ICU beds occupied by COVID patients are now less than 5% and the incidence falls to 40 cases

The incidence stands this Thursday at 40.52 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, for the first time since the end of July 2020. The figures of the pandemic continue to decline, and on this day Health notifies an ICU occupancy rate below the 5%.

The age group that registers the highest cumulative incidence and that falls within the vaccination campaign is that of people between 40 and 49 years of age, with 45.15 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; while those who report a lower rate are those aged 12 to 19, with 28.11 cases. The stratum that continues to present the highest incidence are people under 12 years of age, who have not yet received any anti-COVID dose, with 55.99 cases.

The Ministry of Health has notified 1,932 new infections this Thursday, making a total of 4,982,138 positive since the start of the pandemic. It represents a decrease with respect to the previous day of this Wednesday, when 2,758 infections were reported since Monday.

Catalunya, which adds 464 new cases; Madrid, with 305 new positives; and Andalusia, with 228 are the regions with the highest number of new cases. In addition, all the autonomous communities have incidence rates of less than 50 cases, that is, they are at low risk for COVID according to Health criteria, with the exception of Catalonia (65), Cantabria (60), Aragón (55), Euskadi (54), and the Balearic Islands, which has an incidence of 50, which would therefore fall into this low risk category.

Hospitalizations continue with a downward trend and this Thursday 1,854 hospitalizations were reported. On the other hand, ICU occupancy drops to 4.98%, and COVID patient bed occupancy is 1.52%.

In addition, 48 deaths have been registered, representing a total of 86,917 deaths since the beginning of the health crisis due to COVID-19. It is a slight rise compared to this Wednesday, when Health reported 42 deaths since the beginning of the week.

How is the epidemic evolving now?

Evolution of the cases and deaths reported, those hospitalized and those admitted to the ICU each day and the variation in the last 7 days

Source: Ministry of Health

78% of the Spanish population already has the complete guideline against COVID-19

78% of people in Spain already have maximum immunity against COVID-19 at a time when the vaccination campaign is slowed down and 87.8% of ‘vaccinable’ people -that is, they can receive the anti-COVID puncture according to Health criteria – they already have the complete guideline, 36,994,918 in total. On the other hand, 79.8% have at least one dose, which brings the country into the group of 10 countries that have managed to vaccinate such a high percentage of the population.

In addition, Spain continues to strengthen the immunity of certain risk groups with the third doses: this Thursday we passed the 350,000 extra punctures, with 364,696 anti-COVID injections.

By age groups, the 12 to 19-year-old stratum has already reached 80.2% of people with both doses. It is the latest group to join the immunization campaign and one of the most advanced in this regard.

The greatest risk of exposure to the coronavirus in hospitals is not in the rooms but in the corridors

The highest risk of coronavirus infection in a hospital can occur in areas that are not directly exposed to infected patients. A study based on the measurement of the air inside the Son Espases hospital (Mallorca) and published in the magazine Environmental Research has yielded a surprising result: the RNA of the virus is present outside the rooms of the infected and, in addition, the concentration is higher in the corridors than inside.

After this finding, researchers from the Institute for Environmental Diagnosis and Water Studies (IDAEA-CSIC) warn that it is urgent to improve ventilation in these common areas of the COVID-19 wings of hospitals and remind that it is important that staff are protected also outside the rooms to avoid nosocomial infection in the toilets.


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