Perez: ‘It is very likely that Tenerife will pass to Level 2’
The spokesman for the Canary Islands Government, Julio Pérez, has given a press conference after today’s Governing Council meeting in which he said that there are no changes in the current alert levels of the Canary Islands within the decisions taken at the meeting.
Pérez said that there are no changes because "the measures that were implemented last week for the period of the traditional Carnival festivities are in force and until Sunday night.” However, he advanced that "the levels would be changed in the Islands after observing the data and verifying that some trends that are already being observed are confirmed. Any level changes will be announced on Sunday and will take effect as early as Monday.”
The option of waiting until Sunday is also due, Pérez said, to the fact that at the moment there are a series of trends in different islands, that the Ministry of Health wants to observe a little longer, before making a decision.
In this sense, and according to the data observed by the Ministry of Health, it is very likely that Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and El Hierro will drop in level on Monday. In Tenerife, there are certain data that are worrying, and, according to Perez, “it is very likely that the island will pass to Level 2 because there is specific data that is concerning us, such as the occupation of ICU beds."
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The Ministry of Health is concerned that in Tenerife, where the minimum level of alert now prevails, daily infections have not just dropped as much as expected, but seem to have stagnated, and the numbers of patients with Covid in the ICU and hospitalization rates have not decreased much either. “Something has happened in Tenerife, because what was a downward line has not continued to decline," said the government spokesman.
Pérez has ensured that, therefore, regarding Tenerife "nothing is ruled out" for Sunday, but has insisted that there is no decision made in this regard as of now. On the contrary, he specified, the Governing Council has resolved to wait until Sunday to make a decision, with more data and more time to evolve.