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Foundation Investigated for Alleged Mismanagement of Public Funds Meant for Care of Unaccompanied Migrant Minors

The 7th Investigative Court of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has opened a preliminary investigation into the Social Response Foundation Siglo XXI and four of its directors. The Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office in Las Palmas filed a complaint against them, alleging crimes that could include forgery of commercial documents, mismanagement, and embezzlement of public funds. The investigation aims to determine whether this nonprofit organisation, and its officials, could have misused public funds intended for the care of unaccompanied migrant minors, during the migration crisis of 2020 that was precipitated by the pandemic confinement on the islands, leading to a build up of arrivals having to be assessed and cared for by the Canary Islands Regional Government, using hotels left empty due to the lack of tourism. The estimated amount involved in the alleged misuse stands at around €12.5 million between 2020 and 2022 on Gran Canaria alone.


Canary Islands Expect Rain and Potential Storm Weather Next Week

The Canary Islands are preparing for a change in the weather next week, as a significant increase in cloud is expected bringing higher probability of rain. The effects of a powerful storm forming in the Atlantic Ocean are likely to extend to the Canary Islands as well as neighbouring Madeira and The Azores.


The Canary Guide #WeekendTips 2-4 June 2023

June is here and that means that summer is just around the corner. The Patron Saints’ festivities in honour of San Juan de Bautista and San Antonio de Padua are just getting started on Gran Canaria, and in Pueblo de Mogán the main Romería pilgrimage for San Antonio El Chico is this first Saturday of June, as well as the start of the build up to those in Arucas, Santa Brígida and Moya. This weekend also brings the biggest outlet fair shopping experience back to INFECAR and a collectables fair in Gáldar.
OPERATION KILO is this weekend, at all participating supermarkets, asking you to add a few non-perishable food items to the Food Bank collection boxes to help families in need.

Vox Enters Canarian Politics, Stage Right: Anti-Migrant, Anti-Feminist, Anti-Green, Anti-Autonomy, Anti-LGBT, Anti-Multiculturalism, Pro-Franco politics find a foothold on The Canary Islands

The Canary Islands were unable to avoid the rise of the far right on Sunday, unlike in 2019, writes Natalia G. Vargas in Canarias Ahora. Vox, which previously had no representation on the islands, managed to make its presence felt in several municipalities and councils this May 28. They also secured seats in the Canary Islands’ regional parliament, securing four deputies. “Defending what is ours, our own, and fighting against insecurity” were the slogans that underpinned Vox’s campaign in The Canary Islands, along with “family, employment, and freedom.” This rhetoric, coupled with an electoral program that was repeated across all local elections in Spain, proved sufficient. Dozens of cities and towns on the islands welcomed their first far right candidates of the modern democratic era into Canarian politics, with urban areas serving as their main strongholds.

La Alcaldesa Bueno Secures Incredible Majority in Mogán

Mogán, May 29, 2023 – The often controversial incumbent, O Bueno, La Alcaldesa, has achieved an unprecedented and resounding victory once more in Mogán. The candidate who switched her party’s name, for these elections, to “Juntos por Mogán”, a local ally of the regionalist conservatives “Coalición Canaria” (CC), will once again assume the role of mayor. Her party has clinched a rather noteworthy 17 out of the 21 seats in the Municipal Council of this popular tourism destination located on the sunny southwest of Gran Canaria.


1,243,783 people fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, reports Spain’s Ministry of Health, more than all the people infected over the last year

Spain’s covid vaccination campaign is now in its second month of activity as of this Saturday with a total of 1,243,783 people fully vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2, reports the Ministry of Health.


The first vaccine dose was administered to 96 year old Araceli Rosario Hidalgo on December 27 at the ‘Los Olmos’ nursing home in Guadalajara, and since then a total of 4,508,845 doses, of the three vaccines available, have been distributed among the autonomous communities, of which 3,605,635 had already been administered up to this Friday February 26, that is 80.05% of vaccines supplied.
The vaccination campaign in Spain is part of a coordinated strategy for the whole European Union that first authorised the Pfizer and BioNTech for distribution between all EU states on December 21.
Since then, 3,508,245 doses of the Pfizer / BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine have been distributed among Spain0s autonomous communities, of which a total of 3,204,953 doses have been administered. Subsequently, and after receiving authorisation from the European Medicines Agency (EMA), on January 12, 2021, the first doses of Moderna’s vaccine arrived. Since then, 192,000 doses have been distributed, of which a total of 145,273 doses have been administered.
Also on January 12, the EMA received a request from AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, which followed the same steps and controls as the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines, before being approved by the EMA on January 29, becoming the third vaccine to have the approval of European regulators. On February 6, the Government certified the receipt of the first 196,800 doses of this vaccine for distribution among the different autonomous communities and cities. Counting up to this Friday February 26, 808,600 doses have been delivered among the autonomous communities, of which 255,409 have been so far administered.
More doses have been administered than people infectedThis week, for the first time, the number of doses of coronavirus vaccines administered exceeded the number of people who have been infected, through the course of the pandemic.  On February 12 Spain exceeded one million people who had received their complete vaccination schedule. As of Friday, February 26, a total of 1,243,783 people had been immunised with both doses, 12,001 more than the day before.


