The incidence curve continues to rise and registers a new increase to 3,192.46 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Since Monday, the incidence rate has risen almost 200 cases, while in the weeks before the Christmas holidays the weekly increase was about 500 points.
162,508 people have been infected in the last day, making a total of almost eight million positives since the start of the pandemic. This week the daily record of infected was broken on Wednesday, when almost 180,000 infected were registered in a single day.
The autonomous communities with a higher incidence register a drop in cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the case of Navarra, it goes from 6,903 cases reported this Thursday to an incidence of 6,594 points. On the other hand, Euskadi registers 6,430 cases. The regions that point to a greater increase in infections are three: Catalonia, with 36,029; Valencian Community, with 22,081; and Madrid, with 19,918 positives.
This week, the average number of daily deaths from COVID-19 exceeds 100 deaths. In the latest report from the Ministry of Health, 139 deaths are reported, which brings the total number of deaths since the health crisis began to 90,759 people. Although the number of people who have lost their lives is still far from the worst moments of the pandemic, a daily increase is observed compared to last month.
WHO recommends a drug used against rheumatoid arthritis to treat patients with severe COVID
The WHO has given the go-ahead to treat COVID-19 with Baricitinib, a medicine used against rheumatoid arthritis. Magazine British Medical Journal, BMJ for its acronym in English, has published an update of the table of medicines that the Organization has selected in which it is stated that this drug “is highly recommended” for patients with “critical or severe” COVID-19.
Patients with severe COVID-19 have signs of pneumonia or breathing difficulties, and those with critical illness have acute respiratory problems or require life-sustaining treatment.