Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Thursday 16 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 16 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 258,855. This is an overall increase of 1,361 against the figure released on Wednesday – but with the ministry stating that 580 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
At a press conference to analyse the figures on Thursday, Fernando Simón, the director of the Health Ministry’s ‘Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies’, said that there is ‘community transmission’ in Aragón and Catalonia, and that ‘it is worrying’. He also said that ‘measures being taken can have a significant impact’ on stopping the spread.
Wednesday had shown an increase of 390 new infections in 24 hours (but an overall increase of 875 over the figures released on Tuesday).
Tuesday had shown an increase of 263 new infections in 24 hours (but an overall increase of 666 over the figures released on Monday).
Of the 580 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 266 are in Aragón (with 1,076 new cases there in the past 14 days), 142 are in Catalonia (with 4,441 new cases in past 14 days), 27 are in Andalusia, 24 in Castilla La Mancha, 23 in the Valencia region, 22 in Navarra, 19 in Madrid and 16 in the Basque Country.
The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered.
Catalan Health Department figures
Independently of the way that Spain’s Health Ministry presents its figures (above), the regional health department in Catalonia has released its own data on Thursday showing that a further 1,293 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours. It surpasses the highest daily figure for two months – and for the fourth time this week.
Yesterday’s figure was 938 infections in Catalonia in 24 hours.
According to the Catalan health department, the county of Segrià (Lleida) has registered 178 new cases and L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, south west of Barcelona, 123 new cases.
Official death toll
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.
Barcelona – ‘containment’ not ‘confinement’ measures
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, has ruled out introducing confinement measures to combat the increase of Coronavirus infections in the Catalan capital, but has said that ‘containment measures’ are being studied.
After a meeting on Wednesday with Alba Vergés, Catalan health minister, Colau said that, ‘there is no talk of confinement of the city but the door is open to some measures’.
On Wednesday Barcelona City Council reported 29 active yet ‘small’ outbreaks in the city, most of them involving three to five confirmed cases, but some with over ten people.
*Discrepancies in figures
Although the Health Ministry updated its official Coronavirus mortality figures on 19 June 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) 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 holds state ceremony to pay tribute to Covid-19 victims
Spain paid tribute to over 28,400 victims of Coronavirus on Thursday, at a state ceremony in Madrid attended by various EU and World Health Organization (WHO) dignitaries, and presided over by King Felipe VI.
Read the full report here: Spain honours Coronavirus victims as outbreaks continue
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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