Report below updated in Spain at 17.45h on Thursday 30 July
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 30 July for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 285,430. This is an overall increase of 2,789 against the figure released on Wednesday – yet with the ministry stating that 1,229 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours – the highest daily increase since 1 May.
The ministry says it is still verifying and updating historical data (please also see discrepancies in figures* below).
438 people have now needed hospital treatment in the past 7 days, of whom 25 have required intensive care.
Wednesday had shown an increase of 2,031 infections compared to the figures released on Tuesday – yet with the Health Ministry stating it had been 1,153 in a 24 hour period.
Of the 1,229 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 352 are in Aragón (with 2,685 new cases there in the past 7 days), 225 in Madrid (with 1,692 new cases in past 7 days), 145 in the Basque Country, 121 in Catalonia (with 5,063 new cases in past 7 days), 105 in the Valencia region, 76 in Andalusia, 61 in Navarra, 47 in Murcia, 34 in Castilla La Mancha, 19 in Galicia and 14 in Asturias.
5 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.
The Spanish Health Minister Salvador Illa, appearing before the government’s Health & Consumer Commission to update on the Coronavirus pandemic, said that there were now 412 active clusters of the virus in Spain – 51 more than on Tuesday.
The health minister said that citizens should ‘learn to relate to one another in a different way’ by ‘controlling our circle of contacts’ and ‘trying to relate to stable groups’.
‘We must not lose respect for the virus,’ said Illa. ‘And when we are not with cohabitants, we must wash our hands, wear a mask and keep our distance. If we reduce the number of contacts, the risk of contagion is also lower.’
Situation in Catalonia
Changes to restrictions
Catalonia has now lifted confinement measures put in place in the city of Lleida and six other towns in the Segrià county – Alcarràs, Aitona, la Granja d’Escarp, Seròs, Soses and Torres de Segre. Travel restrictions will no longer be in place from Thursday at 4pm.
Shops will also be able to open again at 50% capacity, as well as bars and restaurants – but with clients only allowed to sit in outdoor areas – and they will still have to close by midnight. Gatherings of over 10 people remain prohibited.
The Catalan government has also announced that the Covid-19 restrictions already in place in the city of Barcelona and its metropolitan areas will also be extended in the coastal towns of Castelldefels and Gavà, south of Barcelona.
Meanwhile, the High Court of Catalonia has permitted cinemas, gyms, and sports facilities in areas with health restrictions to re-open, provided that they comply with the health measures indicated by the Civil Protection (Procicat).
Nightclubs must still remain closed, while the limits placed on bars and restaurants also stay in place.
*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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