One hundred more patients fill the hospitals of the Canary Islands this week. The healthcare pressure due to the covid is increasingly pressing in the Archipelago, and the hospitals yesterday reached a peak of admissions with 524 patients, the highest figure of the sixth wave.
Today's has been the one that has registered the greatest increase in hospitalizations in the last ten days, adding 34 hospitalizations in just 24 hours. Of these, 459 are admitted to the ward (29 more than the day before) and 65 to the ICU (five more). Thanks to vaccines, the percentage of covid patients who end up developing a critical form of the disease is much lower, but in this sixth wave, health workers are concerned about the great saturation of conventional beds.
According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health, this is the wave in which there has been a greater pressure on care from conventional beds occupied by covid patients. The situation of hospitals is worrisome because they only have 26% of their beds free, about 1,400 in the whole of the Canary Islands (of the 5,300 that are available).
Since January began, 44 deaths have been reported with the pathology
The hospital that is in a more precarious situation, in this sense, is the Hospital Universitario de Canarias (HUC), in Tenerife, because, despite having fewer covid patients, its free beds represent only 17.6% of your total. This sixth wave, in terms of pressure in the center, is being the worst since April 2020, and is close to becoming the most damaging since the lockdown.
The other hospital in Tenerife, La Candelaria, has the highest healthcare pressure in the entire Canary Islands, however, it still has 22% of its free space on the floor for possible contingencies. Nor is this center the worst wave of covid they have faced. The hospital suffered greater healthcare pressure in summer, both on the ward and in the ICU. In the current scenario, although the intensive care units are at acceptable levels, the number of patients in the ward is close to matching those of this fifth wave.
With regard to Gran Canaria, the hospital center that is in a worse situation is the Hospital Universitario Insular - Materno Infantil. His patients on the floor are already similar to those of past waves, although the figure is lower than the maximum peak he has had during this sixth wave. The Doctor Negrín University Hospital of Gran Canaria has a more favorable situation, but in recent weeks it has maintained a continuous increase in income.
This high healthcare pressure is in line with the deaths that are occurring in the Islands. Yesterday the death of six people had to be lamented: five women aged 60, 71, 72, 96 and 96 years old in Tenerife and a 91 year old man in Gran Canaria. All remained in hospital admission and, except for the male, who was associated with a social outbreak, the rest had previous pathologies. In total, since January began, 44 deaths with covid have been reported, a higher number than all those who died during October and November.
Yesterday 2,344 cases of coronavirus were diagnosed, which adds up to 23,985 this week. This figure is 2% less than in the previous week. The reduction in the detection of positive cases has to do with the decrease in tests carried out during Three Kings Day (7,152, less than half of those carried out normally), as well as the drop in tests as a result of the implementation of the new action protocol in periods of high incidence. The drop in the epidemic curve is greater in Tenerife, which adds 849 new positives and where the cases verified this week are 21% lower than the previous one. Gran Canaria for its part, although it does not reflect a drop in diagnosed cases, it does reflect a brake on the growth of its epidemic curve. The island has added 964 new cases and surpasses Tenerife for the second time in this sixth wave.
Regarding the rest of the islands, Lanzarote has added 261 new cases, Fuerteventura 220, La Gomera 23, El Hierro 16 and La Palma 10. All of them show a decline or stabilization of the incidence in recent days.
Only 26% of hospital beds in the Canary Islands are free to accept new patients
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Health keeps its vaccination campaign active to try to stop the spread of serious forms of the virus. In this last phase, vaccines are being inoculated mainly to reinforce those over 40, for the protection of the pediatric population and some first and second doses for the laggards. Since the beginning of the vaccination until now, 3,851,676 doses of vaccines against covid-19 have been inoculated. This means that 1,784,605 people in the Canary Islands have received at least one dose, which represents 85.08% of the target population in which boys and girls between 5 and 11 years old have been included. Of these, 47,042 doses have been destined for the pediatric population between 5 and 11 years of age, which means that 34.36% of this age group have already received the first dose. In addition, 1,692,817 people have been immunized with the complete vaccination schedule, which represents 80.70% of the target population of the Archipelago.
Of this total of administered doses, 514,049 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; socio-sanitary workers in public and private centers of the centers for the elderly and for the disabled; inmates in disability care centers, patients with high-risk conditions and those receiving treatment with immunosuppressive drugs.