Gran Canaria now has Level 2 indicators but its ICUs are still almost full
Gran Canaria now has epidemiological indicators that would allow it to go down to alert level 2 restrictions, except that it still has two important parameters showing in red; that of the occupation of the ICU by Covid patients and the incidence rate over 14 days in people over 65 years of age. Compare this to Tenerife, which has three of its indices at high risk and, since April 8th, has been recording the highest number of new infections declared in the Canary Islands.
With these and other data, the Governing Council will analyze the evolution of the pandemic tomorrow and will decide whether or not to update the risk levels of the islands. Currently La Palma, El Hierro and La Gomera have level 1 restrictions (low risk, green traffic light); in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote it is level 2 (medium risk, amber traffic light), and in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, those of level 3 (high risk, red traffic light).
The downward trend of infections in Gran Canaria has influenced the accumulated regional incidence, which in the last seven days has dropped 10 points and yesterday stood at 63.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Gran Canaria has recorded 484 positives in the last week, almost a third (32%) less than during the previous one, when it registered 722 positives. Its cumulative incidence over seven days stood at 55.8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants yesterday, compared to 80.4 last Tuesday.
As of yesterday, the island only had two parameters in red for high risk; the one relating to the cumulative incidence over fourteen days in people over 65 years of age, with 107 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the percentage of occupancy of the ICUs by Covid-19 patients, with 22% of the critical beds allocated to these patients, which represents the greatest healthcare pressure in the Canary Islands ICUs as it needs to be below 15% to cater for other patients and a possible spike.
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Tenerife also has this parameter in red, with 16% of its ICU beds occupied by Covid patients, in addition to the cumulative incidence at seven days, with 78.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and fourteen, with 162.8 points. During the last seven days, the island has registered 739 positives, 6% less than the previous one, although the average number of daily infections continues to exceed one hundred, on average 105 per day.
The situation in Lanzarote and Fuerteventura has hardly changed. The first island registered 79 cases from last Tuesday until yesterday, ten more than in the previous period. Fuerteventura also experienced a slight rise, with 56 infections compared to the 49 recorded between April 6th and 13th. The rest of the islands remain stable, except for El Hierro where an outbreak has triggered positives: 27 in the last seven days, while the previous week it had only recorded two.
Yesterday (Tuesday) the Ministry of Health reported 148 infections, the lowest figure since April 11th and on that occasion Gran Canaria registered the majority of infections. However, yesterday Tenerife registered 65% of the new cases, 96 infections.