Report below updated in Spain at 18.15h on Thurs 1 Oct
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 1 October for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 778,607. This is an overall increase of 9,419 against the figure released on Wednesday – although the ministry claims that 3,715 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
The ministry is still verifying and updating historical data. It has also not been updating any figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.
There have now been 129,238 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 778,607. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 53,288.
Figures released today also show that 2,372 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 187 in intensive care.
The official figures* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 1 October is now 31,973 – an increase of 182 since Wednesday. According to the ministry, it is a total of 547 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 11,016 infections against Tuesday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 3,897 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 (figures from Friday 13 March), with 121 deaths. By Monday 16 March, there had been a further 4,960 infections. The total death toll on 16 March had increased to 309.
Of the 3,715 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Thursday 1 October, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,206 in Madrid (46,371 new cases in past 14 days)
- 367 in the Basque Country (5,717)
- 341 in Andalusia (14,335)
- 275 in Aragón (4,839)
- 223 in Navarra (4,461)
- 184 in Galicia (3,001)
- 180 in Murcia (5,820)
- 173 in the Canary Islands (2,342)
- 169 in Extremadura (2,871)
- 110 in La Rioja (1,403)
- 108 in Asturias (1,267)
- 99 in the Valencia Region (5,164)
- 83 in Castilla La Mancha (8,303)
- 50 in Catalonia (11,114)
- 44 in Cantabria (782)
- 41 in the Balearic Islands (1,684)
- 23 in Castilla y León (9,200)
- 19 in Melilla (372)
- 20 in Ceuta (192)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Madrid disputes legality of new measures
The entire city of Madrid and nine other municipalities in the region are facing partial lockdown restrictions against the spread of Coronavirus, following an agreement between the Spanish Health Ministry and all 17 regions of Spain. The same measures will apply to all regions regarding criteria for confinement. Madrid authorities, however, are to challenge the ‘legal validity’ of the order. Click here for details: Madrid now facing partial lockdown on entire city – and 9 other towns in region
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. Each region of Spain has since imposed the restrictions following their own timetable – and some regions have made restrictions even tighter. Social gatherings in some regions are only permitted with up to a maximum of 6 people. Read about the initial measures 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 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 were 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 was 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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