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Report below updated in Spain at 19h on Thurs 22 Oct

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 22 October for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,026,281. This is an overall increase of 20,986 against the figure released on Wednesday – although the ministry claims that 7,953 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours. Figures yesterday excluded a full update from the Basque Country for ‘technical reasons’.

There have now been 164,115 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,026,281. The figure for the past 7 days is 87,556.

According to new data released by the ministry, the current number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 14,160 across Spain – of which 1,966 are in intensive care (UCI). Hospital data could include patients who have shown symptoms of Coronavirus, but are still awaiting test results. The full data shows the numbers per region and % occupancy of UCI wards.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 22 October is now 34,521 – an increase of 155 since Wednesday. It is a total of 570 deaths in 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 16,973 infections against Tuesday – with the ministry claiming that 6,114 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 13,873 infections against Monday – yet 5,314 in a 24 hour period. The ministry has not been updating its 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 of 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 7,953 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Thursday 22 October, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 2,213 in Madrid (28,502 new cases in past 14 days)
  • 1,063 in Aragón (8,304)
  • 879 in the Basque Country (8,913)
  • 672 in Andalusia (26,276)
  • 593 in Navarra (6,925)
  • 459 in Catalonia (32,977)
  • 403 in Galicia (5,097)
  • 311 in Extremadura (3,550)
  • 269 in Asturias (2,875)
  • 238 in La Rioja (1,906)
  • 213 in Cantabria (1,224)
  • 144 in the Canary Islands (1,782)
  • 144 in Castilla La Mancha (7,113)
  • 111 in Murcia (5,605)
  • 103 in the Valencia Region (6,620)
  • 58 in the Balearic Islands (1,650)
  • 10 in Castilla y León (12,779)
  • 32 in Ceuta (347)
  • 38 in Melilla (764)

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

A restaurant terrace closed in Barcelona
A restaurant terrace closed in Barcelona, as part of the Catalan government’s new restrictions imposed for 15 days from Friday 16 October. (Steve O’Brien)

Restrictions during the ‘New Normality’

Following on from the Spanish government’s four phased plan to relax the country’s lockdown restrictions that took place during May-June, the country started its ‘New Normality’ on 22 June. It coincided with the central government ending the nationwide state of alarm that had been in place since 14 March. Since 22 June, responsibility for public healthcare and managing the Coronavirus pandemic has been left in the hands of Spain’s 17 regional governments.

On 14 August, however, 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. The wearing of face masks also remains obligatory. Each region of Spain has since imposed the nightlife and socialising restrictions following their own timetables – and some regions have made restrictions even tighter. In Catalonia, for example, all bars and restaurants have been closed for 15 days since Friday 16 October, permitting takeaway and delivery services only. A state of alarm was imposed on the region of Madrid on Friday 9 October, officially for a period of 15 days. Social gatherings in some regions are only permitted with up to a maximum of 6 peopleRead 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.

Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

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