating on a weekly or so basis but the Canaries have had over 500 cases, 190 of them in Tenerife, and seven fatalities in just the last two days. Apart from the devastation behind those figures, however, the really concerning rise is in the ICU numbers, with 86 now requiring intensive care, three more than when alarm bells were being rung very loudly by the authorities. Anyone who resented being unable to “enjoy” Level 1 because of the extra carnival restrictions, or who thought that there was no good reason to keep us under any restrictions let alone go back up to Level 2, naturally won’t be persuaded by these figures but thankfully most will be concerned, and with very good reason. The regional Government will also be most concerned, and it has to decide in coming days what to do about Levels in the other islands. Tenerife, you will recall, was put in Level 2 for a fortnight to 24.00h on 7 March so we’re not up for review yet though of course Sanidad (Canarias) could make an unscheduled intercession if they think we should be put up to Level 3. Worrying days.

  • Total recorded cases 39,840 (16,692 TF, 16,332 GC)
  • Fatalities 578
  • Recoveries 33,199 
  • Active cases 6,063 (367 in hospital, 86 in ICU)

Updated 21 February: In the past week, Tenerife has been in Level 1 but with Carnaval restrictions that were even tighter than Level 2. Nonetheless, cases have increased across the Canaries by 885, 352 of them in Tenerife. Sadly, ten more people have lost their lives in the archipelago in the same period, and although numbers in Intensive Care have fallen marginally, pressure on those units is still causing considerable concern. HERE again is the official site for figures for anyone to check if they wish to see them more often than my weekly or so updates, or to get more detailed breakdowns of the numbers.

  • Total recorded cases 39,325 (16,502 TF, 16,074 GC)
  • Fatalities 571 
  • Recoveries 32,608 
  • Active cases 6,146 (364 in hospital, 79 in ICU)

Updated 15 February: It’s only just the start of Carnaval week, and already police are despairing as to how to enforce compliance with health emergency measures as pressure becomes severe in Intensive Care Units throughout the Canaries. Some hospitals’ ICUs are nearing 100% capacity and all are over 65%, though of course not all the beds are for covid patients.

A video has gone viral of partying spilling into the street in Santa Cruz from a bar that police say has had numerous denuncias previously: this incident, they say, should now see it closed permanently. Meanwhile, social media is full of images of beach bars on the Costa Adeje with maskless drinkers dancing without any distancing, and Arona Policía Local says that 39 fines have been issued just over this last weekend for various pandemic measures violations like no mask, dancing, live music, and so on … and on and on.

And yet, it’s always seemed to me unfair to expect the local police forces to tackle this sort of very place-specific behaviour. They are often under-funded and under-resourced by the councils that employ them, rely on neighbourhood relationships that facilitate policing in many different and often invisible ways such as information gathering where confidentiality is paramount, and sometimes have personal or family relationships with the owners of the premises and areas they’re policing. This can create huge pressures and conflicts for them individually and is not something, in my opinion, that can or should be left to any municipio’s Policia Local. 

Right now the situation is fragile, let’s say, and we have to hope that there won’t be too much devastation in weeks to come from these high days and holidays. Carnaval itself indeed is explicitly understood as a means of letting hair down before the privations of Lent … it’s a time of excess sanctioned by religion and Government precisely to stop the pressure cooker of socially approved and enforced behaviour blowing its gasket, but after the privations of the last whole year that pressure is now extreme and yet excess right now is the last thing anyone needs in terms of controlling the pandemic. All we can do, it seems, is keep our fingers crossed and try to minimise the damage.  

  • Total recorded cases 38,440 (16,150 TF, 15,705 GC)
  • Fatalities 561 
  • Recoveries 31,027 
  • Active cases 6,852 (375 in hospital, 83 in ICU)

Updated 8 February: It’s eleven days since the last update, and in that time we have just over 2,500 more cases in the Canaries but fewer than 500 of them are in Tenerife. There little reason for jubilation in any of this but that shows how this island’s growth in cases has slowed down so significantly, thanks particularly in no small part to our more restrictive measures over Christmas. Tragically, in the same period, 29 people have lost their lives but taking our comfort where we can, our total active cases in the archipelago have gone down to just over 7,000 from virtually 8,000.

  • Total recorded cases 37,211 (15,823 TF, 15,178 GC)
  • Fatalities 545 
  • Recoveries 29,545 
  • Active cases 7,121 (405 in hospital, 76 in ICU)

Updated 28 January: In the last six days, there have been 1,708 more cases in the Canaries, but our figures continue to show signs of improvement with only 353 of them in Tenerife. Sadly, however, we have 26 further fatalities in the islands in the same period.

  • Total recorded cases 34,651 (15.367 TF, 13,783 GC)
  • Fatalities 516 
  • Recoveries 26,152 
  • Active cases 7,983 (408 in hospital, 65 in ICU)

Updated 22 January: We hear the bad news often enough, so let me just report that although Tenerife’s case figures are now for the first time over 15,000, today is the first day this month in which the island’s last 24 hour figures contain no deaths from covid. We take our comfort wherever we can find it!

  • Total recorded cases 32,943 (15,014 TF, 12,991 GC)
  • Fatalities 490
  • Recoveries 24,198 
  • Active cases 8,255 (380 in hospital, 53 in ICU)

Updated 21 January: I’ve tried to moderate expectations in my updates about Tenerife’s reduction from level 3 to 2 as well as hopes for special measures to be lifted or relaxed after Sunday to give even more relative freedom, and yesterday’s update should indicate why I’ve been less than triumphal about the situation. Things remain looking bleak in many respects and today, for the first time since the first cases a year or so ago, some of the Canaries are now in a maximum Level 4 for the first time. 

Level 4 takes us above and beyond the traffic light system. Currently Tenerife is Level 2 amber, Gran Canaria in Level 3 red, and now the Canarian Government has announced after today’s weekly Cabinet meeting that the islands in that top brown level 4 for maximum risk are Lanzarote and La Graciosa. The new measures, which will be published tomorrow in the BOC, will be in place from midnight on Friday (00.00h 23 January) until 4 February, subject to revision and/or extension, but which Sanidad says will include a limit to two people from different households, non-essential businesses to close at 6pm, and curfew between 10pm and 6am. 

  • Total recorded cases 32,613 (14,947 TF, 12,856 GC)
  • Fatalities 489
  • Recoveries 23,912
  • Active cases 8,212 (375 in hospital, 52 in ICU)

Updated 20 January: Four days, 1,074 more confirmed positives, 40 more in hospital, 21 more dead. In just four days.

  • Total recorded cases 32,281 (14,887 TF, 12,689 GC)
  • Fatalities 486  
  • Recoveries 23,618
  • Active cases 8,177 (387 in hospital, 56 in ICU)

Updated 16 January: The Canarian Government has confirmed that Tenerife will go down to Level 2 from midnight tomorrow night, so 00.00h Monday 18 January, while Gran Canaria, sadly, has now joined Lanzarote in Level 3. For Tenerife, this doesn’t mean too much in the way of changes apart from curfew being from 11pm rather than 10, and groups allowed of up to four from different households rather than being confined to those living together only. I’ve edited the rules in place at the top of the posts HERE and HERE.

