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Report below updated in Spain at 17h on Sunday 21 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Sunday 21 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 246,272 – an increase of 141 over Saturday.
Of the 141 new cases, 32 are in Madrid, 23 in Catalonia and 33 in Aragón.
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 Ministry of Health’s official figures* for Sunday 21 June also now show that there have been a total of 28,322 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 1 in 24 hours – and 29 in the past 7 days.
Saturday’s figures had shown 7 deaths in 24 hours – and 36 in 7 days.
Figures released on Friday had been finally updated after 12 consecutive days, after the ministry had carried out a ‘validation of the deceased cases to correct the historical series’. The figures showed 1,179 more deaths than the total previously maintained since Sunday 7 June.
The current known 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.
*Discrepancies in figures
Although the Health Ministry has now updated its official Coronavirus mortality figures following on-going discrepancies with the data released by some of the country’s regional health authorities – there are still huge differences in the ‘excess mortality’ figures published for this period in Spain.
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′.
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.’
Spain starts its ‘New Normality’
After three months under a ‘state of alarm’ (since 14 March), Spain has finally entered its ‘New Normality’ phase, following on from the government’s four phased plan to relax the country’s lockdown restrictions.
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