|Tuesday, January 18, 2022
You are here: Home » Daily News » Alert level rises to Fuerteventura
  • Follow Us!

Alert level rises to Fuerteventura 

The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands updated this Thursday the health alert levels after the epidemiological report of the General Directorate of Public Health.

Fuerteventura rises to level 3 whilst Lanzarote (which includes La Graciosa) goes down to alert level 1. Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro remain at level one.

The change in level in Fuerteventura comes into effect at 00.00 hours next Monday, the 6th, being subject to periodic revaluations, even before the date indicated if necessary.

In the entire territory of the Autonomous Community, between November 23 and 29, 2,141 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 26.2% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week, in which 1,696 cases were registered.

The average 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands as a whole and by islands increased by around 21.2%, so that, from a daily average of 81.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 98.4 cases in this last week. The greatest rise is observed on the island of Fuerteventura, although in general the increasing trend is maintained in the last week for this indicator. All the islands are at a medium risk level, except Fuerteventura, which is at a high risk level, while La Gomera and El Hierro are at a low and very low risk level.

The daily average 14-day AI rate increases to a greater or lesser extent in all the islands and, therefore, in the Autonomous Community as a whole, and rises to high risk. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are at a high risk level; Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma are at medium risk and El Hierro is in controlled circulation.

The evolution of the accumulated incidents responds to the general relaxation in the maintenance of non-pharmacological preventive measures (mask, physical distance, ventilation, hand washing) despite the fact that their efficacy has been amply demonstrated. Therefore, the Ministry of Health insists on the need to maintain preventive measures to avoid risks of transmission of COVID-19: use of a mask perfectly covering the nose and mouth when indicated, especially indoors; respect for social distance; maintain cross ventilation and hand hygiene.

Regarding healthcare indicators, the daily average of conventional hospital beds occupied during the last week by COVID-19 patients increased by 22.7% compared to the previous week, with an average of 173 beds occupied, although the percentage of occupancy It is at a low risk level on the islands, except on La Palma and El Hierro, which are at very low risk.

The number of occupied ICU beds maintains the upward trend that began three weeks ago, with an average in the Autonomous Community as a whole of 35 occupied beds in the last week, an occupancy percentage of 7% and low risk. Most of the islands continue to have a very low risk level in terms of ICU bed occupancy, except Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which are at low risk, and Fuerteventura, which are at high risk.

The median age of all people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 14 days is 65.5 years.

The report also details in the case of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, that both islands are at alert level 1, since on November 23 the Public Health Commission approved the document of Indicators for risk assessment and alert levels transmission of COVID, which modifies upwards the thresholds in the indicators of block I, related to the spread of the virus in the community, and gives greater prominence to block II of indicators, related to healthcare pressure.

In this way, although for 4 weeks both islands have experienced a constant and progressive increase in all the indicators of both blocks, especially block I, they do not exceed the thresholds established for block II in that document. Therefore, although Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the islands that would be closest to a level increase, they do not yet meet criteria for this and the data indicates that both may continue at alert level 1, although they point to a level increase in the next evaluation if the upward trend of the indicators continues.