The latest Covid statistics, for week ending 29 April, show the epidemic is still rumbling on quietly in the background. 591 new cases reported (42 less than the week before), though not convinced all cases will be now detected/tested/reported. However, the test result average has risen to 5.3%, with 11,222 tests carried out. There were no new deaths reported, and the number of active cases is down 37 to 522, with just 1 patient in ICU and 51 in other wards.

With the current “drought”, which has already affected the Canal’s draught limits, the authorities warn that the effect of El Niño can include a decrease in rainfall during the rainy season, and the phenomenon can last from 1 year to 18 months. This raises concerns for the Canal and for water supplies generally, and it is said that the greatest risk looming is that during May, June, and July the rainfall is not enough (at least 100 milliliters per day) to recover the levels and have a cushion to supply enough water during El Niño. One aspect that can overlooked is the high proportion of electricity which is generated using hydroelectric systems, which could be affected as well.

3 MAY 2023

Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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