  • Total recorded cases 31,207 (14,733 TF, 12,162 GC)
  • Fatalities 465
  • Recoveries 22,675
  • Active cases 8,067 (347 in hospital, 56 in ICU)

Updated 14 January: Following today’s cabinet meeting, Tenerife will stay in Level 3 until this Saturday 16 January when the situation in the island will be revised again. Lanzarote joins Tenerife in Level 3 from midnight tonight until 28 January’s revision. Regional Health Secretary Blas Trujillo has said that Tenerife could go into Level 2 at midnight Sunday night (00.00h Monday) if the indicators continue their favourable evolution, and Gran Canaria will have to wait to see if it, then, goes up from Level 2 to Level 3.

  • Total recorded cases 30,578 (14,592 TF, 11,887 GC)
  • Fatalities 458
  • Recoveries 22,377
  • Active cases 7,743 (365 in hospital, 59 in ICU)

Updated 13 January: The past five days have seen the Canaries’ case numbers exceed 30,000, with Tenerife mercifully stabilizing to the point where it is possible that tomorrow’s Canarian Government cabinet meeting could reduce our level to 2. That will be confirmed in due course and I’ll post about it when it’s published in the BOC (and not before because there have been too many discrepancies lately between what’s been announced and what eventually gets published). Meanwhile Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are again facing increased figures which could see their semafore levels raised to 3, and throughout the islands ten more people have lost their lives to covid. 

  • Total recorded cases 30,221 (14,499 TF, 11,760 GC)
  • Fatalities 454 
  • Recoveries 22,068
  • Active cases 7,699 (383 in hospital, 60 in ICU)

Updated 8 January: After the terrible figures we had to acknowledge at the beginning of the year, and Health Sec Illa’s warning yesterday, in the last three days we now have a further 705 cases in the Canaries, 301 of them in Tenerife, and another ten fatalities. Active cases have now again exceeded 7,000 in the islands, the first time since early October.

  • Total recorded cases 28,809 (14,138 TF, 11,176 GC)
  • Fatalities 444 
  • Recoveries 21,154
  • Active cases 7,211 (370 in hospital, 52 in ICU)

Updated 6 January: We’ve all seen the situation worsen throughout Europe lately as the second wave starts now to begin to overwhelm health services, and Spain’s health minister Salvador Illa has said today: 

Quedan por delante semanas duras. Mantener las medidas de prevención es fundamental para afrontarlas. Entre todos podemos conseguirlo y no olvides que el mejor regalo es cuidarnos. Cuídate para cuidar a los demás.

Tough weeks are ahead. Maintaining prevention measures is a must for confronting them. Together we can do this, and don’t forget that the best present is to take care of ourselves. Take care of yourself to take care of others.

Updated 5 January 2021: I don’t intend to update this post every day but after yesterday’s terrible news of 30 deaths over the previous eight days, we now have ten deaths in the last 24 hours, all in Tenerife, and of the 230 new cases in the archipelago, 110 are in this island alone. 

  • Total recorded cases 28,104 (13,837 TF, 10,946 GC)
  • Fatalities 434 
  • Recoveries 20,754
  • Active cases 6,916 (356 in hospital, 53 in ICU)

Updated 4 January 2021: The first update of 2021 is a horrible and tragic one, and shows that the outbreak in Tenerife is far from letting up. In the last eight days, we have over 2,000 more cases in the Canaries, with Tenerife figures up another 1,255, double the increase in the same period in Gran Canaria. Our active cases have risen by over 1,000 this last eight days, and the fatalities have increased by 30. That’s 30 dead in just eight days. One of them, Sanidad has confirmed, was a 21-year-old woman from north Tenerife with no underlying conditions: she is understood to have contracted covid during a family get-together. 

  • Total recorded cases 27, 874 (13,727 TF, 10,874 GC)
  • Fatalities 424 
  • Recoveries 20,605
  • Active cases 6,845  

Updated 27 December 2020: It’s nine days since I last upated this post and in that short time, our cases have risen by 1,179, 70% of them (822) in Tenerife. Twenty people have died in the same period. The majority of cases are unsurprisingly registered in the most populous metropolitan area but in the south the three most affected municipios are Arona, Granadilla, and Adeje. HERE again is the link to the official Grafcan website where people can filter as they wish. 

  • Total recorded cases 25,699 (12,472 TF, 10,206 GC)
  • Fatalities 394
  • Recoveries 19,499
  • Active cases 5,806 (343 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 18 December: As explained HERE and HERE, Tenerife’s restrictions now continue to 2 January 2021, and so the semaphore has kept Tenerife in Special Measures until then as well – see HERE. Meanwhile, things go from bad to worse with President Torres today explaining that Tenerife is on level 3.5 of 4, 4 being lockdown. Here are the latest awful figures:

  • Total recorded cases 24,520 (11,650 TF, 9,956 GC)
  • Fatalities 374
  • Recoveries 18,807
  • Active cases 5,339 (344 in hospital, 43 in ICU)

Updated 5pm, 14/12: As I posted earlier, things are getting worse, and the Government’s considerations on how to combat public irresponsibility have turned to even more restrictions. Indeed, regional Health Minister Blas Trujillo has said this morning that we can expect to learn later this week what those are, with an announcement expected as usual following Thursday’s Cabinet meeting. For today, however here are the dreadful figures.

  • Total recorded cases 23,571 (10,906 TF, 9,790 GC)
  • Fatalities 363
  • Recoveries 18,044
  • Active cases 5,164 (347 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

Updated 14 December: It is going from bad to worse. Despite Special Measures, Further Restrictions, and now Extraordinary Restrictions including a 11pm curfew, our figures are creating a situation that presents an “extreme risk”. The latest figures from Sanidad, to be confirmed later today, show that yesterday recorded 325 cases, 261 of them in Tenerife. Intensive Care Unit beds in Tenerife are now starting to be considered under stress, and calls are starting to be heard for a completely different approach, a “Plan B”. Whether this will be total lockdown again we will have to wait and see but the regional Government is wondering how to combat public irresponsibility in a time of year when appeals for “sober behaviour” are least welcome and most likely to be ignored.

Updated 11 December: The Canarian Government has kept Tenerife in Special Measures until 19 December, and the Further Restrictions remain in place as well – for a quick reference to the restrictions please see HERE. In addition, as we know, we also have Extraordinary Measures which impose a curfew, limit groups to four, etc. The semaphore confirming the extension of Special Measures to the 19th is HERE. Please also see HERE for the detail of what that means in terms of daily life. Meanwhile, we come to the weekend with the following sad figures:

Updated 9 December: Not only has Tenerife overtaken Gran Canaria, we are now the only island with over 10,000 cases.

  • Total recorded cases 22,487 (10,051 TF, 9,635 GC)
  • Fatalities 348
  • Recoveries 17,411
  • Active cases 4,728 (295 in hospital, 44 in ICU)

Updated 6 December: With a long weekend of two public holidays, the official Grafcan website is not being updated again until Wednesday but Sanidad (Canarias) has confirmed that Tenerife is now the worst affected island, with 9,568 cases as of yesterday overtaking Gran Canaria on 9,565 and even worse today, with 9,659 in Tenerife and 9,601 in Gran Canaria. 

