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Coronavirus in Spain figures (18 August)

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Report below updated in Spain at 18.15h on Tuesday 18 August

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 18 August for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 364,196. This is an overall increase of 5,114 against the figure released on Monday – with the ministry stating that 2,128 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.

Figures released today show that 1,096 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 65 in intensive care.

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 Monday had shown an overall increase of 16,269 infections against Friday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 1,833 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Friday had seen an overall increase of 5,479 infections against Thursday’s figures – yet 2,987 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 2,128 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain on Tuesday 18 August, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 704 in Madrid (16,757 new cases in past 14 days)
  • 374 in Aragón (6,815)
  • 282 in the Basque Country (5,113)
  • 202 in Andalusia (4,942)
  • 124 in Galicia (1,457)
  • 86 in the Canary Islands (1,083)
  • 69 in Catalonia (11,158)
  • 54 in La Rioja (399)
  • 49 in Navarra (1,328)
  • 46 in the Valencia Region (3,491)
  • 32 in Extremadura (480)
  • 29 in Castilla La Mancha (1,488)
  • 25 in Castilla y León (3,028)
  • 20 in Asturias (321)
  • 19 in Cantabria (452)
  • 5 in Murcia (1,070)
  • 0 in the Balearic Islands (1,818)
  • 0 in Melilla (64)
  • 8 in Ceuta (26)

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 Tuesday 18 August is now 28,670 an increase of 24 since Monday’s figures (and a total of 63 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.

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Citizens in Barcelona at a news kiosk during the Coronavirus crisis. (Edu Bayer)

Spain imposes strict new measures on nightlife

On Friday Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa announced strict new measures on nightlife across the whole country – as well as a ban on smoking outside, where social distancing cannot be maintained – in a further attempt to stop the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19). Each region of Spain is imposing the restrictions following their own timetable.

These are the key measures:

  • Music bars, nightclubs and discos will be closed across Spain.
  • All other bars and restaurants to close at 1am, with last customers allowed by midnight.
  • Following the measures already taken in Galicia and the Canary Islands, smoking will also be prohibited outside if 2 metre social distancing cannot be maintained.
  • There should be 10 people maximum at tables.
  • No ‘botellones’ (street drinking parties) allowed.

Read the full report here: Spain imposes strict new measures on nightlife across the country

*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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