THANKS TO DIGITAL LANCELOT
The Government Council of the Canary Islands held this Thursday has approved an agreement by which the limiting measures that were in force on all the islands are temporarily suspended according to the level of health alert in which each one was found.
The elimination of the restrictions in force in the Canary Islands is the continuation of the progressive and prudent de-escalation that the Autonomous Executive began last February.
This agreement, in line with the measures adopted in the rest of the State and neighboring countries, is due to the new health situation as a result of the expansion of vaccination, in which the effects of the disease present milder manifestations, At the same time, the evidence shows that the Omicron variants present in our territory are not causing greater severity, although they cause a high incidence of virus transmission.
This high incidence of transmission keeps the islands at the alert levels they are in, without increasing the impact on care pressure or significantly the occupancy of conventional or ICU beds.
The temporary suspension of the restrictions, which will be published in the BOC tomorrow, Friday, March 24, 2022, will be in force between 00:00 this Saturday, March 26, and 24:00 on April 30; Conditional suspension in each island to the absence of a significant change in the trend that indicates an uncontrolled circulation of SARS-CoV-2 or a change in the epidemiological situation.
Surveillance and control structures will remain operational to monitor the key indicators that make it possible to detect changes in epidemiological patterns, the appearance of new variants or a greater impact on the healthcare system.
In this way, if an unfavorable evolution is detected on any island, the reactivation of the restrictive measures established in Decree Law 11/2021 could be determined for that territory.
According to the agreement adopted, as of March 26, all the measures contemplated in Decree Law 11/2021 cease to be in force, that is, those related to capacity, closing hours and limitation on the number of people allowed in meetings. .
In addition, it is no longer necessary to have prior authorization to hold mass events and the ban on holding popular festivals and festivals is suspended.
The ban on smoking and the sale and consumption of food or drinks on public roads is also abolished. Lastly, nightlife and sports and cultural activities will be able to take place under the same conditions as they did before the start of the pandemic.
Prevention measures in force
However, the importance of maintaining current transmission prevention recommendations is recalled, such as the use of the mask indoors, hand washing, ventilation and extreme care and prevention of transmission of the vulnerable.
Change in the National Surveillance and Control Strategy
This temporary suspension of the limitations in the Canary Islands occurs after the change in the Coronavirus Surveillance and Control Strategy approved by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, which, after the acute phase of the pandemic, contemplates a surveillance of the expansion of the coronavirus focused solely on vulnerable areas and groups, on severity control and on the detection of new variants.
The objective is to establish monitoring indicators that allow the establishment of the appropriate control measures if necessary and favor the normalization of health care after the acute phase of the pandemic, minimizing the risks
The diagnostic strategy will be aimed at testing people with symptoms compatible with severe COVID-19 or with vulnerability factors, while the diagnosis and surveillance of people who have contact with vulnerable populations (health and socio-health workers), in addition to to help protect this group, it will make it possible to assess the level of virus circulation, changes in severity and early detection of possible seasonal increases in cases.
The change in surveillance implies a modification of the COVID-19 monitoring indicators in which those associated with healthcare pressure are the relevant ones from now on. The indicators of accumulated incidences are suppressed, except for those over 60 years of age, and those of analysis of healthcare pressure are expanded.
Changes in alert levels
In this way, starting next Monday, 5 alert levels are established (alert levels 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4), based on the indicators of use of care services. The alert level will be defined by the indicator of that block that has the highest level of risk.
The occupancy of critical care beds reflects a downward trend, keeping all the islands at low risk in this indicator, except Gran Canaria, which fluctuates between medium and low risk.
The occupation of conventional beds is at medium risk in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, while Fuerteventura and Lanzarote oscillate between medium and controlled circulation. La Palma is at high risk in the occupation of conventional beds, while El Hierro and La Gomera are in controlled circulation.
The rate of new hospitalizations for COVID-19 is at a low risk level in Gran Canaria, Tenerife and La Palma and in controlled circulation assessment in the rest of the islands.