Admissions to the ICU due to coronavirus soar 20% in a week but the incidence continues to decline

The incidence rate at 14 days has experienced a decrease this Monday and stands at 673.52 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The data on Friday was 687.30 points. This confirms the downward trend of this indicator in recent days, which experienced a sharp rise in July until reaching a peak of almost 702 cases on the 27th of that month.

The incidence also falls in the younger age groups. It goes from 1,653 cases on Friday among young people from 20 to 29 to 1,626 today; and from 1,524 points among young people from 12 to 19 before the weekend to 1,516 this Monday.

By communities, the general incidence decreases in Asturias, the Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Castilla y León, Catalunya, Galicia, Madrid, Navarra and the Basque Country.

However, hospitalizations continue to grow. The number of people admitted to intensive care beds with coronavirus has increased by 20% in the last week. This Monday, there are 1,856 people in the ICU with a COVID diagnosis, up from 1,490 the previous Monday. These numbers also represent an increase compared to Friday, when 1,698 patients were in intensive care.

Thus, the national occupation of ICU beds with COVID patients exceeds the 20% barrier for the first time since May, while the occupation of conventional beds is close to 9% (8.9). There are a total of 10,578 hospitalized, up from 9,825 on Friday.

How is the epidemic evolving now?

Evolution of the cases and deaths reported, those hospitalized and those admitted to the ICU each day and the variation in the last 7 days

Source: Ministry of Health

The Ministry of Health has reported in its daily report 55,939 new infections detected during the weekend, which contrast with those of last Monday, when 61,625 were registered. In total, 4,502,983 people have been infected with coronavirus since the start of the health crisis, almost a year and a half ago.

There have also been 157 deaths, up from 47 the previous weekend, which brings the global death toll during the pandemic to 81,643. This is the worst death data registered on a Monday since the beginning of April.

27 million people have the complete vaccination schedule

The autonomous communities have administered a total of 56,795,869 doses of any of the vaccines against COVID-19, with which 27.3 million people already have the complete vaccination schedule, that is, two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca or one of Janssen, 57.5% of the population.

After the 609,268 administered over the weekend, 32 million people have at least the first dose, which represents 67.8% of the population.

By age group, 92.5% of all people over 40 years of age are already fully immunized and 88.2% have received at least one dose of one of the antidotes against COVID. For months, those over 80 years of age have been fully vaccinated and almost all those over 70, with rates higher than 98%.

Health centers, once again on the edge in Madrid

Meanwhile, primary care continues to collapse. In Madrid, the emergence of COVID-19 took the tension in health centers to the extreme, and yet a year later the situation has barely improved. The increase in infections in the summer, with the consequent increase in PCR tests, is driving up the waiting lists. They call it the fifth wave and it is different from the previous ones, in addition to because vaccination progresses and, consequently, there are fewer seriously ill patients, because patients are less and less understanding. At the door of the Soldevilla outpatient clinic there is a sign calling for calm: “The health personnel work for you. You must not be threatened.”


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