September 24, 2020

Canarias performs fewer tests than the Spanish average – La Provincia


The Canary Islands are among the communities that perform the least PCR molecular tests among their inhabitants, performing less than what is done on average throughout Spain. According to the latest data published by the Ministry of Health, the Archipelago performs these tests on 99.6 suspects per 1,000 inhabitants when the average is 136.23 per 1,000 inhabitants. In this way, it is in third place from the tail of the communities that perform less PCR. It should be remembered that the Canary Islands, so far, have only been able to carry out a maximum of 3,600 PCR. The reason lies mainly in the complex collection of samples that prevents laboratories from processing more tests. If sample collection was improved, hospitals could process up to 8,000 tests daily.

Growing trend. Since the virus crossed the borders of all the Islands, it has begun to spread among its inhabitants without pause. The new infections follow a growing trend in all the islands – except for La Gomera-, and yesterday the number of canaries with Covid-19 increased again in 297, despite the fact that for several weeks the Canary Islands Government got down to business and began imposing new restrictive measures. In this sense, Gran Canaria continues to be the island most affected by this second wave, and yesterday, despite the toughest restrictions imposed by the Canary Islands Government, it once again experienced an increase of 185 new cases.

Tenerife followed, with 45 new cases, which slightly improves the trend of the previous days. Fuerteventura and Lanzarote both accumulated 21 new cases, although the latter island is much more affected by the pandemic, having become one of the hot spots of Covid-19 in the Canary Islands. El Hierro added 23 new cases, increasing the incidence of the municipality of Valverde above 600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days and La Palma added two new cases. La Gomera is the only island that did not add any cases and that has not done so for three days.

Valverde, the most affected. After its significant increase in cases in just one day, the small municipality of Valverde, with only 5,000 inhabitants, has become the most affected place in the Canary Islands with an incidence of 659.34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It is closely followed by Arrecife, which continues to increase its cumulative incidence and already accumulates 519.15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days. Finally, new cases in the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria already affect 491.41 citizens for every 100,000 inhabitants. Santa Cruz de Tenerife maintains its incidence still far removed from the rest with 161.59 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, although it has doubled its active cases in just 10 days.

Income similar to March. The number of people infected with Covid-19 who are forced to enter a hospital in the Canary Islands every day is already close to those who did so at the beginning of confinement. In the last week, an average of 11 people a day have been admitted to both acute care beds and ICUs each day. Figures that are close to those of the first week of confinement, which was almost 20 a day. However, at that time, and especially in the following weeks, they were growing at a much faster rate than today. Yesterday another 11 canaries were admitted to the hospitals, although the discharge of one person from the ICU allowed the balance of new admitted patients to reach a dozen. However, just one day earlier, last Sunday, hospitalizations grew by 22 in just one day. By islands, Gran Canaria hospitalized seven new patients, Tenerife two and Lanzarote one. Thus, the number of hospitalized patients in the Canary Islands is now 207. Gran Canaria continues to be the most affected island with 155 admitted patients, 77% of the total and the majority occupying a bed at the Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria.

More ICU than other regions. The Canary Islands is one more week the second region with the most admissions in intensive care units (ICU) in Spain. In the last week, 19 people infected with Covid-19 have had to enter a critical bed with a respirator due to the worsening of their symptoms in one of the Canary Islands hospitals. In total, in the Canary Islands there are 27 patients in intensive care, one less than the day before.

32 deaths in a month. Since the second wave began, 32 people have died in the Canary Islands, of which six have occurred in the last week. No new death was registered yesterday, which has brought the total number of deaths since the pandemic began at 174. People over 80 years of age represent 40% of cases and the age group between 70 and 79, 36%.

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