The 14-day incidence rate has experienced a further decline this Friday, standing at 95.91 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The curve of this indicator has been falling since the end of April that has softened in recent days. In fact, several communities register increases: Andalusia, Asturias, the Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands, Cantabria, Castilla-La Mancha, the Valencian Community and Galicia rise compared to Thursday.
The Ministry of Health has also reported 4,214 new COVID-19 infections in the last 24 hours, bringing the global number of infected throughout the pandemic to 3,757,442. The new infections rise above all in Andalusia, which totals 1,448, Catalonia (856), and Madrid (481).
The health authorities have notified 18 new deaths in the last day and there are already 80,652 deaths accumulated since the health crisis began, more than a year ago. Of these, 68 have occurred in the last seven days.
The situation in hospitals continues to improve and ICU beds occupied by COVID patients are now less than 800 (793), which represents 8.46% occupancy. All the communities, except Madrid, are already below the 20% risk threshold. In general, there are 2,856 conventional beds occupied with patients with this pathology, 2.32% of the total.
The President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, has already set a date for the end of masks in outdoor spaces. It will be on June 26. It is a milestone that brings the end of the COVID-19 pandemic even closer at a time when the rate of vaccination has accelerated considerably and 13 million people are on the full schedule. The Government's objective is to achieve group immunity in August, when 70% of the immunized population is achieved.
But first there will be an important image: citizens on the street without masks a year later. Other neighboring countries, such as France, have also adopted that decision in recent days. "This will be the last weekend with a mask in the open air," Sánchez has proclaimed.