The 14-day incidence rate has today marked a rise of more than 10 points and stands at 213.05 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Although in a more moderate way than in previous waves, the incidence has been on an upward trend since a month ago, when Spain registered a floor of 127 points.
The incidence rises in all of Spain, with the exception of Ceuta and Melilla, and Navarra (443.44), Euskadi (375.23) and Madrid (372.23) continue to lead in this indicator.
The Ministry of Health has notified 10,598 new infections, an increase compared to Thursday that leaves a total balance of infected since the start of the pandemic of 3,407,283.
The communities with the highest increases recorded are Andalusia (2,395 new cases), Madrid (2,301), Catalonia (2,172) and Euskadi (926).
There have also been 99 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. Since the beginning of the health crisis, more than a year ago, 76,981 people have died from COVID-19.
Regarding hospitalizations, the percentage of ICU beds occupied by coronavirus patients rises a little, which stands at 21.71% this Friday, with 2,180 people, while the total number of patients hospitalized by COVID-19 rises slightly and stands at 9,788 admitted, 7.79% of the total beds.
Communities have already vaccinated 9,002,054 people with at least one dose of any of the available sera against COVID-19, 19% of the population, and more than 3.3 million with the complete schedule.
In total, 12.3 million vaccines have been administered, 445,000 in the last 24 hours, according to the daily report of the Ministry of Health.
By age group, 98% of those over 80 years of age have already received the first injection and 58.3% already have the double dose inoculated, necessary to obtain complete immunization with the vaccines available so far.
Furthermore, vaccination of the population over 80 years of age already has an effect on the hospitalization curve, which does not pick up in this age group.
The cumulative incidence of COVID-19 continues to grow in Spain since mid-March. The floor of the 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days that the Ministry of Health had set has been far behind and the fourth wave threatens to erupt with force throughout the country. The objective of the Pedro Sánchez Government is to stop the skyrocketing increase in cases coinciding with the start of mass vaccination, and given the rise in daily infections in recent weeks, the Executive had already lowered its initial objective: not exceed a global rate throughout the country of 300 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The autonomous regions where contagions are growing the most are in this order Navarra, Euskadi and Madrid. Of these, Madrid is by far the one with the most lax measures, and Isabel Díaz Ayuso refuses to toughen them two weeks before the elections.
The region has the highest hospital occupancy by COVID patients in the country. The Community of Madrid has reported this Thursday 508 admissions for covid in Intensive Care Units (ICU), after more than a month below half a thousand, while new infections rise to 2,759 and deaths in hospitals to 16, three more compared to the previous day. From the Ministry, they insist on requesting more restrictive measures that the Community of Madrid refuses to adopt, within its strategy of making “life and the economy” compatible.