The Ministry of Health has notified 19,765 new cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, of which 9,303 have been diagnosed in the last day. Both the total of new cases incorporated into the balance, as well as the diagnoses on the previous day are higher than those notified on Tuesday: 18,418 and 8,304 cases respectively. The incidence also rises, from 436.5 cases per 100,000 inhabitants to 452.6. In total, 1,136,503 people have been infected in Spain since the beginning of the pandemic.
If this Tuesday the daily data of deaths with COVID-19 marked its maximum in the second wave, with 267 deaths, in the new balance provided by Health with data from the Autonomous Communities incorporates 168 more fatalities. They make a total of 35,466 deaths with coronavirus since March, 761 of them in the last seven days.
By communities, the ones that have added the most new cases to the total balance are Catalonia, with 5,070 new positives; followed by Madrid, with 2,670 more cases; and Andalusia, which adds 2,089. Navarra (1,159), Aragón (940) and Castilla y León (700) are, together with the autonomous city of Melilla (1,211), the regions that present an incidence much higher than the national average, of 452.6.
What remains with respect to Tuesday’s data is the occupation of beds by COVID patients, which remains around 13% and in ICU beds, around 25%. In total, 172,029 people have required hospitalization since the start of the health crisis, 4,874 in the last seven days, of which 17,073 remain hospitalized. 314 people have been admitted to intensive care units in the last week, making a total of 15,371, of which 2,368 continue to be admitted.
These data come in the middle of a political row on account of the duration of the state of alarm, decreed on Sunday for a period of 15 days but whose extension must be approved in the Congress of Deputies. The Government had initially defended a duration of six months, within which the measures could be adapted in the different territories according to the epidemiological situation, but in the face of the rejection of the PP, which offered to support that it be two months and Ciudadanos, which considered excessive, President Pedro Sánchez has offered check alarm status in March and give explanations every two months in Congress. The opposition leader, Pablo Casado, has rejected the proposal, accusing Sánchez of “eluding Parliament”.
Meanwhile, the Autonomous Communities continue to define their restrictions under the legal protection of the state of alarm. This is the case of Murcia, which this afternoon announced that Perimeter closes the region and all its municipalities, so that you will not be able to travel from one town to another, a case similar to that of Euskadi. The governments of Asturias, Aragon, Navarra and La Rioja have also decreed the perimeter closure of their territories.
For their part, Isabel Díaz Ayuso (PP), Emiliano García-Page (PSOE) and Alfonso Fernández Mañueco (PP) meet this afternoon to jointly decide on closure perimeter of their respective communities, Madrid, Castilla-La Mancha and Castilla y León, respectively, facing the Todos los Santos bridge this weekend, which can mean high mobility between provinces.