Zero patients are escaping the control of tracking on the island of Tenerife that, despite having the same number of troops per inhabitant as Gran Canaria, its traceability capacity with respect to its neighboring island has diminished. The difference between the two is not too important, since the tracking capacity in Tenerife is 71.7% and in Gran Canaria 75%, however, the Public Health Directorate believes that this situation may be contributing, along with other specificities geographical and demographic conditions of the island, to the hitherto inexplicable increase in cases of coronavirus in Tenerife.
"There is nothing that allows us to say: this is the cause," said the spokesman for the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, after the Government Council held yesterday, the first in a long time in which all the councilors were present in person. In it, the Ministry of Health brought a report prepared by the Public Health Directorate to try to explain the causes that motivate the increase in cases on the island, which yesterday registered a total of 123, which brings the total to 684 weekly total, 33% more than the previous one. However, this document "does not lead to a conclusive result," as Pérez pointed out.
The report does indicate that there are other circumstances that together can motivate this trend which increasingly moves Tenerife away from the rest of the islands. One of them is tracking. "The outbreaks have the same origin on both islands (family and social) but in Tenerife it is a little less effective," Pérez stressed. The also Minister of Public Administrations, Justice and Security, insisted that part of this circumstance is due to the fact that the outbreaks in which young people are involved - which are the ones that are occurring the most - are usually more difficult to track them. "They tend to be less precise when it comes to remembering who they have been with," said Pérez, who appealed to the population, especially those in the age groups between 20 and 40, to record their contacts in such a way. more regular.
The dispersion of the Tenerife population may be another cause of this uneven growth trend. "The urban centers are scattered and that causes greater mobility," stated the government spokesman. The data confirms it. 51.42% of the outbreaks registered in Gran Canaria in the month of May had their index case in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, While the capital of Tenerife registered only 18.65% of the index cases of the outbreaks on the island of Tenerife and adding the population of La Laguna does not reach 38%. In Tenerife, 42% of the outbreaks started in municipalities in the southern area and all the municipalities of the island are affected, unlike in Gran Canaria where only 13 of the 21 municipalities have suffered the worst consequences of the spread of the coronavirus.
Among other reasons, the Ministry's report also highlights the number of disciplinary proceedings that have been carried out in Tenerife, which are double those of Gran Canaria (179 compared to 77), as well as the population difference between one island and another in what refers to those under 40, which are 50,000 more people.
They also rule out that the difference is due to lower tracking capacity, the speed of vaccination or the variants of the virus that have spread across the island. Regarding the latter, he assures that in Tenerife the alpha (or British) variant is the most frequent and is found in 90% of the cases. In Gran Canaria this same variant accounts for 70% but there are also cases of a priori more aggressive and contagious variants such as beta (South African), gamma (Brazilian) and delta (India).
Despite whate in Tenerife, the young population - which has not yet been vaccinated - is the one that is increasing the number of cases of coronavirus on the island, the Canary Islands Government He does not believe that this is a reason to apply preventive control measures on other islands. This is how he referred to the opening of discos today in the islands at level 1, among which is Gran Canaria. "We do not consider it to be an additional danger," said Pérez, who however admitted that the relaxation of measures always "causes some concern" among members of the Government to know if it will be "excessive." "It has not been so far," insisted the counselor, who recalled that most of the islands are in a trend of continued decline in cases. For example, Gran Canaria added 28 cases yesterday, thus recovering its decreasing trend. Specifically, this week has added a total of 193 cases, which is 8% less than the previous one. The Government of the Canary Islands has decided not to impose new restriction rules on the island, although it has promised to carry out a more detailed geographical territorial analysis, improve tracking information as well as reinforce surveillance, inspection and sanction. On the other hand, he has asked the population for a greater commitment to comply with current regulations.