Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Thurs 8 Oct
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 8 October for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 848,324. This is an overall increase of 12,423 against the figure released on Wednesday – although the ministry claims that 5,585 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
There have now been 120,757 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 848,324. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 54,049.
Figures released today also show that 2,452 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 172 in intensive care.
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 10,491 infections against Tuesday’s figures – with the ministry stating that 5,075 had occurred in a 24 hour period.
Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 11,998 infections against Monday – yet 4,030 in a 24 hour period. The Health Ministry has not been updating any figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.
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 5,585 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Thursday 8 October, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 2,265 in Madrid (37,572 new cases in past 14 days)
- 444 in Andalusia (14,638)
- 438 in the Basque Country (5,231)
- 433 in Aragón (4,234)
- 400 in Navarra (4,291)
- 285 in Galicia (2,915)
- 179 in Catalonia (14,942)
- 157 in Castilla La Mancha (7,510)
- 156 in the Valencia Region (5,220)
- 151 in Extremadura (2,434)
- 118 in Asturias (1,364)
- 118 in the Canary Islands (2,066)
- 112 in La Rioja (1,252)
- 98 in Murcia (5,404)
- 86 in Castilla y León (8,991)
- 49 in the Balearic Islands (1,416)
- 37 in Cantabria (662)
- 27 in Melilla (379)
- 32 in Ceuta (236)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Partial lockdown in Madrid uncertain after court ruling
The current partial lockdown in Madrid now looks uncertain after a top regional court ruled that it harmed ‘the rights and fundamental freedoms’ of the 4.5m residents affected by the restrictions. The entire city and nine other municipalities had been in partial lockdown since 10pm last Friday. Full update here: Partial lockdown in Madrid uncertain after court rules ‘harmful to basic rights’
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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