The incidence drops 55 points and Health reports 130,888 new infections and 176 deaths
The downward trend in incidence continues, which this Thursday dropped 55 points to 3,139.45 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. It is the fourth consecutive day in which the incidence curve falls, although it continues above 3,000 points. On Tuesday of last week, the rate decreased for the first time since the start of the sixth wave, at the beginning of November. At that time, Health registered 3,306 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and during the two subsequent days the Ministry reported increasingly lower figures, up to 3,279 cases. On Friday that rate rose again, reaching a record figure of 3,418 points, probably as a statistical effect of January 6, which was a holiday. Now, since Monday, the trend of the curve points downwards, while hospital pressure drops slightly.
People aged 11 and under continue to add cases of cumulative incidence. In one week the rate for this age group has risen from 4,212 points registered on Thursday 20, to 5,782 notified this Thursday, an increase of more than 1,500 points. Meanwhile, the group of those between 20 and 29 years old registered less than 3,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time since December 30, 2021.
130,888 new infections have been reported from the last day, which brings the total number of positives since the coronavirus pandemic began to 9,660,208, according to the latest update from the Ministry. Half of these cases occurred in this last sixth wave, that is, since November 2021.
Hospital pressure drops slightly again and hospital occupancy by COVID patients comes out of the 'very high' risk, with less than 15% of beds occupied. ICU occupancy also decreased, with 22.16% of beds admitted for COVID.
176 people have died from COVID-19. In total, 92,767 deaths have been registered since the beginning of the epidemiological crisis due to the coronavirus.
Three communities are at the top of the incidence list: Catalonia, with 5,287 cases; Murcia, with 4,735; and Aragon, with 4,667. Meanwhile, three others are in the queue: Andalusia, with 1,146 incidence points; Madrid, with 1,798; and the Canary Islands, which register 1,915 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, the new infections are distributed as follows: Catalonia reports 35,889 new infections; Comunitat Valenciana notifies 30,410; and Madrid, 9,449 new positives.
The EMA authorizes Pfizer's first oral antiviral against COVID-19
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended this Thursday to grant a conditional marketing authorization to the drug Paxlovid, from the Pfizer company, so it will become the first oral antiviral in the European Union to treat COVID-19.
The pill will serve “adults who do not require supplemental oxygen and who are at increased risk of the disease becoming severe,” the EMA explained in a statement.