The incidence escalates again, and this Thursday passes the barrier of 100 cases, with 104.29 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The last time that Spain registered a rate of more than 100 cases of incidence was on September 15, when Health reported 101.55 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In September, the incidence curve showed a downward trend after peak incidence was reached at the end of July with up to 700 cases. Health has raised this week a new COVID traffic light, with which the low risk range now occurs up to 100 cases of incidence, so according to this new criterion, the country would re-enter the medium risk range of contagion of the coronavirus.
By age groups, four groups register more than 100 cases of incidence: those under 12 years of age, who have not yet entered the vaccination campaign; those from 40 to 49 years old, with 123 cases; those from 30 to 39; and those from 60 to 69 years old. On the other hand, people between 12 and 19 years of age continue to be those who report the least accumulated incidence, with 56.42 cases.
The Ministry of Health has also reported 6,315 new infections, a slight decrease compared to this Wednesday, when 6,667 positives were registered.
The rate registered in the different autonomous communities also varies: while Andalusia is the region with the lowest rate, with 56 cases, Navarra reaches 278 cases of incidence. The increase in infections by communities is distributed as follows: Catalonia, with 1602; Andalusia, with 839; and Madrid, with 699 are the communities that register the highest increase in positives.
Hospital figures remain more or less stable, although with slight increases. Occupancy in ICU returns to 5% after almost a month below that value. In addition, 2,308 people have had to be hospitalized for COVID-19.
On the other hand, the Ministry has reported this new day that 29 people have died from COVID-19, while this Wednesday the country registered 30 deaths. In total, 87,804 people have died from COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.
44.7% of those over 70 years of age already have the anti-COVID booster dose
More than three million people have received the booster dose against COVID-19. Specifically, 3,198,583 people throughout Spain. By percentages and age groups, 44.7% of those over 70 years of age have this third anti-COVID dose.
The vaccination strategy for the general population continues. 83.7% of people aged 12 to 19, the last to receive protection against COVID-19 this summer, already have the complete guideline against the disease. On the other hand, 77% of people aged 30 to 39 have the maximum protection against COVID.
Regarding the general population, 79% have both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine nationwide, while 80.5% have at least one anti-COVID puncture.
Sánchez announces a third dose for people over 60 years of age and health personnel
Pedro Sánchez has announced that Spain will vaccinate with a third dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 to those over 60 years of age and to health and social health personnel. This was expressed at a press conference in Ankara, where he participated in a high-level summit with his Turkish counterpart, based on the agreement that has been reached in the vaccine presentation. The decision will now have to be ratified in the Public Health Commission and in the Interterritorial Health Council in which the Ministry of Health and the communities are represented.
The Prime Minister has opted to “continue with the vaccination without pause” at a time when Spain has exceeded 88% of the population over twelve years immunized. Sánchez has also been convinced that Spain is in good condition to face a new wave like the one that is taking place in other European countries. “We are much better than a year ago to address any rebound that may occur in our country,” he predicted.