2020/09/17 08:55:49 Written by Canarian Weekly National

The Canary Islands set itself, two weeks ago, the target of improving the epidemiological data of the region in order to create a favourable scenario for the arrival of visitors to the Islands in the winter.

The truth of this situation is that the reproductive number of the virus, known as R0, is already below one, which means that anyone carrying Covid-19 would only be able, statistically, to infect less than one other person. This figure is in contrast to a value that exceeded 3 at the beginning of August, and 5 during the first wave of the virus.

This figure gives hope for the possibility that the travel bans imposed by some emitting countries will be lifted in the near future, except in the case of Germany, as they use the cases per 100,000 inhabitants identified in the last seven days as a reference.

The Canaries Government want this value to be taken into account by the German authorities, and of a large part of the Member States of the European Union, when travel decisions are made, as cases isn't a true representation in this second wave, plus this low value would benefit the Archipelago.

It is for this reason that the extra restrictions imposed by the Regional Executive are starting to give positive results.

Yesterday, the Ministry of Health registered 162 more positives for coronavirus, to which were added four deaths. However, despite the loss of human life in the last 24 hours, 158 medical discharges were also recorded, so the number of infected is gradually decreasing, and the daily average has also gone down.

However, we still can't let our guard down. The department headed by Blas Trujillo has announced that there are a total of 100 active Covid-19 outbreaks in the Canary Islands, counting the 68 new ones that were incorporated into the statistics yesterday.

All of them are being monitored, and the new ones are distributed between Gran Canaria, which with 29 more is still the island most affected by the pandemic; 17 in Lanzarote, 13 in Tenerife, five in Fuerteventura, three in El Hierro and one in La Gomera with branches in La Palma.

There are 498 positives among the 68 new outbreaks, of these, 22 correspond to a social or family origin; 18 are completely from a home environment; 11 from work, five from immigrants arrived in boats, and one from the prison in Las Palmas, which has the most reported active cases (32), followed by a boat of undocumented immigrants (20), and another two from 17 cases each one located in Lanzarote, of social and family origin.

Of the 162 new coronavirus infections identified yesterday, Gran Canaria had 119, which increases their accumulated total to 6,360 and the active ones to 4,629.
In Tenerife, 29 new cases were counted and the accumulated total reached 3,099, while Lanzarote, with 976 total cases, registered five new ones.
Fuerteventura did not add to its 484 and La Palma added one more, to go up to 173 in the accumulated. El Hierro and La Gomera also remain at 45 and 24, respectively.