The Canary Islands is, after Murcia, the autonomous community in the country with the lowest rate of hospital admissions associated with complications caused by Covid-19. Following this line, the Islands accumulate 425 hospitalizations, which translates into a rate of 20 admissions per 100,000 inhabitants.
To this we must add the reduced number of people who need to be referred to intensive care units -84 according to the last update on Monday-, in contrast to other regions. The computation is estimated at "four patients per 100,000 inhabitants", and only Andalusia improves the ratio.
Currently, thanks to the merger of public and private healthcare, The Canary Islands has 2,391 free beds, distributed by the different centers, of which 297 are located in intensive care units and incorporate respirators, while another 83 are in the same hospital area, but lack this resource. "This allows us to have adequate prevention, but we cannot lower our guard either. That is why, if necessary, we will apply other mechanisms," said the leader of the Canary Islands government.
Likewise, the archipelago is also, after Murcia, the community with the lowest number of deaths registered in the state territory for every 100,000 inhabitants - less than two people on this computation. For its part, the proportion of infections is translated into 52 per 100,000.
"This figure is low, but I have to say forcefully that it is necessary to carry out rapid tests on most of the population. This will mean that we have a different x-ray and with more positive cases," the President of the Government of Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres. He added that "rapid tests must arrive urgently and the PCR must be increased."
Since the beginning of this crisis, tests have been carried out on almost 8,000 people, with Santa Cruz de Tenerife being the province that brings together the most tests (6,500). According to the latest data released yesterday by the Ministry of Health, the sum of accumulated detections in the Islands already amounts to 1,204 and deaths to 40.
Only 24 hours before, the count stood at 1,125 - encompassing 30 discharges and 39 deaths -, which shows an increase in 79 diagnoses.
By Islands, Tenerife is the most affected by the pandemic with 712 accumulated cases; Gran Canaria follows, with 288; La Palma, with 49; Fuerteventura, with thirty; Lanzarote, with 35; La Gomera with eight; and El Hierro, which remains in three. Experts estimate that the peak of the outbreak will be reached between April 5 and 6.
The health administration also insisted on the need to maintain confinement measures to protect, above all, the most vulnerable population, such as chronic and oncological patients, immunosuppressed patients, and the elderly. Precisely, part of the latter group has been affected by the illness as a result of the scheduled trips of the Imserso that were made to the peninsular territory, before the Government decreed confinement. According to the Canarian Executive department, there are already several confirmed cases in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma.
Another group that worries is the one represented by the health personnel and who scores 19.5% of the -220- infections in the Islands. Given this, the president of the Canary Government, Angel Victor Torres, emphasized this Sunday in the need for sufficient personal protective equipment and equipment (EPIS).
"The Government of the Canary Islands has approved the investment of five million euros, which is added to other requests already made and totaling more than 16 million, to bring material from China and Brazil," he said. Forecasts point to the reception being able to take place in the course of this week.