Sweeping new measures aimed at controlling soaring infection rates on Canary Islands

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, announced “tough and drastic” sweeping new measures this Thursday, following the extraordinary session of the Governing Council and a meeting for the coordination of security forces, in an appearance before the media.  The new rules will apply to those islands that show COVID19 infections incidence of 100 cases or more per 100,000 inhabitants, as is currently the case on Gran Canaria and is expected to be on Lanzarote from tomorrow, which has so far recorded 99 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The government proposes the suspension of both outdoors and indoors events of any kind, the closure of all occupational day centres, and restaurants will need to close no later than midnight. In addition, generalised tests are to be carried out in old people’s homes.  Religious, social or institutional acts of more than 10 people are to be prohibited in areas or municipalities where there are 100 positives per 100,000 inhabitants.  It will be recommended that family gatherings be limited cohabitants and that masks become mandatory in the workplace.
These tough measures are to be mandatory on islands with an incidence of 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants or more, a threshold that Gran Canaria already meets and which Lanzarote will meet, if the increase in cases continues, over the next few hours.
On all the islands the government will seek to limit social encounters to people who cohabit only. Seeking to minimise contacts outside of the family or home environment.
In addition, 100 track and trace personnel have been requested from the Spanish Army sampling points are to be increased, especially on Gran Canaria, with laboratories processing tests at full capacity 24 hours a day. One of the test facilities will be accessible by car and will be located at the Doctor Negrín University Hospital in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. PCR test sample collection points will increase from 9 to 15.
Security vigilance on the streets will be reinforced to ensure sanitary measures are being properly observed. The new measures are expected to come into force this Saturday (29 August) once the details have been published in the Official State Gazette of the Canary Islands (BOC). The new rules will be in force for at least the next fifteen days, until September 13 by which time it will be under review and if necessary renewed.
These decisions came following the extraordinary meeting of the Governing Council, which this Thursday morning focused on monitoring the evolution of the pandemic, following a record increase of 338 new infections, bringing the count of current active cases to 3,124 with two new deaths.  Gran Canaria continues as primary focus of covid-19 across the archipelago. A coordination meeting was also held this Thursday afternoon with the State, regional and local Security Forces with representatives of the town halls and cabildos of Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, together with members of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city council.
The objective of these sweeping new measures, announced on Thursday, is to stop the spread of coronavirus, with more infections registered so far this month than at any time during the period from March to June, and focused around the capital of Gran Canaria, which remains the epicentre of this new and intense outbreak of the pandemic, although not as deadly as that experienced in the first wave of Covid-19.
He stressed that Gran Canaria is currently monitoring around 50 active outbreaks mainly from within the family and social environments, so these new measures are aimed at stopping this type of outbreak.
He announced that more restrictive and harsh measures will be taken if the figures do not improve and appealed for compliance with all sanitary measures and restrictions for the common good. These new restrictions will be evaluated periodically and may be modified or hardened depending on the evolution of the pandemic.
The president urged social and individual responsibility. “Compliance with the rules is key to the health and development of our land,” said Torres. He stressed that you cannot put a policeman behind each canary islands citizen to prevent them from violating the measures meant to stop the spread of the pandemic.
“The situation is worrying, and on some islands it is especially so,” he said.


For the first time in two months Canary Islands have reported no corona virus deaths for 5 days running

The latest figures from The Canary Islands
Thankfully, the death toll, related to this initial wave of Covid19, here in The Canary Islands, remained until this Sunday morning at just 151 individuals since last Monday May 11. The number detected and diagnosed throughout the archipelago rose a little further on Friday to 2,289 according to the latest data from the Canary Islands Government Ministry of Health, updated at 8:00 p.m. this Saturday, which shows that we have detected 106 people with coronavirus for every 100,000 of the Canary Islands population, currently 0.106% of the 2,153,389 people who live in the archipelago.

