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The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands updated today, January 7th, the health alert levels: Tenerife moves to Alert Level 4 (the highest alert level, with most restrictions), while Lanzarote and La Palma move to Alert Level 3.
This means that currently, the alert levels in the Canary Islands are the following:
The level changes in Tenerife, Lanzarote and La Palma come into effect at 00:00 next Monday, January 10 (at night from Sunday to Monday), being subject to periodic evaluations.
The Minister of Health has indicated that the number of new cases has increased in the Canary Islands during the last week by 46% and the positivity rate is 25.5%.
Tenerife has a positivity rate of 28%, which is higher than that of the archipelago, and the occupancy rate of ICU beds is at 26% currently, which is higher than that of Gran Canaria, which is why it was decided that the island will now move to Alert Level 4.
Lanzarote and La Palma go to level 3 because they are currently in a situation of high transmission risk, due to a very abrupt worsening of the epidemiological situation with an exponential increase in the Accumulated Incidence at 7 days in both islands in the last week.
The island of Gran Canaria remains at alert level 3 although the evolution of healthcare indicators will continue to be closely observed, in case the hospital occupancy reaches very high impact levels in the coming days.
It was also announced that the restrictions for Level 4 will undergo a series of new modifications, keeping in mind that the islands now have a high vaccination rate, so the situation is different and this factor will be taken into account.
The daily average of occupied conventional hospital beds increased by 40.5% compared to the previous week and remained at medium risk, with an average of 399 occupied beds. The percentage of occupancy in Tenerife is at a high-risk level; in Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura at medium risk; in Lanzarote, La Palma and La Gomera at low risk; and in El Hierro in controlled circulation.