The Ministry of Health notifies 13,318 new cases of coronavirus, 6,603 in the last 24 hours. The health authorities add 140 new deaths with COVID-19 in the balance of this Thursday, 494 in the last week. 3,194 people have required hospitalization in the last seven days; 199 have been admitted to the ICU.
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The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, has stated that a “certain stabilization” of the epidemic is beginning to be noticed at the national level. The state incidence rate now stands at 270 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On Wednesday Spain exceeded 900,000 infections; In the day of this Thursday there are already 921,374 total cases detected in the country and 33,553 people have died with the virus.
At a regional level, three autonomous communities have over two thousand new cases: Madrid, with 2,870; Catalunya, with 2,171; and Andalusia, with 2,046. In fourth place, Castilla y León surpasses one thousand, with 1,165 new detections. It is followed by the Valencian Community, with 780, Castilla-La Mancha, with 734 and the Basque Country, with 671.
Regarding the new deaths reported, five communities exceed ten: Madrid (39), Castilla-La Mancha (27), Castilla y León (17), Andalusia (12) and Comunitat Valenciana (10).
Salamanca, Asturias or Catalunya: the new provinces with restrictions
With an incidence rate of 472.5 per 100,000 inhabitants, Salamanca has been the last province to join new restrictions before the advance of the coronavirus in the national territory. The Junta de Castilla y León has notified that the city joins to León and Palencia: the entry and exit of the municipalities will be limited, meetings will be restricted to a maximum of six people and restrictions will be applied in time and capacity in stores, premises, hotel establishments and other facilities.
On Wednesday, several regions reported new restrictions. Between them, Asturias announced the return to phase 2 of the “updated” de-escalation due to the increase in cases. The autonomous community registers an infection rate of 175 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days.
For its part, Catalunya and Melilla announced the closure of bars and restaurants for the next two weeks. A measure that has already been adopted in several cities in Europe and that it has been criticized by the president of the Community of Madrid, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, who has alleged that if the hotel establishments are closed, it will cause “the contagion to go to the houses”.
The Ministry of Health plans to reform the Early Response Plan for the coronavirus to include four levels of alert with a series of criteria common to all the autonomous communities. The draft will be debated this Thursday afternoon at the Health Commission to be approved next week at the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System, reports Belén Remacha.
The advance of the epidemic in Europe worries the WHO
On the European continent, the pandemic is advancing in a situation that the World Health Organization (WHO) already described as “very worrying”, although the level of deaths is “five times lower” than the April peak.
This same Thursday, both Czech Republic, like germany have registered the highest level of infections since the beginning of the health crisis, with 9,544 and 6,638 positives, respectively, in the last day. Ireland, for its part, has banned home visits throughout the country, while the French Government has imposed a curfew in Paris and eight other cities for a minimum of one month.
Globally, SARS-Cov-2 has broken a new record in the number of infections: 380,426 new positives in the last 24 hours worldwide.