The Gran Canarian palms
The Government Council of the Canary Islands has agreed eliminate the obligation of the Covid certificate in the Canary Islands for entertainment venues, restaurants and certain activities, as had been agreed on the dates prior to Christmas.
The Council will request the Superior Court of Justice of the Canary Islands (TSJC) the extension of its voluntary use, so that the establishments that use it will be able to expand their capacity and hours according to the measures that are established according to the health alert levels of each island. Regarding schedules, the Executive has made changes, with the exception of the islands in level 4 (currently Gran Canaria and Tenerife), so that in the islands in level 1 the closure goes from 3 to 4 in the morning , at level 2, from 2 a.m. to 3 a.m. and at level 3 (currently all the other islands, including La Palma, which drops from level 4 to 3), from 1 a.m. to 2 a.m.
The spokesman for the Government of the Canary Islands, Julio Pérez, held a press conference that health indicators “are better” this week, especially in relation to the accumulated incidence, although the health pressure “continues to be especially worrying.”
Fall in the number of new cases
The Canary Islands have registered a significant decrease in the number of new cases of Covid-19 in recent days, going from 9,402 new positives between January 25 and 31 to 1,151 new cases (44.8% less) notified in the last 24 hours.
The total accumulated cases in the Canary Islands is 260,778 with 103,533 active, of which 88 are admitted to the ICU and 596 remain hospitalized. In the last few hours, the death of eight people aged between 68 and 93 years has been reported, except for one case of 53 years. Of the total deaths, five were registered in Gran Canaria and three in Tenerife. All had previous pathologies and were hospitalized.
However, all the islands are in very high risk level in the Cumulative Incidence at 7 days in people over 65 years of age and in the AI at 14 days, although both indicators registered decreases of 31.5% and 47.2%, respectively, this week, with the exception of El Hierro.
Regarding care indicators, the daily average of occupied conventional hospital beds remains practically unchanged compared to the previous week, and with an average occupancy of 17%, at high risk. By islands, Tenerife and Gran Canaria are at a very high risk level; Lanzarote and La Gomera at a high risk level; Fuerteventura and La Palma at medium risk and El Hierro at low risk.
42% of ICU patients, unvaccinated
The number of occupied ICU beds maintains the upward trend, increasing by 3.5% compared to the previous evaluation, and the percentage of occupancy in the archipelago as a whole is 23%.
Of the patients admitted 42% diagnosed during the last 30 days had not received the complete vaccination schedule, a high percentage if one takes into account that only 18.46% of the population over 5 years of age has not yet been vaccinated.
The median age of the total number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 in the last 30 days is 72 years and 67 years of those admitted to the ICU, while the median age of those who have died in the last 30 days is 81 years and a half, with a range from 37 to 99 years.