Canary Island closes beaches after second wave of coronavirus – World News


A tourist hotspot in the Canary Islands closed its beaches immediately after being hit by a second wave of coronavirus.The holiday island of El Hierro closed its beaches immediately after suffering its first serious coronavirus outbreak in months.

El Hierro was initially one of the few places in Spain to escape the pandemic, recording only a handful of cases and no deaths.

But the second wave of the virus has infected at least 40 people and prompted local authorities to take urgent action.

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El Hierro Island is one of the quietest vacation spots in the Canary Islands

El Hierro president Alpidio Armas today announced new preventive measures, including a ban on the use of bathing areas on the island.

The measures imposed immediately also include the closure of public spaces, the restriction of access to residences for the elderly, the suspension of all kinds of cultural, social and sports activities organized by the government of the island, the closure of libraries and educational centers.

Parks and markets have also been closed, as well as children’s play areas, parks and plazas.

Mr Armas said: “Early intervention has proven to be a fundamental tool in preventing the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus in El Hierro.

“In this sense, health protection measures have been taken, in each area of ​​competence, in order to reduce and prevent risky contacts between citizens in connection with Covid-19. ”

The island is the second smallest of the popular Canary Islands, but it attracts tourists looking for a more serene vacation in beautiful surroundings.

Health chiefs are devastated by the outbreak after having largely succeeded in keeping the virus at bay.

They said they were taking decisive action to prevent further spread.

Benigànim has been plunged into a new lockdown

It comes as health officials also ordered the immediate lockdown of another Spanish tourist town after admitting they had lost control over outbreaks.

The new strict restrictions will take effect in Benigànim in the mountainous region of Valencia today and will remain in place for at least 14 days.

The place is around 60 miles from the popular resort town of Benidorm.

The 6,000 residents are told not to travel unless absolutely essential face-to-face educational activities are suspended and the senior center, gymnasiums and restaurants are closed.

The Canaries had low rates of cases and deaths in the first wave of the virus, which hit Spanish cities particularly hard, including Madrid.

But some regions are struggling with new peaks.

Lanzarote and Gran Canaria have warned of localized lockdowns if the level does not drop.

The president of El Hierro, Alpidio Armas

Today, the archipelago added 297 more cases, bringing the total to 7,106, bringing the rate to 329.99 per 100,000 population.

El Hierro also called for security reinforcements and army personnel to help disinfect public spaces.

Gran Canaria has recorded 3,702 cases of coronavirus of which 2,899 are still active, which represents more than two-thirds of cases in the Canaries.

Tenerife has registered 2,380 cases of which 782 are still active, three times fewer than the active cases in Gran Canaria.

Lanzarote has 429 active cases, Fuerteventura 121 active cases, La Palma 22 and La Gomera has six.

Canaries President Angel Victor Torresm said the islands were doing all they could to avoid further lockdowns, with the next 10 to 14 days being crucial to see if extensive new regulations hurt the numbers.


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