Updates on the ongoing Corona virus situation:
State of Alarm – Day 17 – March 31
The number of active cases remains at 23 with no new cases reported at 12.30 today.
The poster below outlines the restrictions that are in place here.
On a personal note, I have been in the house and garden all day. My back is feeling slightly better. I’m hoping there will be some good news later from the Spanish Government to give some help to the self employed.
State of Alarm – Day 12 – March 26
The lock down restrictions have been extended until April 12. The decision was approved by the Spanish Congress last night.
State of Alarm – Day 11 – March 25
There are 20 active cases on the island. 3 have recovered.
The Caleta Dorada and Fuertesol Apartments have been authorised to stay open by the government to be used by essential workers who need accomodation and tourists who were unable to get off the island when land, sea and air borders were closed.
I’ve done some painting outside today and hopefully do some Whatsapp classes to teach English to Spanish students this evening.
State of Alarm – Day 10 – March 24
The number of current cases on Fuerteventura has gone up to 22, with 1 person recovered.
For people who have properties here the Ayuntamiento of Antigua have announced that the IBI (house tax) which was due by the end of June, will now not be payable until the end of September.
I’ve been around the house again today doing various small jobs. Tomorrow I start doing English classes to my students on Whatsapp – it’ll be trial and error at first but it’s the way forward at the present time.
State of Alarm – Day 9 – March 23
The number of people with the virus remains at 17.
Staying in the house is becoming the norm. I’m finding jobs to do and exercising on the Wii Fit. I’m lucky to have a garden to go out in, but many people are confined to their apartments
Due to the large number of infections and deaths on mainland Spain, there are now restrictions on who can enter the country by air and sea. This follows on from last week’s closure of land borders.
State of Alarm – Day 6 – March 20
As yet, no new cases have been reported on the island.
Another quiet day. 3 kind friends dropped some basic supplies of for us as they had been out to the supermarket.
I’m still finding things to do and trying to keep to routines.
I’ve read on Facebook that the councils on the island are disinfecting public areas, as shown in the photo.
The way things are going it would seem that the world will be a very different place when we get through this crisis.
State of Alarm – Day 5 – March 19
State of Alarm – Day 4 – March 18
I have stayed in all day except for spending 90 minutes in the sun this afternoon. I’m getting jobs done in the house, but I’m taking my time.
As yet, no more cases have been reported today. 6 people have the virus.
All hotels will have to close in the next 7 days until anyone on holiday can fly back to their home nation. Just a few planes have come in today.
There will now be only 1 plane a day coming in from Madrid, 3 from Gran Canaria and 1 from Tenerife North.
Schools should be arranging for students to do work at home.19 people have been fined for breaking the lock down rules on the island.
State of Alarm – Day Three – March 17
No new cases have been reported today.
I’ve stayed in for the 3rd day – it’s not been sunny, so that helps.
I’ve read other peoples’s reports of visits to the supermarket. You are allowed to go there by car(only one person in a car). The supermarkets have slightly reduced hours as they are now closing at 8pm. Security guards are on duty. There are limits on the number of people allowed in at one time. Staff are wearing masks and gloves. The 1 metre distancing is in operation with lines on the floor marked out at the check out. Payment by card is recommended.
Police are present at some roundabouts and are checking occupants and their purpose for travelling. A cerificate is needed to show you are travelling to and from work if your business is still open. The police will want to see receipts of purchase from supermarkets and chemists, or a prescription if you are going to the chemist.
State of Alarm – Day Two – March 16
There are now 6 active cases on Fuerteventura.
A quiet day on the island. I’ve been following local information on websites and Facebook.
The Fuerteventura Cabildo (island council) have put into place their Emergency Plan.
Spain is closing it’s borders from midnight tonight so only Spanish citizens, Spanish residents and cross border workers can enter the country.
As holidaymakers return to their country of origin, hotels are beginning to close. Other workers are being laid off.
The police are enforcing the lock down procedures.
State of Alarm – Day One – March 15
Everyone has been told to stay at home except to go to the supermarket, the chemists or to a petrol station which are allowed to open. All non-essential driving is forbidden. The police have power to issue fines to anyone moving about without good reason.
I’ve stayed in all day except for going out into my garden.
There were videos on Facebook of tourists still wandering around Caleta this morning, but all hotels have been told to inform guests that they are confined to the hotel, except for the above. All shops,bars and restaurants are closed, although some can do home delivery only. Swimming pools and the beaches are out of bounds.
There are currently two cases of Covid-19 on the island that were reported as new today. They are University students who returned home from Madrid when their University was closed.
Anyone showing symptoms are told to stay at home and call this number: 900 112 061
March 15 – The lock down has started. The police have powers to fine people who break the rules that are being put in place. All public places are closed – swimming pools, beaches and playgrounds.
It was announced this morning that there are now 3 cases of Coronavirus on Fuerteventura, and a total of 101 active cases in the Canary Islands as a whole.
March 14 – The Spanish Government have declared a State of Alarm. From immediate effect, only essential journeys can be made. Only food stores, chemists and petrol stations will be open. The advice is to stay inside.
Jet2 stopped all flights to the Canary Islands, and Spain, this morning.
March 13 – It was announced that the only case of the virus had now proven to be clear and would be leaving isolation on the 15th.
The Yelmo Cinema announced it was closing. All markets are cancelled.
March 12 – The Canarian Government closes all schools for 15 days
March 11 – On the advice of the Canarian Government, all events were cancelled. This ended all the Carnival events that were still taking place in Corralejo, Gran Tarajal and Morro Jable.
All school excursions from the Canary Islands to European destinations were called off.
Early March – The first case of the virus was detected. It was a young Spanish woman who had visited Northern Italy at the end of February.