Story By: Jonathan Macias, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Newsflash
The smallest of the Spanish Canary Islands is the only inhabited island in the country to have so far avoided any coronavirus infections through a strict lockdown.
The island of La Graciosa in the Spanish Canary islands in the south of the country is said to be free of coronavirus as no inhabitants of the islands have been infected yet.
The island which measures 29 square kilometres and just 737 inhabitants has managed to escape the virus since the first infected person with Coronavirus arrived in Spain on 31st January after he was supposedly infected in Germany.
A neighbour named Miguel Paez said: “We are getting through it calmly, on the 12th March classes were suspended, on the 13th several businesses closed and touristic activity has stopped.”
“We are calm and we are respecting the lockdown”
Federico Romero, the owner of the maritime line Romero that links La Graciosa with the closest island of Lanzarote, told local media: “There is 0 movement here, only necessary things like a visit to the hospital.”
According to local media, the island has been fortunate as the presence of tourists is normally very high throughout the year due to the warm weather and sandy beaches.
Local media reports that the Spanish island of Cabrera is also a location free from the virus but it is inhabited.
According to the latest data from the Johns Hopkins University, Spain has 152,446 cases of COVID-19, 15,238 deaths and 52,165 people recovered.
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