The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, presented the data from the report on the evolution of the pandemic in Tenerife where the contagion figures they are way above from the rest of the Islands, including Gran Canaria. This report has been prepared by the General Directorate of Public Health and gives some clues to the situation that is being lived.
As Cope Canarias recalls, at the date of the data analysis, Tenerife has had 25,775 accumulated cases, by area of assignment of the case, since the beginning of the pandemic, which gives a cumulative incidence of 2,775 per one hundred thousand inhabitants; while Gran Canaria, following the same allocation classification, has had 22,989 with a cumulative incidence of 2,687 per one hundred thousand inhabitants. The incidences are even in both Islands since the beginning of the pandemic but they have not been homogeneous over time. However, at the moment Tenerife is at levels well above Gran Canaria with an incidence at 7 days that triples that of this Island.
Given all this, the Ministry of Health insists citizens to call the line 900 112 061 as soon as they have the slightest symptom compatible with the coronavirus (fever, cough, diarrhea, general malaise, etc.).
Another conclusion drawn from the report is that in Tenerife, the cases are concentrated in younger ages, with a higher percentage of men (which tend to be less demanding of health systems) and present a more dispersed territorial distribution in settings that in turn tend to use these health resources less.
The geographical dispersion of the cases is a differentiating factor with respect to Gran Canaria, where the infections are mainly concentrated in the capital. The data show that 51.42% of the outbreaks registered in Gran Canaria in the month of May had their index case in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, while the capital of Tenerife registered only 18.65% of the index cases of the outbreaks of the island of Tenerife and adding the population of La Laguna does not reach 38%.
In Tenerife, 42% of the outbreaks began in municipalities in the southern zone and all the municipalities of the island are affected, while in Gran Canaria there are 13 of the 21 municipalities.
In figures, the report highlights that the group of under 45s is the one that drives the incidence of the total of the Islands. The average 7-day incidence rate of 45 years in the time analyzed in Tenerife was 73 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and in Gran Canaria it was 37.11 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while in the population as a whole it was 58.8 and 30.28 respectively.
This represents a difference between the population rates under 45 years of age and that of Tenerife as a whole is 14.7 points and 6.8 in Gran Canaria. It should also be noted that Tenerife has a population of less than 45 years higher by 45,000 people compared to Gran Canaria and that also makes this group the most affected numerically.
Regarding the study of outbreaks between the two capital islands, the report assures that there are no major differences.
Regarding vaccination, it is found that is “vaccinated equally in both Islands without significant changes ”.
The study has included a section on the variants and it is concluded that “the analysis of the variants does not offer differences, except that variant B.1.1.7 (alpha or better known as British) is more frequent in Tenerife. On the other hand, Gran Canaria has more variants B.1.351 (beta or known as South African), P.1 (gamma) and B.1.617 (delta) known as Brazilian ”.
Where the study has marked some differences is in the traceability of the cases and in the identification of the close contacts of the positives. In this sense, the Ministry of Health insists that an adequate system for conducting tests, isolating cases and quarantine of contacts and monitoring their compliance, is essential to cut the epidemiological chains of transmission.
It is also highlighted in the report that in Tenerife a greater number of serious sanctions have been instituted from the regulations of preventive measures against the transmission of COVID-19 with a total of 179 while in Gran Canaria there are 77 open files in this regard . We recall that these are the files kept by the General Directorate of Public Health. The mild sanctions are carried directly by the municipalities themselves.