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The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands updated today, December 16, the health alert levels: Tenerife and Gran Canaria both move to Alert Level 3, La Palma moves to Alert Level 2, while the other islands will maintain their current alert levels.
This means that currently, the alert levels in the Canary Islands are the following:
The rest of the islands in the archipelago remain at the same alert level, meaning that Fuerteventura stays at level 3 and El Hierro, La Gomera and Lanzarote and La Graciosa are the only Canary Islands that remain at level 1.
The change in alert levels will come into effect at 00:00 on Saturday, December 18th.
It was also announced that the Government will request judicial ratification of the presentation of the Covid-19 certificate in order to make it mandatory and not voluntary way as it was until now. The Ministry of Health will have to send a report to the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands arguing the request with the aim of accepting the obligation, just as it has been approved in other autonomous communities, given the increase in new cases.
The rapid increase in the Accumulated Incidence (AI) at 7 days and in the population over 65 years of age in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, together with a greater occupation of ICU beds, is the reason why the Government has proposed that both islands move to level 3 alert.
In the entire territory of the Autonomous Community, between December 7 and 13, 3,616 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of 43.7% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week.
43.8% increase in Accumulated Incidence at 7 days
The 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands as a whole increased by 43.8%, so that, from a weekly average of 115.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 166.2 cases this week. The highest rise is observed on the island of Tenerife. Most of the islands are at a medium risk level, except Tenerife and Gran Canaria, which are at a high risk level, and Fuerteventura at a very high risk level. The 7-day AI in people over 65 is at high risk in Gran Canaria and Tenerife; very high in Fuerteventura; at medium risk in Lanzarote, La Palma and La Gomera, and in controlled circulation in El Hierro.