Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Thurs 15 Oct
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 15 October for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 921,374. This is an overall increase of 13,318 against the figure released on Wednesday – although the ministry claims that 6,603 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
There have now been 126,953 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 921,374. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 61,388.
Figures released today also show that 3,194 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 199 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 11,979 infections against Tuesday’s figures – with the ministry claiming that 5,104 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 6,603 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Thursday 15 October, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 2,292 in Madrid (30,048 new cases in past 14 days)
- 644 in the Basque Country (6,114)
- 575 in Aragón (5,728)
- 454 in Navarra (5,306)
- 433 in Andalusia (17,350)
- 349 in Castilla y León (10,043)
- 313 in Catalonia (20,894)
- 302 in Extremadura (2,673)
- 246 in Galicia (3,785)
- 188 in Asturias (1,991)
- 155 in Murcia (5,008)
- 150 in the Valencia Region (5,341)
- 133 in La Rioja (1,365)
- 107 in the Canary Islands (1,720)
- 106 in Castilla La Mancha (6,786)
- 60 in the Balearic Islands (1,392)
- 58 in Cantabria (686)
- 26 in Melilla (455)
- 12 in Ceuta (268)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Catalonia closes all bars, restaurants for 15 days
The Catalan government has announced the closure of bars and restaurants for 15 days, starting on Friday, permitting takeaway and delivery services only. The new restrictions are part of new measures to combat the rise of infections. Full report: Bars, restaurants in Catalonia to close, retail stores move to 30% capacity
State of Alarm continues in Madrid
The Spanish cabinet declared a state of alarm for the Madrid region last Friday, officially for an initial period of 15 days. Full report: ‘State of Alarm’ imposed on Madrid.
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 during the first half of this year.
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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