Sunday, June 26

Deputies and senators come and go from the Peninsula to the Canary Islands without PCR

Deputies in Congress applauding.

Deputies in Congress applauding.

The 24 Canarian national deputies and senators They come and go from Madrid practically every week and do not need to present a PCR test or an antigen test upon arrival in the Islands, despite the fact that it is imperative for all citizens since the state of alarm was extended last November until, in beginning on May 9. According to a decree of the Canary Islands Government, public representatives are exempt from being isolated in their residence if they choose the modality of taking a diagnostic test within 72 hours of arrival, but the legislative chambers interpret that this exemption is also for tests and so they communicated it to the Canarian deputies and senators. Some get tested all the time, others occasionally, and most rarely. And this despite the high incidence of covid in Madrid, the relationship with the Canary Islands and the schedule full of meetings they hold.

Tamara Raya, a PSOE deputy for the province of Tenerife, acknowledges that the test has only been done once because a member of a congressional commission tested positive, despite the fact that, like her colleagues, she moves to Madrid every week. At the airport in the capital they do not ask for any proof and, when he returns home, at the Tenerife aerodrome he takes out his identification as a national deputy and the summons of the commission or plenary session to which he has gone and goodbye, no quarantine or test .

Other public offices, such as the senator Asier Antona (PP), states that a lot of tests have been done, but not always, both in Madrid and upon arrival in Gran Canaria, as well as Fernando Clavijo, senator of the CC of Tenerife, because they are constantly traveling and very few days pass since they leave and return. However, everyone adopts anticovid precautions – distances, masks, gels – to avoid contagion.

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Of those who does not fail the tests is Auxiliadora Pérez, a PP deputy for the province of Las Palmas, whose parents are older and since she arrives in Gran Canaria she takes the test and does not approach her parents until they give her the result, he argues. The tests are paid by her so as not to wait for the Canary Islands Health Services, she indicates. Upon arrival at the airport, people who do not carry tests sign up on a list and give them a paper to call the SCS and assign them a time and place in the following 72 hours. The tests can be done particularly but they must communicate it. In the meantime, they are to remain confined. These politicians don’t.

Alberto Rodríguez, a Vox deputy for Las Palmas, is very critical of the laxity of the diagnostic tests of the parliamentarians. The lawyer also disagrees with the interpretation of the Board of Congress of the established norm because the text specifically states that “Passengers and female passengers are excluded from fulfilling the isolation in their residence that, traveling for urgent reasons, have opted for the modality consisting of carrying out a PDIA (Active Infection Diagnostic Test) within 72 hours of their arrival ”and, therefore, understands that it only exempts them from confinement until have the test done, but the Board sent a communication that the tests were not mandatory either.

Rodríguez decided to take the tests from the beginning and before coming to Gran Canaria from Madrid, between commission and commission, he takes his electric scooter and goes to a Madrid laboratory that he already has controlled and travel with the test done. He does not say that he is a deputy, but that he passes the airport control like any other citizen.

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Among the exempted persons, in addition to public representatives, are diplomats, personnel of international organizations, military and police, humanitarian workers and civil protection personnel, in the exercise of their functions. Also journalists on business trips, carriers of goods or crew of ships and aircraft between the Canary Islands and other communities or countries.

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