Updated 3 December: In the past week, the Canaries has suffered six further fatalities, and Tenerife’s figures have passed the 9,000 mark and are now within a couple of hundred or so of Gran Canaria’s. We are not far away from being the worst affected island despite Gran Canaria’s horrible figures just a few short weeks and months ago.  

  • Total recorded cases 21,584 (9,315 TF, 9,526 GC)
  • Fatalities 341
  • Recoveries 16,951
  • Active cases 4,292 (244 in hospital, 39 in ICU)

Updated 27 November: Tenerife has been kept in Special Measures until 10 December, and the Further Restrictions imposed to try to keep case numbers down will be maintained until then as well. Please see HERE for the detail of what that means in terms of daily life. Meanwhile, we come to the weekend with the following sad figures:

  • Total recorded cases 20,724 (8,688 TF, 9,351 GC)
  • Fatalities 335
  • Recoveries 16,166
  • Active cases 4,223 (228 in hospital, 42 in ICU)

Updated 24 November: I was going to shift back to weekly figures because they seemed to be sticking but today, sadly, we have seven fatalities to record, the worst increase in this second wave in the Canaries. I think it’s reasonable not to do daily updates since everyone has the link (HERE) to the Grafcan site now, but if there are specific reasons to update I’ll do so, and will do so weekly anyway. Today we are looking at 120 new cases, 80 of which are in Tenerife, which is where all the fatalities were recorded.

  • Total recorded cases 20,322 (8,404 TF, 9,278 GC)
  • Fatalities 328
  • Recoveries 15,756
  • Active cases 4,238 (266 in hospital, 39 in ICU)

Updated 23 November: Another fatality today, sadly, and of the 92 new cases, 58 are in Tenerife.

  • Total recorded cases 20,202 (8,324 TF, 9,249 GC)
  • Fatalities 321
  • Recoveries 15,547
  • Active cases 4,334 (250 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

As you’ll know, the Grafcan site for these daily figures and more refined analysis is HERE. With these figures remaining fairly static lately I’ll return to weekly updates until something actually starts to change or new announcements are made.

Updated 22 November: Another fatality today, sadly, and of the 108 new cases, 81 are in Tenerife.

  • Total recorded cases 20,110 (8,266 TF, 9,221 GC)
  • Fatalities 320
  • Recoveries 15,432
  • Active cases 4,358 (246 in hospital, 46 in ICU)

Updated 21 November: Another two fatalities today, sadly, and the Canaries’ recorded cases have broken the 20,000 barrier. Of the 139 new cases, 108 are in Tenerife.

  • Total recorded cases 20,002 (8,185 TF, 9,205 GC)
  • Fatalities 319
  • Recoveries 15,422
  • Active cases 4,261 (242 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

Updated 20 November: Another fatality today, sadly, and of the 116 new cases, 86 are in Tenerife. As far as the semáforo is concerned, Tenerife has been kept in Special Measures until 4 December (see HERE).

  • Total recorded cases 19,863 (8,077 TF, 9,185 GC)
  • Fatalities 317
  • Recoveries 15,415
  • Active cases 4,131 (244 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

Updated 19 November: Another two fatalities today, and of the 144 new cases, 110 are in Tenerife. 

  • Total recorded cases 19,747 (7,991 TF, 9,164 GC)
  • Fatalities 316
  • Recoveries 15,286
  • Active cases 4,145 (246 in hospital, 46 in ICU)

Updated 6pm, 18/11: Sanidad (Canarias) has provided a bit more detail today of “outbreaks”, deemed to be more than three connected cases, with 46 new brotes in the islands comprising 271 infected, and 28 old brotes being monitored. By islands, Tenerife has 29 new brotes, Gran Canaria 11, Fuerteventura three, Lanzarote two, and La Palma one.

Sanidad says that 21 of these brotes have a social origin (friend groups, etc), 10 a family origin, nine workplace, three education and three health faculties. The majority of the social and workplace brotes have family ramifications. The majority of the brotes comprise fewer than ten cases apart from one in Gran Canaria that is affecting 20 after a party in a bar. The next two most numerous are in Tenerife of workplace origin with family ramifications: they comprise 18 and 13 cases. The fourth next populous brote with more than ten is in Fuerteventura with 12 affected through workplace infection but again with family ramifications – these are people who are infected at work and take it home to their family. In addition there are two brotes in Gran Canaria associated with social get-togethers, one with 5 infected through a Halloween party and another with 3 infected at a wedding.

Two brotes are in hospitals: one in Candelaria affecting 7 personnel and 3 family members, and the other in Gran Canaria’s Hospital Dr. Negrín which affects 5 personnel and two family members. No patients have been infected in these brotes. Another outbreak is ongoing in a residential facility in Ifara (Santa Cruz area) where 24 have been affected, of whom 18 were residents and six personnel: two have needed to be admitted to hospital where sadly one of them died.  

Updated 18 November: Another fatality today sadly, and of the 153 new cases, 112 are in Tenerife. 

  • Total recorded cases 19,603 (7,881 TF, 9,142 GC)
  • Fatalities 314
  • Recoveries 15,123
  • Active cases 4,166 (243 in hospital, 44 in ICU)

Updated 17 November: Two more fatalities today, tragically, with another 91 cases of which 76 belong to Tenerife. Our cases are soaring and the Canarian Government is saying today that the Special Measures, the Further Restrictions … none of it is working because of disregard of the rules. Fines have soared along with our numbers but still nothing works. They will have no option but another curfew, or even lockdown  … and it is entirely within our control but seemingly, we choose to risk infection, or far too many do. 

  • Total recorded cases 19,450 (7,769 TF, 9,112 GC)
  • Fatalities 313
  • Recoveries 14,979
  • Active cases 4,158 (239 in hospital, 44 in ICU)

Updated 16 November: Five more fatalities today, tragically, with 97 more cases of which 70 belong to Tenerife.

  • Total recorded cases 19,359  (7,693 TF, 9,105 GC)
  • Fatalities 311
  • Recoveries 14,831
  • Active cases 4,217 (236 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

Updated 15 November: Another day with no deaths to report, mercifully, but of the 100 new cases to record today, 81 of them are in Tenerife. We are looking down the barrel of a curfew if some don’t stop the stupid. 

  • Total recorded cases 19,262 (7,623 TF, 9,085 GC)
  • Fatalities 306
  • Recoveries 14,696
  • Active cases 4,260 (231 in hospital, 40 in ICU)

Updated 14 November: No deaths to report today, thank god!  

  • Total recorded cases 19,162 (7,542 TF, 9,074 GC)
  • Fatalities 306
  • Recoveries 14,606
  • Active cases 4,250 (231 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 13 November: Another fatality sadly, today.

  • Total recorded cases 19,014 (7,443 TF, 9,046 GC)
  • Fatalities 306
  • Recoveries 14,554
  • Active cases 4,154 (239 in hospital, 39 in ICU)

Meanwhile, the semaphore has been updated again and Tenerife has been kept in Special Measures until at least 27 November, the only one of the Canary Islands to be in this category. 

