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THE CANARY ISLANDS REGISTER 45.2°C TODAY, THE HIGHEST TEMPERATURE IN ALL OF SPAIN

 2021/08/16 17:40:47  Written by Canarian Weekly  National

The State Meteorological Agency (AEMET) has registered the highest temperature of the day in the whole of Spain in the Canary Islands this afternoon. At 3.40pm thermometers read 45.2°C in Tasarte, in the Gran Canaria municipality of La Aldea de San Nicolás, while the lowest temperature in the Canary Islands of 17.6°C was recorded at the Izaña station, in the Teide National Park, at 5:30 this morning.

This highest temperature in Tenerife today was recorded at the Tenerife South Airport weather station at 12.10pm this afternoon of 44.2°C with high winds and haze synonymous of a calima from the Sahara that is the cause of these extreme temperatures.

The next highest temperatures today are:
43.5°C recorded at the Maspalomas station at 12:40pm.
42.4°C in Lomo Pedro Alfonso at 2:00pm.
41.8°C in San Bartolomé de Tirajana at 1:20pm.

In Tenerife today there was a difference in temperatures of 12 degrees from the south airport to Los Cristianos, as it was a much fresher day on the southwest coast of the island at a ‘chilly’ 32.5°C, as the calima continues to move west across the archipelago.

AEMET has extended the red warning for high temperatures in the islands of Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro today, while the Government of the Canary Islands has declared the maximum alert for maximum temperatures in these islands, and maintains the situation of alert in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote even though the extreme temperatures seem to have now passed over these two islands.

Free Covid Insurance for Guests Staying In Legally Registered Accommodation.

MOST ASKED QUESTIONS: WHAT HAPPENS IF I TEST POSITIVE FOR COVID ON MY HOLIDAY?

 2021/07/22 13:14:40  Written by Canarian Weekly  Health

One of the questions we get asked the most at the Canarian Weekly is, what happens if I test positive on holiday? Where do I go, what do I do, what happens to my family? What is, and am I covered by the Canary Islands free Covid insurance? Here we will try and answer as many of those questions for you.

In July 2020 the Canary Islands Government signed a deal with AXA to offer an insurance policy to tourists who visit the archipelago. This is a free insurance policy that covers the main costs of medical expenses, transportation and extension of stay, so that all you have to do is enjoy yourself on holiday.

All tourists are covered regardless of whether they are foreign or domestic tourists that are visiting the archipelago, and any residents of the Canary Islands that are visiting other areas of the islands.

This is clarified by: Tourists visiting any island in the Canary Islands archipelago for a minimum of 1 night and a maximum of 30 days, staying at regulated tourist establishments, who test positive in a PCR test for Covid-19 during their stay, will be considered insured parties, and also their accompanying relatives, even if the latter do not test positive.

The costs covered include:

– Medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospitalisation costs resulting from Covid-19.

– Healthcare transport or repatriation of Covid-19 patients.

– Costs of lengthening the insured party’s stay at a hotel (including in the event of quarantine or imposed confinement).

The above is without prejudice to other travel assistance guarantees if the insured party tests positive for Covid-19.

Here is a summary of the general terms and conditions, guarantees of cover and exclusions referred to in the policy.

General conditions:
1. Insured Party:
Any passengers visiting the islands or moving between them by plane or boat as a tourist, with their corresponding travel document or ticket, during the period of insurance cover and with a reliable booking at regulated tourist accommodation during that period, will be covered by this policy

  1. What is a tourist?:
    A person who is travelling away from their usual place of residence for at least 1 night.
  2. Who is classed as a relative?:
    The insured party’s relatives will be considered to be their spouse, civil partner or person who lives with them as such; ascendants or descendants to any degree of consanguinity (parents, children, grandparents, grandchildren) of either partner; and, as regards collateral relatives, only the brothers or sisters, non-blood brothers or sisters, brothers and sisters-in-law, sons and daughters-in-law or parents-in-law of either partner.
  3. Territorial cover:
    These insurance guarantees only cover the Canary Islands. The insurance company’s obligations end the moment the insured parties return to their usual place of residence.

This is a complementary insurance. The cover is only activated when the insured party does not hold any other insurance cover that could cover this situation. Also, any circumstance known to the insured party prior to starting their trip will be excluded.

