Updated 10pm, 30/5: Emergency services say that in the end there were 55 on board, all male, of whom 30 were children. All were in apparently good health. Original post 30 May: A patera with around 60 occupants is being towed into Tenerife although it was discovered just 13km south of Gran Canaria, the Coastguard has said. It is the second craft in 24 hours, after one last night with 47 on board was helped to safety in Arguineguin. Salvamento Marítimo says that this second one is being brought to Los Cristianos because of reception capacity issues in the eastern province: there has been a handfulREAD MORE

A body found in the Camino La Estercolada in the Tegueste area last night was that of a 49-year-old man, it has been confirmed. Emergency Services say they were called out shortly after 10pm last night with reports that someone had made the sad discovery, and bomberos were dispatched to attempt its recovery since access to the spot was complicated. Sadly, however, medical teams were unable to do any more for the poor man other than confirm his death at the scene, and police are now investigating the incident.READ MORE

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 detectingREAD MORE

The Spanish Government has approved its new Ingreso Mínimo Vital, a Minimum Living Wage that will help some 850,000 households and around 2.3m people who are in a vulnerable situation. The Government says that the measure is not just an economic measure but a social one that includes strategies to help those on the margins of society to integrate more, and which will be coordinated by regional Governments and local ayuntamientos to assist those with a minimum annual income of under around €12,000 – the minimum wage definition varies depending on individual circumstances such as numbers in a family. The new assistance can be appliedREAD MORE

From today, Spain begins the longest period of official mourning in its democratic history: ten days in honour of all those, nearly 27,000, whose lives were taken by covid19. While the luto oficial lasts, official buildings will fly their flags at half-mast, and many will be draped in black crepe. To bring it to a close, King Felipe VI will lead a ceremonial honouring of all the victims of the virus. Many victims will have died alone, been buried alone and without ceremony, without the ritual that we all need to begin to process our loss, a ritual as much if not more for theREAD MORE

Updated 26 May: The Tenerife Cabildo has lifted its ban on use of the national park but explained that there are still restrictions and rules for use of the mountains as part of phase 2 of the de-escalation process. Please see HERE, 5pm, 26/5 update, for details.    Updated 25 May: Tonight the Canarian Government’s Department of Security and Emergencies has ended the forest fire alert in Tenerife, as well as in the rest of the western province – La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro – and in Gran Canaria. The alert ends officially at 7am Tuesday 26 May, and is the result of theREAD MORE