Lanzarote rises to level 2 and the rest of the Islands remain at Level 1
The Ministry of Health has updated the alert levels for the Canary Islands this afternoon (Thursday) after reviewing the epidemiological report of the General Directorate of Public Health, with consolidated data as of November 17th, on the evolution of health indicators for COVID-19. Lanzarote has been placed at alert Level 2, joining Fuerteventura, and the rest of the islands, Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro continue for another week at alert Level 1, identified with the “green traffic light”.
The change of level in Lanzarote comes into effect at 00:00h on Monday 22nd November, being subject to periodic revaluations, even before the obligatory two-week review.
This means that only groups of 8 can meet or sit at tables in bars or restaurants or houses, terraces can still use 100% capacity and interiors 80%, but closing time is earlier at 2am.
In the entire territory of the Canaries, between November 9th and 15th, 1,125 new cases of COVID-19 were reported, which represents an increase of around 23.4% in the daily average of new cases in relation to the previous week, in which 912 cases were registered.
The average 7-day incidence rate in the Canary Islands as a whole, and by islands, increased by around 60%, so that, 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 at a medium risk level, except Fuerteventura, which is at a high-risk level, and La Palma, which remains at a low level.
The daily average 14-day incidence rate has increased to a greater or lesser extent in all the islands, so that the whole of the region remains at medium risk, except for Fuerteventura, which is at high risk, and El Hierro and La Palma which are at low and very low risk, respectively.
Gran Canaria and Tenerife:
Today’s report confirms that Gran Canaria and Tenerife will 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 seven days, although in both islands, this indicator remains at a medium risk level.
In addition, ICU and hospital bed occupancy continues its upward trend in the last week on both islands, so although they are staying at Level 1, a level increase is inevitable in the next evaluation if the upward trend of the indicators continues.
The evolution of the accumulated incidence responds to the general relaxation in the maintenance of non-pharmacological preventive measures (i.e. use of masks, social distancing, and handwashing) despite the fact that they have demonstrated their effectiveness. Therefore, the Ministry of Health insists on the need to maintain preventive measures to avoid risks of transmission of COVID-19.