June 16, 2021

New cases skyrocket 20% in the capital islands


A woman on a bicycle in Bravo Murillo.  |  ANDRES CRUZ

A woman on a bicycle in Bravo Murillo. | ANDRES CRUZ

The new cases of coronavirus in Gran Canaria and Tenerife have shot up 20% in the last week, thus maintaining the increase in the curve in the Canary Islands despite the epidemiological improvement in the rest of the islands. Gran Canaria, after having registered 89 cases yesterday, adds up to 593 weekly, which represents an increase of 21.5% compared to the previous seven days. For its part, Tenerife registered 102 new cases yesterday –the highest figure in 60 days, since January 7–, which represents an increase of 18.1% compared to the previous week and brings the number of weekly cases to 533.

However, the epidemiological evolution on both islands is not entirely equivalent. The growth of cases in Gran Canaria is not constant, and fluctuates from one day to the next. In addition, healthcare pressure continues to trend downward, despite having stagnated at the 155 hospitalizations on average since the end of February. Yesterday there were already 153, the lowest figure since the end of January. Of them, 34 are in the ICU and 119 in the ward.

Tenerife, for its part, has been showing sustained weekly growth for almost a month that has already had an impact on its hospitals. The healthcare pressure has risen again with hardly having recovered from the Christmas wave. Yesterday seven people entered the island, bringing the number of people hospitalized to 208. This is the highest figure since January 18. During the second extended wave, the one that occurred in the middle of Christmas as a consequence of several months of unbridled increase in cases, reached a maximum peak of 290 people admitted. Of the 208 active hospitalizations on the island, 32 are in the ICU and 176 in the ward. The center with the greatest pressure is the University Hospital of the Canary Islands, which last Monday (date of the last update) had 76 people admitted.

The rest of the Islands.

In the rest of the islands the epidemiological situation is more controlled. Yesterday Lanzarote registered four new cases –which amounts to only 39 per week–, Fuerteventura 11 new cases –which adds up to 67 per week– and La Palma four –that adds up to 20 per week. La Gomera and El Hierro did not register new cases. In all cases, the rate of infections has been gradually reduced, including in Fuerteventura, which in recent days marked an increasing trend. Regarding the healthcare pressure, Lanzarote maintains 12 people admitted, and stagnates its discharges. Fuerteventura has five entries, which is a reduction compared to last week (there were seven). La Palma has seven hospitalized, La Gomera two and El Hierro none.

He dies at home.

Yesterday the Ministry of Health notified the death of a 69-year-old man at his home in Tenerife, linked to a family outbreak. Like him, yesterday also had to mourn the death of three more people, although these were hospitalized. Being all men, two died in Gran Canaria, aged 75 and 87, and were associated with two family outbreaks. In addition to the 69-year-old man, another 64-year-old man also died in Tenerife. All suffered from previous pathologies and experienced a worsening of their clinical condition. So far, 617 people have died in the Archipelago, and so far this year there have been 206. In other words, in 2021 a third of the total deaths in the entire pandemic in the Canary Islands have died.

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