Gran Canaria goes to level 4 due to Covid on the night of Friday to Saturday


The Ministry of Health today informed the members of the government council of the update of the health alert levels after the epidemiological report of the General Directorate of Public Health. With consolidated data as of January 19the report specifies the evolution of the health indicators due to COVID-19, which place the island of El Hierro at alert level 3 in view of the unfavorable evolution of its epidemiological indicators.

The rest of the islands maintain the same level of alert in which they were. This means that Tenerife continues at alert level 4, Gran Canaria and La Palma will move to alert level 4 this Saturday (00.00 hours) according to the anticipated change last Tuesday; Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (where La Graciosa is included epidemiologically) remain at level 3; and La Gomera, at level 2.

The change in level of the island of El Hierro will take effect at 00.00 hours next Monday, January 24 (on the night of Sunday to Monday) being subject to periodic reassessments.

In the Autonomous Community as a whole, between January 11 and 17, 32,636 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 11.1% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week.

The IA rate at 7 days in the Canary Islands increased 11.1%, so that, from a weekly average of 1,350.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 1,499.9 cases this week. The greatest increase is observed in El Hierro, but all the islands are at a very high risk level in this indicator, as is the case with the AI ​​at 7 days in people over 65 years of age and in the AI ​​at 14 days that they are at very high risk on all islands.

Healthcare indicators

Regarding care indicators, the daily average number of occupied conventional hospital beds increased by 35.2% compared to the previous week and is at high risk. The percentage of occupation in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma is at a very high risk level; in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at medium risk; and in La Gomera and El Hierro at low risk.

The number of occupied ICU beds maintains the upward trend, increasing 16.7 percent compared to the previous evaluation. The percentage of occupation in the whole of the Archipelago is 20.9%. Tenerife and Gran Canaria are at a very high risk level, Fuerteventura remains at a medium risk level, while the rest of the islands are in controlled circulation.

The rate of new hospitalizations in the ICU due to COVID-19 stands at 3.45 new weekly admissions to the ICU due to COVID-19 per 100,000 inhabitants. Gran Canaria rises to a very high risk level and La Palma remains at a medium risk level, however in Tenerife a positive trend is observed as it descends to low risk; while Fuerteventura, Lanzarote, La Gomera and El Hierro decreased or remained in controlled circulation.

median age

The median age of the total number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 30 days is 70 years and 63 years in those admitted to the ICUbeing all older than 16 years. 45.6% of people admitted to critical care units diagnosed during the last 30 days had not received the complete vaccination schedule.

78.7% of people admitted for COVID and diagnosed in the last 30 days had no previous pathologies. This percentage increases in unvaccinated patients, in whom 87.7% had no other known pathologies.

Situation of El Hierro

The island of El Hierro is at very high risk in the indicators of cumulative incidence at 7 and 14 days and in those over 65 years of age and in terms of care capacity due to the singularities of its population and its health area, the determination of risk levels requires the assessment of complementary indicators, which place it at high risk.



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