The Ministry of Health notifies 19,511 new cases of coronavirus in the balance of this Thursday, of which 7,759 have been registered in the last day. It also adds 356 new deaths with COVID-19. The number of total infections since the beginning of the health crisis is 1,437,220; and that of deceased amounts to 40,461.
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“We continue to be in a very complicated situation in Spain, with more than 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days,” said the director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, during the press conference of this Thursday.
Although he explained that these are “figures well above the risk thresholds” set in the European Union, he has clarified that “the evolution of the last few days indicates an even downward situation in some autonomous communities.” In this sense, he has underlined the decrease in the accumulated incidence throughout the week, which this Thursday stands at 504 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a figure lower than those of the previous days.
Evolution, as Simón explained, depends on the different regions. There are still seven communities that register more than 1,000 cases in the last balance. Andalusia is in the lead, with 4,956 new infections, followed by Madrid (2,140), Comunitat Valenciana (2,136), Castilla y León (2,081), Euskadi (1,419), Catalonia (1,384) and Castilla-La Mancha (1,021).
The most affected regions vary if the number of infected per number of inhabitants is taken into account. The autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla continue to be those with the highest incidence in the last 14 days, with 1036 and 980 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the Peninsula, they are followed by Aragon (915), Castilla y León (848) and Navarra (816).
The pressure on the health system will continue “at least a few more days”, Fernando Simón has warned, in a situation where eight communities have more than 40% of ICU beds occupied with COVID-19 patients. La Rioja, the most affected region, has 57% of intensive care beds occupied with coronavirus patients, followed by Aragon (52%), Melilla (50%), Asturias (46%), Catalunya (44%), Navarra (43%), Castilla y León (43%) and Ceuta (41%).
The number of people who have required hospitalization in the last seven days is 5,053, while 424 people have been admitted to the ICU in the same period of time.
Castilla y León, Cantabria and Catalunya announce measures
This same Thursday, three autonomous communities have chosen to take additional measures against the second wave. The Junta de Castilla y León has requested home confinement for the city of Burgos, whose incidence exceeds 900 per 100,000 inhabitants in the last week. To do this, this afternoon they will hold a meeting with the technicians of the Ministry of Health.
The vice president, Francisco Igea, has said that the measure should be taken either “squeezing the current alarm decree, or going further” and has advanced that additional restrictions will be announced for Burgos capital in the next few hours. Among them, meetings of more than three people who do not live together are limited. The Board has also opted for the closing of bookmakers throughout the community for at least 14 days.
For its part, Cantabria has chosen advance the curfew to 10 o’clock starting this Saturday. At this time the limitation is in effect from midnight. The Government of Miguel Ángel Revilla has made this decision due to the exponential increase in cases in recent weeks. The region has multiplied by five the weekly cases in the last month.
Likewise, Catalonia –one of the communities with the highest occupancy in ICU– has announced that will extend the closure of the hotel business for ten more days and of cultural spaces. The measure will remain in effect until at least November 23.