The Ministry of Health has registered 4,507 coronavirus cases, 1,895 diagnosed in the last day without counting the information from Aragon, which has not loaded data this Friday. Yesterday 4,088 were notified. Of the 4,507 cases, 1,411 have occurred in Madrid, 1,018 in Catalonia and 409 in the Basque Country. Madrid thus becomes the Community that reports the most infections in Spain. Since the beginning of the pandemic, 314,362 people confirmed by tests have been infected.
In addition, the authorities have added three deceased to the total balance, bringing the figure since March to 28,503. Of these, 16 have died within the last seven days.
The transmission of COVID-19 in July and August has led Spain to the second epidemic wave, at least in some areas. In 27 provinces, The number of registered positive cases that began to have symptoms at some point in the last 14 days has escalated sharply, according to the latest review by the Carlos III Health Institute.
The Basque Health Service (Osakidetza) has reported this Friday of 428 new positives, 7.21% of the total tests carried out (5,929). Only a week ago there were 200 cases and the average in the last two weeks was around 180. There was no worse data since April 2, the days considered to be the peak of the pandemic in Euskadi since they were the worst in terms of ICU occupation and mortality. And it’s not just a matter of more tests being done now: not since April has such a high percentage of positives in tracking efforts been known.
However, the director of the Health Emergencies Center, Fernando Simón, has indicated after the words of the Basque Minister of Health, Nekane Murga –which reiterates this Friday in a tribune in elDiario.es that we are facing a second wave– that this concept, that of “second wave”, is not something univocal and that, according to its criterion, it would apply the term if a “generalized community transmission” was found. This type of transmission implies that the chains of contagion cannot be traced from contact to contact. But, apart from these decisions or analyzes, Health reports have revealed a worrying trend that epidemiologists have warned about: the increase in PCR positivity, that is, the percentage of tests carried out that are positive. According to data from the Ministry, this rate has been increasing in the last month and has gone from being 1.7% in tests carried out in Primary Care and 1.2% in hospitals in the week June 29 to June 5. July at 12.9% and 9.7% in the week of July 27 to August 2.
Since the beginning of the ‘new normal’, the autonomous communities have been reporting more and more cases of COVID-19, but the situation is not the same as that of March. Now the detection capacity is much greater, that is, we see more of the epidemic than we were able to identify before. This translates, among other things, into the fact that around 60% of the cases are asymptomatic or presymptomatic and in the drop in fatality. These indicators are highlighted this week by Fernando Simón, director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, who, at the same time, has underlined the existence of this negative trend regarding laboratory diagnostic tests.