A week after the dreaded Carnival week ended, the virus has begun to spread throughout the Islands, while weakening in the rest of the State. Cases during this last week have increased throughout the Archipelago, with the exception of Lanzarote where, being subject to the maximum level of restrictions, they maintain their tendency to decrease in cases.
And, while the Christmas curve continues to weaken in most of Spain, which reduced its infections by 26% compared to Saturday of the previous week, in the Canary Islands the 148 new cases found have generated an increase of 32% with respect to the weekend before.
Gran Canaria continues to lead the contagions, which yesterday registered 51 new cases totaling 550 throughout the week, 32.8% more than the previous one. Tenerife, for its part, yesterday added 69 cases – surpassing Gran Canaria – but in the weekly count it remains in second place, with 469 cases. The rate at which cases are growing remains at 15.8%, as has been the case in the last two weeks, which indicates that growth is slow but continuous.
On the smaller islands.
Fuerteventura has also had a significant increase in cases since, after registering 19 new positives yesterday, the island adds 110 weekly cases, more even than Lanzarote, which added 100, and practically doubling those of the previous week (57). The increases have also been noted in La Palma, which, due to an intra-family outbreak in the municipality of Tazacorte –in principle with only 7 people affected– has had to carry out an extensive search. This week, in total, 17 cases have been reported on the island. And despite having been free of Covid-19 for several weeks, La Gomera has resumed the infections. Yesterday he added one more, reaching 4 during this week, double the previous one. Finally, El Hierro, which yesterday did not register any new case – and has not done so for three days – this week has found 22 infections. However, many of them are related to a group of migrants who arrived on the island, so the Ministry of Health does not consider these cases to establish the level of risk in which the island falls. In fact, of the active cases, 18 are migrants and 3 are autochthonous.
Hospitalizations are growing.
Nine more people were admitted to Canarian hospitals yesterday, bringing the total number of people admitted for coronavirus to 349. 81 of them remain in critical condition. Of the nine people who were hospitalized yesterday –6 in the ward and 3 in the ICU– all did so in Tenerife, which has caused the island to once again surpass Gran Canaria in number of hospitalized. In total, Tenerife has 162 hospitalized people, of which 26 are in the ICU. Gran Canaria, for its part, remains with 155 admitted of which 38 are in ICU. Lanzarote, which has progressively emptied its hospital, now has 26 hospitalized people, 12 of them in the ICU. Both La Gomera and La Palma have 3 people hospitalized each.
In the last hours there has been the death of a 92-year-old woman in Gran Canaria with previous pathologies. Since the beginning of February, 57 people have died in the Canary Islands, the lowest total monthly number in almost three months. In the month of December, 72 people died in the Islands, equaling the deaths that occurred in April. In January this number rose to 116, becoming the black month of the pandemic in the Canary Islands. In total, 586 people have died in the Archipelago, of which 336 have been men and 241 women.