12/03/2020: Gran Canaria niow has seven confirmed cases of Coronavirus. Four Italian women who were staying in Arinaga (the island's original case and her three travelling companions), a Dutch couple who came on holiday, and a local woman who had recently returned from Italy. All are in quarantine and there is no sign of transmission on the island. Tenerife currently has 20 active cases of Coronavirus and Fuerteventura one case.
05/03/2020: Gran Canaria reported its first Coronavirus case today. The 60-year-old woman is in good health and isn't displaying any symptoms of the disease. Two more cases were also reported in Tenerife. One more in the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel and described as a close contact of the original group that brought the virus into the hotel. The second is an Italian woman who tested positive in La Laguna in north Tenerife after returning from a visit to Italy. The British tourist who tested positive in Tenerife yesterday has now tested negative twice in a row and will be able to retuern home.
04/03/2020: Gran Canaria remains Coronavirus free as of this morning. A British guest of the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel in Tenerife tested positive yesterday after eight days of quarantine. She shows no symptoms and is now being quarantined in a Tenerife hospital. There have now been a total of nine Covid-19 cases in the Canary Islands; seven connected to the hotel, and two isolated cases in La Gomera. All are thought to have originated in Italy.
Hotel guests are still being allowed to leave after a negative test and once they have organised travel back to their home countries.
28/02/2020: There are no new cases of Coronavirus reported in Gran Canaria or any of the Canary Islands this morning. The majority of guests from the quarantined hotel are expected to leave over the next few days.
27/2/2020: There are no reports of Coronavirus in Gran Canaria and no new cases in Tenerife. One La Gomera resident, recently returned from Italy, has tested positive and is in isolation at a medical facility.
Alex Says: The Canary Islands health service has asked anyone with potential Coronavirus symptoms to call 112 (902 102 112 for English) rather than heading to a hospital or clinic.
26/2/2020: Gran Canaria remains Coronavirus free today despite four cases in Tenerife at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace Hotel. The people in Tenerife who tested positive were all part of a group of tourists that arrived on the island from Italy in the last few days. The original case was a doctor and the new cases are his wife and two other people in his travelling party.
The hotel is currently in quarantine and there is no reason to think that the virus will spread into Tenerife's general population or tourist resorts.
The only other case of Coronavirus reported in the Canary Islands was in La Gomera where a tourist from Germany was diagnosed on February 1st. He was quarantined, treated and eventually allowed to go home after recovering and testing negative for the disease on February 14. He did not spread the virus to anybody else in his travelling party or in La Gomera.
What if Coronavirus reaches Gran Canaria
Gran Canaria is at no more risk of a Coronavirus outbreak than anywhere else in Europe or the world. In fact, being an island proobably reduces the chances of an outbreak as visitors can be screened at airports and ports upon arrival.
If the virus does arrive, Gran Canaria is a modern island with excellent hospitals and European-standard infrastructure and medical facilities. Both visitors and locals can expect high-quality medical treatment should the Coronavirus arrive in Gran Canaria.
Visitors from EU and EEA nations, and the UK, should make sure that they have their European Health Card updated and with them. Other visitors should have up-to-date and comprehensive travel insurance.