Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Friday 22 May
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – today’s figures
The latest official figures* for Coronavirus (Covid-19) released by Spain’s Health Ministry in Madrid at 5pm on Friday 22 May show that 28,628 people have now died from the pandemic in Spain, compared to the 27,940 figure released yesterday.
The ministry claims that the increase in deaths in the past 24 hours is actually 56 – and that the overall increase in the total figure of Coronavirus-related deaths is an adjustment from figures sent from Catalonia, that are still to be verified. The figures of yesterday did not include data from Catalonia, due to ‘problems verifying the data’.
Thursday’s figures showed an increase of 48 Coronavirus-related deaths over Wednesday (without including any data from Catalonia). Wednesday had seen an overall increase (for the whole of Spain) of 95 deaths over Tuesday. Tuesday had been 83.
The current peak of recorded deaths related to Coronavirus in a 24-hour period in Spain was on 2 April, when 950 deaths were registered.
Official figures released daily by the Spanish Health Ministry are for the total number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test (polymerase chain reaction). That figure for Friday 22 May is 234,824 – an increase of 446 over yesterday – but still bearing in mind that yesterday’s figures did not include new data from Catalonia.
Thursday’s figure for the increase of infections (excluding Catalonia) only through PCR testing had been 344 over Wednesday. Wednesday’s figure (for the whole of Spain) had been 416 over Tuesday. Tuesday had been 295.
The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered (including from PCR and antibody).
The Health Ministry has not released a figure for the number of people who have made a full recovery.
Of the official figures released by the ministry today – and based only on the total 233,037 confirmed cases through PCR testing – there have now been 67,425 cases in the Madrid region and where 8,944 have died (from the total 28,628 across the country). There have been 57,036 confirmed cases in Catalonia and where 6,656 people have died (figures still to be verified).
There are now 13,454 known cases in the Basque Country (1,487 deaths), 12,576 in Andalusia (1,377), 16,830 in Castilla La Mancha (2,929) and 11,021 in the Valencia region (1,389).
Figures for those infected with Coronavirus in other regions are now as follows: Aragón 5,618 (858 deaths), Asturias 2,376 (307 deaths), Balearic Islands 2,037 (222), Canary Islands 2,312 (155), Cantabria 2,284 (209), Castilla y León 18,674 (1,961), Ceuta 124 (4), Extremadura 3,044 (506), Galicia 9,084 (609), Melilla 121 (2), Murcia 1,572 (149), Navarra 5,200 (508) and La Rioja 4,036 (356).
A full breakdown in Spanish of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN
Phase Two starts from Monday 25 May
Today (Friday) the Spanish Health Ministry has announced the areas of the country that can move to a next phase (including to Phase Two) from Monday 25 May.
We have published all the key rules and measures regarding the four phases in a separate report, together with full details of the current ‘phase status’ (and proposals made) for each region and province. We are regularly updating it as and when new announcements are made. The report can be found here: Lifting of lockdown in Spain – full details of all phases for all regions.
‘State of Alarm’ extended until 7 June
The Spanish Congress also voted on Wednesday to extend the current ‘state of alarm’ in the country until Saturday 7 June.
It is now the fifth time that the ‘state of alarm’ has been extended. It will remain in place as Spain also continues to lift lockdown restrictions with its four-phase de-escalation plan. That plan commenced on 4 May and will continue until towards the end of June, when the country hopes to return to a ‘new normality’.
For further details of the Spanish Congress vote on Wednesday, as well as the background to the ‘state of alarm’ and lockdown extensions to date, please read our full report: Spanish Congress votes to extend ‘state of alarm’ until 7 June.
Face masks compulsory from Thursday
It became compulsory from Thursday to wear face masks in Spain in closed spaces (including shops and stores), as well as on the street and in public places, if a 2-metre ‘social distance’ cannot be maintained.
The new rule was ordered by the Spanish Health Ministry to further combat the spread of Coronavirus and was published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE).
For full details of the new measures and the exceptions allowed in wearing a face mask, please read our report here: Face masks compulsory in close space and outside if not at as 2-metre social distance.
Our previous reports on Coronavirus in Spain:
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