Updated 29 May: Sanidad says that it has activated a special monitoring system against the possibility of covid19 cases being detected in coming days following the gathering of a huge crowd for this funeral, and their lack of compliance with many hygiene and distancing requirements. In the face of considerable criticism by Sanidad, Guía de Isora Ayuntamiento has repeated its apology for the situation and said that attendance was far greater than expected and as a result far exceeded the security provisions put in place by the council.
Tenerife’s Gerencia de Atención Primaria (Primary Care Management) has issued instructions to health centres to focus on detecting possible links between any suspicious cases they encounter and the funeral. The idea, Sanidad explained, was to try to identify as early as possible any local focus which could if unnoticed become a wider outbreak. Health centres in the south and west of Tenerife have been put on particular notice, but Sanidad recognizes that the size of the group was the result of attendance by motoring group members from a wider area, and so has issued the alert to health centres throughout Tenerife.
Original post 28 May: There is disbelief and outrage in Tenerife at the funeral which took place on Monday in Guía de Isora of a 36-year-old local who died after a motorcycle accident in Candelaria on Friday last. The council says that it received an application from the deceased man’s motorcycle association to allow a group to gather for the ceremony but had no idea that so many would attend.
“So many” is the least of it! The numbers are perhaps no less an issue than the fact that many aren’t wearing masks, hardly anyone is complying with physical distancing requirements, and many were touching and even kissing the coffin.
Guía de Isora is one of the least affected areas in Tenerife and one of the very few council areas in Tenerife with no active cases. Or it was. After this insanity, it might not be any longer. How many people have failed to bury their own loved ones? How many have been unable to say goodbye at all, let alone with ceremony? We are all being called on to comply with painful rules that require sacrifice: for some, clearly those rules only apply to others.
Naturally, this poor young man’s death is a tragedy, and all sympathies go to his family, friends and loved ones. But this much-viewed video is by any definition a shameful example of “social responsibility”.