The regional government of the Canary Islands covers the cost of any tourist who comes across corona during a visit. For example, this concerns hospital costs, but also costs for a longer stay if there is an outbreak, was announced on Wednesday.

The regional government is also responsible for repatriating tourists for health reasons. The scheme starts this week and lasts for a year.

Tourists from Spain as well as from other countries are covered by the scheme. They only fall outside if they already have health complaints before the holidays.

It is not clear what the measure will cost the regional government. Agreements have been made with the insurer AXA about the scheme.

With the move, the government hopes to save tourism, which is vital to the islands' economy. The Canary Islands have relatively few corona cases, especially compared to mainland Spain.