The Ministry of Health has reported in its latest report 11,731 new infections, which records the worst daily data since February 18. In total, since the pandemic began more than a year ago, 3,468,617 people have been infected with COVID-19.
The 14-day incidence rate has registered a new rise this Friday and stands at 235.51 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The incidence maintains a stable trend since Monday, around 230 cases and a fourth wave begins to be drawn in the form of a plateau.
In addition, in the last 24 hours Health has added 95 new deaths, which leaves the total balance of deaths from coronavirus in Spain at 77,591. In the last week, 330 people have died while the global lethality of the pandemic in Spain stands at 2.2%.
In the last day the number of hospitalized for coronavirus has fallen, which stands at 9,989, although there has been a slight increase in the percentage of ICU occupancy with COVID-19 patients: 22.8%. The Community of Madrid continues with intensive therapies at risk, with 44.34% of the beds with coronavirus patients.
Meanwhile, communities have already immunized 3.8 million people, representing 8.1% of the population, after the first day in which Jannsen was inoculated in Spain, the first single-dose vaccine authorized by the European Medicines Agency (EMA).
In total, Spain has administered 14.3 million doses and 10,405,863 have at least the first injection, 21.9% of the population as a whole.
Yesterday, Thursday, eight communities began to puncture the first doses of Janssen to the group of 70 to 79 years to accelerate immunization with this single-dose preparation of a population group in which only 3.8% have the complete vaccination regimen.
Catalonia, Navarra, the Canary Islands, Andalusia, the Basque Country, La Rioja, Asturias and Galicia began this Thursday to inoculate these vials to the elderly, who are also being immunized with Pfizer or Moderna.
The fourth wave has epidemiologists and experts in Public Health clueless. It seemed stagnant or even declining, but this Thursday it has risen slightly again up to 233 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. "The evolution is good. We have to be satisfied that we have been able to respond to the increase that has been seen for weeks, but we cannot lower our guard," warned Fernando Simón at the beginning of the week. Accompanying this reflection by the director of the Center for Health Alerts and Emergencies, the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, took for granted that "despite the great difference between communities", Spain had begun "a period of stabilization."
It is true that the latest attack is not being as extreme as the previous ones, since the national incidence has increased 100 points in one month and in this same period it almost tripled at the beginning of the third wave. Although it seems that it has not yet reached its peak, the fourth has a less steep ridge that could strengthen it in the form of a "wave", as defined by Simón. However, there are still indicators that concern Health, such as ICU occupancy -with an average of 23% and eight regions at maximum risk- and the incidence in many municipalities. All of this makes this "high plateau" an unusual phenomenon to which experts find several defining elements.