The fifth wave hits Spain more harshly than the rest of Europe. Five autonomous communities are among the 10 regions with the highest cumulative incidence of Covid-19 in the last 7 days.
On a map made by The Economist, you can see how Catalonia, Asturias, Castilla y León, Navarra and Aragon show some of the largest numbers of new cases In the continent.
It is followed by some regions of Kingdom United, Countries Low Y Malta. Data are of concern to a tourist season that was fundamental for the sector, with the digital vaccination certificate as the main asset for tourists to cross the Spanish borders.
Since March, when the pandemic forced the majority of European citizens to confine themselves, the aforementioned British weekly began to publish a comparative study on the incidence of the disease -cases and deaths- in the different European regions, with interactive maps on the spikes of infections in these places. Now five communities in Spain take the top positions in the ranking, with the most negative data on the continent.
Catalonia leads the ranking
Top of a list of 173 regions leads it Catalonia, which marks the highest milestone with 933 cases, although no deaths have been reported in the last week. The contagion rate in Castilla y León is notably lower, at 647, and it has not reported deaths from Covid either. Navarra, Aragon and Asturias show incidents of 603, 524 and 448, respectively.
Other European areas that show high infection data are Yorkshire and North West, in Great Britain (707 and 556), the Algarve from Portugal (507) or West-Nederland, in the Netherlands (473).
Spain above 600
This Monday the Ministry of Health reported that the incidence at 14 days in Spain is a few tenths of the 600 points. In addition, the deputy director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies (CCAES), Maria Jose Sierra, alerted that there has been a 65% increase in the occupancy of hospital beds with Covid in the last week and 45% in intensive care units (ICU).
People under 40 years of age, the sector of the population with the lowest percentage of inoculated vaccines, are the biggest headache for government authorities. Not in vain constitute up to 75% of coronavirus cases which are being diagnosed during the fifth wave.
Although he has indicated that those over 40 have “much lower” incidences, Sierra warned that “the incidence is increasing in all age groups”. In addition, the increase in infections may provide “worrying figures” in hospital admissions, according to Sierra.
60,000 new cases
The autonomous communities notified this Monday to Ministry of Health 61,628 new cases of Covid-19 over the weekend, 8,105 of them diagnosed in the last 24 hours. These figures are lower than those of the same day last week, when 33,932 positives were reported.
In this Monday’s report 23 new deaths were added, compared to 17 last Monday. Up to 81,119 people with a positive diagnostic test have died since the virus arrived in Spain, according to data collected by the Ministry. In the last week, 50 people with a confirmed positive COVID-19 diagnosis have died in Spain.
At the moment, there are 6,482 patients admitted for coronavirus throughout Spain (5,056 on Friday) and 1,039 in ICU (872 on Friday). In the last 24 hours, there have been 1,069 admissions (984 on Friday) and 346 discharges (729 on Friday). The occupancy rate of beds occupied by coronavirus stands at 5.42% (4.22% on Friday) and in ICUs at 11.42% (9.59% on Friday).
Given these numbers, the autonomous communities they are reimposing restrictive measures to try to control the pandemic.
The Junta de Castilla y León has set the closure of nightclubs and nightclubs for consumption indoors -if they have a terrace, their opening is allowed-, and has decreed the closure at 1:30 am of the interior of the hotel and restaurant industry.
The Governing Council of the Junta de Castilla y León has approved the adoption of a series of special public health measures and recommendations, focused on hotels and restaurants, nightlife, clubs, celebrations and shows. They will last 14 days and are subject to review.
The Balearic Government will toughen the fines for participating in large bottles, which will be a minimum of 1,000 euros, and will approve the prohibition of holding meetings in private homes between 1:00 and 6:00.
The measures to restrict social gatherings are approved tomorrow in an extraordinary Governing Council and will come into force if they have the subsequent endorsement of the Superior Court of Justice of the Balearic Islands.
The spokesman for the regional executive, Iago Negueruela, has also made a call for the mask is reused in any circumstance, although there is no modification of the general regulations in force throughout Spain, which establishes that in outdoor spaces it is only mandatory when it is not possible to maintain a distance of 1.5 meters with respect to other people who do not live together.
The Minister of Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia, Josep Maria Argimon, explained that the adoption of restrictions such as the curfew it will begin to be noticed in a week, but it will take “more than two and more than three” to lower the incidence.
“From the curfew we will see some fruit within a week, but logically, in order to lower this incidence, we will need more than a week, two and three,” Argimon said in an interview on Cadena Ser.
Although the night confinement in 161 Catalan municipalities – where 80% of the population lives – will help reduce the contacts that occur between young people, he has confessed that “he is not deceived” and that many of these will continue in the private environment.
The minister has called to take “with caution” the data of infected, which have registered a slight stabilization this weekend in Catalonia, especially in the youngest ages.
Currently, there are 307 patients admitted to ICUs, which are at 30% capacity and 1 in 5 of these patients is under 40 years of age.
The bright side of the pandemic continues to be vaccination. The good rhythm of the punctures allowed to reach 50% of the Spanish population with the complete guideline, or what is the same: more than half of the citizens already have immunity against Covid.
The Secretary of State for Health, Silvia Calzón, celebrated the achievement of exceeding 50% of the Spanish population with a complete vaccination schedule. “We are the third European country, after Malta and Hungary, to achieve this goal and one of the first in the world,” he stressed.
In any case, Calzón wanted to warn that “there is no room for relaxation.” “We have to continue vaccinating relentlessly,” he claimed. Health expects to reach “in the next few days” 90% of people between 60 and 69 years of age with a complete pattern (at the moment it is 81.2%).
During this week, Spain will receive 1.7 million from Pfizer and 470,000 from Moderna, while the next Janssen installment will occur next week. Regarding the EU CovidDigital Certificate, Calzón reported that more than 9 million have been issued, while Spanish airports have validated a total of 280,000.
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