Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Thursday 3 Sept
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 3 September for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 488,513. This is an overall increase of 8,959 against the figure released on Wednesday – although the ministry claims that 3,607 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. Figures today exclude updated data from Murcia for ‘technical reasons’.
The ministry states that it 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.
There have now been 100,155 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 488,513. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 46,371.
Figures released today also show that 1,853 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 144 in intensive care.
The official figures* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 3 September is now 29,234 – an increase of 40 since Wednesday’s figures (and according to the ministry, it is a total of 191 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.
Increase in infections
Figures released on Wednesday had shown an overall increase of 8,581 infections against Tuesday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 3,663 had occurred in a 24 hour period.
The current peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period in Spain was on 31 March, when 9,222 new cases were registered.
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. 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 3,607 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain on Thursday 3 September, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,200 in Madrid (31,146 new cases in past 14 days)
- 564 in the Basque Country (8,034)
- 363 in Andalusia (9,707)
- 325 in the Canary Islands (3,784)
- 230 in Aragón (3,817)
- 180 in Castilla La Mancha (4,033)
- 127 in Extremadura (1,283)
- 113 in Catalonia (13,447)
- 109 in Navarra (1,927)
- 107 in the Valencia Region (6,444)
- 102 in Cantabria (1,174)
- 60 in La Rioja (1,148)
- 52 in Asturias (522)
- 38 in Galicia (3,278)
- 17 in Castilla y León (5,185)
- 0 in Murcia (2,483) – no update today
- 0 in the Balearic Islands (2,467)
- 16 in Melilla (175)
- 4 in Ceuta (101)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Health Minister rules out new lockdown
Spain’s Health Minister Salvador Illa has ruled out another national lockdown, as was put in place in mid-March at the start of the Coronavirus crisis. He has also said that a ‘perimeter lockdown’ of Madrid was not viable, despite the increase of confirmed infections in the region.
Read the full report here: Spanish Health Minister rules out another national lockdown
Spain has now carried out more than 6.4m PCR tests
Spain’s regional authorities have carried out a total of 6,416,533 PCR diagnostic tests from the start of the Coronavirus crisis up to 27 August.
Between 21-27 August, the regional governments increased their capacity to carry out PCR testing by 10% – now standing at 136.23 tests per 1,000 inhabitants.
As well as PCR tests, the regional authorities have also carried out a total of 2,239,440 rapid antibody tests, at a rate of 47.55 tests per 1,000 inhabitants.
554,364 antibody blood tests have also been performed, at a rate of 11.77 per 1,000 inhabitants.
In total, therefore, 9,210,337 tests for Covid-19 have been carried out in Spain since the start of the epidemic, of which 692,891 correspond to the week from 21-27 August.
Spain imposes strict new measures on nightlife
On Friday 14 August Spain 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 restrictions.
Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain
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