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Health officials reveal latest coronavirus outbreaks in Canaries 

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands  notified 106 new cases of coronavirus COVID-19 as at May 19th. The total number of accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 55,004 with 2,133 active, of which 49 are admitted to the ICU and 234 remain hospitalised. The deaths of a 77-year-old man in Tenerife and a 76-year-old woman in Gran Canaria have been reported. Both were associated with individual family outbreaks, suffered from previous pathologies and remained in hospital admission.

The accumulated incidence at seven days in the Canary Islands stands at 39.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and at 14 days at 79.41 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.By islands, Tenerife added 46 cases with a total of 23,980 accumulated cases and 1,316 epidemiologically active cases; Gran Canaria has 22,289 accumulated cases, 42 more than the previous day and 536 active. Lanzarote adds 15 new cases with 5,299 accumulated and 239 epidemiologically active; Fuerteventura has 2,286 accumulated cases with one more than the previous day and 24 active. La Palma adds a new case and has 545 accumulated and eight active cases; La Gomera also adds a new case, so its accumulated are 371 and its assets are eight. For its part, El Hierro without new cases, maintains its accumulated at 233 and two assets.

To date, a total of 1,104,283 PCR tests have been carried out in the Islands, of which 3,920 correspond to May 28th.

The Canary Islands registered 67 new outbreaks in a week with 374 cases, of which 33 have occurred in Tenerife, 23 in Gran Canaria, nine in Lanzarote, one in Fuerteventura and one in El Hierro. By area in which they have occurred, it should be noted that 26 are social outbreaks, 24 family, nine work, five educational, two of socially vulnerable groups and one sports.In general, all outbreaks have less than ten associated cases except for five outbreaks, among which a social / family one stands out with 13 affected people and another sports one with family branching with 11 cases, both in Gran Canaria, and another two in Tenerife, an educational one with a family branch with 12 cases and a social / family one with 11 affected.

It should also be noted that the majority of outbreaks this week are social, followed by family members produced among non-cohabitants with various addresses associated with each outbreak.

Regarding the labour outbreaks, it is necessary to highlight three in Tenerife, one with seven cases detected in a company in the construction sector, another with six affected people linked to an office and another with five cases reported in a transport company. There is also another labour outbreak with six cases produced in a restaurant establishment in Gran Canaria.

Of the five educational outbreaks, all with family branches, four have occurred in Tenerife and affect 12, 10, 10 and three people, and another in El Hierro with seven associated cases.

As for the sports outbreak reported in Gran Canaria, linked to a soccer team, it affects 11 people, of which seven are club members and the rest are family members.27 old outbreaks are also being followed, some of which have grown in number of cases. Thus, a sports outbreak in Lanzarote already affects 136 people, another work in Gran Canaria already has 28 associated cases, a family outbreak in Tenerife affects 27 people and another social, also in Tenerife, already has 25 associated cases.

In addition, the Ministry of Health notifies an outbreak of COVID-19 of educational origin with family branches, in a class of a Vocational Training centre in La Palma, with six people affected: four students and two relatives. All cases are in isolation and the protocol for the localization of close contacts has been activated.

These cases will go up to Grafcan’s statistics once they are validated by Public Health.