The Ministry of Health has notified 8,148 new cases of coronavirus in Spain, 3,650 in the last day. Of this last figure, 1,199 belong to the Community of Madrid. This is an increase in infections compared to the past days. On Thursday 3,349 infected people were detected; on Wednesday, 3,715; and on Tuesday, 2,128. With this latest update, 386,054 people have already been detected infected with COVID-19 since the epidemic began.
DATA | COVID-19 diagnoses by PCR increase in Spain
Health also adds 25 new deaths to the total balance, 125 in the last week. Madrid is also the community that leads the number of deaths, with 41 deaths reported in the last seven days. Aragon follows, with 40, and Catalonia and Andalusia with ten new deaths each. A total of 28,838 people infected with coronavirus have lost their lives since the beginning of the outbreak in the country.
The number of hospitalizations also continues to rise. In the last seven days 1,467 people have been admitted, 93 in the Intensive Care Unit. Of these, Madrid has registered 392 new hospitalizations, of which 14 have had to be admitted to the ICU. They are followed by Andalusia (with 188), Aragon (with 185), Comunitat Valenciana (with 142) and Castilla y León (115).
Catalunya and Castilla-La Mancha apply new restrictions, while a judge cancels those of Madrid
“Make no mistake, things are not going well”, warned this Thursday the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, during the press conference. The communities that have registered the most infections in recent months are the Community of Madrid, Catalunya, Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León.
Given the increase in cases in recent weeks, regional governments are approving new restrictions to try to contain outbreaks of the virus. One of the most affected sectors is nightlife. This Friday, both Catalunya how Castilla la Mancha they have approved the closure of all nightclubs. Both regions have included in the new resolutions the cessation of brothel activity. Precisely this Thursday, the Minister of Equality, Irene Montero, requested by letter to the autonomous communities that they contemplate the closure of these premises as they could lead to a “potential increase in difficult-to-trace positives”.
For its part, the Community of Madrid – the region of the country most affected by outbreaks at this time – has encountered the first obstacle when it comes to approving restrictions. This same friday a judge has refused to ratify the new order of the Ministry of Health that contemplated eleven actions against the virus. Among them was the smoking ban and the limitation of the closure of the hotel and catering establishments until 1.00 in the morning. The magistrate of the Contentious-Administrative Court number 2 of Madrid defends that an autonomous community cannot limit fundamental rights if there is no declared state of alarm. Likewise, it supports its decision regarding a Health Order that has not been published in the Official State Gazette. The regional government has already communicated that foresees new restrictions and it has recommended avoiding “unnecessary trips” and staying at home to those who reside in the neighborhoods most affected by outbreaks.
The education sector also continues in uncertainty due to the current situation of the epidemic. The Minister of Education, Isabel Celaá, and the Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, they will meet with the autonomous communities on August 27 to analyze the return to the classroom, scheduled for September 4. Given the parents’ doubts about what to do with the new course, UGT has calculated that 2,500 private children’s centers throughout the national territory they will be forced to close due to the lack of students.