Seven out of nine parameters used by health authorities to assess the evolution of the covid-19 pandemic in the Islands are in high or very high risk levels, but the hospital admission rate it keeps controlled in all the Islands.
The latest epidemiological report by the Canary Health Service, with data from January 9, shows that the rate of admission to hospitals and the rate of admission to intensive care units remain at the level of “controlled circulation” in the last seven days.
This does not prevent the occupancy of hospital beds due to covid cases, which is 12.25 percent of the total, and the occupancy of critical care beds in the ICU, 19.2 percent of those available, from being at levels of “high risk”.
But the “very high risk” level is concentrated in the contagions, whose accumulated incidence has not stopped growing since the beginning of November or setting new daily records since in mid-December the marks of the fifth wave were surpassed, that of the summer of 2021, which was the previous one with the most affected.
Then a maximum incidence of fourteen days per 100,000 inhabitants of 510 infections was reached, which was exceeded in mid-December in the sixth wave until reaching 2,421.61 on January 9, in a curve that, when visualized in a graph, practically leaves flat all previous waves.
The incidence of infections in seven days is also at very high risk, with 1,256.28 cases.
Likewise, the incidence of infections among the over 65 years old, with 1,164.84 cases in fourteen days and 629.98 in seven days.
The other parameter in which the Canary Islands computes at very high risk is the positivity of the diagnostic tests, be they PCR or antigen tests: 35.36 percent of the tests give a positive result, a figure that in previous waves did not exceed 13 percent.
By islands, La Palma is the one with the highest incidence of cases in the last fourteen days per 100,000 inhabitants, with 2,812.19 cases, followed by Lanzarote, Tenerife, El Hierro, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura and La Gomera.
The incidence of infections in the last seven days is also led by La Palma, with 1,622.37, ahead of Lanzarote, Tenerife, El Hierro, Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria and La Gomera.
However, infections among people over 65 have more incidence in Tenerife in the last fourteen days, followed by El Hierro, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and Fuerteventura.
La Palma is where the percentage of positive tests is highest, with 60.74 percent of the total tests carried out, and the other islands are around 35 percent, except El Hierro, which drops to 16 , 21 percent.
The 188,301 positive cases of covid-19 that have been detected in the Canary Islands for two years suppose that at least 8.7 percent of the population has already suffered from the disease.
Of those infected, there are 66,286 people, 35 percent, who are still active cases. The rest, either have been discharged, 120,805, or have died, 1,210, according to the latest data published by Health.