Canary Islands update: Lanzarote and El Hierro move up to Alert Level 2

Published on December 29, 2021
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The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands updated today, December 29, the health alert levels: El Hierro and Lanzarote (including also La Graciosa) move to Alert Level 2, while the rest of the islands stay at their current alert levels.

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

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

The change in level in El Hierro and Lanzarote is caused by the considerable increase in new daily cases impacting the population aged 65 and over and it will come into effect at 00:00 next Saturday, January 1 (on Friday night to Saturday).

The islands of Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura, according to the report of the General Directorate of Public Health, remain at alert level 3 after analyzing the indicators based on the new criteria established by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.

It should be taken into account that the indicators for the risk assessment and alert levels of COVID-19 transmission were modified at the end of November by the Ministry of Health given the current context of high vaccination coverage and the decrease in severity and lethality among infected cases.

Total data

In the entire territory of the Canary Islands Autonomous Community, between December 21 and 27, 18,234 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, representing an increase of 76.3% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the last week.

76.3% Increase in Accumulated Incidence at 7 days

The 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands as a whole increased by 76.3%, so that, from a weekly average of 475.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 837.9 cases this week. The biggest increase is observed in Gran Canaria this week. All the islands are at a very high risk level, except for La Palma, which is at a high risk level.

Likewise, 7-day AI in people over 65 is considered as very high risk on all the islands, except for La Palma, which is at high risk.

The 14-day AI rate increases in the whole Autonomous Community.

ICU occupation in Tenerife, Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura at medium risk

The number of occupied ICU beds maintains the upward trend that began five weeks ago, increasing by 7.1% compared to the previous week.

In the Autonomous Community as a whole, it has gone from an average of 63 ICU beds occupied two weeks ago to 68 in the last week, with an occupancy percentage of 13.6% and it's considered as medium risk.

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