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The Ministry of Health announced today, Thursday, November 18, that the island of Lanzarote will go back to Alert level 2, while the rest of the islands will maintain their current alert levels for one more week.
Lanzarote (as well as La Graciosa) is the only island in the Canaries that changes its alert level this week, while the rest of the islands will continue for another week at the alert level they had: Fuerteventura at level 2 and Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro on level 1, which is identified with the "green traffic light".
The change in the alert level of Lanzarote will go into effect at 00:00 on Monday, November 22nd.
The average 7-day AI rate in the Canary Islands as a whole and by islands increased by around 60.6%, so, from a daily average of 31.2 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 50,1 cases in this last week. The greatest rise is observed on the island of Lanzarote and all the islands are now considered as being at medium risk level, except for Fuerteventura, which is at a high-risk level and La Palma, which remains at a low level.
The daily average 14-day AI rate has increased to more or less across all the islands, so that the entire Canary Islands archipelago remains at medium risk, except for Fuerteventura, which is placed at high risk, and El Hierro and La Palma which are at a low and very low-risk level, respectively.
Regarding healthcare indicators, the daily average of conventional hospital beds occupied during the last week by COVID-19 patients increased by 19.3% compared to the previous week, with an average of 105 beds occupied, although the percentage of occupancy is at a low-risk level on all the islands, except Lanzarote and La Gomera, which are at very low risk. The number of occupied ICU beds also maintains the upward trend that began last week.
The median age of all people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 14 days is 65.5 years.
With respect to the island of Lanzarote, the report details that in the last two weeks there has been a significant increase in the 7 days accumulated incidence, which increased by 93% between November 9 and 15. This increase is even higher among the population aged 65 and over, where the accumulated incidence rate increased by 150% in the last two weeks.
The situation in Gran Canaria and Tenerife
The report also indicates that Gran Canaria and Tenerife continue at alert level 1, although in the last two weeks an increase in the average number of cases has been observed and there is also an upward trend in the cumulative incidence over 7 days, although on both islands this indicator remains at a medium risk level.
So although they will currently remain at alert level 1, these islands may also see a change in alert levels at next week's evaluation if the upward trend of the indicators continues.