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Coronavirus in Spain figures (16 Sept)

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Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Weds 16 Sept

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 16 September for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 614,360. This is an overall increase of 11,193 against the figure released on Tuesday – although the ministry claims that 4,728 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. Figures yesterday excluded updates from Catalonia for ‘technical reasons’. Today’s figures exclude updates from Murcia for the same reason.

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 120,657 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 614,360. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 57,240.

Figures released today also show that 2,232 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 154 in intensive care.

The official figures* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday 16 September is now 30,243 – an increase of 239 since Tuesday’s figures (and according to the ministry, it is a total of 366 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 Tuesday had shown an overall increase of 9,437 infections against Monday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 3,022 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Monday had seen an overall increase of 27,404 infections against Friday – yet 3,023 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 4,728 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Wednesday 16 September, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,854 in Madrid (42,844 new cases in past 14 days)
  • 429 in the Basque Country (7,526)
  • 327 in Andalusia (11,010)
  • 292 in Castilla y León (7,302)
  • 291 in Aragón (4,545)
  • 290 in Navarra (3,450)
  • 232 in Extremadura (2,307)
  • 214 in Catalonia (12,043)
  • 195 in Castilla La Mancha (7,302)
  • 177 in the Canary Islands (3,520)
  • 131 in Galicia (3,199)
  • 85 in Cantabria (1,566)
  • 71 in Asturias (780)
  • 58 in La Rioja (1,186)
  • 55 in the Valencia Region (6,130)
  • 18 in the Balearic Islands (1,565)
  • 0 in Murcia (3,977) – no update today
  • 2 in Melilla (279)
  • 7 in Ceuta (126)

A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.

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Personnel of the ‘Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME)’ helping to combat the spread of Coronavirus in the ‘Operación Balmis’ during the height of the state of alarm in March 2020. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Defence / UME)

Over 10.7m tests (PCR & antibody) carried out in Spain

Spain has now carried out over 10.7m diagnostic tests for Covid-19 since the start of the pandemic. Click here for the full details.

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.

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