Travel assistance guarantees:
1. Healthcare transport or repatriation of patients and wounded if they test positive in a PCR test for Covid-19.

If the insured party has Covid-19, the insurance company will assume liability for:

– The cost of ambulance transport to the nearest clinic or hospital.

– Preliminary examination by the insurance company’s medical team, in consultation with the doctor attending the insured party who is sick or wounded, to determine the appropriate measures for the best treatment to follow and the most suitable means for moving them to the most fitting hospital or to their home.

– If the insured party is admitted to a hospital far from their home, the insurance company will assume the costs of subsequently returning them to their usual place of residence when they are discharged.

– The means of transport used will be organised depending on the insured party’s symptoms. When required by the seriousness and urgency of the case, they may be repatriated in a special air ambulance if the patient is in Europe or Mediterranean countries. For any other place, they will be moved by regular airlines.

In order to ensure that appropriate assistance is received, the insurance company’s medical team will be in contact with the medical centre where the insured party is being treated.

  1. Medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and hospitalisation costs if the insured party tests positive in a PCR test for Covid-19.

– The insurance company will assume liability, up to a limit of €4,500 (with an excess of €100), for any incident resulting from the Covid-19 virus that happens to the insured party during their stay on any of the islands in the Canary Islands archipelago.

– Medical and surgical fees and costs.
The cost of necessary, prescribed medicines for treating the illness is covered by this policy.

– Costs of hospitalisation.
In order to ensure that appropriate assistance is received, the insurance company’s medical team will be in contact with the medical centre where the insured party is being treated.

  1. Costs of lengthening the insured party’s stay at a hotel if they test positive in a PCR test for Covid-19.

– When the guarantee for medical costs applies, the insurance company will assume the costs of prolonging the insured party’s stay at a hotel, after hospitalisation and/or under medical prescription, up to a maximum of €5,000 and 15 days per insured party.

  1. Transport or repatriation of parties who have died of Covid-19.

– The insurance company will be responsible for all paperwork required at the insured party’s place of death, due to Covid-19, and their transport or repatriation to the place of their burial in their usual country of residence.

General exclusions relating to all guarantees:
The insurance company’s obligations derived from this policy’s cover end the moment the insured party returns to their usual place of residence, or is admitted to a medical centre 25 km at most from that place.

– Any illness or wounds that occur as a result of any pre-existing, serious or chronic illnesses with a risk of worsening that the insured party has, along with any complications and relapses.

COVID-19: Quarantine scrapped for fully vaccinated adults returning from amber list countries from 19 July

Thursday 8 July 2021 12:03, UK

Fully vaccinated adults will no longer have to quarantine on their return from amber list countries from 19 July, Grant Shapps has confirmed.

Making a statement on international travel in the Commons, the transport secretary said those who have received two jabs will no longer have to self-isolate for 10 days after their return to the UK – but will still have to take a PCR test on their second day back.

“I can confirm today that from 19 July, UK residents who are fully vaccinated through the UK vaccine rollout will no longer have to self-isolate when they return to England,” Mr Shapps said.

“They will still be required to take a test three days before returning, the pre-departure test, demonstrating they’re negative before they travel, and a PCR test on or before day two, but they will no longer be required to take a day eight test.

“In essence, this means that for fully vaccinated travellers, the requirements for green and amber list countries are the same.”Advertisement

The transport secretary said children under 18 will also not have to isolate upon their return from amber list countries, but that they too must take PCR tests on their second day back.

But he warned that amber list countries could still turn red – and said there would be no changes made for people arriving from those places.

Arrivals from red list countries are required to quarantine in a government-approved hotel.

The transport secretary also clarified that fully vaccinated means “14 days have passed since your final dose of the vaccine” – and that the rules may differ across the different UK nations as health matters are devolved.

The change, which takes place in less than two week’s time, will open up Europe’s top holiday destinations including France, Spain, Portugal and Italy to many hopeful holidaymakers.

Tour operators and airlines are prepared for a surge in demand.

However the PCR test requirement means a family of four planning a summer getaway could face an additional £400 expense.

Adults who have not had both jabs will still have to quarantine when they return from an amber list country, or face a fine of up to £10,000.

Unlike red list countries, the quarantine period for amber list countries can be done at home and not in a hotel.

Most European countries are currently on the amber list, as are the United States, Mexico.

Countries on the red list – including India, Turkey and Brazil – will be unaffected.