The Canary Islands suffer the highest hospital pressure of the entire pandemic

The saturation of hospitals in the Canary Islands it has broken a record figure that exceeds that of any other wave of the pandemic. A total of 610 people They are admitted with a covid infection in one of the hospitals on the islands. On this occasion, however, the care pressure is much higher on the ward than in the critical care area, which means that admission cases are less serious than in the past.

Hospital beds are occupied by 526 patients (15 more than the previous day), but the distribution between islands is very uneven. Tenerife, which is the island where the virus has spread most strongly, accumulates 60% of hospitalizations (359). It is not surprising then that its hospitals are the most affected by this sixth wave. The Nuestra Señora de Candelaria University Hospital is the center that supports the greatest saturation, adding 297 patients with covid in all its facilities. But being the highest number of hospitalized patients in the ward of the entire pandemic, the same has not happened with critical admissions, which are still in figures below the fifth and first waves.

Tenerife accumulates 60% of hospitalizations for covid in the Canary Islands


The situation is somewhat better at the Hospital Universitario de Canarias (HUC) because with its 173 patients hospitalized for covid, has not yet exceeded the maximum saturation experienced during the first wave in its plants. However, the saturation in the ICUs is similar to what they have experienced at other times of the pandemic.

Gran Canaria has 219 people admitted to its hospitals, which represents 36% of the total. Both the Hospital Universitario Insular- Materno Infantil and the Hospital Doctor Negrín have the highest number of patients on the ward of the entire pandemic. However, the situation of the ICUs is more compromised in Negrín, where the limit of patients from other waves has been exceeded. Different covid outbreaks have been reported in these two centers. One of them has occurred on the fourth floor of the Negrín, Hematology, and affects 9 patients. Four other outbreaks have occurred in the Insular hospital. In Tenerife, a new hospital outbreak has been reported on the first floor of the Hospital del Sur, affecting 5 people.

the curve grows

The number of cases reported in the Canary Islands stood at 2,102 this Monday and, although it represents a lower figure than the previous Monday (482 fewer), in terms of weekly infections, this figure corresponds to an increase of 26% compared to the week previous. In other words, in the last 7 days, 35,595 cases of coronavirus have been reported in the Canary Islands, 50% more than during the first week of January. It should be noted that on weekends, due to the lower number of tests carried out, there is a reduction in the reported cases.

The island with the most infections has been, for the second consecutive day, Gran Canaria, which has reported 1,190 cases of coronavirus. Tenerife follows with 538, the lowest figure on the island since December 14. Fuerteventura and Lanzarote report a similar number of infections (141 in the first and 172 in the second), but the situation in Lanzarote, in terms of reported cases, is worse than that of Fuerteventura. In Lanzarote, 2,752 infections have been registered in the last week, 62% more than in Fuerteventura (1,693). What's more, the spread of the virus in Lanzarote maintains an upward trend, while in Fuerteventura it is located on a plateau.

In 7 days, 35,595 cases of coronavirus have been reported, 50% more than during the first week of January


For their part, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro add less than 30 daily cases each, but their situation is uneven. La Palma adds 22 cases of new coronavirus, but drags 1,919 weekly and 17 hospitalizations, which is one of the highest income figures of the pandemic on the island. La Palma and El Hierro are in a different situation, although they add 14 and 25 cases, respectively, they have less than 300 weekly cases each.

In addition to the increase in infections, in the last hours, the death of ten people, between 64 and 96 years old, five men and five women, has been reported. Of the total deaths, five were recorded in Tenerife, four in Gran Canaria and one in La Palma. All the people had previous pathologies. In total, 73 deaths have been reported in the last week, of the 143 that have been registered in the month of January.

43% of children are vaccinated

The vaccination teams of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) have inoculated 59,431 doses of this vaccine to the pediatric population between 5 and 11 years of age, which means that 43.41% of that age group. In total, up to a total of 3,987,564 doses of vaccines against this pathogen have been administered, which means that in the Archipelago there are already 1,808,150 people who have received at least one dose, which represents 86.2% of the target population.

In addition, until this Monday, 1,701,674 people had been immunized who had already received the complete vaccination schedule, which represents 81.12% of the target population, which only excludes children under 5 years of age.

At present, groups 1 to 7 (residents and healthcare and socio-healthcare staff in nursing homes; healthcare staff; large dependents and main caregivers; vulnerable people; groups with essential functions such as teachers and police officers and people with very high-risk conditions) and the 9 (population aged between 50 and 59 years that has already reached that percentage) are already vaccinated with two doses between 99.5 and 100%.

Of this total of doses administered, 615,903 correspond to booster doses against the coronavirus. Booster doses are indicated for people over 40 years of age; for those vaccinated with AstraZeneca, with Janssen (regardless of age); and for health personnel of Primary and Hospital Care; health and social workers in public and private centers for the elderly and disabled; people hospitalized in disability care centers, patients with high-risk conditions and those receiving treatment with immunosuppressive drugs.


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