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Report below updated in Spain at 17.45h on Thursday 23 July

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 23 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 270,166. This is an overall increase of 2,615 against the figure released on Wednesday — yet with the ministry stating that 971 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).

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

Wednesday had shown an increase of 730 infections in 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data – but an overall increase of 1,357 over the figures released on Tuesday.

Tuesday had been 529 infections in 24 hours – but an overall increase of 1,358 over Monday.

Monday had been 685 infections in 24 hours – but 4,581 over the figures released last Friday.

Of the 971 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 415 are in Aragón (with 2,075 new cases there in the past 7 days), 182 in Catalonia (with 4,518 new cases in past 7 days), 102 in Madrid, 66 in Navarra, 61 in the Basque Country, 47 in Andalusia and 33 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 Ministry of Health’s official figures* for Thursday 23 July also now show that there have been a total of 28,429 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 3 over Wednesday.

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.

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Airport officials carrying out health checks and collecting passenger information at Barcelona airport on 28 June 2020. (Toby Parfitt)

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 Thursday showing that a further 1,597 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours.

On Wednesday there had been 353 new cases of Coronavirus in Catalonia.

Tuesday had seen 287 new cases, Monday had been 748 – Sunday 944 – and on Saturday the figure had been 1,226 new cases in 24 hours.

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.

At a press conference held on Thursday, Dr.Josep Maria Argimon, Secretary for Public Health in Catalonia, said, ‘We are in a situation similar to that of the end of February. What is the difference we have now? … Right now we are doing a lot more PCR than at the peak of the pandemic.’

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

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