The Ministry of Health has reported 15,680 new infections of COVID-19 this Tuesday, a decrease compared to Friday, when 21,561 cases were recorded. This is the lowest daily number of infections since July 4. In total, since the start of the pandemic, almost a year and a half ago, 4,643,450 people have tested positive for COVID-19.
In the breakdown by communities, Andalusia, which records 3,407 new cases; Madrid (2,644); and Catalonia (2,523); They are the autonomies that report the highest number of new infections in the last 24 hours.
For the first time in more than a month, ICU occupancy drops nationwide. This Tuesday, intensive therapies with COVID patients are at 21.54%, up from 21.98% yesterday. On July 7, a floor of 6.55% was reached and since then this figure had not stopped rising. Even so, Catalonia and Madrid still maintain a worrying saturation, with 48.41 and 31.02 respectively.
The number of hospitalized for COVID in conventional beds also decreases. Right now there are 10,001 admitted for this pathology, down from 10,411 on Monday. In the last 24 hours there were 1,175 admissions and 1,519 discharges in the country’s hospitals.
The authorities have added 102 deaths in the last 24 hours, an increase compared to Friday, when 75 deaths were registered. The global death toll from COVID-19 stands at 82,227.
The 14-day incidence continues to decline in Spain and this Tuesday stands at 528.38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This figure represents a decline of twenty points compared to Monday, when it stood at 549.06 infections. Just two weeks ago the peak incidence of this fifth wave was recorded, in 701.92 cases, and since then this indicator has not stopped falling, although it is still at very high risk levels.
This indicator rises in Cantabria and Castilla-La Mancha, as well as in Ceuta and Melilla. In addition, practically all the communities have less incidence than two weeks ago.
The downward trend in the infection rate is also replicated among the younger ages. The contagion curve among young people between the ages of 12 and 29 has decreased practically continuously since July 26. The group from 20 to 29 drops this Tuesday more than 60 points, to 1,130 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. the one from 12 to 19 registers a similar jump and stands today at 1,154 infections.
These groups are precisely those that later began to be vaccinated and therefore those with the least coverage against COVID-19. In recent weeks, several communities have already opened self-citation systems for the general vaccination of all people over 12 years of age.
Judges’ rulings for and against the COVID passport add another legal mess to the management of the pandemic
The daily numbers reflect that, despite the success of the vaccination, the transmission of the virus still fired in Spain in this fifth wave of the pandemic being noticed in the hospital pressure. Faced with this scenario, which has led countries such as France or Germany to recommend that their citizens not travel to the communities with the highest incidence, the autonomous governments improvise new formulas to stop contagions. Among them, use the so-called COVID passport, originally devised in the European Union to facilitate foreign tourism this summer, and that it also serves to limit access to nightlife and hospitality venues to those who have a complete vaccination schedule or a negative test.
As with the perimeter closures or the curfews outside the different states of alarm, the debate on the relevance of this measure has once again moved to the courts. Judges must rule at the request of the communities themselves, who ask them to assess whether the measure may affect fundamental rights and, consequently, require the endorsement of the courts. But they also have to settle claims of the affected groups, such as restaurateurs, who seek that the Justice annul a measure that may affect the evolution of their businesses. And, as happened in the periods in which the state of alarm was not in force, there is a trickle of disparate rulings in the courts with different arguments that, for the moment, tip the balance towards the rejection of this use of the passport COVID.