All the Canary Islands remain at Level 1 for another week

Published on October 28, 2021
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The Ministry of Health announced today, Thursday, October 28, that all the Canary Islands will remain at alert level 1 for another week, although the cumulative incidence at 7 days increased by 46.3% compared to the previous week.

Even though all the islands remain at level 1, Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Lanzarote are now considered at medium risk level, La Gomera at a low level, La Palma and El Hierro at a very low-risk level, while Fuerteventura has oscillated between medium and low level.

In the Autonomous Community as a whole, between October 20 and 26, 580 new cases of COVID-19 have been notified, which represents an increase of around 41.1% in the daily average of notified cases in relation to the week before (from October 13 to 19, in which 411 cases were registered).

Given this increase in weekly cases, the Ministry of Health insists on the importance of maintaining preventive measures for the use of the mask in closed spaces, hand hygiene and interpersonal distance to avoid risks of transmission of COVID-19.

Taking into account this increase in cases, during the last week, the average 7 day incidence rate in the Canary Islands archipelago increased by around 46.3% compared to the previous week. 

The daily average 14-day incidence rate increased by 19%, although it continues to be at low risk. 

Healthcare indicators

In this regard, all the islands are at very low risk in terms of the occupation of both conventional and ICU beds. The daily average of conventional beds occupied by COVID-19 patients decreased by around 22.8% compared to the previous week, with an average of 78 beds occupied each day compared to 101 the previous week.

ICU bed occupancy

Regarding the number of occupied ICU beds, the decline that began 2 months ago continues and consolidates and all the islands continue to have a very low risk of ICU bed occupancy. In the Community as a whole, it has gone from an average of 21 ICU beds occupied two weeks ago to 18 in the last week.

The median age of all people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 14 days is 62.5 years, an increase of one year compared to the previous assessment.

Cumulative incidence in unvaccinated people

The cumulative incidence rate of COVID-19 cases in the last week is 2.9 times higher in the population that has not received any dose of vaccine compared to the rate in the population that has received the full vaccination scheme. Also, 75% of the people admitted to the ICU in the last two weeks did not have a complete vaccination scheme.

Current Alert Levels in the Canary Islands:

  • Alert Level 1: Tenerife, Gran Canaria, El Hierro, La Gomera, Lanzarote, La Palma, Fuerteventura
  • Alert Level 2: -
  • Alert Level 3: -
  • Alert Level 4: -

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