Friday, August 14, 2020

Authorities to crack down on COVID parties

Parties and popular festivals are generally prohibited

The Government Delegation in the Canary Islands will sanction with fines of up to 30,000 euros, parties in which people gather and lack a municipal license, according to a statement.

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands reports that more than 85 percent of the new cases of COVID-19 diagnosed in the Canary Islands in the last week correspond to a profile of people under 30 who have been infected during leisure time or in family gatherings without maintaining security measures.

Only in the last 24 hours [to 11 Aug], 85 cases have been detected, of which 59 have been detected in Gran Canaria, 20 in Tenerife, 2 in Fuerteventura and 4 in Lanzarote. With regard to age, in Gran Canaria 95 percent of the new cases have occurred in those under 30 years of age and in Tenerife this percentage drops to 85 percent.

The Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo. appeals to everyone's responsibility because "we are not only risking the health of the most vulnerable people" but this type of behavior can lead us to have to carry out "new confinements, which would generate serious economic problems". The counselor insists that "these young people are putting the economic future of the entire Archipelago at risk" because "if businesses are closed, unemployment will skyrocket." [Emphasis added]

Trujillo appeals to the "spirit of solidarity and responsibility from our youth to now take that step and comply and help enforce the rules." At the same time, the counselor announces coordination with all local, regional and state administrations to "intensify control measures and sanctions for possible non-compliance, especially related to illegal leisure activities."

[We know even illegal parties are held deliberately created to spread coronavirus.]

Blas Trujillo insists that "the majority of young people do not suffer the consequences of the disease, but they are vectors and transmitters of it to vulnerable groups." Despite the fact that the youth sector is the most asymptomatic, "the positives force us to isolate a large part of people who, in turn, exhaust the health system with their follow-up and tracking." There are cases in which a single party "has forced dozens of people to be tracked and their consequent isolation." In addition, the counselor warns of the labor problems that are already being detected "because we are seeing how we have to mandate quarantine to entire departments in companies, with the associated problems that this entails."

The Ministry of Health reminds that, until there is a vaccine, the only method to avoid contagion is the physical distance of 1.5 meters between people; frequent hand washing and the use of masks, which in the Canary Islands is mandatory in all closed and open places whenever the safety distance cannot be maintained. Experts recall that the main route of infection is physical contact, with an exposure of more than 15 minutes, between people.

Más del 85 por ciento de los nuevos casos de COVID-19 se corresponde con menores de 30 años contagiados en momentos de ocio