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The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands announced today, January 13th, that all the Canary Islands will maintain their current alert levels.
This means that currently, the alert levels in the Canary Islands are the following:
The only Canary Island placed at Alert level 4, which is the maximum alert level in the archipelago, is Tenerife, although there were speculations that Gran Canaria could also move to level 4 this week.
La Gomera and El Hierro are the only islands still at level 2, while the rest, Lanzarote (including La Graciosa), Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria stay at level 3, so nothing changes in terms of measures and restrictions.
In the Autonomous Community as a whole, between January 4 and January 10, 29,384 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 12.7% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week.
The 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands increased by 12.7%, so that, from a weekly average of 1,198.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 1,350.4 cases this week. The greatest rise is observed in Fuerteventura, but all the islands are at a very high-risk level in this regard.
Regarding the healthcare indicators, the daily average of occupied conventional hospital beds increased by 39.4% compared to the previous week and is at high risk, with an average of 570 occupied beds. The percentage of occupation in Tenerife is at a very high-risk level; in Gran Canaria at high risk; in La Palma at medium risk; in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at low risk.
The number of occupied ICU beds maintains an upward trend, increasing by 9.6% compared to the previous evaluation.
In the Canary Islands as a whole, it has gone from an average of 83 ICU beds occupied two weeks ago to 91 in the last week, with an occupancy percentage of 18.1% and it continues to be at high risk. Tenerife remains at a very high-risk level; Gran Canaria at a high-risk level; Fuerteventura at a medium risk level; La Palma at low-risk level.
Situation in Gran Canaria
The island of Gran Canaria remains at alert level 3, although the report warns of the need to continue to closely monitor the evolution of block II indicators and the overall occupancy of critical units in public hospitals in the coming days for if they reached levels of very high impact of the pandemic at the hospital level, as indicated by current trends.
Gran Canaria has presented all block I indicators at a very high-risk level for weeks and the block II indicators have progressively risen, placing the occupancy percentage of ICU beds at a high risk level for more than 15 days. The occupancy of conventional beds has risen to a high risk level since January 9 (10.6%) and, in ICUs, it has been at high risk and relatively stable at around 18% for more than 10 days.