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Report below updated in Spain at 17h on Wednesday 17 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 17 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 244,683 – an increase of 141 over Tuesday.
Of the 141 new cases, 65 are in Madrid, 23 in Catalonia and 24 in Castilla y León.
Tuesday’s figure for the daily increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 76 over Monday. Monday’s comparative figure had been 40 over Sunday – the lowest daily increase since 4 March. Sunday had been 48.
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 Wednesday 17 June still show a total of 27,136 deaths from Coronavirus in Spain, meaning that there has not been a change for 11 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 state that there have been 30 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. The total mortality figures have not been updated since Sunday 7 June.
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.’
State ceremony to be held for victims of Covid-19 on 16 July
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has announced that a state ceremony in honour of the victims of Covid-19 will be held on Thursday 16 July.
The ceremony will be presided over by King Felipe VI and will be attended by the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, the president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, and also the director general of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
UK visitors to Spain might have to undergo ‘reciprocal quarantine’
Spain’s Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said on Monday 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.
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.
The British Embassy in Madrid has 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.
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