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Coronavirus in Spain figures (13 August)

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Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Thursday 13 August

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 13 August for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 337,334. This is an overall increase of 7,550 against the figure released on Wednesday – with the ministry stating that 2,935 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. Figures on Wednesday had excluded data from Madrid for ‘technical reasons’.

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 released today show that 953 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 51 in intensive care.

Figures on Wednesday (excluding data from Madrid) had shown an overall increase of 3,172 infections against Tuesday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 1,690 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Tuesday had been an overall increase of 3,632 over Monday – yet 1,418 infections in 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 2,935 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain on Thursday 13 August, 842 are in Madrid, 545 in the Basque Country, 418 in Aragón, 217 in Andalusia, 164 in Catalonia, 107 in Galicia, 83 in Navarra, 76 in Valencia, 75 in Castilla y León, 58 in Extremadura, 53 in Murcia, 45 in Cantabria, 42 in La Rioja, 41 in Castilla La Mancha and 29 in Asturias.

99 cases have been registered in the Canary Islands in the past 24 hours, and 38 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 the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 13 August is now 28,605. There have been 70 deaths in the past 7 days.

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.

Ángel Víctor Torres and Pedro Sánchez
The president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, greeting Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez in Lanzarote last Friday 7 August. (Pool Moncloa)

Canary Islands also prohibits smoking – and finally imposes face masks

The Canary Islands has become the second region of Spain, following on from Galicia (as reported yesterday), to prohibit smoking in the streets or on terraces, where social distancing measures are not possible. The rule comes into effect from tomorrow, Friday.

As well as the ban on smoking, the Canary Islands has also imposed the compulsory use of face masks in public – finally following the path of all other regions in Spain that have already made face masks obligatory.

ALSO READ: Madrid makes face masks compulsory – and imposes nightlife restrictions 

Other restrictions imposed in the Canary Islands include limiting gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, and nightlife venues can only be open if they have outdoor areas, with drinking and eating to be served at tables.

The measures were announced by the president of the Canary Islands, Ángel Víctor Torres, following a governing council meeting to evaluate the current outbreaks of Coronavirus there.

‘Smoking will not be allowed in open spaces, in places where there are crowds, if there is not sufficient social distance,’ Torres told a news conference, also adding that terraces were included in the restrictions. He said that smokers infected could blow droplets carrying the virus when they exhale.

Now that Galicia and the Canary Islands have imposed smoking bans – believed to be the first in Europe related to the virus – it has been reported that 8 other regions (Andalusia, Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Valencia, Cantabria, Asturias, Navarra and Madrid) are now also considering introducing the same measures.

Canary Islands president Ángel Víctor Torres
Canary Islands president Ángel Víctor Torres chairing the meeting on 13 August 2020 (@SanidadGobCan / Twitter)

*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 restrictionsCLICK HERE for all details: Spain’s ‘New Normality’ – key points

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