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Report below updated in Spain at 17.40h on Tuesday 23 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 23 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 246,752 – an increase of 108 over Monday.
Of the 108 new cases, 45 are in Aragón and 13 in Navarra. There are also 25 new cases in Madrid and 15 in Catalonia – [See New Outbreaks below].
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 Tuesday 23 June also now show that there have been a total of 28,325 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 1 in 24 hours – and 14 in the past 7 days.
Figures released last 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.
Fernando Simón, director of the Health Ministry’s Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies said on Monday that 12 new outbreaks of Coronavirus in Spain remained active.
This included three areas (La Litera, Cinca Medio and Bajo Cinca) in the Huesca province of Aragón – with approximately 68,000 residents. These areas have now moved back to Phase Two of the four phase de-escalation plans. A fourth area, Bajo Aragón-Caspe, is also to move back to Phase Two.
On Tuesday the Catalan health department said that there was a new outbreak of Coronavirus at a residential home in Lleida. According to reports, 18 people (13 residents and 5 employees) had all tested positive via PCR tests. Further tests were to be carried out.
At a press conference on Tuesday, Spanish government spokeswoman María Jesús Montero said there were ‘no short-term or mid-term plans’ to reinstate a ‘state of alarm’ in Spain again.
Montero said that ‘existing legislation enables limits on mobility for very reduced groups and in very reduced areas’, in reference to whether specific areas with new outbreaks could be subjected to restrictions on mobility.
*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.
Click here for full report: Spain’s ‘excess mortality’ during Coronavirus pandemic is over 43,000
Spain’s National Statistics Institute (INE) also 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.
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 has started 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. CLICK HERE for all details: Spain’s ‘New Normality’ – key points
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