The drop in the incidence rate to 14 days continues, which this Thursday stands at 614.88 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is a decrease from Wednesday of 18 points. The incidence curve rose sharply in July, reaching a peak of 702 cases on Tuesday of last week, but has been on a downward trend since then.
The incidence increases in Andalusia and Castilla-La Mancha, as well as in Ceuta and Melilla, although the Basque Country has not updated its data due to technical problems and its incidence data correspond to those of the previous day.
However, this indicator rises for the first time in several days in the youngest groups. Adolescents from 12 to 19 go from 1,318 cases yesterday to 1,360 this Thursday while the group of 20 to 29 goes from 1,387 infections to 1,403. These age groups are the ones with the lowest percentage of vaccinated and the ones that led to the rise in incidence in recent weeks.
The Ministry of Health has added 21,387 new coronavirus infections in its latest daily report, a slight decrease compared to the 21,874 registered yesterday. With today’s data, those infected by COVID-19 since the pandemic began, a year and a half ago, amount to 4,566,571.
Andalusia, with 4,627 new infections; Madrid, with 3,665; Catalonia, with 3,547; and the Valencian Community; they are the communities that register the highest number of new cases in the last day.
The authorities have also notified 87 new deaths in the last 24 hours. Since the beginning of the health crisis, 81,931 people have died from coronavirus.
Regarding hospitalizations, the number of COVID patients in conventional beds continues to fall, from 10,184 on Wednesday to 10,004 this Thursday, and the percentage of ICU occupancy with coronavirus patients is maintained, with a slight increase, from just a few tenths, up to 20.78%. In total, there are 1,925 COVID-19 patients in intensive care.
Catalonia and Madrid continue to be the communities with the worst hospital situation, with 48.4 and 29.62 percent occupation of their ICUs respectively.
Increase in infections among vaccinated elderly: residences are a concern, but there is less hospital admissions
The fifth wave has hit hard among young people, but it has also dragged the older age groups with it. In a matter of a month, the incidence among people over 70 and 80 years old has multiplied by ten. Octogenarians have gone from registering around twenty cases per 100,000 inhabitants in July to almost 300 in August.
Those over 50 and 60 have also escalated to 350 incidents. The residences have once again become a focus of regrowths, with more infections and deaths than in previous months but without resembling other waves. “We are concerned about the increase in cases, they were the most affected institutions at the beginning of the crisis and we will adopt the necessary measures to make these centers safe,” said Health Minister Carolina Darias on Wednesday.