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.
The 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.
Spain is under a national state of emergency, the Canaries are exempt but Tenerife is currently the worst affected island and is under Special Measures, Further Restrictions, and Extraordinary Measures – please see HERE.
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 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.