Tenerife drops to level 2 Covid alert after decreases in cases
Tenerife’s coronavirus alert has dropped in level after an improvement in its epidemiological indicators.The traffic light will come into effect at midnight this Friday, September 17, with the following levels: Fuerteventura, level 3; Gran Canaria and Tenerife, level 2; Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro, level 1. The island of Fuerteventura is the only one whose epidemiological indicators have risen and are currently at high risk.
The Public Health department says the Governing Council analysis this week reflects the sustained drop in incidence accumulated in recent weeks. Specifically, in the Autonomous Community as a whole and during the days of September 8 to 14, 759 cases have been reported, which represents a decrease in the daily average of the number of reported cases of around 16% in relation to the previous week (September 1-7, in which 899 cases were reported). It is observed that all the islands have followed this pattern, with Tenerife registering the greatest decrease, around 28.6 percent, going from an average of 56 cases reported daily two weeks ago to an average of 40 cases in the last week .
The average 7-day Accumulated Incidence rate (AI) in the Autonomous Community and its islands as a whole decreases by around 22 percent compared to the previous week, a figure similar to the last evaluation and in accordance with the decrease in the number of cases, which corroborates the downward evolution of this indicator.
The greatest decrease in this indicator is observed in Tenerife, although, in general, the trend is decreasing in the last 15 days in all the islands, except Fuerteventura, which has an average 7-day IA rate of 63.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants goes to 77.9, being the only island with a high risk level for this indicator. The decrease in the same AI places Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote, at a medium risk level, and La Palma and La Gomera, at a very low risk level.
Regarding the epidemiological data of the island of Fuerteventura, the report of the General Directorate of Public Health remarks that the island “continues with the slightly erratic behavior of the transmission indicators”. The number of cases during the last two weeks is fluctuating and does not show a definite trend.On that island, the 7-day AI rate is at high risk for the last four days and is the highest in the Archipelago, with an average value in the last week of 78 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and an increase of 22% compared to the previous week, 14 points more in the value of the rate. Yesterday it was 82.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The 14-day AI rate has been at high risk for two days in Fuerteventura, after having dropped to medium risk on September 4. The rate of positives against diagnostic tests is quite high, with 8.11%, and is situated in the medium risk. It is the highest rate in the Canary Islands. Despite the fact that hospital pressure has decreased in the last four days, the General Directorate of Public Health remarks that “there is community transmission.
“In Fuerteventura, the impact on ICUs and beds has been decreasing. In this sense, the report highlights that “it must be taken into account that 59% of the population is 45 years old or younger, which reduces the probability of being admitted, but does not prevent the infection from reaching groups of most vulnerable population if transmission continues to rise “.
Puerto del Rosario is the only municipality in the Community with a 7-day AI rate at very high risk and with a total of 54 new cases this week, when 27 more have been reported than the previous one; that is, 58% of the total for the island in the last week. La Oliva is the next municipality in number of cases. For the calculation of the rate indicators, the people arriving on the island by boat are not taken into account. The percentage of tourists among the confirmed contagious is similar to that of the rest of the islands.
The data indicate that there is community transmission and the incidence rate does not follow the descending pattern of the rest of the islands. For this reason, technicians have recommended that the island remain at the current alert level 3, hoping that these indicators may improve in the coming weeks.14 days lower by communities.
The Canary Islands presents the third lowest rate of AI at 14 days in Spain, after Asturias, with 13.35 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the Valencian Community. In addition, the Canary Islands is the sixth in the AI to 7 days. If the percentage of occupied conventional beds and ICU beds is observed, the Canary Islands is situated in the Spanish average (3.74% and 12.41%, respectively).
The number of daily deaths decreased compared to last week, with 27 deaths registered in the last week, 20 of them in Tenerife, five in Gran Canaria, one in Fuerteventura and another in La Palma.The number of conventional beds occupied by COVID-19 patients continues to decline in all the islands and in the Autonomous Community as a whole, where it has gone from a daily average of 191 occupied beds to 165.The number of occupied ICU beds consolidates the decline that began two weeks ago. In the Community as a whole, it has gone from an average of 74 ICU beds occupied two weeks ago to 65 in the last week. In Tenerife, the decline is 11 beds on average, the highest among the islands, although it is still at high risk. In Gran Canaria, the occupancy of four more beds compared to the previous week translates into 11.6% occupancy, an average risk, somewhat higher than the previous week. In Fuerteventura, the number of patients in the critical care unit has fallen and has entered very low risk, where La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro are also found, while Lanzarote is at low risk.The median age of the total number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 14 days is 72 years, increasing with respect to the previous evaluation (50 years). The average age of people admitted to the ICU in the last 15 days is 61 years, two years more than last week.
Vaccination and reported cases
Regarding the vaccination situation of those affected by COVID-19, of the 100 people admitted to conventional beds in the last two weeks, 48% were unimmunised. 69% of the people admitted to critical care units were unimmunised.
Vaccination and previous pathologies
56.1% of the people admitted for COVID and diagnosed in the last 14 days had no previous pathologies. This percentage increases even more in unvaccinated patients, in whom 73.7% had no other known pathologies. If the risk of infection by SARS-CoV-2 is analyzed using the AI rate at 7 days, it is observed that the risk of infection is 4 times higher in the population that has not received any dose of vaccine compared to the one that has received the complete guideline. That is, the 7-day AI in the Canary Islands is 36.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while the 7-day AI rate in the unvaccinated population is high risk, with 76.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; in people vaccinated with the complete regimen, low to 19.5, low risk.