In these five months the panorama has radically changed. At the beginning of December, the shadow of the virus entered several residences in Tenerife, which in no way was able to reduce its infections. In its wake it left several dozen deaths and thousands of affected. Christmas began with more mental exhaustion than ever, but also with the hope of the first vaccine that arrived on the Islands and that was inoculated on December 27. Five months later, four types of vaccines are being provided in the Archipelago, and more than 80% of the population at risk has been vaccinated, which has caused hospitalizations for coronavirus in those age groups – the most prone to death – have dropped dramatically.
Loses strength in the capital
The data show that the virus is also losing ground in Tenerife and Gran Canaria, the most affected by the pandemic. Yesterday, Tenerife added 39 new cases of coronavirus, the lowest number since the beginning of February. With this figure, the island consolidates its downward trend by accumulating 8% fewer cases than in the previous week. Specifically, a week ago, Tenerife had accumulated 541 per week, while at the moment it adds up to 498 in 7 days. This has allowed the accumulated incidence on the island to drop to 52.1 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, close to the optimal threshold for considering it a safe destination (50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants). Gran Canaria, for its part, also maintains its decline, although it is more stable. The island added 38 cases of coronavirus, which means that it accumulated 303, 6.1% less than the previous week (323).
An outbreak in Lanzarote
Lanzarote follows in the wake of these two islands by accumulating, during these days, more cases than usual. It is due to an outbreak in the sports field notified last Wednesday. Yesterday, the island added 20 new cases, bringing this week’s numbers to 94. The island’s team of trackers are doing the necessary investigations to prevent the virus from continuing to spread through family and friends. of those affected. Lanzarote was yesterday the only island in which the incidence of coronavirus increased within a week, reaching above the optimal threshold of 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the rest of the islands, the affectation by the virus is more residual. Thus, only Fuerteventura accumulated new cases (2), while La Gomera, La Palma and El Hierro did not report new cases.
However, and against this trend, yesterday the number of hospitalized in the Canary Islands increased. Specifically, five people were admitted to one of the Canarian hospitals critically, bringing the number of hospitalized people to 325. This number, however, remains one of the lowest in the last two weeks, given that in mid-April the maximum number of hospitalized patients reached over 400. Tenerife is the island that accumulates the most patients admitted (61% of the total in the Archipelago). Specifically, it has 200 hospitalized people (1 more than the day before), of which 35 are in the ICU. For its part, Gran Canaria has 118 people admitted to its hospitals, of which 34 are in the critical care unit. The island added four new hospital admissions yesterday. In Lanzarote there are three people hospitalized, and another four are divided equally between Fuerteventura and La Palma.
Two women die
Yesterday the death of two women was notified: one of 94 years in Tenerife and another of 66 in Gran Canaria. Both had previous pathologies and were associated with individual family outbreaks. Since the pandemic began, 741 people have died throughout the Canary Islands. Of these, 411, that is, more than half (55%) have done so in Tenerife. Another 258 have died in Gran Canaria, followed by Lanzarote with 48, Fuerteventura with 13, La Palma with 6, El Hierro with 4 and La Gomera with 1. The profile of the deceased in the Canary Islands is that of a man older than 70 years with pathologies previous that can lead to complications when suffering from Covid-19.