Report below updated in Spain at 17.45h on Monday 6 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
Having not updated its data during the weekend, the latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 6 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus is now 251,789 – an adjusted increase of 1,244 over the figure released on Friday, yet with the ministry stating it is an increase of just 78 in 24 hours.
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 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.
New outbreaks and ‘lockdowns’
Two areas in Spain have been forced to reintroduce lockdown measures due to new outbreaks.
Segrià in Lleida, Catalonia
The Catalan government ordered the comarca (county) of Segrià in Lleida, west of Catalonia, under lockdown from 12 noon on Saturday 4 July, following an increase in the number of new infections registered there. The lockdown will last for an initial 15 days.
Segrià encompasses 38 municipalities, including the city of Lleida itself, and the lockdown will affect around 209,000 people. By 4pm on Saturday, the Catalan police (the Mossos d’Esquadra) had blocked all entry and exit routes to the area.
The Catalan government expects cases to continue rising in Lleida over the coming days, until the effects of the new lockdown measures are seen.
Figures released by the Catalan health department on Monday showed that the amount of new cases discovered in Segrià had doubled in the last week up to 524, with a total of 2,541 confirmed cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Regional health minister Alba Vergés said that the Catalan government ‘can’t rule anything out’ if the new restrictions are not enough to contain the new outbreak.
Businesses can continue to operate in Segrià, and people are allowed to leave their homes. However, nobody is allowed to enter or leave the area unless for essential reasons or force majeure.
The head of epidemiology at Barcelona’s Hospital Clínic, Antoni Trilla, said that Lleida’s infection rate of 149 cases per 100,000 inhabitants was ‘clearly high, far above what we expected’.
A Mariña in Lugo, Galicia
The regional government in Galicia was also forced on Sunday to confine 71,000 residents of the comarca (county) of A Mariña in Lugo, due to new Coronavirus outbreaks in the area.
The measure came into effect at midnight from Sunday night. Citizens will not be able to enter or leave until next Saturday – which is the day before Galicia holds a regional election.
There have been calls from one opposition party, the Galician Nationalist Bloc (BNG), to suspend the elections because of ‘the dimensions of the outbreak’.
*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.
Spain has started its ‘New Normality’
After three months under a ‘state of alarm’ (since 14 March), Spain entered its ‘New Normality’ phase on Monday 22 June, 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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