State of Alarm to End with Cases Rising


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The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, announced a month ago his intention not to extend the state of alarm again, which ends next Sunday. However, a few days after that date arrives, there are still many uncertainties about which measures can be maintained and which cannot.

Current cases on Lanzarote have risen to 120 and in the image above is a crowd of people in the Charco de San Ginés area at the weekend

In the case of the Canary Islands, the regional president, Ángel Víctor Torres, indicated this Tuesday that they have requested a "clarification" from the central government, because the intention is to maintain controls at ports and airports, as well as to be able to restrict meeting groups and control mobility in time slots.

The Deputy Minister of the Presidency of the Government of the Canary Islands, Antonio Olivera, admitted that as of Sunday it will be "a little more difficult" to control the pandemic and took for granted that some of the measures "will not be possible to apply ”without alarm status.

In the Canary Islands, until now measures such as the curfew, the limitation of the number of people who can meet, the perimeter closures of islands and, also, the obligation to present a PCR or an antigen test have been supported by the state of alarm when arriving to the Canary Islands from other parts of Spain. Other measures may be maintained without problem, but those are the ones that present the most problems because they affect fundamental rights, such as freedom of movement and assembly.

For now, the Government of the Canary Islands has been defending the need to maintain all of them, and in particular that control at the entrance of ports and airports with the requirement for the Covid-19 test, but it will probably be next Thursday, in the Governing Council , when it specifies if it will do it and how.