The cumulative incidence rate has decreased for the first time since June 22, but the Ministry of Health has registered 73 deaths with COVID-19, a figure that had not been reached since the early stages of June when 97 and 73 deaths were reached in the days of the 4 and 8 of that month. “Everything indicates that we are beginning to enter the plateau of the curve,” said the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, during the press conference this Wednesday, although she has asked to remain prudent in order to flatten the contagion curve definitively . “Although the rate of ascent is decreasing, it is important to note that we are at a time when we have to be cautious, not only do we have to consolidate the plateau but also start to descend as soon as possible,” he added. This Tuesday the meter reached 701 cases.
This is the third time this year that the cumulative incidence curve has started to decline. The incidence in Spain already had two key moments of decline. One after Christmas, on January 27 it reached 894 cases and from that moment began a notable drop until reaching 127 in mid-March. After that moment it rose again, although very far from what happened this summer, and it reached 236 on April 26. After Easter, the meter dropped again to 92.25 cases on June 22. At the beginning of the summer, the meter skyrocketed due to the summer trips and outbreaks recorded among the young. The age group between 20 and 29 years of age is still the most worrying today.
The accumulated incidence has decreased in Aragon, Asturias, Castilla y León, Catalunya and Navarra while it has increased in the rest of the communities. The age ranges in which the incidence is still much higher are 12 to 19 with 1,193 cases, 20 to 29 with 1,491 cases, and 30 to 39 with 647.
This Wednesday, 27,149 new infections of COVID-19 have been registered, during the entire pandemic 4,395,602 people have been infected. The communities in which the most cases have been recorded this Wednesday are Madrid with 5,144 infections, Catalonia with 4,982 new cases and Andalusia with 3,823.
Hospital pressure continues to mount. The occupancy of beds by patients with coronavirus already exceeds 8%, a figure that had not been reached since April 27. There are only five autonomous communities with a covid bed occupancy of less than 5%. The occupancy of ICU beds of patients with the infection exceeds 17%, this is the highest figure since May 20.
During this month of July, record figures have been reached due to the pandemic. Euskadi, for example, has already exceeded the maximum accumulated incidence in this summer wave. After a day with 1,572 positives, the 14-day rate per 100,000 inhabitants has reached 853.98 cases, above the 849.49 that constituted the previous peak and that was registered in November. It must be borne in mind that these levels cannot be directly compared with those recorded during the first wave since at that time the volume of diagnostic tests was very low.
However, after a month of rapid rise in COVID-19 cases, lThe fifth wave begins to show signs that it will soon reach its ceiling. In Catalonia, the community where the increase in cases was explosive at the beginning of the summer, 38% of the population lives in municipalities where cases are decreasing.
About vaccination, Andalusia has called for pregnant women “get vaccinated as soon as possible.” The Andalusian Minister of Health and Families explained that there is currently “a significant volume of pregnant women admitted” to hospitals in the region with the infection.
31 million people, vaccinated with at least one dose
Spain this Wednesday has exceeded 31 million people vaccinated with at least one dose against COVID-19, this is 66% of the total population. A total of 26.4 million citizens already have the complete guideline, that is, 55.7% of the population. The Government hopes to have fully vaccinated 70% of citizens before the end of the summer. In the last 24 hours, 567,775 vaccines have been injected against this infection.
Today’s data leave another round figure: more than 55 million vaccines have already been administered, specifically, 95.7% of the doses received by Spain.
As indicated by the Ministry of Health in its report, the population over 40 years vaccinated with the full schedule already reaches 87%, that is, 23.5 million people, and 92.1% have at least one dose, almost 25 million .
The communities that vaccinate the most are Extremadura with 100% of the administered doses, Andalusia with 98.5%, Asturias with 99.7% and Galicia with 97.6%. Only Ceuta and Melilla have injected less than 90% of the doses received.