Updated 12 November: Two more fatalities yet again in the last 24 hours, sadly, but in almost no time the active cases are down from over 5,000 to nearly 4,000.

  • Total recorded cases 18,888 (7,359 TF, 9,011 GC)
  • Fatalities 305
  • Recoveries 14,337
  • Active cases 4,246 (236 in hospital, 37 in ICU)

Updated 11 November: Two more fatalities in the last 24 hours, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 18,770 (7,288 TF, 8,976 GC)
  • Fatalities 303
  • Recoveries 13,896
  • Active cases 4,571 (236 in hospital, 38 in ICU)

Updated 10 November: Three further fatalities take the total deaths in these islands over 300, tragically, but the active cases have at last come down to under 5,000.

  • Total recorded cases 18,661 (7,225 TF, 8,952 GC)
  • Fatalities 301
  • Recoveries 13,561
  • Active cases 4,799 (227 in hospital, 40 in ICU)

Updated 9 November: Another life lost again today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 18,575 (7,170 TF, 8,931 GC)
  • Fatalities 298
  • Recoveries 13,245
  • Active cases 5,032 (221 in hospital, 39 in ICU)

Updated 8 November: Two more lives lost again today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 18,457 (7,088 TF, 8,900 GC)
  • Fatalities 297
  • Recoveries 12,961
  • Active cases 5,199 (212 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 7 November: Two more lives lost today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 18,290 (6,975 TF, 8,859 GC)
  • Fatalities 295
  • Recoveries 12,885
  • Active cases 5,110 (201 in hospital, 40 in ICU)

Updated 6 November: And another day with another fatality, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 18,116 (6,836 TF, 8,830 GC)
  • Fatalities 293
  • Recoveries 12,783
  • Active cases 5,040 (205 in hospital, 38 in ICU)

Updated 5 November: Another fatality today, sadly, but those active cases are now down to not far over 5,000. Still far too many but it’s reducing.

  • Total recorded cases 17,946 (6,723 TF, 8,794 GC)
  • Fatalities 292
  • Recoveries 12,526
  • Active cases 5,128 (219 in hospital, 38 in ICU)

Updated 4 November: Another fatality today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 17,787 (6,607 TF, 8,763 GC)
  • Fatalities 291
  • Recoveries 12,162
  • Active cases 5,334 (229 in hospital, 38 in ICU)

Updated 3 November: Two more fatalities to report today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 17,663 (6,524 TF, 8,735 GC)
  • Fatalities 290
  • Recoveries 11,905
  • Active cases 5,468 (226 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 2 November: Three more fatalities to report today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 17,601 (6,490 TF, 8,714 GC)
  • Fatalities 288
  • Recoveries 11,522
  • Active cases 5,791 (220 in hospital, 40 in ICU)

Updated 1 November: Two more fatalities to report today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 17,464 (6,392 TF, 8,694 GC)
  • Fatalities 285
  • Recoveries 11,314
  • Active cases 5,865 (215 in hospital, 39 in ICU)

Updated 31 October: No more fatalities to report today, thankfully.

  • Total recorded cases 17,346 (6,305 TF, 8,669 GC)
  • Fatalities 283
  • Recoveries 11,278
  • Active cases 5,785 (214 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 30 October: Five more fatalities to report today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 17,243 (6,226 TF, 8,649 GC)
  • Fatalities 283
  • Recoveries 11,254
  • Active cases 5,706 (217 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

HERE is the latest semaphore report, dated yesterday and published today, showing Tenerife alone in special measures until 6 November, and with the incidence rate for all islands and municipios. 

Updated 29 October: A further fatality today, sadly, and quite clearly the focus of infections is now Tenerife and not Gran Canaria. In the last couple of days Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga has issued a statement that four residents of Adeje municipio are presently in hospital with covid. In total, the municipio has 94 cases currently, and mayor Fraga said that while as a region the Canaries has a low rate of infection, it’s never “low” when it’s a matter of friends and neighbours, and loved ones. The mayor said that we cannot lower our guard, and have to respect the rules because most of the new cases are quite clearly related to groups in which people have become too relaxed about the pandemic. We won’t continue to have a low rate of infection, is the message, if we drop our defences because we think we have a low rate of infection! As the mayor stresssed: HANDS – wash them; DISTANCE – keep it; MASKS – wear them! And he added a fourth that is getting increased messaging – go out only when necessary even though there is no curfew here.   

  • Total recorded cases 17,131 (6,172 TF, 8,614 GC)
  • Fatalities 278
  • Recoveries 11,037
  • Active cases 5,815 (232 in hospital, 41 in ICU)

Updated 28 October: Another two deaths, sadly, but those active cases are down to under 6,000 now.   

  • Total recorded cases 16,988 (6,064 TF, 8,599 GC)
  • Fatalities 278
  • Recoveries 10,883
  • Active cases 5,827 (233 in hospital, 42 in ICU)

Updated 27 October: Tragically, four more deaths have been recorded in the past 24 hours.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,895 (5,999 TF, 8,576 GC)
  • Fatalities 276
  • Recoveries 10,570
  • Active cases 6,049 (243 in hospital, 44 in ICU)

Updated 26 October: And another fatality, sadly.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,845 (5,941 TF, 8,571 GC)
  • Fatalities 272
  • Recoveries 10,384
  • Active cases 6,189 (269 in hospital, 46 in ICU)

Updated 25 October: Two more fatalities today, sadly.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,815 (5,901 TF, 8,584 GC)
  • Fatalities 271
  • Recoveries 10,223
  • Active cases 6,321 (267 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

Updated 24 October: One more fatality again today, sadly.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,644 (5,823 TF, 8,514 GC)
  • Fatalities 269
  • Recoveries 10,205
  • Active cases 6,170 (271 in hospital, 44 in ICU)

Updated 23 October: One more fatality again today, sadly.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,531 (5,769 TF, 8,473 GC)
  • Fatalities 268
  • Recoveries 10,162
  • Active cases 6,101 (272 in hospital, 45 in ICU)

 Although our figures have improved in Tenerife, they aren’t good enough and we, and we alone in the Canaries, remain in Special Measures until 6 November. The report from the semaphore is HERE.

Updated 22 October: One more fatality again today, the first recorded in this pandemic in El Hierro, but those active cases are down again.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,380 (5,648 TF, 8,447 GC)
  • Fatalities 267
  • Recoveries 9,980
  • Active cases 6,133 (279 in hospital, 47 in ICU)

I’ve cropped this post because it had become massive and unwieldy. This one now goes back to El Hierro’s removal from special measures last month, with all previous updates from the initial post in January HERE.

Updated 21 October: Four more fatalities again to record today, tragically., but the active cases do seem to be dropping, very slowly.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,227 (5,525 TF, 8,418 GC)
  • Fatalities 266
  • Recoveries 9,740
  • Active cases 6,221 (271 in hospital, 46 in ICU)

Updated 20 October: Four fatalities to record today, sadly.  

  • Total recorded cases 16,070 (5,459 TF, 8,366 GC)
  • Fatalities 262
  • Recoveries 9,467
  • Active cases 6,341 (276 in hospital, 49 in ICU)

Updated 19 October: And a second day, thankfully, with no further deaths to record.  

