Gran Canaria goes down to Alert Level 2 and Fuerteventura to Level 1

Published on April 29, 2021
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The Governing Council has decided that both Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria will go down one level, while Tenerife will remain on Alert Level 3 at least until next Tuesday, May 4, when the Ministry of Health will review its figures again, to check if it is already possible to switch to level to 2.

Tenerife continues for now at level 3; El Hierro, Lanzarote and La Graciosa, on level 2, and La Gomera and La Palma on level 1.

The Ministry of Health has agreed this Thursday, April 29, after the analysis of the epidemiological, to lower the alert level on the island of Gran Canaria to alert level 2 (it was at 3) and in the case of Fuerteventura, it was lowered to alert level 1 (it was at 2).

El Hierro, Lanzarote and La Graciosa remain at level 2, and La Palma and La Gomera, at level 1. In addition, the Governing Council has agreed that the Ministry of Health will review next Tuesday, May 4, the indicators of Tenerife, to check if it can change levels from 3 to 2.

In the case of the island of Tenerife, the indicators mark its permanence at level 3. However, the Governing Council held this Thursday has urged the Ministry of Health, through its General Directorate of Public Health, to a review next Tuesday, May 4, the epidemiological levels on the island, given the downward trend registered in recent days. 

Gran Canaria moves to alert level 2 and Fuerteventura goes to alert level 1

For Gran Canaria, the report includes that the AI ​​indicators at 7 and 14 days are at medium risk in the last 14 days, which indicates a certain stabilization of the risk of community transmission. Furthermore, the data suggest a downward trend, with an average of 53.3 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

However, the report states that this recommendation requires the collaboration of all citizens and institutions in complying with the safety measures, to avoid reversing this evolution and causing a rapid and uncontrollable increase in the number of cases.

In regards to Fuerteventura, a favorable trend is also confirmed in the indicators, which position it at alert level 1. The rates of AI at 7 and 14 days have remained at risk of medium transmission in the last two weeks and people aged 65 and over years have declined to low-risk levels. However, the report states that it will be necessary to exercise close vigilance in certain tourist centers where there has been repeated non-compliance with prevention measures, which could become potential sources of transmission.

In the case of Lanzarote, the 7-day AI rate in this period is 48.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and it is proposed that it remain at alert level 2. The island of El Hierro also remains at this level, since in the last week there have been 18 new cases, with a total of 46 for the period analyzed, although since the 22nd the number of diagnoses in people aged 65 and over has fallen. This implies that the 7-day AI rates have been decreasing in recent days, but remaining at very high risks, not the case for those aged 65 and over, which has fallen solidly, according to the same report.

The island of La Palma, with 36 new cases in the last two weeks, presents a 7-day AI rate of 12.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, which is equivalent to low risk, although, in the last two days, in which there have been diagnosed 20 cases, so the rate has risen to medium. There are only two people admitted to the ICU. It is proposed that it remain at level 1. In the case of La Gomera, with two new cases, it presents an incidence that indicates a minimal risk of community transmission and remains at level 1.

Current Alert Levels in the Canary Islands:

  • Alert Level 1: La Palma, La Gomera y Fuerteventura.
  • Alert Level 2: El Hierro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote y La Graciosa.
  • Alert Level 3: Tenerife. 


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