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Report below updated in Spain at 17.30h on Thursday 18 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 18 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 245,268 – an increase of 143 over Wednesday.
Of the 143 new cases, 69 are in Madrid, 16 in Catalonia and 14 in the Canary Islands.
Wednesday’s figure for the daily increase of infections only through PCR testing had been 141 over Tuesday. Tuesday’s comparative figure had been 76 over Monday. Monday had been 40 over Sunday – the lowest daily increase since 4 March.
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 Thursday 18 June continue to show a total of 27,136 deaths from Coronavirus in Spain, meaning that there has not been a change for 12 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 52 deaths in the past 7 days – of which 25 have been in Madrid and 13 in Castilla y León
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.’
The ‘New Normality’ approaches
Catalan president Quim Torra has announced that Catalonia will be entering the ‘New Normality’ from midnight on Thursday – just hours after the whole region finally moved into Phase Three.
The city of Barcelona, its metropolitan areas (north and south) and the Lleida health region officially moved to Phase Three on Thursday morning after Spain’s central Health Ministry accepted a proposal put forth by the Catalan government on Wednesday evening.
The region of Galicia has been in the New Normality since Monday 15 June.
Spain’s ‘state of alarm’ officially ends at midnight on 21 June.
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.
Please note: we are also currently preparing a separate report on the ‘New Normality’: what it is, what it means, and what measures are included.
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.
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