DIRECT | Gran Canaria rises to level 4 alert for covid


Ángel Víctor Torres in the meeting with his Advisory Council, today, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

Ángel Víctor Torres in the meeting with his Advisory Council, today, in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
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Gran Canaria rises from 3 to 4 in the alert level for coronavirus (the maximum), has advanced the Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujllo, after the celebration of the Governing Council this Thursday held in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The rise in the traffic light (from red to brown) is mainly due to the occupation of beds in ICUs, said the counselor. Level 4 in Gran Canaria It will come into effect at 00:00 next Monday, August 9.

Trujillo explained that “ICU occupancy in Gran Canaria is high”, with 16% of the beds covered, more than half that of Tenerife, whose ICUs have the highest occupancy rate in the Archipelago (29%).

Tenerife will continue at level 4 (brown traffic light) and Fuerteventura and La Palma remain at level 3 (red traffic light). Lanzarote and La Graciosa will continue on number 2, as will La Gomera (amber traffic light), and El Hierro, at 1 (green traffic light).

The average age of Covid patients hospitalized in the Canary Islands in the last 15 days, said the Health Minister, is 55 years and 51, the average age of those admitted to ICUs. He added that 25% of those who remain in ICUs are between 12 and 29 years old.

The President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Angel Victor Torres He remarked this morning after the meeting with his Advisory Council, to whom he informed of the epidemiological situation in the Archipelago, that the situation of the coronavirus this Thursday, with the data from the first emptying of the morning, shows a some stabilization and a general decrease in the number of infections begins.

Canary Islands Registration 820 new positives from Covid (20 more than yesterday) in the last 24 hours, which raises the number of active cases up to 15,265, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The number of infections is lower than a week ago, when 972 were reported last Thursday, that is, 152 less than today.

Likewise, Torres announced that his government will not stop in August and that, in the middle of the month, there will be a new Council to analyze the evolution of the pandemic and reserves another Thursday in case any more should be held.

On the other hand, the regional Executive plans to approve this month a regulation to bring together all sanitary measures in order to give them maximum legal coverage. The Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands rejected some of the measures proposed by the Government, such as the curfew or the restriction of access to the interior of establishments only to those vaccinated, while it approved others related to capacity, Torres recalled in statements collected by the agency Efe.

The Minister of Health assured about the new norm that “it is still in an embryonic state” and that “between August 13 and 17” the Governing Council will study it.

64% of the target population, immunized

Torres also highlighted that the Canary Islands have about 64% of the people immunized with respect to its target population and that islands such as El Hierro, La Palma or La Graciosa reach 70%. “In August there will be no rest, but more vaccines will be administered among the young population.” Likewise, and in relation to tourism, the president believes that it is very positive that the United Kingdom has kept Spain and the Canary Islands in amber color, something key for the revival of tourism, especially from October, “which is when we have a unique product that requires, yes, a good epidemiological situation, “he said.

The vaccination teams of the Canary Islands Health Service They have administered 2,619,192 doses of vaccines against Covid-19. Until yesterday, 1,241,771 people had been immunized who have already received the complete vaccination regimen, that is, 63.3% of the target population over 12 years of age .

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