Canary Islands extends the temporary suspension of restrictions until June 30

Canary Islands extends the temporary suspension of restrictions until June 30

The latest report from the General Directorate of Public Health indicates that the occupancy of conventional and ICU beds has decreased

CANARY ISLANDS7 The Gran Canarian palms

The Government Council of the Canary Islands held this Thursday, April 28, has approved extending the agreement through which
temporary suspension of anticovid measureswhich remained in force on all the islands according to the level of health alert in which each one was found.

The extension, which will be published in the Official Gazette of the Canary Islands,
It will be in force from 00:00 on May 1 to 24:00 on June 30.and will be conditioned, on each island, to the absence of a significant change in the trend that indicates an uncontrolled circulation of SARS-CoV-2 or a change in the epidemiological situation.

This agreement to extend the
suspension of limiting measuresin line with the actions taken in the rest of the State and in neighboring countries, is due to the new health situation as a result of the
vaccination expansionin which the effects of the disease present milder manifestations while the evidence shows that the Omicron variants, present in our territory, are not causing greater severity, although they cause a high incidence of virus transmission.

This high incidence of transmission keeps the islands at the alert levels they are at,
without increasing the impact on healthcare pressurenor significantly, the occupancy of conventional beds or ICU.

Surveillance and control structures will remain operational to monitor the key indicators that make it possible to detect changes in epidemiological patterns, the appearance of new variants or a greater impact on the healthcare system. In this way, if an unfavorable evolution is detected on any island, the reactivation of the restrictive measures established in Decree Law 11/2021 can be determined for that territory.

Evolution of indicators in the last month

The latest report from the General Directorate of Public Health indicates that, since the Government of the Canary Islands approved the temporary suspension of the covid containment measures, applicable at the different alert levels,
indicators of use of health services have decreasedboth in occupancy of conventional and ICU beds.

Thus, in relation to conventional beds, between March 24 and April 25, the percentage of conventional beds occupied by patients with coronavirus has decreased by 22%, while the rate of new hospitalizations by 23.2% and that of occupancy per 100,000 inhabitants 22.3%.

In relation to the care capacity of intensive care beds, in the same period cited, the percentage of ICU beds occupied by patients with covid has decreased by 57.1%, while the rate of new ICU hospitalizations by 45.5% and that of occupancy of ICU beds per 100,000 inhabitants, 57%.

Measures suspended

According to the agreement adopted today, until June 30, all the measures contemplated in Decree Law 11/2021 remain in force, that is, those related to capacity; closing times; limitation on the number of people allowed in gatherings; the obligation to have
prior authorization for holding eventsmassive; and the prohibition of holding popular festivals and festivals.

They also remain suppressed
smoking ban and the sale and consumption of food or drinks on public roads.

Lastly, the
night leisure and sports and cultural activities will be able to continue to take place under the same conditions as they did before the start of the pandemic.

Prevention measures in force

However, the importance of maintaining current transmission prevention recommendations, such as the
use of the mask in certain interior spaceshand washing, ventilation and extreme care and prevention of transmission of the vulnerable.

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