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The Government of the Canary Islands has updated the Alert Levels today, February 24th, and it was announced that Tenerife will drop to Level 3, while Gran Canaria remains the only island still at Level 4.
This means that Gran Canaria stays at alert level 4, whle Tenerife, La Palma, Fuerteventura, El Hierro, La Gomera remain at level 3 and Lanzarote (including also La Graciosa) drops to Level 2.
Tenerife goes to level 3 due to an improvement in healthcare indicators during the last 14 days, since its hospital occupancy rate over the last last two weeks has dropped from high risk to medium risk, while the occupancy of ICU beds also dropped to medium risk level.
The evolution of the epidemiological indicators in the rest of the islands still does not present a situation of sufficient stability in the improvement of the data to propose a decrease in level. It must be taken into account that the health alert levels are determined by the Ministry of Health based on the epidemiological and healthcare indicators which are analyzed on a weekly basis.
In the Autonomous Community as a whole, between February 15 and 21, 6,637 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of 28.4% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the week previous. From a weekly average of 237.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, it went to 305 cases per 100,000 inhabitants this week. All the islands are at a very high-risk level in this indicator, except for Lanzarote, which remains at a high-risk level.
In the AI at 7 days in people over 65 years of age and in the AI at 14 days, all the islands are at very high risk, although the first of the indicators registers a decrease of 6% in the whole of the Archipelago.
Care indicators show a favorable evolution and the daily average number of occupied conventional hospital beds decreased by 5.7% compared to the previous week, with an average occupancy rate of 10.5%.
The percentage of hospital bed occupation in Gran Canaria and La Palma is at a high-risk level; in Tenerife and Fuerteventura at medium risk; La Gomera and El Hierro at low risk.
The number of occupied ICU beds maintains a downward trend, decreasing by 19.3% compared to the previous evaluation. The percentage of occupation in the whole archipelago is 14.1%, placing it at medium risk. Gran Canaria is at a high-risk level, Tenerife drops to a medium risk level, Fuerteventura and La Palma rise to a low-risk level.