The Ministry of Health has registered 18,047 new cases of coronavirus, of which 10,217 have occurred in the last 24 hours. This is a rebound compared to yesterday, when they were 16,716. In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, 1,928,265 people confirmed by tests have been infected in Spain.
In addition, the accumulated incidence of cases continues to rise: in this last balance of 2020 it is found at 279.51 positives per 100,000 inhabitants, compared to 265.45 the day before.
At the national level, the community with the most cases today is Madrid, which totals 4,201 –3,194 on the last day–, followed by Catalonia, with 3,530 and 2,375 respectively; the Valencian Community, with 2,832 and 288; Andalusia, 1,732 and 415; Castilla-La Mancha, 1,067 and 223, and Extremadura, with 897 and 828.
Regarding the deceased, the health authorities have added 148, bringing the total since March to 50,837. Of these, 622 have died in the last week.
This Thursday, Health has responded at the request made by the Community of Madrid to carry out rapid antigen tests in pharmacies: in a letter, the head of the Ministry, Salvador Illa, has told his Madrid counterpart, Enrique Ruiz Escudero, that authorizing it is the responsibility of the communities, but it reminds you that they should only be practiced in cases of selective screening and never at the request of citizens.
On the other hand, Extremadura has announced the new restrictions it will take to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. As of tomorrow, January 1, as reported by the Minister of Health José María Vergeles, the curfew is brought forward at 10 p.m. for a reviewable period of 14 days. Until now, night mobility in the community was limited from 12 at night to 6 in the morning. The size of social gatherings in the hotel industry is also reduced, from six to four people, both indoors and outdoors. And businesses must restrict their capacity to 30%, and all non-regulated sports competitions are suspended.