The Canary Islands has registered in 48 hours a total of 46 new cases of coronavirus, 25 on Monday and 21 yesterday, so the impact of the pandemic on the Islands translates into 2,691 positives since the start of the health crisis. In the previous week, from July 27 to August 2, 36 infections were recorded, ten fewer than in the last two days. However, the number of people with coronavirus currently remains at 166 after 21 patients were discharged on Tuesday.
Despite the fact that this is the largest increase in infections since the end of the state of alarm in the Archipelago – with the exception of July 20, the date on which 46 positives were recorded among the 61 occupants of a boat that arrived in Fuerteventura from El Aaiún three days before-, Amós García Rojas, head of Epidemiology and Prevention of the Canary Islands General Directorate of Public Health assures that the majority of cases are imported by migrants or, to a lesser extent, by tourists or even canaries who return to the land after traveling to communities most affected by the pandemic.
“In the rest of the country there is a significant expansion in the number of Covid-19 cases, creating problematic situations in some autonomous communities such as Catalonia or Aragon. But in the case of the Canary Islands, many of the new positives that are appearing correspond to the migrants who have been escaping famine and are identified here because the PCR is carried out on all those who arrive, and these cases accumulate to those from the Canary Islands, although they are not ours, they are imported, like those of tourists and even of Canarian citizens who have traveled to the Peninsula, for example, although these are the least. ”
Of the 25 new cases on Monday, 12 correspond to Gran Canaria, seven to Tenerife, three to Lanzarote and one to La Gomera, while two are still pending assignment. Of all of them, nine were detected in a canoe that arrived on its own on Saturday at Arinaga port (Gran Canaria) with 55 people on board, three among the occupants of a boat with 31 people who was also rescued on Saturday in Lanzarote, and one in La Gomera of a person who arrived on the island a few days ago and is currently isolated and in good health.
García Rojas insisted that the situation of the pandemic in the Islands “is not worrying”, although he stressed the need to “be vigilant” so that it does not get out of control. And in this sense, he warned of a significant change in the profile of new infections after a significant increase in positives among young people. “The pandemic has changed the face of presenting itself. Now, most of the cases, instead of occurring in the older population, occur in young people. Before, PCR was done in hospitals, basically, when the most serious cases arrived, and now they are being carried out. doing more outside the hospital context, “he said.
The SCS epidemiologist reported that most of the cases currently occur in people under the age of 50, most of them asymptomatic or with a very mild clinical picture. “That does not mean that we can rest easy, because these groups can act as broadcasters to the most vulnerable population, which is the one we are currently taking care of the most, and also, although it is not frequent, younger people can also suffer from symptoms. infection. ”
According to data released by the Ministry of Health of the Canary Islands Government, in the past week, the age group with the highest number of positives for coronavirus was 30 to 39 years old, with 11 cases in seven days, going from 393 positives on July 27 to 404 registered on Sunday, 2 August. After this age bracket, there is the 40-49 age group, which in the last seven days experienced an increase of six positive cases, starting the week of July 27 with 446 and ending on August 2 with 452 positives.
A minor increase was registered in the age ranges between 50 and 59 years, as well as between 60 and 69, where the increase is four positive, in such a way that they conclude the last week of July with 405 and 382 cases, respectively. This is followed by the age bracket between 20 and 29 years old, which grew in three cases in the last week, with a total of 315 positives. From the age of 70, only one positive was recorded in that week, with a total count of 321 cases between the ages of 70 and 79, and 266 in the over 80 years.
This new photograph has its explanation in that most of the contagions at present are taking place in reunions and family or friends parties, in which the three protection measures recommended by health agents are not taken: use of masks, distance Physics of at least 1.5 meters and hand hygiene. “Obviously, the desire to show affection and affection towards the people in your family who do not live with you and you have not seen for a long time makes you lower your guard a little in relation to the infection. It is in family and social gatherings that are called through the networks, where sanitary measures are not kept and incorrect behavior is carried out, for example in the area of large bottles “.
Dr. García Rojas clarified that youth cannot be exclusively blamed for the increased risk of infection. “On the contrary, many young people have worked hard to stop the pandemic, basically within the framework of NGOs. The problem is that there are incorrect behaviors in certain areas, in young people and not so young people, which do not comply with what is recommended in the framework sanitary that is the use of mask, physical distance and hand washing. ”
In this sense, the specialist reinforced the idea that sanitary measures must be complied with as a whole, and identified them as an “indivisible pack” that must be strictly observed in order for them to be effective against the pandemic. “The mask is an important element in the protective pack against infection, but it is not the only one, we must not forget about physical distance or hand washing. They are three basic elements that must go hand in hand.”
Regarding the extension of the mandatory nature of the mask in the Canary Islands only in closed spaces for public use and not on public roads or open spaces, Amós García clarified that it is an appropriate measure for the current situation. “It does not make any sense for open spaces. If you walk through a park where there is no one there is no need to put on your mask because there is no risk of infection with another person. Let’s not forget that the mask is one more element, but not the only one, “said the specialist, while sending a message of calm to the population, given the increase in cases. “There is no need to be afraid or afraid, just be aware that we can avoid contagions and stop the virus by complying with the three protection measures -mask, physical distance and hand hygiene-. If we all comply, there should be no greater number of infections “.
After registering 21 positive for coronavirus yesterday, the cases diagnosed in the Islands since the start of the health crisis amounted to 2,691, compared to 2,691 the previous Monday, which means, with 79 more, an increase of almost 2.9% in one week. However, this increase is not reflected in the number of active cases that, on the other hand, has decreased in that period of time, given that on Monday, July 27 they amounted to 199, while yesterday on Monday, August 3, 166 of the 149 are receiving home care, 16 are hospitalized on the ward and 1 in the intensive care unit (ICU).
Yesterday, 21 medical discharges were registered, so there are already 2,363 patients who have overcome Covid-19 infection in the Archipelago, 87.8% of diagnosed infections. Regarding the number of deaths, they remain at 162.
By islands, Tenerife is the one with the most registered cases, with 1,587, of which 80 are active, while 1,397 overcame the disease and 110 perished. It is followed by Gran Canaria with 674 positives, of which 51 are active, 584 were discharged and 39 people died.
Lanzarote, with 97 cases, still has six active positives, although 85 people have overcome the disease and six died. Behind this island is Fuerteventura with four active cases out of the 144 registered, while 140 received medical discharge and did not have to regret any deaths.
As for La Palma, with 107 registered cases, it currently has no assets, although seven people lost their lives to the coronavirus, while 100 survived the disease.
In relation to the islands of La Gomera and El Hierro, with eight and three cases currently counted as a total count, they appear as islands with no active cases, although this Monday a positive for coronavirus was confirmed in imported La Gomera. Neither island has had to regret any death from this cause.
Since the pandemic began, the Canary Health Service has performed a total of 184,838 PCR tests for the diagnosis of Covid-19, of which 4,414 have tested positive, 2.39%.