The escalation of infections brings Gran Canaria back to level 3

Just over two weeks ago, Gran Canaria had only 12 cases in one day and until eight days ago it remained below a hundred infections in 24 hours. The explosive increase in the number of infections has raised all the alarms, although of the eight epidemiological indicators, the island only has a very high risk of AI at 7 days in level, which reaches 128.23 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; and the AI ​​at 14 days is at 192.28 points, at high risk. The parameters that measure hospital pressure are at low risk -in the case of plant beds- and at minimal risk -intensive care places-.

The Governing Council will analyze these indicators today to review the alert levels and will announce if Gran Canaria continues at level 2 or restrictions increase, in order to control the spread of the virus. The level 3, to which Gran Canaria could climb and which now only affects Tenerife, social gatherings must be of four people (except cohabitants), the capacity of the spaces (swimming pools, gyms, wakes, work centers) is reduced and the premises must close between 11 pm and 6 am. The outdoor terraces must be at 50% of the capacity, only four people per table will be allowed; Service and stay inside is prohibited except for the use of toilets and food collection on the premises; Consumption in the bar is prohibited, as well as the buffet and self-service indoors, although it will be allowed outdoors. The establishment and the on-site pick-up service must be closed before 23:00.

In the last hours there has been the death of a 95-year-old woman in Tenerife, who suffered from previous pathologies and remained admitted to the hospital


According to the latest data published by the Ministry of Health, the Canary Islands accumulate 66,795 infections, of which 6,489 are still active. From them, 40 are admitted to the ICU, 260 remain hospitalized on the ward and the rest are in home isolation, under the close surveillance of the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS). In addition, in the last hours there has been the death of a 95-year-old woman in Tenerife, who suffered from previous pathologies and remained admitted to the hospital.

Age of those admitted

The population most affected by the virus in the fifth wave are those under 40 years of age. “Although young people tolerate the disease better, we have patients admitted with ages between 20 and 90 years,” says the Intensive Care Physician at the Hospital Universitario de Gran Canaria Doctor Negrín, Octavio Giménez, who assures that the profile of the hospitalized has changed, because younger people and vaccinated people reach them.

The reference center in the north of Gran Canaria does not plan to expand the beds for patients affected by SARS-CoV-2, something that it is managing at the Insular Hospital. Although, Giménez warns that in the coming days there will be an increase in the number of hospitalizations.

The intensivist points out that of the twenty people who remain hospitalized in his center, about six have the complete schedule of the vaccine against covid-19. “We do not know if these patients could have suffered a more serious condition if they had not been immunized, because most older people now have more controllable symptoms and do not suffer from such an aggressive infection,” says Giménez. Likewise, the specialist indicates that although young people affected by the virus usually experience the disease with mild or asymptomatic symptoms, can become a source of contagion for families. “We cannot trust ourselves, because even if their grandparents or parents are vaccinated, they can be infected,” he concludes.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the SCS has carried out a total of 1,695,006 diagnostic tests in the Islands, of which 7,949 correspond to Tuesday. In the Archipelago, the positivity rate of the tests to detect covid in the last week was 9%. An index that rises in islands such as La Gomera and Tenerife, where one in every hundred tests gives a positive result. The lowest figure in the Canary Islands is registered in Lanzarote, where only 3% of the tests carried out detect a contagion.

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