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Report below updated in Spain at 17h on Tuesday 16 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 16 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 244,328 – an increase of 76 over Monday.
Of the 76 new cases, 42 are in Madrid and 14 in Catalonia.
Monday’s figure for the daily increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 40 over Sunday – the lowest increase since 4 March. Sunday’s comparative figure had been 48 over Saturday. Saturday had been 130.
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).
As for the mortality statistics, the Health Ministry’s figures on Tuesday 16 June still show a total of 27,136 deaths from Coronavirus in Spain, meaning that there has not been a change for 10 consecutive days, since Sunday 7 June. The ministry’s report still states that a ‘validation of the deceased cases is being carried out to correct the historical series, which will then be updated weekly’.
The figures again state that there have been 25 deaths in the past 7 days.
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.
A full breakdown in Spanish of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
*Confusion and discrepancies
There has been recent confusion regarding the Coronavirus mortality figures released by Spain’s central Health Ministry, as well as on-going discrepancies with the data released by some of the country’s regional health authorities.
Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) recently published figures showing that the number of deaths for the first 21 weeks of 2020 have been 24% higher than for the same period in 2019 – based on information received from the country’s civil registries (1 January to 24 May). The number of deaths during this period for 2020 is 43,945 higher than in 2019.
The INE report of its latest statistics also states that the week between 30 March and 5 April saw the highest number of deaths in the year, ‘with 20,575 deaths, 154.6% higher than the same week in 2019′. During the week of 18 May – the last week included in the study – an estimated 7,470 people died, which is ‘a similar figure to the 7,429 from the same week in 2019′, the INE stated.
Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa has said that, ‘Spain is following a very strict definition of cases [both for deaths and infections of Coronavirus] in line with international authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC). Anyone who tests positive for Covid-19 and then dies is considered a Coronavirus fatality.’
UK visitors to Spain from 21 June might have to undergo ‘reciprocal quarantine’
Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya has said that ‘reciprocal quarantine’ could be imposed on visitors to Spain from the UK after 21 June, in response to the UK government’s current quarantine requirements.
The Spanish foreign minister, Arancha González, has told HARDtalk Spain is considering imposing reciprocal quarantine on visitors from the UK unless the British government lifts its two week quarantine on travellers from Spain. pic.twitter.com/o4Sf2x9tJk
— BBC HARDtalk (@BBCHARDtalk) June 16, 2020
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez had announced that the country will be open to visitors from the EU, with the exception of Portugal, from 21 June. EU travellers arriving in Spain from 21 June will also no longer be required to stay in quarantine for two weeks.
On Monday afternoon, the British Embassy in Madrid confirmed that the UK is included in the list of countries to whom border relaxations with Spain will apply from 21 June.
Lifting of Lockdown phases
Since Monday, over 70% of Spain is now in Phase Three of the de-escalation plans – and the region of Galicia has now entered the ‘New Normality’.
We’ve published all the key rules and measures regarding the four phases of the government’s de-escalation plan in a separate report, together with the current ‘phase status’ for each region and province. The fully updated report can be found here: Lifting of lockdown in Spain – full details of all phases for all regions.
To download a full PDF (in Spanish) of all the updated measures for Phase Two that have been published in the Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE), please click here.
Here is also a link to a 29-page PDF (in Spanish) from the Spanish Health Ministry, providing all the guidelines for Phase Two.
On Saturday 30 May, the Spanish government published in its Boletín Oficial del Estado (BOE) the full details of all the measures for Phase Three.
Here is also a link to a 22-page PDF (in Spanish) from the Spanish Health Ministry, providing all the guidelines for Phase Three.
Our previous reports on Coronavirus in Spain:
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