Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Thursday 9 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 9 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus is now 252,513. This is an overall increase of 543 against the figure released on Wednesday, as the ministry is still adjusting the historical data. It is an increase of 241 new infections in 24 hours.
Of the 241 new infections registered in the past 24 hours, 59 are in Aragón, 52 in Catalonia, 32 in Andalusia, 22 in Madrid, 20 in Castilla La Mancha, 11 in Galicia and 10 in the Valencia region.
The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered.
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.
Face masks to also be made compulsory in Balearic Islands – even with social distancing
The Balearic Islands regional government is preparing to make the wearing of face masks compulsory in all public spaces, regardless of social distancing, following the measures taken in Catalonia, and in order to try and prevent any further infections of Coronavirus (Covid-19) on the islands. The measures could come into effect from this weekend.
The use of face masks is compulsory throughout Catalonia from today. Full details here: Face masks to be compulsory in Catalonia – even with social distancing
New outbreaks and ‘lockdowns’
As reported on Monday, two areas in Spain have been forced to reintroduce lockdown measures due to new outbreaks.
Segrià in Lleida, west of Catalonia, went 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.
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 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.
*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
Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain
ALSO READ: Spain-Portugal border re-opened
ALSO READ: Coronavirus in Spain figures (8 July)