Santa Cruz de Tenerife is positioned this week among the five large cities in Spain with the worst accumulated incidents (AI) of COVID-19 at 14 days. This is how it reveals the latest ranking made by eldiario.es and in which the epidemiological data of the towns with more than 40,000 inhabitants are studied, a list headed these days by Benidorm (Alicante), Irun (Gipuzkoa), Ávila and Huesca.
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Taking as a reference the data provided by Grafcan, which counts the positive cases registered in the place where the PCR test is carried out, the capital of Tenerife registered in the last hours an AI at 14 days that reaches 366 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, with a strong upward trend, which predicts the worsening of these data and the confirmation that the city is fully entering a new wave of infections.
Santa Cruz de Tenerife is not the only Canarian city that is positioned among the 100 towns with the worst incidents of COVID, in total there are nine island municipalities that enter this list. Thus, Arrecife is ranked 11th this week, after registering a 14-day AI of 319 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, while Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is ranked 18, with an AI of 247 cases. It is followed by Puerto del Rosario, with an incidence of 239 and ranked 21st. The tourist cities of Adeje (IA: 159), Arona (IA: 143) and San Bartolomé de Tirajana (IA: 129) are in the middle of the table. in positions 43, 54 and 68, respectively. Closing the ranking are San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Granadilla de Abona, both with an incidence of 115 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
In general, all the data have drastically worsened compared to those recorded last week, when Santa Cruz de Tenerife, for example, recorded an incidence of 269 cases per 100,000 inhabitants or Arrecife recorded 263 infections. In fact, Granadilla de Abona, which the previous week was not positioned in this ranking, is now one of the cities with the worst trend in Spain, after raising its infection rate by 392%.
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The Ministry of Health of the Government of the Canary Islands has reported that this Tuesday, after registering 276 new infections of COVID-19 in the Archipelago, the cumulative incidence at 7 days in the islands stands at 77.94 cases per 100,000 inhabitants and 14 days in 136.31 cases, this means that the Canary Islands are currently at medium risk or yellow traffic light, according to the latest update of the thresholds for transmission indicators. It should be noted that, according to the previous scale, the Canary Islands would find these data at high risk or red traffic light.
The total number of accumulated cases in the Canary Islands up to the day of this Tuesday was 101,191 with 2,511 active, of which 28 were admitted to the ICU, which represents 6.64% occupancy of beds in intensive care, while 175 people remain hospitalized for the disease, occupying 2.74% of the beds.
With these data, it is concluded that, despite the fact that the epidemiological situation in the islands has significantly worsened, the worst consequences of the disease are still not reflected in Canarian hospitals, which maintain their percentages of occupation at low risk, largely due to the advance of vaccination, which already reaches more than 86% of the target population (over 12 years) with at least one dose, according to the latest data provided by Health. However, this situation may change in the coming weeks, as has been experienced on previous occasions, depending on the strength that this sixth wave of infections takes.