Report below updated in Spain at 19h on Tuesday 8 Sept
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 8 September for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 534,513. This is an overall increase of 8,964 against the figure released on Monday – although the ministry claims that 3,168 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
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 110,996 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 534,513. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 52,138.
Figures released today also show that 1,953 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 166 in intensive care.
The official figures* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday 8 September is now 29,594 – an increase of 78 since Monday’s figures (and according to the ministry, it is a total of 261 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 Monday had shown an overall increase of 26,560 infections against Friday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 2,440 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 3,168 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the central Health Ministry in Spain on Tuesday 8 September, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 984 in Madrid (36,234 new cases in past 14 days)
- 370 in the Basque Country (8,215)
- 340 in Andalusia (10,865)
- 260 in Navarra (2,387)
- 208 in Aragón (3,835)
- 182 in the Canary Islands (4,128)
- 176 in Galicia (3,474)
- 147 in Catalonia (13,874)
- 98 in La Rioja (1,244)
- 86 in Castilla y León (5,958)
- 80 in Cantabria (1,367)
- 60 in Extremadura (1,588)
- 56 in the Valencia Region (6,545)
- 53 in Murcia (3,683)
- 39 in Castilla La Mancha (4,668)
- 16 in Asturias (615)
- 0 in the Balearic Islands (2,006)
- 12 in Melilla (200)
- 1 in Ceuta (110)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Back to school … with face masks
Many schools across Spain have started the new term this week, with all students aged over 6 having to wear face masks at all times in order to combat potential infections of Coronavirus.
This is just one of the ‘protocol measures’ agreed between the Spanish government and all the regional authorities, as part of an overall agreement to start the 2020-2021 academic year, and ‘to achieve the highest degree of presence possible and a safe return to the classroom’.
The full agreement encompasses 29 measures and 5 recommendations – to be applied by the ‘competent administrations in educational centres’ in each region of Spain, with the objective of ‘building a model of co-governance that generates trust in the educational community’.
Read the full report here: Spanish government agrees plan with regions for return to school – full details
Also read (30/8/20): A ‘zero risk option does not exist’ – Valencia prepares for a return to school
New campaign: ‘This is not a game’
Spain’s Health Ministry launched a new institutional campaign on Monday, entitled ‘This is not a game’ – #EstoNoEsUnJuego – aimed at reinforcing compliance with protection measures against Covid-19.
The objective, the ministry says, ‘is to raise awareness in society in general, with special emphasis on young people, of the importance of following the recommendations of the health authorities to avoid new infections of Covid-19′.
The ministry insists that it is essential to follow the 3M rule: ‘face mask, always use it; hands (manos in Spanish), wash them frequently, and maintaining a safe distance from other people’.
Health Minister Salvador Illa has also insisted that citizens should restrict their contact with others to their ‘known usual groups’, socially and within the family. The new campaign runs from 8-29 September.
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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