The Canary Island is closing its beaches immediately after being hit by the second wave of the coronavirus of at least 40 new cases
- El Hierro previously recorded a few cases and no deaths prior to the second wave
- At least 40 people have been infected, prompting local authorities to take urgent action
- Local President Alpidio Armas announced new preventive measures today
- These include a ban on the use of the bathing areas on the holiday island
A holiday island in the Canary Islands has had to close its beaches after it was hit by a second wave of coronavirus.
El Hierro previously recorded only a handful of cases and no deaths.
But a second wave of the virus has infected at least 40 people, forcing local authorities to take urgent action.
Local President Alpidio Armas today announced new preventive measures, including banning the use of the island’s bathing areas.
El Hierro – a holiday island in the Canary Islands – had to close its beaches after a second wave of coronavirus hit
He said: “Early intervention has proven to be a fundamental tool to prevent the spread of the SARS-Cov-2 coronavirus in El Hierro.”
‘In this sense, health-protective measures have been taken within each area of competence to reduce and prevent high-risk contacts between citizens regarding Covid-19.’
The island is the second smallest of the popular Canary Islands and attracts tourists looking for a more serene holiday in beautiful surroundings.
Health heads are devastated that their track record has been achieved and want to take decisive action to prevent further spread.
The measures that are imposed with immediate effect also include the closing of public areas; limiting access to housing for the elderly; suspension of all kinds of cultural, social and sports activities organized by the island’s government and closure of libraries and educational centers.
Parks and markets are also closed, as are children’s play areas.
Island El Hierro (file image) previously recorded only a handful of cases and no deaths
Mr Armas said the mayors of the three municipalities of Valverde, La Frontera and El Pinar had gathered to urgently agree on the new regulations “to reduce and prevent risky contacts between citizens regarding COVID-19.”
The El Hierro government team say they are in close contact with the Canarian government due to the proximity of the planned reopening of schools on September 15.
The Canary Islands – which had a low incidence of coronavirus and deaths in the first wave – are currently seeing record numbers of diagnoses, and both Lanzarote and Gran Canaria have warned of local lockdowns if the level does not drop.
Today, the archipelago added a further 297 cases, bringing the total number to 7,106.
El Hierro has also called on security reinforcements and military personnel to help disinfect public areas.
Local President Alpidio Armas today announced new preventive measures, including a ban on the use of bathing areas on the island (file image)
Gran Canaria has collected 3,702 cases of coronavirus, 2,899 of which are still active. This represents 68 percent of the total active cases in the islands.
Tenerife has 2,380 stores of which 782 are still active.
Lanzarote has 429 active businesses and an accumulated 551, Fuerteventura with a total of 277 of which 121 are still active.
La Palma has 141 stores and 22 are still there. El Hierro has 37 active businesses out of a total of 40 and La Gomera has 15 businesses of which six are still active.
Canary President Angel Victor Torres says the islands are doing everything they can to avoid further lockdowns, with the next 10 to 14 days being crucial to see if extensive new regulations will erode the numbers.