October 26, 2020

The rate of infections is reduced to a third in two weeks


The rate of infections is reduced to a third in two weeks

The last 15 days have been crucial to stabilize the advance of the virus in the Canary Islands. After reaching the record of daily infections on September 4, with the detection of 386 cases, the Archipelago has managed to stabilize and bend the epidemiological curve of the second wave. Two weeks ago the growth rate of the number of positives stood at 4.4% and now it is 1.5%, so the speed at which SARS-CoV-2 is expanding in the Islands has been reduced to a third party. The peak of infections occurred just one week after the Government of the Canary Islands imposed the most restrictive containment measures in Gran Canaria, Lanzarote and El Hierro after the end of the state of alarm. The data indicate that the regulations have had a positive effect, although the Ministry of Health highlights the importance of maintaining preventive measures despite the fact that Covid-19 is in the stabilization phase.

In the last 24 hours, the autonomous community has registered 179 new positives for Covid-19, so the accumulated number of infections rises to 11,932, of which 4,850 have already been discharged. In addition, the death of two people has been confirmed in the Gran Canaria Maternal and Child Insular Hospital Complex. They are an 88-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man, both with previous serious pathologies and unrelated to any outbreak. In this way, the number of people who have lost their lives in the fight against the virus in the Canary Islands rises to 214. Since the beginning of the health crisis, a total of 324,777 PCR tests have been carried out in the Archipelago.

According to the data provided yesterday by the Ministry of Health, 106 new positives were registered in Gran Canaria, 51 in Tenerife, 16 in Lanzarote, five in Fuerteventura and one in La Gomera, while in La Palma and El Hierro no new ones have been confirmed contagions. The number of active cases in the Archipelago amounts to 6,868. Of these, 205 are hospitalized in the ward and 56 in the intensive care units (ICU). The island that supports the greatest hospital pressure is Gran Canaria, where there are 35 people in the ICU and 149 in the ward. The rest of the infected –6,607– remain isolated in their homes under medical surveillance. Gran Canaria maintains 4,833 active cases; Tenerife, 1,542; Lanzarote, 326; Fuerteventura, 135; La Palma, thirteen; El Hierro, seven and La Gomera, twelve.

The president of the Cabildo de Lanzarote, María Dolores Corujo, yesterday showed her “prudent satisfaction” with the evolution of the data of the pandemic on the island, which has gone from 163.5 new cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 53.8 in the last seven days. In this way, the downward trend of the accumulated incidence is confirmed, something that the data of the last days already pointed out.

The Complejo Hospitalario de Canarias (HUC) participates in a national multicenter clinical trial to develop a therapy to treat Covid-19. It consists of infusing plasma from donors who have passed the disease to seriously ill patients requiring admission to the ICU. The antibodies present would act against the virus, in order to reduce the severity of infected patients. This study, carried out by the Intensive Medicine and Hematology services of the HUC, requires plasma donors who have overcome the coronavirus infection, who are between 18 and 65 years old, who are in good health and, in the case of women, who have no previous gestational history or abortions.

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