The reason that Tenerife has not managed to lower the number of new infections to optimal levels in these four weeks is due, as indicated Antonio Sierra, member of the scientific committee of the Covid-19 in the Canary Islands, to non-compliance with sanitary measures and restrictions. “The irresponsibility is more harmful than british strainIf there were not irresponsibility, it would be stopped with the barriers that we put through the protections or restrictions ”.
The professor of Microbiology is more in favor of tightening the sanctioning measures than maintaining the restrictions, “because if they were met, we would not be in this situation.”
Sierra emphasizes family outbreaks and calls for responsibility to continue curbing the pandemic while advancing vaccinations. “There is a significant breach of restrictions and basic and simple individual protection measures, but they are not complied with in many cases. This leads to a spread of the virus with outbreaks, especially family members, because in private homes there is coexistence with non-partners, there are relationships and it is easily transmitted by not respecting the mask, distance and hygiene measures ”.
The expert insists that, “when people do not respond out of conscience, because of responsibility, before the number of serious patients and deaths”, the sanctioning procedure has to “try to be effective”, and gives as an example the Traffic model, which it has managed to significantly reduce accidents and the level of mortality on the road “with the sanctioning procedures and their relentless execution”.
According to data provided by the Ministry of Health, the Canary Islands yesterday registered 148 new infections compared to 203 on Monday, which adds up to 50,972 cases of coronavirus since the pandemic began. Gran Canaria is the island that has improved the most in terms of incidence, by linking downward data for the fourth consecutive day, with 85 cases, 79, 72, 68 and 48 respectively from April 16 to 20. Tenerife however registered 154 on the 16th, followed by 86, 69, 123 on the 19th and 96 yesterday. Thus, Tenerife counts 21,754 accumulated cases since the health crisis started and 2,367 active; while Gran Canaria has 21,111 accumulated and 1,569 assets.
The two Canary Islands capitals register 63.4% of patients with coronavirus
Regarding the non-capital islands, Lanzarote yesterday added six new cases with 4,839 accumulated and 120 epidemiologically active; Fuerteventura has 2,211 accumulated cases with one more than the previous day and 96 active; La Palma, with two more, remains at 500 accumulated and 11 active; El Hierro does not add cases, it has 329 accumulated and 29 assets; and La Gomera does not add new infections to the global count of 227 and has a single asset.
According to Antonio Sierra, to bend the curve and stop infections in a stable way, it is important to comply with health measures, since only 20% of the population is immunized. “The virus is easily transmitted, the asymptomatic forms are many and go unnoticed, as well as many mild cases and still around 80% of the population is not immunized by the disease or the vaccine. Therefore, the virus tightens and we have had in this last month values that, although below the national average, have had an increase and what is expected is that with the increase in vaccination we will go to less, but there is still a tough phase given the conditions of the virus and the population. We are in a second phase with ups and downs, but we will move towards a better situation as vaccination figures increase ”, he stressed.
The professor of Microbiology, in favor of toughening the sanctions for non-compliance
After the 405 medical discharges recorded yesterday -46,066 since the pandemic started-, active cases in the Islands stood at 4,194, of which 3,786 are under control at their homes -257 less than on Monday-; 324 are hospitalized on the ward -three more than the day before-, and 84 in ICUs, four less.
In the last 24 hours, the death of a 61-year-old man was registered in Tenerife, who had previous pathologies and whose contagion was associated with a family outbreak. With this death, there are already 712 people who have lost their lives as a result of the pandemic in the Archipelago.
The municipalities with the highest number of active cases at present are Las Palmas de Gran Canaria with 1,403; followed by Santa Cruz de Tenerife with 1,258 and La Laguna with 545. The two Canary Islands capitals account for 63.4% of patients with coronavirus.
Hospitalized Manuel Fajardo
The first secretary of the Senate Table, Manuel Fajardo, is hospitalized after having been vaccinated against Covid-19, as reported yesterday by the first vice president of the Upper House table, Cristina Narbona. The 61-year-old socialist parliamentarian is hospitalized in a medical center in the Canary Islands, where doctors are studying whether the senator’s problems are due to a “reaction” to the vaccine or to a foreign matter, according to Narbona, who noted that the senator recently received the first dose of the Astrazeneca vaccine. Despite being hospitalized, Fajardo participated yesterday in the meeting of the Senate Table, is “in good spirits” and “has been able to work with us,” said Narbona. | Europa Press