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Published on Monday, November 30, 2020

Canary Islands to accept antigen tests for UK tourists

The Canary Islands will accept antigen tests for tourists, when the UK's second lockdown is lifted later this week and people will be able to travel again.

The newspaper Canarian Weekly reports the island's president, Ángel Víctor Torres, has confirmed the Ministry of Health and the Council is finalising the agreement to accept antigen tests for tourists from risk countries.

He told a press conference that a report by Hospital de La Candelaria in Tenerife 'has conclusive scientific proof that the antigen tests with which they have worked, have all the scientific compliments to be able to measure up to health security required'.

Torres said the government aims to have a decree by tomorrow, Tuesday, 1 December 1, so that it is actively in place for when travel is allowed again from the UK later this week.

He added that there is 'still a great desire for people to come to the islands'.

Since the Canary Islands regulations started on 14 November, requiring PCR or antigen testing for tourists travelling to the islands, only one positive has been detected in almost three weeks, Torres said.

Boots is working on an in-store antigen test, which it says can give results in 12 minutes. The test, which will cost £120, is due to be launched shortly.

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