We have been tracking the official Covid-19 statistics for the Canary Islands since the end of July 2020. These figures were recorded from the Grafcan website on each ad hoc date. We wanted to have some sort of historical data, as the statistics are updated daily for active cases.

The two bold lines relate to the UK government opening the air corridor at 4am on the 25th October 2020, then removing it at 4am on the 12th December 2020.

Date Tenerife Gran Canaria Lanzarote Fuerteventura La Palma La Gomera El Hierro Total
30/07/20 61 24 7 55 0 0 0 147
03/08/20 68 32 3 24 0 0 0 127
06/08/20 81 58 6 4 0 0 0 149
09/08/20 108 160 10 6 0 1 0 285
10/08/20 129 193 15 7 1 1 0 346
12/08/20 154 274 23 12 0 1 0 464
13/08/20 129 324 28 16 0 1 0 498
17/08/20 221 680 79 22 0 3 0 1005
20/08/20 250 817 92 30 1 3 0 1193
22/08/20 285 1074 113 39 2 4 0 1517
27/08/20 544 1901 265 55 18 5 9 2797
30/08/20 676 2481 383 80 25 6 11 3662
02/09/20 816 3058 390 93 21 10 38 4426
06/09/20 964 3891 537 157 26 10 36 5621
08/09/20 1075 4207 529 153 34 10 37 6045
11/09/20 1071 4370 560 123 37 12 17 6190
15/09/20 1278 4697 475 147 33 12 12 6654
20/09/20 1517 4729 310 130 20 11 7 6724
01/10/20 2001 4516 162 142 5 38 0 6864
10/10/20 2643 3764 83 127 3 44 3 6667
22/10/20 3032 2958 70 46 5 11 9 6131
12/11/20 2735 1692 69 60 6 7 2 4571
01/12/20 3023 1218 55 55 7 16 1 4375
10/12/20 3610 961 72 47 7 10 0 4707

We completely disagree with the announcement by UK Transport Minister Grant Shapps on Thursday 10th December 2020 to remove the UK air corridor at 4am on Saturday 12th December 2020.

Firstly the overall number of active cases have fallen by 1424 since the air corridor opened in late October.

Secondly the only island that should have been considered for removal from the air corridor is Tenerife.

Decisions are made following the revision of the number of active cases in a destination over 7 and 14 days cumulative per 100,000 population.

For the Canary Islands collectively our figures are 51.83 per 7 days and 96.92 per 14 days. However as you can see from the individual statistics below, the island of Tenerife is the only that should have been considered for removal from the air corridor.

active cases per 100,000
7 days 14 days
Tenerife 98.49 174.54
Gran Canaria 17.5 40.65
Lanzarote 24.95 48.59
Fuerteventura 13.69 39.35
La Palma 7.26 10.89
La Gomera 13.95 46.51
El Hierro 0 0

Why are the Canary Islands not being treated the same as the Greek Islands were in the summer?

England’s “Test to Release” scheme from the 15th December 2020 may help some visitors caught out by this sudden change of heart. Also the quarantine period for arrivals into UK from destinations without an air corridor will be reduced to 10 days of self isolation from the 14th December 2020.

So many of our local businesses are reliant on a busy Christmas to help get them through this difficult situation. Let’s see what happens at 5pm on Thursday 17th December 2020.

Updated Statistics

This article was originally published in response to the UK transport decision. However we thought it was a good place to continue updating the Canary Islands Covid statistics we record on an ad hoc basis.

Date Tenerife Gran Canaria Lanzarote Fuerteventura La Palma La Gomera El Hierro Total
18/12/20 4245 937 42 43 35 35 1 5339
26/12/20 4613 999 55 53 37 43 5 5806
31/12/20 4818 1117 102 48 40 36 8 6169
08/01/21 5201 1554 225 93 42 18 22 7157
14/01/21 4873 2002 609 194 17 10 12 7743
24/01/21 4223 2892 1067 247 5 1 30 8665
01/02/21 3197 3539 1033 159 3 0 27 7965
09/02/21 2250 3715 774 106 25 0 33 6905
16/02/21 2229 3924 470 137 23 2 96 6881
01/03/21 2241 2768 219 218 24 5 11 5486
09/03/21 2089 2073 88 168 31 9 6 4464
18/03/21 2164 1605 83 232 21 6 6 4117
15/04/21 2361 1715 119 180 11 2 14 4403
30/04/21 2272 1051 124 63 34 2 23 3569
06/05/21 2035 843 115 17 11 1 16 3038
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Despite the restrictions over Christmas and Kings, you can see the knock on effect of families and groups meeting over the festive period.