October 23, 2020

Spain exceeds 900,000 cases of coronavirus, after adding 11,970 new infections and 209 deaths



The Ministry of Health has notified 11,970 new cases of coronavirus this Wednesday, of which 5,104 have been diagnosed in the last day. Andalusia has also incorporated the data from Tuesday, which it had not been able to add due to technical problems. In total, since the health crisis began, 908,056 people have been infected in Spain according to the figures provided by the Autonomous Communities.

The death toll has increased this day by 209 people, to a total of 33,413 since March. Of her, 486 have died in the last week: 104 in Castilla y León; 75 in Andalusia; and 64 in Madrid, the regions with the most deaths in the last seven days.

By communities, the one that incorporates the most new cases to the total balance is Madrid, which totals 2,723. It is followed by Andalusia, which between yesterday and today adds 2,385 cases and Catalonia, which incorporates 1,505 to the global count. Castilla-La Mancha totals 907 and Castilla y León, 902. Regarding hospitalizations, the total figure rises to 159,230 people, of which 2,963 have required admission in the last seven days, mainly in Castilla y León (661) and Andalusia ( 485). In addition, in the last week 190 people have been admitted to the ICU for coronavirus.

How is the epidemic evolving now?

Evolution of cases, deaths, hospitalizations and those admitted to the ICU notified each day according to the notification date. The average of the last week is shown

Source: Ministry of Health

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, has already alerted on Tuesday of a delay of “between 5 and 8 days” in the consolidated numbers of infected in the Community of Madrid due to the “volume of cases” in the region and “not due to the negligence of technical and health officials”. In the same appearance, Illa also warned of a decrease in PCR tests in Madrid of 40.3% compared to the last week of September. A drop that, despite the increase in antigen testing, is very large and makes it necessary to assess the data “with caution.”

Precisely, the delay in diagnoses has caused an artificial drop in between 20 and 30% in cumulative incidence. A piece of information that both the president Isabel Díaz Ayuso and the mayor of Madrid José Luis Martínez Almeida use to ask for the lifting of the state of alarm in the region. This Wednesday, the region has notified Health an incidence of 463 cases, well above the 265 on average in Spain.

Below that average, with an incidence of 263 cases, the Catalan Government has confirmed this Wednesday its decision to close bars and restaurants of the entire community to avoid social interaction and try to stop the increase in infections, which have shot up 40% in a week. The measure, which will take effect on Friday, will allow collection services. Gaming halls, bingo halls, casinos, amusement parks will also be closed and congresses and conventions will be suspended. The parks will close at 8 pm and the venues that can remain open will have to reduce their capacity to between 30 and 50%.

The measure has the opposition of the restoration union, which has already announced that it will appeal it to the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia.

For its part, Navarra, the community with the highest incidence (774.06), continues “very close” the epidemiological situation in the region, where the case of Pamplona is of particular concern “due to the number of cases and the volume of inhabitants”, as explained by the Minister of Health, Santos Induráin. Despite the high incidence in the Navarran capital, of 779 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the city does not meet two of the three criteria agreed with Health for the perimeter closure: a PCR positivity higher than 10% and ICU occupancy with COVID patients above 35%.

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