The World's First Coronavirus-Free Test Flight Will Take the Madrid-Gran Canaria Route

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Gran Canaria will receive in July the first flight in the world totally free of coronavirus. It is an experience of the World Tourism Organization in which the Canary Islands Government participates.

Gran Canaria will be the destination of the first coronavirus-free flight, thanks to the digital health passport called "Hi + Card and free of COVID-19", a pilot project supported by the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and endorsed by the Canary Islands Government that developed an APP to monitor passengers and which will certify that their carriers do not suffer from the disease.

The Canary Islands Government Tourism Minister, Yaiza Castilla, explained on Sunday morning at Onda Cero that her department works on several ideas to offer a destination free of coronavirus and that it involves a security protocol that will monitor tourists from their destination until they arrive on the islands. For this, an APP has been developed that will certify that tourists are free of the virus and will be able to spend their holidays in the Canary Islands. The counsellor announced that this first flight worldwide will depart from Madrid to the Gran Canaria airport.

The first coronavirus-free experimental flight will be made in July from Madrid to Gran Canaria. This project of the World Tourism Organization has four other flights whose destinations have not yet been disclosed.

The travellers of this pioneering flight in the world, which will take place next July, will carry a unique digital profile on their mobile phones, where a health entity, accredited by the Ministry of Health, will provide medical information regarding to the coronavirus. Users will request these entities to directly store the information, in encrypted and secure form, in their profiles.

Yaiza Castilla explained that the agreement was materialized after several meetings with UNWTO representatives in which the Canary Islands presented the project in which they are working to recover tourism for the archipelago as soon as possible, and which involves converting the Canary Islands into a world laboratory for redesign of tourist security processes and minimizing any risk in order to transmit health security to tourists. "It is not about turning the Canary Islands into a hospital destination, but tourism for tourists who feel safe on the islands," said the Minister of Tourism.

Total Cases on The Canary Islands: 20:00 16/05/20

Confirmed: 2,289

Deaths: 151

Recoveries: 1,523

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