*UPDATE: As of 14:01 this Sunday afternoon, there have been two more deaths reported and the total accumulated infections detected stands at 2289
The good news is that this has been the longest prolonged period without deaths from coronaviruses for two months, since fatalities began being recorded back on March 13, the day before Spain’s ongoing State of Emergency was declared.

There have been commentators suggesting that the R-infection rate may be starting to rise once again here on the islands, but there is as of yet no direct nor official clinical evidence of this.  The next week of statistics will tell us more, either way.

The two methods used for counting case number declarations differ slightly, between where the cases have been detected, the number we try to follow, and where on the islands the patients’ health cards are currently registered, and there are also occasionally small corrections made to anomalies found in the data, but overall the current situation for the islands looks very good.


Coronavirus in Canary IslandsEvolution of accumulated number of detected infections (in blue – from 1 to 2,289), deaths (in red – from 1 to 151) and recovered (in orange – from 1 to 1,523). In yellow, remaining active cases.
This Saturday the number shown to have recovered from coronavirus on the Canary Islands stands at 1,523, which is to say 2/3 of all diagnosed cases. 615 cases are still active.

Counting each case detected by island, as of Saturday May 16, Tenerife has accumulated the vast majority at 1,538, 106 deaths, 919 recovered and 513 patients still active; Gran Canaria follows with 565 diagnosed, 37 deceased, 451 discharged and 77 still sick; La Palma has 80 diagnosed, three deceased, 61 discharged and 16 still active; Lanzarote, 74 diagnosed, five deceased, 62 discharges and seven still ill. Fuerteventura has 24 diagnosed, 22 discharged and two sick, no dead; La Gomera, seven diagnosed and seven discharged having all recovered; and El Hierro, one person diagnosed who has already recovered and been discharged.

The rest of the known data comes from Friday May 15 statistics, which indicate that there are also 301 cases that have been identified by Canary Islands Health Service professionals, under a new addition to the protocols, that are suspected as being possibly related to Covid-19.  The new criteria asks doctors to identify “anyone with a clinical presentation of sudden onset acute respiratory infection of any severity, [which include symptoms] among others, such as fever, cough or feeling a shortness of breath.”

Over the last two months, 586 health professionals have been diagnosed with Corona Virus, representing about 25% of all cases registered in the Canary Islands since the start of the pandemic. They, in turn, represent 1.89% of total staff working in the Canary Islands Health Service.

Coronavirus in Canary Islands,Evolution detected infections (in blue), deaths (in red) and recovered (in orange)
According to data up until Friday, a total of 939 people had been hospitalised, one on the day, and 178 have had to be treated in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit), with no new ICU admissions over the last week, and only two new admissions to the ICU eight days ago.

Looking at the latest data up until Wednesday last, May 13, 106,408 PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) tests for the diagnosis of active Covid-19 had been carried out, on a total of 85,759 people.

Lastly, looking at the demographic distribution of the 151 deceased, the largest group is those between the ages of 80 & 89 years, with 53 deaths, followed by 44 aged 70-79; 20 dead aged 60-69; 18 dead over the age of 90; nine aged 50-59; four aged 30-39; and three dead who were in their 40s.

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Canary Islands Government Confirms 1834 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus

The Canary Islands COVID-19 Latest Data
The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Health has this afternoon confirmed an accumulated 1834 cases of COVID-19 coronavirus detected since January 31, 2020*. Over this period, a total of 730 people have required hospitalisation, of which 140 have needed ICU care. In addition, the report confirms 379 accumulated discharges and 92 virus related deaths in that period.
Likewise, say the Ministry, it should be noted that since Monday, March 30, the number of patients who have recovered and been discharged has been higher than the number of deceased. Of the total, 379 confirmed cases of health personnel with COVID-19 are included.
Of cases registered across the islands, 1,196 cases have been detected on Tenerife; 457 on Gran Canaria; 70 on La Palma; 64 on Lanzarote; 37 on Fuerteventura; 7 on La Gomera and 3 on El Hierro.
Deaths: 59 on Tenerife; 4 on La Palma; 0 on La Gomera; 0 on El Hierro; 26 on Gran Canaria; 3 on Lanzarote; 0 in Fuerteventura and 0 on La Graciosa **.
With regard to deaths, the largest group affected continues to be that of the elderly between 80 and 89 years old.
* This data confirms the close of statistics at 20:00 on Wednesday (the night before confirmation) and may differ slightly from the data offered by the Ministry of Health (which stands at 1762) because for the accounting of cases, if the information is not temporarily available at the declaration date, is is not included in this days confirmation.
** This data reflects a screening of the statistical data on the web platform, which are based on health card registrations and declared municipality. So they do not always exactly match those linked here on each island.
Source: Canary Islands Government News Portal

