The Canary Islands will NOT be lifting confinement restrictions before the April 26th State of Emergency date and will NOT be used as any sort of experiment in the de-escalation phase.

This has been categorically stated by the President of the
Canary Islands Government, Ángel Víctor Torres, who chaired a new meeting of
the Sanitary Emergency Management Committee.

It was stressed that in the Canary Islands, decisions will
NOT be made without taking into account the maximum sanitary guarantees, so it
was ruled out that the archipelago would become a test or experiment setting
with respect to the deconfinement process. In this sense, the Committee has
clarified that the lack of confinement in the Islands will never take place before
April 26 and that it will be carried out only when the appropriate conditions
are met and in compliance with the provisions of the Central Government.

The members of the Health Emergency Management Committee
discussed at the meeting the most suitable formulas for de-escalation, and are
studying a protocol to apply once deconfinement is allowed.

The rate will depend on the response of the population
(social distancing, facial protection, hand hygiene) and on the capacity of
sanitary response (epidemiological surveillance, detection of symptomatic cases
and asymptomatic contacts, protection of vulnerable people,…) Also, after
presenting their report, the experts advising the Health Emergency Management
Committee pointed out that the data of the weekly trend of the Covid-19 in the
Canary Islands offer good indicators in terms of the number of cases, of
hospitalisation and ICU admissions, as well as deaths, with respect to the rest
of the autonomous communities.

Experts have highlighted that the frequent arrival, during
this week, of sanitary material has significantly improved the stock of
protective equipment for professionals and of tests and swabs to continue
analysing the incidence of the virus both among health professionals and other
sectors of the population for which it is indicated. In this way, the
possibility of broadening the spectrum of health and socio-health personnel to
practice the tests is also considered.

The members of the Committee have also begun to work on
protocols that guarantee the return to normality once the alert is lifted. It
has been considered that the use of masks could be useful, as well as the
taking of temperature for people who travel by plane or by boat once air and
sea traffic is normalised.

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