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Report below updated in Spain at 17.15h on Wednesday 24 June
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 24 June for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus only through a PCR test is now 247,086 – an increase of 196 over Tuesday.
Of the 196 new cases, 50 are in Madrid and 49 in Aragón. There are also 28 new cases in Catalonia, 19 in Andalusia, 13 in Castilla y León and 11 in Navarra [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 Wednesday 24 June also now show that there have been a total of 28,327 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 2 in 24 hours – and 10 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.
A fourth area in the Huesca province of Aragón, Bajo Aragón-Caspe, has now also moved back to Phase Two. On Monday, three other areas (La Litera, Cinca Medio and Bajo Cinca) – with approximately 68,000 residents – moved back to Phase Two of the four phase de-escalation plans.
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 are being carried out.
*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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