The sixth wave slows down due to the lower number of tests performed

The growth of the epidemic curve has slowed down in the Islands due to the lower number of diagnostic tests carried out. This week the number of positives it is only 12% higher than the previous week. An unheard of percentage in this sixth wave, given that the growth of the curve has been exponential (a growth greater than 100%) since the days before Christmas.

Gran Canaria has suffered a slowdown in its growth speed which, having stood at 118% in the previous week, this Thursday fell to 23%. In Tenerife, the curve is even decreasing, with the cases found during this week (11,997) being 6% less than the previous week (12,807).

However, this reduction in cases has its origin in a decrease in diagnostic tests carried out by the Canary Islands Health Service (SCS) and not in a true turnaround in the epidemic wave. And it is that, since January 31, the health services of the islands with the highest health saturation, have the possibility of carrying out fewer diagnostic tests in order to alleviate the care burden. This new protocol for periods of high incidence prioritizes vulnerable people and those suffering from severe covid, which means that mild cases would remain undiagnosed, at least through public health.

However, on an individual basis, the person can perform an antigen test and communicate it to their doctor to be registered as such. The implementation of this protocol is already noticeable in the Archipelago, which has gone from performing an average of 20,000 daily tests to doing 16,000 a day, that is, 20% less. This Thursday, 16,669 were carried out specifically.

Despite this, the number of infected continues to grow, as does the sanitary saturation that is not alleviating and that threatens to worsen in the coming weeks. The Canary Islands registered this Thursday, for the second consecutive day, more than 5,000 cases. LThe concrete figure was 5,088 positive in covid, of which 2,338 were registered in Tenerife, 1,782 in Gran Canaria, 392 in Lanzarote, 251 in La Palma, 246 in Fuerteventura, 47 in El Hierro and 35 in La Gomera. The epidemiologist Amos García Rojas places the "stabilization" of the curve at the end of January.

And although this new regulation can alleviate the hospital pressure in Primary, and in the Emergencies, the one that hospitals suffer is every day greater. With 58,591 active cases in the Archipelago, 490 people are in hospital admission on the Islands (3 more than the previous day). The pressure in the critical care units has remained practically unchanged for a week - it has been found in 60 patients - however, with regard to hospital admissions, there are more every day, reaching 430 this Thursday. This figure is not the highest in the pandemic, but it does exceed the number of hospitalized in the first four waves. The fifth wave continues to be the one that registered the most patients on the ward, a total of 490.

To this is added that the Canary Islands have begun the year 2022 adding an average of six deaths with daily covid. Since the beginning of the year, the Archipelago has reported the death of 38 people, 6 of them this Thursday, during the celebration of Kings. Five of these deaths have been reported on the island of Tenerife and one on Gran Canaria. Tenerife continues to be the island most affected by the sixth wave of coronavirus starring omicron, having registered 24 deaths since the beginning of the year, that is, 63% of the total.

In this context, the Government of the Canary Islands has convened an extraordinary council for this Friday, where it intends to analyze the epidemiological situation and update the levels of the covid traffic light.


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