Report below updated in Spain at 19h on Monday 10 August
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 10 August for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 322,980. This is an overall increase of 8,618 against the figure released on Friday – although the ministry states that 1,486 infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. Figures on Friday had excluded data from Aragón.
The ministry is still verifying and updating historical data (please also see discrepancies in figures* below). It has also not been updating any figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.
Figures on Friday (excluding data from Aragón) had shown an overall increase of 4,507 infections compared to Thursday – although the ministry said it had been 1,895 infections during a 24 hour period.
When Spain imposed its ‘state of alarm’ from Saturday 14 March, the Health Ministry had confirmed 4,231 known cases of Coronavirus at the time (based on figures released on Friday 13 March), with 121 deaths from it. By Monday 16 March, there had been a further 4,960 confirmed infections, taking the total at the time to 9,191. The death toll on 16 March had increased to 309.
Of the 1,486 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain on Monday 10 August, 348 are in Aragón, 342 in the Basque Country, 224 in Madrid, 146 in Navarra, 133 in Andalusia, 76 in Catalonia, 29 in the Valencia region, 46 in Galicia, 5 in Murcia and 16 in Asturias.
50 cases have been registered in the Canary Islands in the past 24 hours, and 1 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 Ministry of Health’s official figures* for Monday 10 August also now show that there have been a total of 28,576 Coronavirus-related deaths in Spain – an increase of 73 since the figures of Friday – yet with the ministry stating it is a total of 65 deaths in a 7-day period.
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.
Advice, restrictions or quarantine measures for travellers to and from Spain
The United States has lifted its global health advice asking citizens to avoid all international travel. However, returning to providing specific country travel advice, the USA has now placed Spain in Level 3 out of four categories. The USA has advised its citizens to ‘reconsider’ any travel plans to Spain due to the Covid-19.
Health authorities in Hungary have now also removed Spain from a list of safe destinations to visit. From Friday, travellers arriving in Hungary from Spain will have to quarantine for 14 days or show two negative Coronavirus tests 48 hours apart taken within the last five days.
Health authorities in Switzerland have announced that they will be imposing 10-day self-isolation quarantine measures on travellers arriving from Spain, except from the Canary Islands and Balearic Islands. The measures start from this Saturday 8 August.
Last year 1.82 million citizens from Switzerland (with a population of 8.5m) travelled to Spain.
France has recommended against all travel to the Spanish region of Aragón, and against non-essential trips to Catalonia.
Germany has since announced that from Saturday it will be compulsory for travellers arriving from Aragón, Catalonia or Navarra to take a Coronavirus test upon entering the country.
In the Czech Republic, workers arriving from Spain will have to self-isolate for two weeks or test negative for Coronavirus. This will not be imposed on tourists from Spain.
Antonio Banderas turns 60 … with Coronavirus
The actor Antonio Banderas celebrated his 60th birthday today, by announcing via a post on Twitter and Instagram that he has tested positive for Coronavirus. ‘I want to make public that I am being forced to celebrate my 60th birthday in quarantine after having tested positive for the Covid-19 disease,’ he wrote.
‘I’d like to add that I am relatively fine, just a bit more tired than usual,’ he continued. ‘I”m sure I will recover as soon as possible following medical advice, which I hope will allow me to overcome the infectious process that I am suffering and that is affecting so many people all over the world.’
Banderas suffered a heart attack in January 2017 and underwent surgery.
Quiero contaros lo siguiente… pic.twitter.com/u579iBVLM0
— Antonio Banderas (@antoniobanderas) August 10, 2020
*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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