Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Monday 3 August
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 3 August for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 297,054. This is an overall increase of 8,532 against the figure released on Friday 31 July – yet with the ministry stating that 968 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. However, the figures released today do not include data from Madrid, Catalonia or Navarra – for ‘technical problems’, according to the ministry.
The ministry says it is also still verifying and updating historical data (please also see discrepancies in figures* below). It has not been updating any figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.
Including data from Madrid, Catalonia and Navarra, figures on Friday had shown an increase of 3,092 infections compared to the figures released on Thursday – yet with the Health Ministry stating it had been 1,525 in a 24 hour period.
Of the 968 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain, 586 are in Aragón (with 3,970 new cases there in the past 7 days), 123 are in the Basque Country, 101 in Andalusia, and 51 in the Valencia region.
21 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.
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 Monday showing that a further 1,230 new cases of Coronavirus have been registered there in the past 24 hours.
On Sunday there had been 1,303 new cases of Coronavirus in Catalonia – and Saturday had seen 1,058 new cases in 24 hours.
There have now been 100,668 Coronavirus cases in Catalonia – and the authorities continue to warn that a total lockdown could be inevitable if the ‘critical situation’ prevails.
While restrictions in the county of Segrià, home to the city of Lleida, have been lifted – and other measures in the city of Barcelona and metropolitan areas have also been eased – the Covid-19 figures remain high.
Last Monday 27 July, Catalan president Quim Torra warned of a ‘critical 10 days ahead’.
*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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