The autonomous communities have notified the Ministry of Health this Wednesday 179.125 new cases of Covid-19, 78,855 of them diagnosed in the last 24 hours, after the 134,942 infections reported on Tuesday. The total number of infections already rises to 7,771,367 cases since the start of the pandemic.
The cumulative incidence has marked the highest peak recorded in Spain since the health crisis began, standing at 3127.91 infections per 100.00 inhabitants in the last 14 days; and exceeding the maximum registered to date; the 3042.11 points of Tuesday.
In this Wednesday’s report they have been added 125 new deaths, a figure higher than that notified in the previous days. Up to 90,508 people with a positive diagnostic test have died since the virus arrived in Spain, 482 in the last week.
This Wednesday, autonomous communities such as Catalonia or the Community of Madrid have once again registered high numbers of infections in the last 24 hours: 38,785 and 22,881 positive, respectively.
Visits to the ER increase
The Spanish Society of Emergency and Emergency Medicine (SEMES) has warned about the increase in patients who are coping with emergency physicians due to the rise in Covid infections.
In this sense, they warn that ER visits have increased by around 30-50 percent, “completely exceeding the capacity of the emergency services and emergencies that, in addition, are suffering the COVID-19 casualties of many of their professionals.”
“We warned a few weeks ago and the situation has only gotten worse. We are at the limit. What would happen if we stopped the Urgencies and Emergencies services? The collapse of the system would be immediate. We are exhausted. The urgencies are on the edge of the abyss. We have been warning it for some time and no measures are being taken “, commented the president of SEMES, Tato Vázquez-Lima.
As reported by emergency physicians, the cumulative incidence and the increase in hospitalization of critics “directly affect the emergency services and emergencies due to the needs of these patients, which require an initial clinical assessment, risk stratification and admission decision or home treatment “.
“The only thing we hope is that our Prime Minister takes this issue seriously. Because imagine what would happen in our country if the emergencies stopped working because we can no longer work, not only because we are exhausted, but because we do not feel or support nor recognized. Mr. Pedro Sánchez, we are on the edge of the abyss. Listen to us at once: Emergency Specialty now, “he has riveted.
Sick leave due to Covid
Andalusia, Asturias, Catalonia, the Community of Madrid, the Valencian Community, Galicia and Murcia are the seven autonomies that have already established strategies to expedite work discharges and discharges due to coronavirus with the aim of unblocking the collapse of Primary Care.
The explosion of coronavirus infections in this sixth wave has caused an avalanche of sick leave that is saturating Primary Care, in charge of processing said sick leave.
Specifically, in Andalusia, since last December 30, 2021, the possibility of carrying out the procedures to request the withdrawal through the free mobile application Salud Responde was started.
In Asturias, it will be the inspection teams of the Principality’s Health Service (Sespa) that will launch a new procedure for the processing of work cancellations and discharges for confirmed cases of Covid-19. Thus, as of this Wednesday, the inspection teams will be in charge of carrying out this procedure.
So positive people they will receive a call from the tracking team to ask them, among other things, about the need to process sick leave. If so, the surveillance team will initiate this procedure, so contact with the health center will not be necessary for this management.