Canary Islands now has more deaths than in the first wave: 166 victims since August

2020/11/25 09:55:47 Written by Canarian Weekly National

On Friday 13th March this year, the Canary Islands officially registered its first death from Covid, that of a woman in her 80’s at the Doctor Negrín hospital in Gran Canaria. Her name topped the list of 162 deaths registered during the first wave of the coronavirus, from March until June.

With seven more deaths in Tenerife yesterday, five men and two women the highest daily death toll reported in the islands since September 26th, the archipelago reached 166 since August, the month in which the second wave began, that started with high rates of infections on the islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote and whose epicentre is currently located in Tenerife. This means there are now a total of 328 Covid related deaths in the archipelago since the pandemic was declared.

The islands registered the last death of the first wave on June 10th, and it was 58 days until the next one on August 7th. By islands, Tenerife is the one that has had the most victims of the virus, with a total of 182, Gran Canaria has accumulated 126 deaths since March, there’s been nine in Lanzarote, six in La Palma, four in Fuerteventura and one El Hierro. La Gomera is the only island where Covid has not claimed a victim.

Of the 162 deaths in the first wave in the Canary Islands, a period marked by the state of alarm, with home confinement and the de-escalation phases, 111 people died in Tenerife, 39 in Gran Canaria, six in Lanzarote and six in La Palma, all having tested positive for Covid-19.

Since August, Gran Canaria is the one with the most deaths, 87, followed by Tenerife with 71,but 55 of those have happened in the last two months due to the impact that the pandemic is currently having on the island. In the second wave of the pandemic, four people have also died in Fuerteventura, three in Lanzarote and one in El Hierro.

One of the most disappointing reactions of people to Covid deaths, is the way they are blasé about their age or the fact they have underlying pathologies. People are forgetting actually how these older people caught the virus in the first, in most cases from a family member. Regarding pathologies, these are not necessarily ‘life threatening’ illnesses, but ailments like diabetes which lowers the immune system.

Regarding the age of the people who have died on the islands as a result of Covid during the pandemic, 158 were over 80 years old, which represents 48.1% of the total deaths in the archipelago. 92 were in their 70’s, 46 were between 60 and 69 years old, 18 between 50 and 59, nine were in their forties, four in their 30’s, and there is one deceased person between 20 and 29 years old.

By sex, Covid has killed more men on the islands: 192 of the deceased are men compared 136 women, which represents 58.5% and 41.4%, respectively. Only in the age groups between 50 and 59 years and 30 and 39 there have more women died than men in the archipelago.