  • Total recorded cases 15,944 (5,408 TF, 8,299 GC)
  • Fatalities 258
  • Recoveries 9,137
  • Active cases 6,549 (282 in hospital, 52 in ICU)

Updated 18 October: Thankfully no further deaths to record today.  

  • Total recorded cases 15,815 (5,329 TF, 8,259 GC)
  • Fatalities 258
  • Recoveries 8,925
  • Active cases 6,632 (271 in hospital, 51 in ICU)

Updated 17 October: Six deaths in the last 24 hours, tragically, five in Tenerife, the island now the main focus for infection in the archipelago. Today, indeed, all other islands come out of special measures, with Tenerife alone remaining under maximum restrictions.  

  • Total recorded cases 15,693 (5,257 TF, 8,221 GC)
  • Fatalities 258
  • Recoveries 8,810
  • Active cases 6,625 (270 in hospital, 51 in ICU)

Updated 16 October: Sadly, another fatality in today’s figures.

  • Total recorded cases 15,561 (5,171 TF, 8,185 GC)
  • Fatalities 252
  • Recoveries 8,797
  • Active cases 6,512 (283 in hospital, 52 in ICU)

We know that Tenerife remains in special measures until at least the 23rd, but the weekly incidence rate has been updated HERE.

Updated 15 October: Thank heavens for a day with no further fatalities.

  • Total recorded cases 15,420 (5,066 TF, 8,156 GC)
  • Fatalities 251
  • Recoveries 8,530
  • Active cases 6,639 (286 in hospital, 55 in ICU)

Updated 14 October: Another two fatalities registered in the last 24 hours.

  • Total recorded cases 15,301 (4,984 TF, 8,126 GC)
  • Fatalities 251
  • Recoveries 8,463
  • Active cases 6,587 (287 in hospital, 57 in ICU)

Updated 13 October: Another fatality today, sadly.

  • Total recorded cases 15,237 (currently 4,949 in Tenerife, 8,099 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 249
  • Recoveries 8,204
  • Active cases 6,784 (289 in hospital, 58 in ICU)

A reminder that the official site is HERE for more detail … you can choose island figures, municipality figures, age groups affected, gender of fatalities … lots of info on it. 

Updated 12 October: Another fatality today, sadly, and the active cases are heading back towards 7,000 again.

  • Total recorded cases 15,175 (currently 4,919 in Tenerife, 8,080 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 248
  • Recoveries 7,977
  • Active cases 6,950 (283 in hospital, 57 in ICU)

Updated 11 October: Another two fatalities to record today, sadly, and that horrible milestone has now been passed. Total cases recorded in the Canaries have exceeded 15,000, and Gran Canaria sadly overtakes the 8,000 mark.

  • Total recorded cases 15,035 (currently 4,831 in Tenerife, 8,037 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 247
  • Recoveries 7,909
  • Active cases 6,879 (275 in hospital, 59 in ICU)

A reminder that for more detail, the official site is HERE

Updated 10 October: Three more fatalities to record today. Each time it’s terrible to post, and we’re approaching a horrible milestone in the total recorded cases too. 

  • Total recorded cases 14,909 (currently 4,759 in Tenerife, 7,999 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 245
  • Recoveries 7,904
  • Active cases 6,760 (273 in hospital, 61 in ICU)

Updated 9 October: Sadly today there’s again another fatality.

  • Total recorded cases 14,779 (currently 4,682 in Tenerife, 7,957 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 242
  • Recoveries 7,869
  • Active cases 6,668 (284 in hospital, 64 in ICU)

Updated 8 October: Sadly there’s another fatality in today’s figures.

  • Total recorded cases 14,593 (currently 4,556 in Tenerife, 7,908 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 241
  • Recoveries 7,639
  • Active cases 6,713 (278 in hospital, 65 in ICU)

Updated 7 October: Active case figures thankfully stay under 7,000 again and mercifully another day in which we have no more fatalities.

  • Total recorded cases 14,464 (currently 4,481 in Tenerife, 7,864 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 240
  • Recoveries 7,417
  • Active cases 6,807 (278 in hospital, 64 in ICU)

Updated 6 October: Active case figures thankfully dip under 7,000 again but sadly we have two more fatalities.

  • Total recorded cases 14,354 (currently 4,428 in Tenerife, 7,821 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 240
  • Recoveries 7,236
  • Active cases 6,878 (286 in hospital, 60 in ICU)

Updated 5 October: Thankfully no further fatalities for the third consecutive day.

  • Total recorded cases 14,279 (currently 4,393 in Tenerife, 7,786 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 238
  • Recoveries 6,996
  • Active cases 7,045 (291 in hospital, 60 in ICU)

Updated 4 October: Thankfully no further fatalities in today’s figures but we have sadly passed the 7,000 milestone for active cases.

  • Total recorded cases 14,154 (currently 4,337 in Tenerife, 7,721 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 238
  • Recoveries 6,794
  • Active cases 7,122 (286 in hospital, 60 in ICU)

Updated 3 October: Another fatality today, tragically, as total cases in the Canaries surpass the 14,000 milestone and active cases are sadly all too near 7,000.

  • Total recorded cases 14,013 (currently 4,263 in Tenerife, 7,667 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 238
  • Recoveries 6,782
  • Active cases 6,993 (271 in hospital, 57 in ICU)

I’d just like to leave a link to THIS article which has been deemed (see HERE) as very important by Prof. Christian Drosten, a German virologist whose research area is novel viruses and who was the recipient of this year’s Bundesverdienstkreuz (German Order of Merit) for his contribution to the COVID-19 pandemic … in other words, this is a real “expert” who knows what he’s talking about. 

The article in the link is based on what is now a great deal of accumulated data, and is quite clear that the problem areas are almost overwhelmingly poorly ventilated, indoor environments where many people congregate. Crucially the problem is not necessarily one big event, but places like churches, gyms, restaurants, and such that hold crowds, and over time.  I would include transport hubs and even transport itself in such a category. The article is not short, but it is also not unduly or overly technical. Please read it. 

Updated 10pm, 2/10: The latest semaphore published this evening has kept Tenerife in special measures; the situation will be reviewed again on 17 October. The same has been done for the other islands which were in special measures too, namely Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, and La Gomera.

The latest accumulated incidence figures, which can be viewed HERE, show that the Canaries as a whole has 53.78 cases per 100,000 of population. Tenerife has 49.79/100,000. Islands are put into special measures when their rates are over 100/100,000 but although Tenerife as a whole has only half that, more than one municipality is over or near to that limit.  

Updated 2 October: Various authorities including the World Health Organization are considering why Spain is presently doing so badly generally, compared with other countries with similar behaviour patterns and official responses. Their conclusions are that the return to normality – the de-escalation phases to what was labelled the New Normality – might have been too rushed, with some regions coming out of their de-escalation phases as soon as devolved power was returned to them. The results in Madrid are only too clear, and the comparison with the UK seems marked.

