September 25, 2020

Record of income in the second wave of the Canary Islands – La Provincia


The Covid-19 continues to put pressure on healthcare in the Canary Islands hospitals Yesterday was the largest increase in income in a single day this month, that is, the same time in which the Archipelago has been going through its second epidemic wave. Canarias added a total of 18 new seriously ill patients, of which 16 were admitted to the hospital ward and 2 to the critical care units, in this case, from the hospitals of Tenerife.

66% of Covid-19 patients whose disease has evolved into more serious stages have been admitted to hospitals in Gran Canaria, which already has 124 coronavirus hospitalizations. The rest have been distributed among Lanzarote, which adds three new plant revenues; Tenerife, two new to UCI; and Fuerteventura, which has a patient with Covid-19 again after three months without receiving any income. In total, 174 people remain hospitalized throughout the Canary Islands.

Despite the increase in cases, this week hospital admissions have grown to a rhythm lower than the previous. From August 15 to 21, the care pressure for Covid-19 grew an average of 14.2% daily, however, during this week, it has done so at an average speed of 8.2%. These figures denote a slight decrease in the speed at which patients accumulate in hospitals. However, the trend is upward given that 60 new entries have been added this week compared to 50 the previous week.

Almost half in Negrín. Almost half of admitted patients (48%) are hospitalized at the Dr. Negrín Hospital. Specifically, this hospital center assists 85 patients with Covid-19, of which 15 are occupying ICU beds with respirators. Behind him, but with less healthcare pressure, is the Insular-Maternal-Infant University Hospital that yesterday had 38 people admitted, of which nine were in ICU beds with respirators. Regarding the private hospitals on the island, the Vithas Santa Catalina Hospital has 3 people admitted to the ward, the San Roque Las Palmas Hospital with 2 and the San Roque Maspalomas Hospital with 1.

Tenerife, 41 admissions. Tenerife, which was the one that suffered the most from the first wave of incidence of the virus, is resisting, for the moment, the second. Throughout the island there are currently 41 people admitted with Covid-19 and most are in the Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital, which has 17 admitted patients, of which two are in the ICU. The rest of the patients are divided between the Hospital San Juan de Dios (which accumulates 10 admissions), the Hospital Universitario de Canarias (HUC), with 7, and the Hospital Quirón Costa Adeje, with 3. But not only Gran Canaria and Tenerife have increased its activity due to the incidence of Covid-19. Also Lanzarote, Fuerteventura, La Palma and La Gomera have opened their hospitals to Covid-19 patients, the most affected of the four islands being Hospital Dr. Molina Orosa, in Lanzarote. Just yesterday Lanzarote registered its first death from this epidemic wave, which also became the first outside of Gran Canaria. It was a 79-year-old woman who suffered from an oncological pathology. Thus, Covid-19 has already killed 172 people in the Canary Islands.

The curve grows at the end of March. The epidemic curve has not stopped growing in recent weeks, but although it is still growing at a slower rate than at the beginning of the lockdown, its daily rate of increase is already very similar to that of the end of March. To reach the 3,375 active cases that were registered yesterday, the epidemic curve has grown by 11.5% on average each day during the last seven days. A figure that resembles the growth of the curve during the second week of confinement (from March 23 to 29), when, despite the important mobility restrictions imposed, the curve grew by 13.7% daily.

Gran Canaria leads the new infections. The new cases verified yesterday, which amounted to 277, were mostly accumulated -one more day- in Gran Canaria. Specifically, this island added 62% of the new positives (173). It was followed by Lanzarote, with 55 new positives, one of the most important growths on the island in the last five days, and Tenerife, with 29 newly infected people diagnosed. La Palma, La Gomera and Fuerteventura added between 1 and 6 cases and El Hierro did not add any new positive.

The positivity rate grows 4%. Positive Covid-19 diagnoses continue to rise. The positivity rate in the Islands grew by 3.8% yesterday compared to the average of last week. While seven days ago this index stood at 8% of positive diagnoses by PCR performed, yesterday it rose to 12%. This indicator is one of the most faithful to represent the progress of the epidemic, and every day it grows more than the previous one. This volume of positive diagnoses indicates that there is already community transmission of the virus in the Islands, although it is limited to the two municipalities with the highest incidence in the Canary Islands: Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (411.13 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and Arrecife (404, 84 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), this percentage should be below 5% to consider that the epidemiological situation is under control.

Insufficient PCR. The positivity rate also points to another reality that the Archipelago is experiencing: the number of diagnostic tests performed is insufficient. In fact, the volume of PCR performed has never exceeded 3,600 a day since the epidemic began, despite the fact that hospitals are equipped with technology that would allow them to perform up to 8,000. In the last week, until August 27, 18,863 diagnostic tests have been carried out, 56% of those carried out since the middle of the month. This limit of diagnostic tests has its origin in the collection of samples that is so complex that it prevents to reduce the time and, therefore, to carry out more daily diagnoses. To alleviate this situation, the President of the Government of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, has announced the increase in sample collection points in Gran Canaria. Thus, the island will go from having 9 to 15 in operation. In addition, the laboratories will work 24 hours a day to have the results “as soon as possible”.

100 new trackers. The Minister of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands, Blas Trujillo, formally requested yesterday to the Secretary of State for Health the incorporation of one hundred military trackers the incorporation of one hundred military trackers the work of monitoring Covid-19 cases in the Autonomous Community. The Minister of Defense, Margarita Robles, promised to accept and process the Canarian request promptly so that these military personnel can join the work of tracking cases in the coming days. The Canary Islands will allocate the new troops to primarily support the geographic area of ​​the islands of Gran Canaria and Lanzarote since, due to the current epidemiological situation, these are the ones that need a greater volume of tracking. However, if the situation worsens on some other island, she does not rule out that they will travel to help in that area.

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