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Surge in infections continues, as regions mull further restrictions

Written by on January 17, 2021

Another grim record for the number of confirmed coronavirus cases was broken on Friday, as the health ministry reported 40,197 new infections.

Friday’s total was the third day that saw a surge in figures. The news came as more regions across the country announced further restrictions, with a number of regions moving the curfew to earlier in the night in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

In the Canaries, restrictions on movement on the islands of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria have been further strengthened, with a curfew from 10pm until 6am and limits on the numbers of people that can meet. Tenerife has been confirmed to have moved to level 2 joining Fuerteventura, with a curfew beginning at 11pm, with similar restrictions.

On the four islands, the total number of people who can dine together stands at 4 if more than one household is dining.

In a statement issued by regional president Angel Victor Torres, he said that the next 2 weeks would be vital in bringing the infection rate under control.

Valencian regional President of the Generalitat, Ximo Puig, has said that further restrictions may have to be brought in, should infection rates on the Costa Blanca continue to rise.

Meanwhile a field hospital in the grounds of the General University Hospital of Alicante has received its first covid patients.

The unit has capacity for 80 beds, and is one of three being set up across the region to help treat those who require medical intervention.