The overwhelming message is that this has a way to go yet, and it is quite possible, if these scientific considerations have legs, that some restrictions will need to be reintroduced to slow things down again. THIS is one such recent report of the concerns, from El Pais in English. Meanwhile in the Canaries, there are sadly four new fatalities to record today, all in Gran Canaria where, however, the rise in case figures is slowing. Tenerife does not seem to be faring so well, though.

  • Total recorded cases 13,890 (currently 4,211 in Tenerife, 7,609 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 237
  • Recoveries 6,756
  • Active casess 6,897 (273 in hospital, 61 in ICU)

Updated 1 October: A second consecutive day with no new fatalities, but the active figures are up slightly.

  • Total recorded cases 13,688 (currently 4,085 in Tenerife, 7,561 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 233
  • Recoveries 6,569
  • Active cases 6,886 (279 in hospital, 66 in ICU)

Updated 30 September: Another day with no new fatalities, and another day with active numbers down, as are the numbers in ICU.

  • Total recorded cases 13,492 (currently 3,990 in Tenerife, 7,499 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 233
  • Recoveries 6,395
  • Active cases 6,864 (277 in hospital, 66 in ICU)

Updated 29 September: A glimmer of hope! No new fatalities in today’s figures, and an increase in recorded cases of only 78, the lowest daily increase for a considerable time, and the active cases are down today, as are the numbers in ICU, only by one but it has to start somewhere!  

  • Total recorded cases 13,347 (currently 3,935 in Tenerife, 7,439 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 233
  • Recoveries 6,195
  • Active cases 6,919 (275 in hospital, 71 in ICU)

Updated 28 September: Another two fatalities in today’s figures, and our active cases are now over 7,000.  

  • Total recorded cases 13,269 (currently 3,889 in Tenerife, 7,419 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 233
  • Recoveries 6,004
  • Active cases 7,032 (282 in hospital, 72 in ICU)

Updated 27 September: Another fatality, sadly, in today’s figures.  

  • Total recorded cases 13,106 (currently 3,833 in Tenerife, 7,335 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 231
  • Recoveries 5,882
  • Active cases 6,993 (275 in hospital, 70 in ICU)

Updated 26 September: Today’s figures are up again. There’s a tragic jump of nine fatalities, active cases are up by 111, and patients needing intensive care treatment rise further.  

  • Total recorded cases 12,952 (currently 3,792 in Tenerife, 7,242 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 230
  • Recoveries 5,857
  • Active cases 6,865 (270 in hospital, 67 in ICU)

Updated 6pm, 25/9: Tenerife has been put in special measures following the publication of the latest semaphore. Please see HERE for details, and HERE for the official announcement.

Updated 25 September: Today’s figures jump by 289 and prompt a rise in active case numbers after a spell of slow reductions. Also, sadly, today’s figures include two further fatalities, and the ICU figures are also up again, by one today.

  • Total recorded cases 12,778 (currently 3,693 in Tenerife, 7,191 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 221
  • Recoveries 5,803
  • Active cases 6,754 (275 in hospital, 65 in ICU)

Updated 24 September: Today’s figures thankfully include no further fatalities, the first day in eleven of rising deaths. The active case figures are down again too though the ICU figures are up again, albeit only by two.

  • Total recorded cases 12,489 (currently 3,610 in Tenerife, 7,036 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 219
  • Recoveries 5,600
  • Active cases 6,670 (274 in hospital, 64 in ICU)

Updated 23 September: Another two fatalities but those active case figures do seem to be dropping slowly. The number of those in hospital needing intensive care is worringly on the rise again, though.

  • Total recorded cases 12,353 (currently 3,552 in Tenerife, 6,978 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 219
  • Recoveries 5,416
  • Active cases 6,718 (274 in hospital, 62 in ICU)

Updated 22 September: Today’s figures include two more fatalities.

  • Total recorded cases 12,202 (currently 3,489 in Tenerife, 6,911 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 217
  • Recoveries 5,228
  • Active cases 6,757 (278 in hospital, 60 in ICU)

Updated 21 September: Today’s figures include a further fatality.

  • Total recorded cases 12,059 (currently 3,453 in Tenerife, 6,808 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 215
  • Recoveries 4,983
  • Active cases 6,861 (271 in hospital, 59 in ICU)

Updated 4pm, 20/9: Today’s figures include yet another two fatalities.

  • Total recorded cases 11,932 (currently 3,395 in Tenerife, 6,758 in Gran Canaria)
  • Fatalities 214
  • Recoveries 4,850
  • Active cases 6,868 (261 in hospital, 56 in ICU)

Updated 20 September: Following the publication on Friday of the latest accumulated figures report of cases per 100,000 of population, figures which were to 16 September, it was clear that El Hierro had dipped below the 100 mark. The island’s placement in special measures was due for review yesterday and as a result of the latest figures it has now been removed from the semaphore, which shows (HERE) that Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are the only two islands here now in special measures. Lanzarote’s figures themselves are considerably down now too, and that island’s placement is due to be reviewed next weekend. 

This post was started in January, and all previous updates from the original to 20 September are HERE. The whole thing was became too unwieldy to leave it intact.


  1. He’s right! There were no cases….. between about 1am and 1.01am Sunday morning. I mean, there has to be a couple of minutes every day when no one gets it?
    For Gods sake! Has the whole world gone insane? Is this “person” here or stuck in a cave in Ingerlund? 😂

  2. Reading the above whilst stuck in the UK we share your amazement and anger at possible tourism from Easter especially also reading Janet’s latest on cases in ICU etc
    No doubt Spain/the islands are as broke as the UK is so waiting to May or later is economically very hard but waiting would be a recognition of all the efforts the sensible residents have made and save lives?
    It’s a pity you cannot “borrow” some French farmers and blockade entry points
    Keeping fingers crossed for you all

  3. It beggars belief and angry is not a strong enough word.

  4. And yet to see some of the social media posts today, you would think this was all being done to annoy people. In fact one or two actual said that! Beggars belief, fortunately, I just read them, laugh and scroll on. There’s no vaccine for stupid.

  5. Your other post on the first anniversary of this pandemic is sombre indeed Janet. So many deaths, across the globe, and all of them leaving grieving families and friends. Hence my growing anger at our leaders here who are even now looking forward to opening our doors to Spanish tourisim this coming Easter. Totally outrageous and completely irresponsible. Who are these crass idiots? With more and more deadly mutations and the lack of vaccines now is NOT the time.

  6. Hi Janet, We really appreciate all your updates. Would you, at this moment, recommend visiting Adeje for 1-2 weeks, of course with all restrictions being fully respected?

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      That is a personal decision, I’m afraid. My own is to stay at home, that is all I can say.

  7. Snowbird – this has to be a first, me wholeheartedly agreeing with you! I wouldn’t want to be leader of ANY country for any price, at least I’m only responsible for my own (and my cats) well being. I hope you have someone you know and trust keeping an eye on your second home, especially in view of the slightly inclement weather we’re experiencing at present! I hold keys for any number of people in my building (Brits and other nationalities) and I do a tour around the building at least once a week to check these apartments. Our staff are well aware, if any problems, I’m holding keys. it takes one small worry from the shoulders of the owners – also it give me something to do!! Sadly it looks as though it could be quite some weeks/months before any sort of normality is restored. Stay safe everyone and hope for some better weather SOON (please)!