1025 cases of coronavirus COVID-19, as of yesterday’s final data, to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020

The Canary Islands Government Ministry of Health daily briefing has this afternoon confirmed 1025 cases of coronavirus COVID-19 tested positive so far, as of yesterday’s final data, to 8:00 pm on Friday, March 27, 2020. Cumulatively a total of 377 people have required hospitalisation and 68 have been referred to ICU. In addition, an accumulated total of 25 discharges and 36 deaths had been recorded at that time.
210 health personnel are among the COVID-19 cases detected thus far. So far the overwhelming majority of deaths have occurred among elderly patients in their 80s.
Tenerife has confirmed 671 cases; Gran Canaria, 253; La Palma, 43; Fuerteventura, 25; Lanzarote, 24; La Gomera, 6, and El Hierro, 3.
Source: Canary Islands Government


Corona Virus Cases in Canary Islands rise to 657, with 15 recovered

The Canary Islands Regional Government Ministry of Health has confirmed 657 accumulated cases of COVID-19 coronavirus detected since the crisis began.  Of these, 235 people have required hospitalisation; of which 43 have required the Intensive Care Unit. The number of recovered patients discharged has increased to 15 and there are now 21 dead, 10 women and 11 men, almost all of whom were elderly and/or presented previous underlying conditions.
Tenerife has confirmed 409 cases, Gran Canaria 171, La Palma 33, Fuerteventura 20, Lanzarote 17, La Gomera 4 and El Hierro has 3.











Coronavirus hotline
For the sake of better care, the entire population is asked to use resources rationally.
The official coronavirus information service telephone number, enabled by the Ministry of Health, is 900 112 061. This line has been fully staffed to assist all those who have symptoms (such as cough, fever, headache, diarrhoea, etc.) and who may have had contact with affected people or have recently travelled to risk areas. From that phone line ALL testing is to be assessed and managed, leaving the 1-1-2 response line only for emergencies.
The Ministry of Health emphasise that the results of coronavirus tests carried out are to be communicated by phone directly to the person involved, and so these priority information and emergency numbers should not be called to request results, since there is a risk of lines collapse which people may need to contact.
Need to donate blood
The Canary Islands Institute of Hemodonation and Hemotherapy (ICHH) have reminded everyone of the importance of donating blood in order to maintain the necessary reserves for healthcare needs as blood expires and demand is expected to increase over the coming days.
Source: Canary Islands Government News Portal


Coronavirus on the Canary Islands: Confirmed Cases Double

The Ministry of Health have today reported a total of 46 active cases of COVID-19 in the Canary Islands with 5 recovered. Of these, 15 cases are in hospital under close supervision, with two of them in intensive care. The accumulated total is 51 cases so far.
On Tenerife 34 positive cases have been reported, of which three have recovered, Gran Canaria has 12 active cases , there is one case in Fuerteventura, two currently on La Palma and two who have recovered on La Gomera .

