The incidence in Spain has dropped to 41.45 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The pandemic data continues with a downward trend: this Monday, the week began with fewer than 2,000 COVID-19 hospitalizations for the first time since there are occupancy records.
Spain has notified 2,758 new infections this Wednesday, a slight increase compared to the same day last week, when 2,303 new cases were registered, although it must be taken into account that the data for this Wednesday correspond to Monday and Tuesday. In total, 4,980,206 people have been infected by COVID since the start of the pandemic.
The health authorities have also reported 42 deaths, making a total of 86,869 deaths from COVID since the start of the pandemic. It assumes a xxxx compared to last Wednesday, that 57 deaths were reported. On the other hand, the number of hospitalized in ICU falls below 500, with 486 patients.
Low risk does not mean zero risk: the pandemic is not over and the job has not yet been completed
Fortunately, and thanks to a great collective effort, the incidence of the pandemic has continued to decline and we have returned, after many months, to below 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants on average for the entire country. This places us at a low risk of transmission, and consequently of care pressure, and although this situation opens up optimistic expectations, We must be very clear that this does not mean that the risk is null or non-existent.
The virus is still present and has the potential to mutate and thereby generate threatening variants that are more contagious and elusive to the efficacy of vaccines. We still do not know the true duration of immunity generated by natural infection and by vaccines. Vaccines are not sterilizing and do not prevent infection and contagion, even though they do protect us, fortunately, from the severity, the risk of hospitalization and the risk of death. In addition, we are already clear that in the case of COVID-19, group immunity does not occur with high percentages of vaccination coverage and that, although the percentages of vaccinated people are very high, we still lack around 5.3 million people over 12 years of age to receive the complete guideline so that they have the necessary individual protection.