Canary Islands update: Fuerteventura moves up to Level 3 and Lanzarote goes down to Level 1

Published on December 02, 2021
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The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands updated today, December 2nd, the health alert levels, with consolidated data as of December 1: Fuerteventura moves up at level 3, while Lanzarote goes down to level 1 (including La Graciosa). 

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

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

The rest of the islands in the archipelago remain at the same alert level, which means that currently all the Canary Islands are placed at alert level 1, with the exception of Fuerteventura, which is at alert level 3. 

The change in level in Fuerteventura comes into effect at 00:00 on Monday the 6th, being subject to periodic revaluations, even before the date indicated if necessary.

In the entire territory of the Autonomous Community, between November 23 and 29, 2,141 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 26.2% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week, when 1,696 cases were registered.

The average 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands as a whole and by islands increased by around 21.2%, so, from a daily average of 81.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 98,4 cases in this last week. The greatest rise is observed on the island of Fuerteventura, although the increasing trend is visible in general in all the archipelago.

All the islands are considered as medium risk level, except for Fuerteventura, which is seen as high-risk level, while La Gomera and El Hierro are considered as low and very low-risk level. 

The daily average AI rate at 14 days increases to a greater or lesser extent in all the islands and, therefore, in the Canary Islands archipelago as a whole, and rises to high risk. Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote are at a high-risk level; Tenerife, La Gomera and La Palma are at medium risk and El Hierro is in controlled circulation. 

Change in indicators for risk assessment 

The report details in regards to the islands of Tenerife and Gran Canaria, that both islands are still at alert level 1, since on November 23 the Public Health Commission approved the document of Indicators for risk assessment and alert levels transmission of COVID, which modifies upwards the thresholds for some of the indicators related to the spread of the virus in the community, and gives greater prominence to block II of indicators, related to healthcare pressure.

In this way, although for the last 4 weeks both islands have experienced a constant and progressive increase in all the indicators of both blocks, they do not exceed the thresholds established for block II in that document.

Therefore, although Gran Canaria and Tenerife are the islands that would be closest to a level increase, they do not yet meet the criteria for this and the data indicates that both may continue at alert level 1, although they point to a level increase in the next evaluation if the upward trend of the indicators continues.


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