Containment measures
The Ministry of Health has designed a series of initial measures to try to keep The Canary Islands Autonomous Regional Community in the current containment stage of the Covid-19 control response. Therefore, citizen collaboration is still very much required if we are to protect our population in the face of a world-wide pandemic.
Restriction of visits to hospitalised
Visits to hospitalised patients are now prohibited in all hospitals throughout the Canary Islands Health Service, except in the case of minors who are patients, any patients with disabilities, or the elderly, requiring a companion, as well as those cases in which exceptionally and justifiably, a companion is authorised by the centre’s management. In these cases, the managing centre must take the informative and preventive measures to ensure that companions comply with the instructions established in the applicable protocols. Please work with healthcare professionals and community leaders to ensure the continued effectiveness of our healthcare service.
Those accompanying patients who may need to go to the emergency services facilities provided in centres and services dependent on the the Canary Health Service, unless the patient is a minor or is unable to provide for himself or herself and requires the company of another person, may find that only a single companion will be allowed access.
These restrictions are now in force and by law have been established for a period of 15 days, unless new epidemiological information necessitates its extension.
Measures to protect the elderly
The elderly are one of the most vulnerable groups in this new situation and, therefore, a series of measures have been established for their protection, which include:
The closure of all the clubs and leisure centres for the elderly in the Canary Islands has been ordered.
Visits to all nursing homes throughout the Autonomous Community are now prohibited, except in those cases in which the management of the centre specifically authorises it for a duly justified reason, in which case the should take measures to ensure that the visitor complies with the instructions established in the applicable protocols, the inform the public and prevent infection.
These measures are now in force for up to 15 days, unless new epidemiological evidence merits their extension.
Measures for students
It is recommended that during the 14 days following their arrival on the islands, students avoid departures and any kind of close contact with other people, especially those taking immuno-suppressants and the elderly. They are all asked to closely observe their own state of health in the event of the possible appearance of any symptoms such as fever, cough or a feeling of shortness of breath.
If any person develops respiratory symptoms (coughs, fevers or feelings of a shortness of breath), they should contact the main 112 emergency coordination Centre by telephone, informing them of the history of their travel history and the symptoms they present so that they can make an assessment.
Following a set period of 14 days from your arrival to the island without any symptoms appearing, you will be able to get on with living your normal life. Always observe the hygienic-sanitary recommendations that have been publicly established for the general population.
Students, who as of today have not returned to the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, are being recommended to avoid moving from where they are and to remain at their current place of residence to await the instructions of the health authorities.
Collective activities
In the Autonomous Community, all large professional, national and international sports events will now be held behind closed doors.
All collective activities whether in closed or open spaces that involve, or are estimated to involve, a concentration of more than 1,000 people are hereby suspended or postponed in the community .
In those cases in which these activities are carried out at spaces with a capacity of less than 1,000 people, they can only be held if only one third of the maximum authorised venue capacity is occupied, with the aim of guaranteeing an adequate separation space between attendees.
These restriction measures apply to public, recreational and leisure shows, cultural, religious, sports or similar activities, regardless of whether they are offered by a public or private organiser.
These measures will be in place for an initial duration of 15 days without prejudice to extensions and additional measures that may be subsequently agreed.
Information lines
The Ministry of Health maintains a free telephone line (900 112 061), from which a Nursing team, under the coordination of the Canary Emergency Service (SUC), are available to attend to requests for information from citizens on prevention measures, possibilities of contagion and false information related to the virus.
In addition, it is considered very important, they emphasise, that people who consider they may have symptoms related to the Coronavirus (cough, sore throat, fever and feeling of shortness of breath) and any who have returned in the last 14 days from any of the areas of risk or are in any way related to someone who has travelled from these points, contact the freephone number 900 112 061, so as to completely avoid calling the individual Primary Care centres or Hospital Emergencies Departments.
Do not call 1-1-2 as the lines may collapse.

The extraction of samples from you at home will be managed, although the population is also asked to use this resource rationally with serious forethought and only when the above conditions are met.
These lines received 2,512 calls yesterday; of which 2,222 were to the main information line and 290 to the first response emergency services coordination centre 112.
Since the lines were set up earlier this week a total of 9,246 calls have been received, of which 7,478 have been to 900 Information line and 1,768 to the multilingual 112 Emergency Response Line.


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17% Nordic tourism increase in April

Gran Canaria received more than 289,800 foreign passengers during the month of April and experienced an imperceptible drop of 0.6% (-1,700 tourists), maintaining the figures reached in the same month of the previous year, when 291,500 travellers visited, according to the latest data from AENA.
More than 60,600 passengers from the Nordic countries, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Denmark,  travelled to Gran Canaria in April, an increase of 17.2%, 8,900 more than in the same month of 2018 which saw just 51,700, confirming the upward trend in this market in which the island continues to maintain its lead position, said Minister for Tourism of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Inés Jiménez.
Throughout April 2019, Gran Canaria received 75,900 passengers from Germany, which was 5% less than in the same month of 2018.  71,300 people arrived from the United Kingdom, a drop of 2.6%, 1,900 less than the previous year when 73,200 Brits visited.
Note the growth in the arrival of passengers from Ireland, 14% more an increase of 950 people, and from countries with less presence on Gran Canaria such as Austria with an increase of 5.7%, with respect to last year; Czech Republic, with 13% more and the group simply termed as “other countries”, which include Portugal, Hungary, Luxembourg and Iceland, among others, with a rise of 6.6% representing an extra 1,000 travellers last month.
The island received 20,500 foreign passengers from the Netherlands, down 2.5% and 530 less than in April 2018, while France maintained the levels of the previous year with 6,200 people and a rise of 0.7%. From Italy, 6,300 passengers traveled, which is a large decline of 22.4% or 1,800 less Italians flying to the island.


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