The president of the Canary Government is to lead a press conference at 8pm Spanish time tonight when details will be released on the way ahead. Top-level Spanish officials have just finished a summit in Spain on the evolution of the virus which has now led to five positive readings.
The first was a German tourist on holiday on the Canary island of La Gomera and the second was a British expat living in Mallorca.
But they completed their 14-day quarantine showing no signs of illness and have since been released from hospital and allowed home.
The Italian man, on holiday with his wife in Tenerife, has tested positive after going to a private clinic complaining of a mild fever. His first test proved positive and the result of a second test is awaited from Madrid.
It has just been confirmed that his wife has also tested positive for the coronavirus.
Both are in quarantine in a hospital in the north of Tenerife but are said to be doing well.
The Spanish Government has also confirmed a fifth case, a person in Cataluna, the first positive test on the Spanish mainland rather than an island.
President of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, today chaired a meeting of the Canary Islands Executive Committee convened to explain and analyse the measures to be taken.
At the end of that committee, it was learned that the patient’s companion has also tested positive at the Our Lady of La Candelaria Hospital.
The health authorities and the top institutional officials of the Government of the Canary Islands, the Cabildo de Tenerife and the City Council of Adeje, have once again relayed a message of calm.
A spokesman said: “The General Directorate of Public Health has ordered the sanitary control of all the guests of the same hotel in which the affected patients were staying.
“To this end, a sanitary device has been activated in the establishment, among which there are medical, nursing and psychology personnel.”
A press conference will take place in Tenerife’s capital of Santa Cruz at 8pm.The Ministry of Health has activated a toll-free telephone line (900 112 061), from which a Nursing team, under the coordination of the Canarian Emergency Service (SUC), will respond to requests for information from the public regarding measures of prevention, possibilities of infection and false concepts related to the virus.
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