Coronavirus in the Canary Islands: 151 New Cases & 6,101 Active Cases on 23 October

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Wondering what is the situation in the Canary Island in regards to the Coronavirus pandemic? Did you have a holiday planned in the Canary Islands which is now affected by the current situation with the Coronavirus spread? We will try to update this page with info about all the islands, as soon as there's something to report.

LAST UPDATE - October 23, 2020

Total Covid-19 cases Canary Islands: 16,531

  • 8,473  GRAN CANARIA
  • 5,769  TENERIFE
  • 1,209  LANZAROTE
  • 191  LA PALMA
  • 88  LA GOMERA
  • 60  EL HIERRO

TOTAL confirmed cases until 23/10/2020 14:00 h

Active Covid-19 Cases in the Canary Islands: 6,101

  • 2,818 active cases in Gran Canaria
  • 3,135 active cases in Tenerife
  • 71 active cases in Lanzarote
  • 49 active cases in Fuerteventura
  • 5 active cases in La Palma
  • 14 active cases in La Gomera
  • 8 active cases in El Hierro 

151 new cases announced on Friday, 23 October, in the Canaries

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands announced 151 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, bringing the accumulated figure to 16,531 and 6,133 active cases. 

There are 6,101 active cases, out of which 45 are admitted in ICU and 227 hospitalized. Today the islands also registered the death of a man in Gran Canaria, who was over 80 years old.

How many new cases on each island and which one has the highest number of active cases? 

By islands, Gran Canaria has 8,473 accumulated cases, of which 26 are new and 2,818 active; Tenerife, with 5,769 accumulated cases, adds 121 new cases and 3,135 active ones; Lanzarote has 1,209 accumulated cases, 5 new cases and 71 active ones; Fuerteventura has 740 accumulated cases, 2 less than yesterday due to adjustments in epidemiological inquiries, and 49 active cases; La Palma does not register any new cases and has 191 accumulated cases and 5 active ones. La Gomera has 88 accumulated cases, with 3 new cases and a total of 14 active cases. El Hierro, with 60 accumulated cases and 8 active cases.


  • 16,531 total cases of Covid-19 in the Canary Islands (Spain)
  • 268 deaths in the Canary Islands due to the Coronavirus infection
  • 10,162 people have been declared cured
  • 6,101 active cases of COVID-19 in the Canary Islands

Canary Islands Infection Rate 

Based on the accumulated incidence over the 14 days, the Canary Islands maintain a local "traffic light" system, which means more or fewer restrictions, depending on how things are going on each island.

Tenerife is the only Canary Island on Red Light until November 6

The Ministry of Health has updated on Friday, 23 October, the local traffic light in the islands based on their accumulated incidence, so Tenerife remains the only Canary Island on a red light until November 6, while the rest of the islands are on a green traffic light by keeping their data for below the numbers which indicate a high incidence.

On October 23, the Canary Islands had a cumulative incidence after 7 days of 43.51 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the lowest figure in the entire country.

According to the report of the General Directorate of Public Health, the island of Tenerife, with a cumulative incidence of 62.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, is in the situation classified as a place with a high level of transmission and continues with the specific measures in force until 6th of November. With 8 cases in the last week, El Hierro also exceeds 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 7 days, with a cumulative incidence of 72.94 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, but it does not meet all the conditions to include it as an island with a high level of transmission.

What are the criteria for an island in the Canaries to be on Red Light?

In order to be classified as a Red Light island, the criteria are: to exceed 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and that any municipality on the island exceeds 100 cases / 100,000 inhabitants, with more than 2 sporadic cases and presenting an increase of more than 10% compared to the average of accumulated incidence over the previous two weeks.


  • 2,412  Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • 1,340  Santa Cruz de Tenerife
  • 965  La Laguna
  • 93  Santa Lucía de Tirajana
  • 84  La Orotava
  • 81  Granadilla de Abona
  • 79  Adeje
  • 79  Tacoronte
  • 71  Telde
  • 70  Arona
  • 67  San Bartolomé de Tirajana
  • 66  Puerto de La Cruz
  • 65  Los Realejos
  • 64  Arrecife
  • 40  Candelaria
  • 40  Puerto del Rosario
  • 36  Icod de Los Vinos
  • 34  Güímar
  • 34  La Victoria de Acentejo
  • 32  Ingenio
  • 26  Guía de Isora
  • 25  Gáldar
  • 22  Santa Úrsula
  • 20  Santiago del Teide
  • 20  Santa Brígida
  • 18  Valsequillo
  • 17  Arucas
  • 17  San Miguel de Abona
  • 15  Agüimes
  • 15  El Rosario
  • 14  San Sebastián de La Gomera
  • 12  La Matanza de Acentejo
  • 12  Mogán
  • 10  El Sauzal
  • 9  Santa María de Guía
  • 9  Los Silos
  • 8  Valverde
  • 8  Tegueste
  • 6  Teror
  • 6  Tejeda
  • 6  La Guancha
  • 6  Firgas
  • 5  Arico
  • 4  Vega de San Mateo
  • 4  Teguise
  • 4  Pájara
  • 4  La Oliva
  • 3  San juan de La Rambla
  • 3  Agaete
  • 3  Buenavista del Norte
  • 3  San Andrés y Sauces
  • 2  Tías
  • 2  El Tanque
  • 2  Arafo
  • 1  Garachico
  • 1  San Bartolomé
  • 1  Tijarafe
  • 1  Los Llanos de Aridane
  • 1  Tuineje
  • 1  Fasnia
  • 1  Artenara
  • 1  Moya

Source: Cartográfica de Canarias, S.A. (GRAFCAN)

There may be some discrepancies between the numbers, while the authorities are waiting for the confirmation of the origin of some contagions (some of the cases detected are tourists or immigrants to the islands, not residents).

Covid-19 cases in the Canary Islands confirmed among the immigrants arriving on illegal boats

There have been several cases of Covid-19 confirmed among the immigrant arriving on the Canarias coasts, but all the persons who tested positive were isolated and the other people who arrived along with them on the same boat are also quarantined. So there's no need to worry if you have plans to come over on holiday on the island.

New measures: mandatory masks, limited nightlife & prohibited smoking

According to the General Director of Public Health, these outbreaks do not represent a high threat for the local community and for tourists, as the immigrants are being tested as soon as they arrive and the ones who are positive are kept in controlled isolation, while the ones who are negative are quarantined and then retested after 10 days. 

Map to follow the Coronavirus situation in the Canary Islands

The authorities have launched a live map to show the number of COVID-19 cases by island and by each municipality. You can see also the info regarding the number of deaths and recovered cases. This map will be updated constantly by the Canary Islands Government. 

Toll-free phone line for questions related to the coronavirus

Gobierno de Canarias has announced on their website that a toll-free telephone line 900 112 061 has been activated, under the coordination of the Canary Islands Emergency Service (SUC), which will respond to requests from citizens for information on prevention measures for Coronavirus infection, possibilities of contagion and false news related to the virus.


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