The list of infected by the new Covid-19 coronavirus in the Canary Islands has diminished for the first time since, On February 24, the Italian tourist staying at a hotel in Adeje, the zero patient of the outbreak detected in the Islands, tested positive. The last two tests on the woman who remained hospitalized in La Gomera have been negative, so she has been discharged and can live a normal life, the Regional Ministry of Health of the regional government reported yesterday.
Thus, now there are six positives in the Archipelago: the Lombard doctor whose case was the first to be diagnosed, his wife, three of his companions – all of them of Italian nationality – and a British tourist who also spent his vacations in the hotel establishment in southern Tenerife. On the side of those who have healed figure, in addition to the woman resident in La Gomera -which tested positive after returning from a trip to Italy-, the German visitor who was admitted within a few hours of arriving at the Colombian Island and who he was discharged on February 14th after staying two weeks hospitalized.
The already recovered patient of La Gomera works in a center for the elderly of the Island, which led at first to isolate its users, a measure taken because they had been in close contact with women and also because they are part of the population which runs a higher risk of becoming infected. However, despite the initial concern of the health authorities, all of them were negative in the tests to which they were subjected.
As for the six patients who are still admitted, all of them are in good health, “hospitalized and isolated, as the protocol marks,” said Health. The six are periodically tested and, since they have a double negative, they will be discharged, as has happened with the woman who left the Insular Hospital from La Gomera. The most recent positive occurred last Monday. She is the British citizen who arrived at the H10 Costa Adeje Palace hotel on February 23, a day before the first infected person was transferred to the Hospital Nuestra Señora de Candelaria and the establishment was isolated. Health emphasizes that, during her stay at the hotel, the woman followed the sanitary indications, such as the use of masks and frequent hand washing.
Until yesterday, more than 450 coronavirus detection PCR tests had been performed, of which 420 were carried out at the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria and the rest in the hospital laboratories of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote.
Meanwhile, the departure of guests from the hotel in the south of Tenerife, which began to develop, gradually, a week ago, continues. Until 6 pm yesterday, 246 people had left the establishment. Only yesterday was the march of more than thirty clients.
The Ministry of Health recalled that it has activated a toll-free telephone line (900 112 061), from which a Nursing team, under the coordination of the Canary Emergency Service (SUC), will respond to requests for information from citizens about prevention measures, possibilities of infection and false concepts related to the virus. In addition, Health highlights the importance of people who believe they may have symptoms related to the coronavirus (cough, sore throat, fever and feeling of shortness of breath) and have returned in the last 14 days of any of the areas of risk or status related to someone who comes from these points, contact 112, avoiding going directly to the Primary Care Centers or Hospital Emergencies. Through this route, the extraction of samples at the home will be managed, although the population is also asked to use this resource rationally and only when the above conditions are met.