The coronavirus epidemic continues to expand in Gran Canaria, which already doubles the cases found in Tenerife the last week and that it has increased its healthcare pressure in 20 patients in just one week. This is causing, to a certain extent, that this month of January is the most dramatic of the pandemic in the Canary Islands. This Wednesday, 5 deaths were reported, raising to 75 the deaths from Covid-19 in the first month of the year and brings to 486 the deaths registered in the islands as a result of the coronavirus.
In Tenerife, for its part, the epidemic is rapidly losing steam. In this last week, a little more than half of the cases found in the previous one have been diagnosed (from 601 new cases to 388) and, in addition, the care pressure has been considerably reduced, allowing the two hospitals of the island breathe after two months with a very high incidence of Covid-19 patients admitted. This number of new cases is similar to that recorded in early September, just before the unstoppable growth of the epidemic began on the island.
At the edge of collapse. The growth of this third wave in Lanzarote has also slowed, where the increase in weekly cases stands at 41% compared to 243.6% the previous week. However, the island is already suffering the harshest consequences of the spread of this virus, since so far this wave has already died five people on the island and another 38 are hospitalized. In fact, the increase in admission cases forced the Hospital Doctor José Molina Orosa, on the island, to activate its Contingency Plan for Covid-19. Among other things, this urgent plan requires the reconfiguration of several areas of the center to turn them into ICUs, non-Covid-19 patients are transferred to the Hospiten private clinic and the opening of several plants, such as Surgery or Medicine, is contemplated Internal, to cover more patients with this disease. Surgery opened last week, which has 47 more beds, due to the pressure of care.
The virus spreads. Despite the slight decrease in the speed at which new cases of coronavirus are being diagnosed in the Archipelago, it should be noted that yesterday there were 300 positives again. The 297 new cases that the Ministry of Health notified yesterday accumulated mainly on two islands: Gran Canaria and Lanzarote. Gran Canaria accumulated 131 new cases, which increased its curve to 2,520 active cases. Lanzarote, for its part, added 89 more positives to its statistics, which also represents an increase in its curve that grows to 923 active cases, the highest figure in the entire pandemic. Tenerife adds 47 cases and reduces its curve to 4,499 active. The same trend began yesterday in Fuerteventura which, after adding 21 new cases, reduced its active cases to 209. El Hierro reported 8 new cases that, according to the Ministry of Health, are related to the outbreak of the Echedo nursing home. La Palma added a new case but that did not prevent it from continuing to lower its curve in which there are only two active patients and La Gomera did not add any new case for the sixth consecutive day.
137 shoots. The Canary Islands this week registered 137 new outbreaks with 1,052 cases, of which 57 have required hospital admission. These 137 outbreaks join the 66 that continue to be monitored from previous weeks. Contrary to previous occasions, this week’s outbreaks have accumulated mainly in Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, where, in addition, there have been the outbreaks with more associated contacts. Of the 137 new outbreaks registered, 58 have occurred in Gran Canaria, 51 in Lanzarote, 17 in Tenerife, eight in Fuerteventura, two in La Palma and one in La Gomera. In general, all the outbreaks have less than 10 associated cases except two of family origin, both in Lanzarote, with 32 people and 28 people affected, respectively; and two other outbreaks of labor origin with family branches, one in Lanzarote with 24 affected people and another in Fuerteventura with 20 cases. The next three most numerous outbreaks are of family origin, two in Gran Canaria with 19 and 18 associated cases, and one in Lanzarote with 18 affected people.
More associated cases. The island of Lanzarote is the one with the highest number of cases associated with the outbreaks, with a total of 439 people affected, 41% of the cases associated with the new outbreaks this week. Of the 51 outbreaks registered in Lanzarote, 28 are family, with 254 positive cases. As in Lanzarote, on a global level, the area in which the outbreaks have occurred has been in more than half of the cases (52%) in the family environment. Most of them, in turn, have occurred among non-cohabitants with several addresses associated with each outbreak. Another 39 have been social, 19 work, four educational, two health and one social health. The hospitals that have registered new outbreaks are the Doctor Negrín Hospital, with 14 affected people, 7 of them in hospital admission and another in the Our Lady of La Candelaria University Hospital, with 7 cases and no affected patients.
Advance curfew. Up to 13 autonomous communities and cities, including the Canary Islands, saw fit to position themselves in favor of advancing the curfew at 8:00 p.m. This was done by the Interterritorial Health Council, which yesterday evaluated the possibility of taking new measures to stop the advance of the coronavirus in Spain. According to the Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, “in the Canary Islands we do not have that assumption” and, therefore, if the Minister of Health finally gave in to this request, the Islands would be exempt.
Guaranteed vaccination. The Ministry of Health He assured that the Covid vaccination in residences -second dose- and to health workers is guaranteed. This was stated yesterday in response to a statement from Intersindical Canaria that denounced the mismanagement that is being carried out by the Government of the Canary Islands. The adviser admitted, however, that there are concerns about Pfizer’s supply across Europe.