Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Monday 27 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 27 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 278,782. This is an overall increase of 6,361 against the figure released on Friday — yet with the ministry stating that 855 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. The ministry says it is still verifying and updating historical data (please also see discrepancies in figures* below).
349 people have needed hospital treatment in the past 7 days, of whom 12 have required intensive care.
Last Friday had shown an increase of 922 infections in 24 hours, according to Health Ministry data – but an overall increase of 2,255 over the figures released on Thursday.
Thursday had been 971 infections in 24 hours – but an overall increase of 2,615 over Wednesday.
Wednesday had been 730 infections in 24 hours – but an overall increase of 1,357 over Tuesday.
Of the 855 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 474 are in Aragón (with 2,472 new cases there in the past 7 days), 94 in Navarra, 76 in the Basque Country, 71 in Catalonia (with 5,585 new cases in past 7 days), 53 in Madrid, 31 in Andalusia – and 20 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 of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
UK advises against travelling to Spain
The UK has taken Spain off its list of safe destinations and advised ‘against all non-essential travel to mainland Spain’. Any travellers returning from Spain to the UK (including from the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) are now required to quarantine in self-isolation for 14 days on their return.
On Friday French Prime Minister Jean Castex recommended that French citizens should avoid travelling to Catalonia and that border police would be vigilant in protecting them from Covid-19.
‘We strongly urge French citizens to avoid travelling to that territory [Catalonia] until the health situation there improves,’ said Castex.
You can read more within Friday’s report: Coronavirus in Spain figures (24 July)
Meanwhile the Spanish government has insisted that Spain is ‘a safe country’ for tourism and that the situation is ‘under control’, despite a recent surge in Coronavirus cases.
Spanish Foreign Minister Arancha González Laya said on Sunday that Spain ‘is a safe country for tourism’ and that the government is working ‘with European governments to explain the measures that are being carried out and to convey a message of confidence.’ She said that the outbreaks ‘are controlled and the regional governments are applying all the protocols’.
‘As in other European countries, there are outbreaks,’ said the foreign minister. ‘A great effort is being made to detect and measure social isolation of [those tested] positive … and we are in dialogue with all other countries, especially the UK’.
Full report here (on-going): Spain insists it is ‘a safe country’ for tourism – but cancellations continue
Situation in Catalonia
Quim Torra, president of Catalonia, called upon citizens to act with ‘responsibility’ and ‘solidarity’ at a press conference on Monday morning, in order to avoid a more extreme lockdown in the fight against Coronavirus.
Torra said that the situation was ‘very worrying’, and warned that the next 10 days were ‘critical’ and ‘the most important days of the summer’.
Full report: Catalan president warns of ‘critical’ next 10 days
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 717 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours.
On Sunday there had been 851 new cases of Coronavirus in Catalonia.
Saturday had seen 1,243 new cases in 24 hours. Friday had been 1,003.
As reported last week, 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).
Last Tuesday Barcelona City Council also announced that the permitted capacity on the city’s beaches would reduce by 15% with immediate effect.
*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
Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain
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