The curve of coronavirus infections in Spain has just ended a week of gradual increases. After two months of declining trend, as the third wave of the pandemic subsided, the direction changed last Wednesday and new cases started to rise again. On January 27, the 14-day cumulative number of coronavirus cases per 100,000 population peaked at 900. In Tuesday’s report from the Department of Health, the incidence was 129.55. Over the past week, the incidence has increased by just under two points, but the trend is increasing in 12 of Spain’s 17 regions.
The ministry also reported 5,516 new cases and 201 deaths from Covid-19 yesterday, and called on people to be vigilant ahead of Easter week. “Maximum precautions”, implored Monday the Minister of Health Carolina Darias. The next few days will be critical to see if the uptrend is consolidated or if it is just a small peak.
If we start to have crowds on the streets during Easter week we will have a new peak
Daniel López-Acuña, former director of emergencies at the World Health Organization
According to the latest data, only Murcia, Valencia, Galicia, Andalusia and the Balearics do not see the incidence increase, although the last three experience minor increases and decreases. The North African cities of Melilla and Ceuta have the highest incidence rates in Spain: 514 in the first and 256 in the second.
“We continue to see a change in trend and we could end up with an increase in the incidence,” Deputy Director of the Health Alert Coordination Center (CCAES) María José Sierra said on Tuesday. “We have 11 regions where the cumulative incidence over seven days is 50% greater than what we have for 14 days. And when that happens, it indicates that the trend is up, that infections are on the rise, and it is likely that in the next few days, if this is not corrected, we will have clearer increases in incidence.
With all eyes on Easter week and the dual threat of the more infectious strain first identified in England, as well as increased spread across much of Europe, authorities and health experts call on people not to let their guard down – especially during the Easter holidays. The health ministry has agreed with the regions to keep curfews in place and to put in place a perimeter lockdown of the regions to limit mobility and movement, but epidemiologists are calling for greater restrictions in these areas.
“If we start to have crowds in the streets during Easter week, we will have a new peak,” insisted this week Daniel López-Acuña, former director of emergencies at the World Health Organization. The Supreme Court has dismissed a complaint filed by the far-right Vox party against the perimeter lockdown of the Madrid region during Easter week.
The Ministry of Health reported 5,516 new cases and added 201 deaths from Covid-19 to the official toll on Tuesday
Hospitals across the country, meanwhile, are still under pressure and a further spike in cases under these circumstances, with intensive care units (ICUs) at around 20% occupancy by Covid-19 patients, would further increase this tension. . There are currently over 8,000 people hospitalized with Covid-19, representing 6.34% of all normal hospital beds. Sierra warned Monday that the drop in admissions has now stabilized. Aragon, the Canary Islands, Catalonia, Navarre and Melilla, for example, have more people hospitalized than the day before. In intensive care units, the situation continues to improve slightly, although there are still 1,800 Covid patients in critical condition.
Since the start of the pandemic, the number of official victims has risen to 73,744, although this total could be much higher given that many people have died with Covid-19 during the first wave without being tested. .
English version by Simon Hunter.