The number of coronavirus infections continues to grow on New Year’s Eve and reaches the highest figure since last November 13, when 21,371 new infections were registered. The Ministry of Health has notified this Wednesday 16,716 new coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, while the death toll is 247. Regarding the cumulative incidence, it continues to rise and stands at 265.45 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while yesterday it was 255.55. The figure of 250 marks the limit between ‘extreme risk’ and ‘high risk’ in the spread of the coronavirus.
Regarding new infections, the autonomous communities most affected are: Madrid, with 3,782; Catalunya, with 3,623; the Valencian Community, with 2,723; Andalusia, with 1,422; and Castilla-La Mancha, with 759. However, the communities of greatest concern due to their increasing cumulative incidence continue to be the Balearics, Extremadura and the Valencian Community.
This data comes at a time when all the indicators point to a possible third wave of the pandemic and thus reduce the euphoria of the first vaccines. Pedro Sánchez himself insisted yesterday on the subject: “Collective immunity is not a close scenario. Avoiding a third wave during these holidays is our priority.”
However, the news that has captured all eyes this Wednesday has been the announcement of the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, as the next PSC candidate for the elections next February. Illa will continue for the moment in charge of the Ministry of Health, according to sources from the Socialist leadership, although his candidacy for the Generalitat will force Sánchez to make adjustments in the coalition government later. This announcement by the Government has shaken the Catalan pre-campaign and it has provoked all kinds of reactions from its electoral rivals. The PP has attacked Illa, the ‘comuns’ have considered a “recklessness” the relay in the ministry in the middle of the third wave of the pandemic and ERC has gone toe-to-toe with the socialists.