TENERIFE DROPS TO LEVEL 2 RESTRICTIONS, HOSPITALITY CAN RE-OPEN INTERIORS

 2021/05/04 12:28:01  Written by Canarian Weekly  Tenerife

The Minister of Health, Blas Trujillo, has announced this morning (Tuesday) that the Tenerife will drop to alert Level 2 after evaluating the epidemiological report made earlier today, which reveals an improvement in its indicators in recent days.

The change in level comes into effect today with the publication of the Traffic Light that marks the levels and epidemiological indicators of each island, according to the Ministry of Health in a statement.

Bars and restaurants may use 50% of interiors (with 4 to a table), 75% of exteriors (with 6 to a table), two people are allowed to sit at the bar together, and groups of 6 are allowed to meet from today. However, curfew remains at 11pm as it was extended for Level 3 just 10 days ago.

Tenerife will remain at this level of alert until next Tuesday, May 11th, when its indicators will be reviewed again to see if it remains at that level or if any changes should be made.

According to the report prepared by the General Directorate of Public Health of the Canary Islands Health Service, the average number of cases diagnosed on the island went from 97 in the period between April 14th to 27th to an average of 75 in the last six days, a drop of almost 25%

In addition, since April 25th, the Accumulated Incidence (AI) has been at medium risk and with a downward trend. The IA7 on the island has been at high risk since March 10th, where it has remained until the 24th. But with an average for this period of 78.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, on April 26th it began to decline to around 72 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, indicating a medium risk of virus transmission, a trend that has continued to be maintained.

The behaviour of this rate in people over 65 has gone along the same path, going from an average of 46.7 cases per 100,000 inhabitants the two weeks before, to 28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last five days.

Although the IA7 in Tenerife is at medium risk, it is the highest of all the islands and, therefore, is above the average for the Autonomous Community. Likewise, the traceability of the cases is good, since the positivity rate of PCR tests has also decreased.

The average number of patients admitted for Covid-19 on the island between April 14th and May 2nd is 113, somewhat lower than in recent days, which implies a low risk. However, hospital pressure is mainly focused on ICU occupancy, and although the percentage is decreasing, they are at medium risk, despite the fact that in the last two days the absolute numbers seem to have risen again.