The Canary Islands have the highest incidence of the virus in people over 80 years of age

Archive image of a health worker revaccinating an older man against the flu and covid. / JUAN CARLOS ALONSO

In island octogenarians, the infection rate is 968 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Hospital pressure remains stable

Carmen Delia Aranda

Canarias is the Spanish community that registers the
increased circulation of the virus among the most vulnerable people to Sars-Cov-2, the older than 80 years, as recorded in
the latest report issued by the Ministry of Health.

Specifically, in the case of octogenarians, the archipelago presents a
cumulative incidence to 14 days of 968 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to the national average that stands at 510 points. The communities that follow the islands in terms of the level of transmission in this age range are Asturias (958) and Navarra (906).

The seven-day cumulative incidence on the islands is around 447 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest in the State only behind Asturias (507) and Navarra (453), communities where, in recent days, the expansion of the virus among octogenarians has accelerated.

Also in the Canary Islands
the trend of virus transmission in this age range is on the risesince, between last Friday and this Tuesday, the indicator grew by 23 points.

In any case, the most relevant indicators in this new stage of surveillance of the pandemic, those related to
hospital pressure, they remain stable.

Thus, the percentage of hospital beds occupied by covid patients stood at 5.4% this Tuesday, a percentage that rose to 6.29% in the case of critical care beds.

Canarias continues to be the community with
highest percentage of hospital beds occupied by covid patients.

However, this assistance pressure places the islands in
a medium and low risk level in relation to conventional and critical hospital beds, respectively.

Island Transmission

The Canary Islands, with a seven-day cumulative incidence in people over 60 years of age of 335 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, is the community with the third highest circulation of the virus in these ages, behind Asturias (350) and Navarra (373).

Gran Canaria is the island with
higher infection rates among those over 60 years old; with an accumulated incidence at seven days of 416 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and 923 points at fourteen days, according to
the latest epidemiological report issued by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Government of the Canary Islands.

La Palma It is the second island where the virus is circulating more among its elders. Specifically, it has a contagion rate at seven and fourteen days of 829 and 378 points, respectively.

Tenerife and
Fuerteventura present a cumulative incidence at seven days of around 285 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Lanzarote, El Hierro and
La Gomera they present the lowest infection rates, with cumulative incidences at seven days in people over 60 years of 183, 120 and 218 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.

hospital pressure

Refering to
healthcare pressure, Gran Canaria and Tenerife have their hospital occupancy indicators in
Medium risk. The percentage of occupation of conventional beds by covid patients is 6% in Tenerife and 5.7% in Gran Canaria.

Regarding the pressure on ICUs, both islands are at low risk, with 8.6% of critical beds occupied by covid patients in Tenerife and 5.2% in Gran Canaria. The ICUs of the non-capital islands are free of covid patients.

stealthy omicron

94% of the infections studied between March 21 and 27 in the Canary Islands were caused by the
subvariant BA.2known as 'stealthy omicron', according to
the latest report on the evolution of variants published this Monday by the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES).

Canarias is the community where it is circulating the most this sublineage, dominant in the archipelago since the end of February.

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