Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Wednesday 22 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 22 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 267,551. This is an overall increase of 1,357 against the figure released on Tuesday — yet with the ministry stating that 730 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. The difference is because the ministry claims it is still verifying and updating historical data (please also see discrepancies in figures* below).
The figure of 730 is the highest increase in 24 hours since the end of the ‘state of alarm’.
In the Spanish Congress on Wednesday, Health Minister Salvador Illa said that there were now 224 active clusters of Coronavirus in Spain – up from 201 two days ago. He said that the new outbreaks were mainly due to parties, family events and fruit harvesting.
288 people have needed hospital treatment in the past 7 days, of which 11 have required intensive care.
Tuesday had shown an increase of 529 infections in 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data – but an overall increase of 1,358 over the figures released on Monday.
Of the 730 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 309 are in Aragón (with 1,915 new cases there in the past 7 days), 132 in Navarra, 70 in Madrid, 58 in Catalonia (with 3,789 new cases in past 7 days), 29 in Andalusia, 26 in the Valencia region, 25 in La Rioja, and 20 in each of the regions of the Basque Country, Murcia and Extremadura.
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.
Tourism Minister hopes French border will remain open
Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto, speaking at a breakfast event organised by the Europa Press news agency on Wednesday, said that she hoped there would be no need for France to close the border with Spain – as the new outbreaks in Catalonia and Aragón were coming under control.
‘The latest figures available on the outbreaks in Aragón and Catalonia lead us to be more optimistic,’ said Maroto.
Maroto also admitted that cancellations were taking place in some tourist destinations due to insecurity of the outbreaks.
However, she said that Catalonia ‘has been reducing transmissions for three days now’ and that the Catalan health authorities were ‘doing things well’ in order to prevent further spread of the virus.
As reported on Sunday, 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).
On Tuesday Barcelona City Council also announced that the permitted capacity on the city’s beaches would reduce by 15% with immediate effect – ‘to increase safety and prevent contagion of Covid-19′ – with the maximum number of people allowed now set at 32,000 instead of 38,000.
Spain normally receives around 83m visitors a year, its tourism sector accounts for 12.3% of the country’s GDP – and it also generates more than 2.6m jobs in the country.
On Sunday French Prime Minister Jean Castex had said that he would be ‘monitoring very closely’ the Covid-19 situation in Spain – just a month after the border between the two countries was re-opened.
‘We are monitoring this very closely .. because it is a real issue that we also need to discuss with the Spanish authorities,’ Castex said in response to a question about the possible closure of borders.
On Wednesday Reyes Maroto said at the event organised by Europa Press agency: ‘Let’s hope that with this better data [in Catalonia], we don’t have to close a border that for us is very important for mobility with our European partners.’
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 Wednesday showing that a further 353 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours.
On Tuesday there had been 287 new cases of Coronavirus in Catalonia.
Monday had seen 748 new cases, Sunday been 944 – and on Saturday the figure had been 1,226 new cases in 24 hours.
*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 – ‘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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