Tenerife passes health alert level 4 after the Governing Council analyzed the main pandemic indicators on Thursday. This level comes with a modification of original measures –Which will be much smoother than when the traffic light system was created in the Canary Islands last September– and will bring the certificate entry into force covid that will certify that the Canarian population has the complete vaccination schedule. If it has not been inoculated yet, it must show a negative result of a PCR or antigen test carried out up to 72 hours before. The certificate It will have to be presented by all the people who want to access interiors and are over 18 years old.
The Government of the Canary Islands indicated this Thursday that, so far, slightly less than 700,000 canaries have downloaded this covid certificate via Internet. In the case of islands that are in alert level 3, only 10% of the people who access the interiors of bars and restaurants will present the COVID certificate. Capacity remains at 40%.
The new measures coupled with health alert level 4 will come into force in Tenerife on Monday. From that moment on will begin to apply effectively the covid certificate in restoration, which will continue open until 00:00 hours. Inside the premises there can only be 50% of the capacity and all these people will have to show the certificate. This document will also have to be presented by those who access indoor sports activity –which remains open despite the new level of health alert–, and which will have a maximum capacity of 33%. This certificate will also be mandatory to access the cultural activities of the stable programming that, however, will maintain the capacity as in alert level 3, that is, with 55%. The Government of the Canary Islands will report on the rest of the modified measures for level 4 in the coming days.
What’s more, the Governing Council agreed that five islands change their alert level. While Fuerteventura and El Hierro continue at the same levels as they have been this week, on 3 and 1, respectively, Tenerife will go to level 4; Gran Canaria, at 3; Lanzarote, at 2; La Palma, at 3; and La Gomera, at 2. Both the Minister of Health and Security, Blas Trujillo and Julio Pérez, respectively, warned that the “situation is worrying” throughout the Canary Islands and that the different epidemiological indicators have shown it for days.
The Ministry of Health notified yesterday a new record number of infections in a single day, 914. Of these, 60 are admitted to the ICU and 342 remain hospitalized. By islands, Tenerife added 510 cases; Gran Canaria, 337 more; Lanzarote added 22 positives; Fuerteventura 21 more than the previous day; La Palma added 15 new cases; El Hierro, one; and La Gomera added eight. Until yesterday, 1,757,606 diagnostic tests had been carried out in the Islands, of which 9,720 correspond to the last day recorded by the Health, on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Health organizes tomorrow and Sunday new vaccination days without prior appointment in Gran Canaria, Tenerife, La Palma and Fuerteventura. For their part, La Gomera, El Hierro and Lanzarote continue with their vaccination system according to the schedules of previous appointments. On Gran Canaria and Tenerife the vaccination will be aimed at people over 18 years of age, while the days in Fuerteventura and La Palma will focus on vaccinating residents over 16 years of age. Each of the authorized sites will reserve a specific schedule and 21,712 doses of covid vaccines, which will be administered on Saturday and Sunday to the first people who come, in that time slot, to these vaccination points and until the end of reserved stocks. This system will be combined with the administration of doses by appointment according to the schedules established for the different age groups that are in the vaccination process on each island. In Tenerife you will be vaccinated without an appointment, from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., in the Santiago Martín Pavilion and in the Hospital del Sur. In addition, between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. vaccines will be administered without an appointment at the Fairgrounds, the Annex to the Guajara Lecture Hall of the ULL, the University Hospital of the Canary Islands, the Magma, at the Candelaria Technological Center and in the House of the Entrepreneur of Los Realejos. On La Palma, those over 16 years of age who have not yet been vaccinated can receive the first dose without having to have a prior appointment by going to the Municipal Pavilion of El Paso between 09:00 and 17:00, where the quota will be 1,000 doses. .
The Canary Islands experience a 40% increase in the cumulative incidence at 7 days and, in the case of the population under 40 years of age, this rate is at very high risk. For this reason, Health works intensely to promote vaccination among the younger population, which has more mobility and social interactions and, therefore, more risk of contracting and transmitting the virus.
The General Hospital of La Palma activated the Contingency Plan against covid yesterday prepared by the Health Services Management to meet the demand for care in the face of the pandemic situation on the island. Given the increase in the accumulated incidence and hospitalizations experienced in recent days, the center activated this plan to guarantee quality care to all the patients. The Contingency Plan contemplates allocating two non-covid ICU beds to the covid ICU, so that the latter would have seven beds for critically ill patients of the virus. In the event that these seven beds are occupied, the remaining three non-covid ICU beds would be allocated to critically ill patients with the virus, thus reaching a maximum capacity of ten patients. Of the five people who are currently admitted to the covid ICU, aged between 42 and 85 years, two are unvaccinated, two have an incomplete schedule and one, the oldest of all, has the full schedule, although they have pathologies previous.
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