  8. 1325 deaths in the UK today and 68,000 positive test results, and it will get worse. We can all criticise our governments and opine what they might have done, however I wouldn’t want their responsibility for a bar of gold. I have resigned myself to the reality that I will not be visiting my beautiful second home any time soon.

  9. Did nobody think to phone the local police in San Miguel? There are relatively few patrols on the Golf at the best of times but they generally will respond to a report. Also depending upon which bar it was, the activity might not be visible to a patrol car as the police never patrol on the Golf on foot.

  10. how do think the total will drop in the golf del sur when a bar on new years eve was full and all inside the police in the golf are not to be seen

  11. As a twice tourist since it all began the restrictions on the island have appeared mixed – never a full lockdown?? and little policing???
    The European countries that lockdowned and then relaxed restrictions have all seen a increase in cases of Covid as you all know
    Reasons for relaxation being educational and the suffering economy- the latter often in posts here being labelled “tourism”
    Many of us in the UK condemned early relaxation but then it’s easy to sit on the outside and condemn those who have to make these difficult decisions knowing more of the whole picture than a layman does
    I hope you get a proper lockdown since it’s your only way forward and the policing to go with it- we didn’t get the latter on first lockdown and it allowed those those who didn’t care about others to get away with blue murder! ( some still do!)

  12. Agree Lee. Should have been done weeks ago but the prospect of (unlikely) tourisim during the Christmas period stopped that possibility in it’s tracks. But now even the thickest of those in authority understand that this season is dead. So lockdowns definately on the cards. Just a matter of when.

  13. Lee and Mary – I totally agree with you both and have been expecting another lockdown for the last four weeks or so. I live alone so it’ll be nothing new for me but I hope this time I can place orders on line for deliveries from Mercadona and other than that just as long as the pet shop across the road from me is able to open as before (cats – both my own and the car park pair) will make my life hell otherwise! I hope the police can enforce the conditions as they did in the Spring. EVERYONE needs to comply NOW!

  14. Lee I agree with you. Emphasis on the “no-one enforcing them”. Totally ridiculous

  15. Unfortunately I think the only way the numbers are going to improve in Tenerife is if we have another Lockdown.
    Every day around Golf Del Sur, I see lots of people ignoring Social Distance requirements and not wearing masks. The police drive past and turn a blind eye to blatant rule breaking. No doubt these scenes are repeated throughout the island!
    Another Lockdown would be horrible for us all to have to endure again, but I really can’t see another way out of the situation when there are so many selfish people refusing to follow simple rules and nobody seems to be enforcing them.

  16. Ahhh yes getting confused with when the new restrictions over there end or are reviewed on 27 Nov not start! I can’t see what effect a curfew like the one in mainland Spain would have if they still allow people in bars up to 11pm? Only option is another lockdown then sadly. But it doesn’t need to be said tourism there is on it’s backside already. I just don’t understand how Gran Canaria managed to turn things around when their number of cases was high a few months ago to what they are now. Tourists still been visiting there. Maybe they behave better there and follow rules more? Who knows!

  17. The latest restrictions in Tenerife have only been in place since 27 Nov so I wouldn’t have thought there would be any significant reduction in positive cases just yet? Only starting to see reductions in some areas in the UK and we’re 2 weeks into the lockdown here. Just an opinion but I’m sure I’ll get shot down in flames!

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      Yes but we already had restrictions, to which the new ones were added. Nothing is working.

      Craig think you mean October though!

  18. It is my understanding that at cafes and restaurants, masks should be worn until your food or drink arrive, and masks should be put back on when you have finished your meal. However most of the people I see remove their mask the minute they sit down and leave it off until they stand up to leave. Could the restaurant staff please remind their customers to wear their masks unless they are actively consuming food or drink? Additionally, some people seem to think that if they are having a conversation, it is okay to temporarily lift up the mask while they speak. But more and more often I am seeing people wearing their mask under their nose instead of covering their nose. I have even seen a person who was about to sneeze grab his mask off so he didn’t sneeze into the mask. Instead he sneezed on me!

  19. Hi Janet how useful all your information is, thank you.
    We have been visiting Tenerife 2-3 times/year for 12 years.
    All of this years trips missed.
    Booked for March 21 in the North – Puerto de la Cruz.
    We see/hear of greater risk in the north at the moment, is this true?

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      There are greater numbers in the north at present but the risk is everywhere.

  20. Hello Janet, your comments today about what the canarian government are saying, that cases in tenerife are soaring and new restrictions are not working, there were more cases per day in tenerife in the middle of October and the new restrictions would not see any results for a couple of weeks anyway, not after only 5 days. Many people would say the lockdown threatened is already a forgone conclusion and it’s seems the fines are being issued after instead of police trying to help, they are setting us up to fail.

  21. Active cases are going down … is happening all over the world, suddenly. The viruses must have a communication network in order to communicate with each other. If we know how, we win.

  22. Good step forward Janet but all municipalities, included Arona and Adeje, need to step this up.

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    Ray, interesting you should say that because I’ve just posted THIS today!

  24. The continued rise in Tenerife cases is worrying and both Adeje and Arona now show steeper increases. My own view is that visitors are a key factor in the rise and that the pre visit covid test for tourists came far too late. Also, visitors who do not use tourist accomodation are a big risk to us and if the authorities do not crack down on this, now, then we are heading for more sever restrictions just in time for Christmas. Part of that crack down must be a significantl increase in police visibility.

    As for saving winter tourism, forget it. The potential income from that is minimal now anway. So do what’s right for those who reside here. Close the borders. Yes I understand that needs support from centersl government but I doubt that’s an insurmountable problem.

  25. I absolutely agree with you Ray in that in “tourist areas” the lack of compliance with masks is marked in the south. What astonishes me though is the seemingly total lack of police, either during the day or in the evening. Where are they? I am sure some must be on duty but having had cause to be in Adeje area both daytime and evening in the last two weeks, we saw not a single police officer, or police car. No wonder people think they can get away with non compliance. Worrying

  26. Infection rates are still on the rise in Arona and Adeje. Not a big surprise to me. Leave the house only twice a week for a few hours and in that short time witness a high proprtion of people on the streets who do not comply with the law, locals and visitors. But whoever they are they clearly don’t care about others. Similar attitudes are also reflected in some posts seen on this site, fom those who question and/or criticise the laws rather than simply comply. No doubt Janet see’s far more than we get to read.

    Infection rates won’t go down until everyone ‘gets it’ and act appropriately. The lack of none compliant tourists will also help.

  27. Hi there, we are about to travel to Canary Islands for and stay for a month in November, mostly cyling. What are the prognosis about such an outdoor activities, is it legal with regard to law and Covid restrictions? Thanks,

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      The legalities are on the New Normal post, and there is a link to that in the very first bit in bold at the top of this post. As to prognosis, as I posted on that post, the Spanish Government is currently considering another national lockdown.

