The Ministry of Health notifies this Thursday 16,233 new cases of coronavirus, of which 6,915 have been registered in the last day. It also adds 252 deaths with COVID-19 to the total balance. The number of total infections since the beginning of the health crisis is 1,541,574 and the number of deaths amounts to 42,291.
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The director of the Center for the Coordination of Health Alerts and Emergencies, Fernando Simón, explained that the incidence in the country is decreasing, although “figures are still well above the objectives.” According to the latest balance, in Spain there have been 436 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days. Simón recalled during the press conference on Thursday that a number greater than 250 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in Spain is considered to be “very high risk, almost extreme”. “We still cannot trust each other at all,” he stressed.
Six autonomous communities continue to register figures of daily infections above a thousand. Andalusia is the region that reports the most cases: 3,315 in the last 24 hours. They are followed by the Valencian Community (2,207), Catalonia (2,115), Castilla y León (1,861), Madrid (1,615) and Euskadi (1,147).
Simón has also pointed out as a positive fact that the number of discharges of COVID-19 patients is higher than that of hospital admissions. In the last 24 hours 2,246 people have been discharged, compared to 1,727 people who have been admitted.
The hospital occupancy rate with coronavirus patients throughout Spain is currently at 15%, while in ICUs three out of ten admitted patients are infected with the virus. Seven communities raise this last figure above 40%. Melilla even reverses the proportion and reaches 71% of ICU beds destined for admitted with COVID-19. La Rioja presents a rate of 58%, while Aragon exceeds 52%. They are followed by Asturias (50%), Ceuta (47%), Castilla y León (43%) and Catalunya (40%).
Despite the still high figures for Catalonia, the community has reported an improvement in the last two weeks, where it has gone from registering 753 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days to 451 per 100,000. Faced with this decline, the Government has announced a de-escalation plan in four sections to begin to relax the current restrictions. The first phase will come into force next Monday, when bars and restaurants will be allowed to open until 9:30 p.m. among other measures.
The curve has gone in the opposite direction in the city of Burgos, which in one month has quadrupled its cumulative incidence to 1,871 cases per 100,000 people in 14 days. Is about the capital with the worst data since the start of the pandemic. Faced with this situation, this Friday they will come into force new restrictions until next December 3, such as limiting meetings to a maximum of three people who do not live together or closing theaters, cinemas, libraries and museums.
Despite the fact that in Spain the second wave has not exceeded in excess of mortality to the first – when 43,000 unexpected deaths were registered between March and May – this autumn five autonomous communities have registered a greater excess of deaths than in spring. This is revealed by the MoMo analysis, the mortality surveillance system of the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII), which confirms 15,000 unexpected deaths since September 1 and confirms that mortality data have now been higher in Andalusia, Murcia, Galicia, the Canary Islands and the Balearic Islands . The most affected, Andalusia, registers 2,000 more deaths than those registered during the months of March and May.
While the different vaccines advance with their studies and begin to present results, in Europe mortality has increased by 18% in the last two weeks. According to the calculations of the World Health Organization, every 17 seconds a person with coronavirus dies on the continent.