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Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Monday 20 July

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 20 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 264,836. This is an overall increase of 4,581 against the figure released on Friday – but with the ministry stating that 685 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. The difference is because the ministry claims that it is still verifying and updating historical data.

237 people have needed hospital treatment in the past 7 days, of which 15 have required intensive care.

Friday had shown an increase of 628 infections in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry data – but an overall increase of 1,400 over the figures released on Thursday.

Thursday had been 580 infections in 24 hours (but 1,361 over the figures released on Wednesday).

Of the 685 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 325 are in Aragón (with 1,664 new cases there in the past 7 days), 80 are in Catalonia (with 3,935 new cases in past 7 days), 78 in the Basque Country, 43 in the Valencia region, 32 in Andalusia, 30 in Navarra, 19 in Murcia, 18 in Castilla La Mancha, 17 in the Canary Islands, 13 in Madrid and 11 in Cantabria.

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 Ministry of Health’s official figures* for Monday 20 July also now show that there have been a total of 28,422 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 2 since Friday.

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.

Announcing the new figures on Monday, Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa said that he was ‘particularly concerned about the situation in Aragón and Catalonia’ but that the regional governments there were also taking the right measures. Illa added that there was also concern that the infections were rising through family parties and activities ‘related to social nightlife’.

María José Sierra of the Health Ministry said in the last three weeks the number of cases had tripled – with 201 active clusters associated with 2,289 new cases. ‘Around 50-60% of the cases being detected are asymptomatic,’ she said.

‘We have gone from 8 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the week of 19-27 June to 10 cases [the following week], and now to 27 cases per 100,000,‘ said Sierra.

Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa
Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa

Situation in Catalonia

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 Monday showing that a further 748 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours.

On Sunday there had been 944 new cases of Coronavirus registered in Catalonia – equating to 9,722 new cases in over 14 days (5,512 new cases in the past week).

On Saturday Catalonia registered 1,226 new cases in 24 hours – and on Friday there had been 1,111. Thursday had seen 1,293 new cases.

As reported yesterday, in an attempt to curb the rising number of Covid-19 cases, the Catalan government has adopted new measures in various areas of Catalonia – including the city of Barcelona itself.

The Catalan government has also called on people living in these areas to avoid leaving home unless necessary, and to not travel to any second homes. Click here for details: Coronavirus in Catalonia – update (19 July).

Also see the section ‘More restrictions in Catalonia’ in last Wednesday’s report: Coronavirus in Spain figures (15 July).

Outbreaks in other regions & ‘botellones’

The regional government of Murcia has announced that all indoor activity in bars and night clubs is to be closed and that customers can only be served at outdoor terraces. It follows an increase of outbreaks in the region – 72 in total between Friday and Sunday – many of which have been traced to young people socialising in bars and clubs.

In Córdoba, in the southern region of Andalusia, an outbreak of Coronavirus has been traced back to a nightclub where around 400 young people celebrated the end of the school year on 10 July. There were 73 confirmed cases on Sunday – increasing to 83 on Monday.

End-of-term parties celebrated in Zarautz in the Basque Country as well as in Valencia have also led to new outbreaks. Meanwhile the regional authorities in Galicia have announced a ban on all outdoor drinking sessions – known as botellones in Spain – in a bid to stop large groups of youths (many not wearing face masks) possibly provoking further outbreaks.

*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 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 restrictionsCLICK HERE for all details: Spain’s ‘New Normality’ – key points

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