  28. I do wish that the authorities would put less emphasis on PCR tests and “cases”. PCR tests do not show if a person is infected, and “case” numbers are not an indication of how many people are infected. These tests merely show that a fragment of DNA has been detected by amplifying its genetic signature over several cycles. By increasing the number of cycles you can show that every single person has these fragments inside him or her. The man who invented the test said that it should never be used for clinical analysis. ICU and death statistics are much more meaningful, especially when they are related to age and comorbidity statistics, but this data is usually badly presented.

  29. Thank you for directing us to the Atlantic article Janet. A very worthwhile read. It provides evidence that shows that the virus is over dispersed, that is it infects in clusters. Back tracing to find the source of clusters is extremely important and is not an activity practised universally. I take away from the article the requirement to avoid crowded confined and poorly ventilated locations, particularly where masks are not being worn. Super-spreaders and the Pareto principle apply.

  30. Incredibly informative article in the Atlantic, Janet, and, as you say, he really knows what he is talking about. Thank you so much. If only people would avoid indoor places of any kind and have only their family members who live there in their own house.

  31. What a very interesting article in The Atlantic. Really well written and explains so well how tricky Covid19 has been to understand. It is always difficult to see the wood for the trees but spotting a cluster may just help us move safely forwards.

    Thank you for the Janet and your continued great reporting.

  32. A glimmer of hope indeed Janet. Let’s hope that these first signs of recovery flourish.

    I’m still concerned that visitors, especially from mainland Spain, represent a significant danger to these Islands. This today from AP News:

    “With 290 cases per 100,000 people in two weeks, Spain is by far leading Europe’s infections during this second wave. The rate is particularly high in the capital, Madrid, with 775 new cases per 100,000 over the past 14 days.”

    Let’s just hope all visitors and residents do the right thing and abide by the rules/law.

  33. Hello Janet – your blog is really an unparalleled resource for local info on the Covid situation, thanks so much for your work. I have a brief query (due to my son being on Tenerife for some citizen science volunteering this month): as far as you know, is there any possibilty of privately getting an antigen or PCR test for the virus on the island?

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      Hi Philip, all comments are on pre-moderate so won’t appear instantly. There are private tests yes, but which particular type they are, I don’t know, but it’s already clear that the private tests seem to have a problem, disproportionately so, with false results. There have been instances where areas were severely affected because of false results from private tests that were contradicted by tests subsequently done by the health service. I wish I could be more positive, and maybe others will have better suggestions, but I fall back on the official advice that to get confirmed and reliable results without over-stretching resources the public should seek a test only if they have symptoms or are in vulnerable situations, and to do it through the official helpline.

  34. Hi Janet
    I note the rise in cases is above recent days but not the largest increase this month so I suppose the trend over the next few days will indicate direction.
    I arrived on the island on Monday partly because it’s the normal time for me to come over and partly to escape the big rise in UK cases.
    I know and have weighed up the risks and feel safer in Tenerife.
    I had my holiday head on last night and forgot to use hand gel Dispenser on entry into Superdino and was politely reminded by the security guard to do so.
    It’s things like this that helps the fight against the virus and follows the general feeling of enforcement that make Tenerife feel safer for me..

  35. The alternative is hibernation for the foreseeable – or just sticking your head in the sand perhaps!

  36. Every body is full of their own ideas based on looking after their own health but there are no answers or solutions to a problem that is severely affecting some and having no affect on others. If there was a positive answer it would of course be implemented but like the Brexit debate the answer to most questions is that quite simply people don’t know at this current time as it changes daily and no amount of asking questions is going to give people the answers they need. If you wish to travel then you need to risk access yourselves and make your own decision and if you are unable to do that the best advise in my mind is don’t travel.

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      Perfectly said, Nigel.

  37. The UK average is already well over the limit. I think it is around 29 / 100,000 / week and the limit for quarantine is 20.

    By the time Tenerife get back down to 20 we will probably be too high and quarantine will be needed in the other direction.

    If you have any border in the world there will always be a different rate each side and the people on the low side don’t want to allow people from the high side in.

    I think the only practical solution is to have tests on entry and exit. Possibly two a few days apart because they are not 100% accurate. It still won’t be 100% but medical staff and are allowed to work after passing two tests.

  38. Hmmm. Wonder what the UK will do when they go over their own limit? (which could happen soon at this rate). Maybe they will then ban all citizens from leaving the country lol.

  39. At the moment the Canaries numbers are just as bad as Spain if not higher. Tenerife is not too bad but only La Gomera would be below the UK limit.

  40. Hi Janet
    Have you any idea why the Canaries are considered the same risk as Spain when the Portuguese islands and some Greek ones are not on the UK govt. quarantine list.

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      no sorry, THIS from UKGov is all the information there is apart from what Transport Minister Grant Shapps announces and explains about policy underpinning decisions to UK media and on the DfT websites and social media.

  41. Hi There is there any updates what the current figure is in Tenerife for the cases per 100,000 or anywhere I can find this information. thanks

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      Please see the 9 Sept update above. That is the latest available.

  42. Theresa. Worrying indeed. Just report it to the police. The government is asking the public to do that

  43. Just looked over at the side of the Auditorium (Cristianos) and already (at 19.30) there’s quite a crowd of youngsters – approx 15/20 already and not a single mask in sight. They surely can’t all live in same household. This happens most evenings (I live next door to this building) and I’ve recognised a few of the teenagers who told me (in Spanish and English) ‘to mind my own’ when I mentioned masks to them in the street recently. Police station only a few paces away from them but they are quite blatant about flouting the law. No wonder the daily figures are going crazy.

  44. Janet
    Dont apologise you are our treasure on Tenerife.

  45. Janet
    Sorry why are the figures for the 10 th and the 9th the same for Ten, and Gran when the figures are up over 300

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      My mistake, David. Each day I copy the previous post and update the figures. Today I forgot to change the island data! Apologies, I’ve edited now!

  46. Hi there, We are a group of 5 families who have rented a large villa in October – I can find no official advice on Covid law in Tenerife regarding ‘the shared use of accommodation units by non-cohabitants’ Is it allowed/lawful?
    The villa was booked direct and is not offering a refund.

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      yes it is, it’s fine, and in fact always was ok in independent dwellings like villas.

  47. Janet
    Would you mind clarifying the new rules on smoking and where one can smoke on the island as the UK press are publishing different interpretations of the new rules
    Sorry to ask and we are have actually cut down a lot but not there yet and our forthcoming trip is part of our cutting down process which will succeed

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      The rules are explained in the new normal post HERE. As far as smoking is concerned, it is covered by regional and national rules:

      *it is permitted in outdoor public spaces (streets, parks, plazas etc) only if 2m distancing can be guaranteed.
      * It is banned in the outside areas of all bars, restaurants, etc regardless of distancing.
      * Spain had already banned smoking throughout the country in enclosed public spaces like bars, restaurants, airports, as well as outside schools, hospitals, etc.

  48. Hi Janet . You recently published an Incidencia Acumulada Casos for the week to 27 / 08 which I found very helpful . Any chance of having more of the same ?

    Sorry if this has already been covered . Regards Robin ?

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      Robin, I’ve just moved your comment to the covid numbers thread, and yes, I’m happy to give the latest accumulated figures … the last one available is to 2/9, and I’ve updated above with it. I’ll keep an eye out now for further updates (seem to be weekly) and post when they’re available.

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