Canary Islands weekly update: El Hierro moves to Alert Level 3

Published on January 21, 2022
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It was just announced today, January 20th, that El Hierro will move to Alert Level 3, while the other islands will remain at their current levels. 

The change in alert level in El Hierro will come into force at 00:00 on Monday, January 24.

In regards to the rest of the islands, Tenerife continues at alert level 4, Gran Canaria and La Palma will move to alert level 4 this Saturday in accordance with the anticipated change announced on Tuesday; Fuerteventura and Lanzarote (with La Graciosa also included) remain at level 3; and La Gomera, at level 2.

This means that currently, the alert levels in the Canary Islands are the following:

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

In the Autonomous Community as a whole, between January 11 and January 17, 32,636 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 11.1% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week.

The AI ​​rate at 7 days in the Canary Islands increased by 11.1%, so that, from a weekly average of 1,350.4 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it rose to 1,499.9 cases this week. The greatest increase is observed in El Hierro, but all the islands are at a very high-risk level.

Healthcare indicators

Regarding care indicators, the daily average number of occupied conventional hospital beds increased by 35.2% compared to the previous week and it's at high risk. The percentage of occupation in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and La Palma are at a very high risk level; in Fuerteventura and Lanzarote at medium risk; and in La Gomera and El Hierro at low risk.

The number of occupied ICU beds maintains an upward trend, increasing by 16.7% compared to the previous evaluation. The percentage of occupation in the whole archipelago is 20.9%., with Tenerife and Gran Canaria considered to be at very high-risk level.

The median age of the total number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 30 days is 70 years and 63 years for those admitted to the ICU. 45.6% of people admitted to critical care units diagnosed during the last 30 days had not received the complete vaccination schedule.

78.7% of people admitted for COVID and diagnosed in the last 30 days had no previous pathologies. This percentage increases in unvaccinated patients, in whom 87.7% had no other known pathologies.


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