October 21, 2020

Health registers 11,289 cases of coronavirus and 130 deaths



The Ministry of Health has notified 11,289 new cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, of which 4,143 have been diagnosed in the last day. Most have been registered in Madrid, which has added 3,070 new cases to the total balance -1,290 as of yesterday- the same day that his vice president Ignacio Aguado has confirmed that the Community will request the central government this Thursday “urgent military logistical support” to carry out tests and disinfection work. The Deputy Minister of Public Health, Antonio Zapatero, has announced new restrictions in the region, which will be announced on Friday.

The health authorities have added 130 new deaths to today’s balance. In total, 31,034 people have died since the start of the health crisis, of which 517 have died in the last week: the majority in Madrid -171 with a death date in the last seven days-, with a much higher number of deaths that of other communities such as Euskadi (54), Aragón (51) or Castilla y León (42).

Although the incidence in Madrid is currently the highest, with a cumulative rate of 754.98 cases of coronavirus per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, the average in Spain is 286.86, above 200, from which the experts consider the situation “worrying”. In fact, only seven Communities are below this rate: Andalusia (154.12), Asturias (99.53), Baleares (166.51), Canarias (126.22), Catalunya (162.07), Comunitat Valenciana (114.57) and Galicia (116.47).

After Madrid, which has added 3,070 new positives for coronavirus to the total, are: Andalusia, which has added 1,550; Catalunya, which incorporates 1,051; Castilla-La Mancha, with 873 new cases; Comunitat Valenciana, which notifies 657; Castilla y León, 635; Murcia, which incorporates 583; and Euskadi, with 398. Since the pandemic began, a total of 693,556 people have been infected in Spain, 61,695 of them in the last week, after the record reached on Tuesday, when the highest number of infections in a week was recorded since May: 64,272.

How is the epidemic evolving now?

Evolution of cases, deaths, hospitalized and those admitted to the ICU accumulated during the last week

Source: Ministry of Health

Regarding the number of hospitalizations, today’s balance incorporates 778 new admissions, making a total of 145,786 people since the pandemic began. Of these, 2,473 have been admitted in the last seven days. In addition, 13,195 have required admission to the ICU, 191 in the last week.

The director of the Center for Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, already said on Tuesday that he had “no problems” in calling the current situation of the pandemic “second wave.” The technician clarified that the increase in positives registered in recent weeks is due not only to “an increase in transmission”, but also to “an important diagnostic capacity.” That is, now more cases are detected because more tests are carried out.

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