Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Fri 16 Oct
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Friday 16 October for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) is now 936,560. This is an overall increase of 15,186 against the figure released on Thursday – although the ministry claims that 6,591 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
There have now been 131,881 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 936,560. The figure for infections detected in the past 7 days is 62,791.
Figures released today also show that 3,298 people have required hospital treatment in the past 7 days, with 214 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 Thursday had shown an overall increase of 13,318 infections against Wednesday’s figures – with the ministry claiming that 6,603 had occurred in a 24 hour period.
Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 11,979 infections against Tuesday – yet 5,104 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 6,591 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Friday 16 October, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 2,149 in Madrid (30,110 new cases in past 14 days)
- 805 in the Basque Country (6,544)
- 625 in Aragón (6,009)
- 523 in Navarra (5,542)
- 497 in Andalusia (19,039)
- 349 in Galicia (3,931)
- 293 in Extremadura (2,798)
- 275 in Catalonia (22,115)
- 198 in Asturias (2,114)
- 161 in Castilla La Mancha (6,978)
- 146 in La Rioja (1,436)
- 138 in the Canary Islands (1,666)
- 122 in the Valencia Region (5,759)
- 89 in Murcia (5,034)
- 85 in Cantabria (733)
- 61 in Castilla y León (9,904)
- 23 in the Balearic Islands (1,418)
- 29 in Melilla (475)
- 23 in Ceuta (276)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Court ratifies new restrictions in Catalonia
The High Court of Catalonia has now ratified all the new restrictions announced by the Catalan government that include the closure of bars and restaurants for 15 days, permitting takeaway and delivery services only. The new measures came in force today (Friday) in order 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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