Report below updated in Spain at 17.45h on Tuesday 28 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 28 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 280,610. This is an overall increase of 1,828 against the figure released on Monday — yet with the ministry stating that 905 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).
386 people have needed hospital treatment in the past 7 days, of whom 19 have required intensive care.
Of the 905 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 357 are in Aragón (with 2,638 new cases there in the past 7 days), 147 in Madrid, 126 in Catalonia (with 5,460 new cases in past 7 days), 99 in the Basque Country, 40 in Navarra, 38 in Andalusia, 26 in the Valencia region and 18 in Murcia.
Only 2 cases have been registered in the Canary Islands in the past 24 hours, and none in the Balearic Islands.
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.
Pedro Sánchez: Spain ‘safer’ than UK
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has said that it is ‘safer’ to be in most regions of Spain than in the UK, with regards the risks of Coronavirus, and that the UK government has made a ‘mistake’ with its travel advice regarding Spain.
His comments during an interview on Telecinco follow the UK taking Spain off its list of safe destinations. The UK also now requires travellers returning from Spain (including from the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands) to quarantine in self-isolation for 14 days.
Full report here: Pedro Sánchez: ‘Safer to be in most regions of Spain than in the UK’
Germany advises against travelling to Catalonia, Aragón and Navarra
The German government has now also advised citizens not to travel to three Spanish regions – Catalonia, Aragón and Navarra – due to the ‘high number’ of infections of Coronavirus.
Full report here: Germany advises against travelling to Catalonia, Aragón and Navarra
Situation in Catalonia
The Catalan government has now banned ‘botellons’ – street drinking parties – in an effort to stop any further spread of Coronavirus, and will impose fines of up to €15,000.
Quim Torra, president of Catalonia, had already called upon citizens to act with ‘responsibility’ and ‘solidarity’ at a press conference on Monday, 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 Tuesday showing that a further 870 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours.
On Monday there had been 717 new cases of Coronavirus in Catalonia.
Sunday had seen 851 new cases in 24 hours. Saturday had been 1,243.
As reported last week, the Catalan government has adopted various new measures in several areas of Catalonia to combat the spread of Coronavirus – including in the city of Barcelona itself.
The regional authorities have called upon 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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