Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Fri 23 Oct
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Friday 23 October for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,046,132. This is an overall increase of 19,851 against the figure released on Thursday – although the ministry claims that 8,293 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
There have now been 170,077 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,046,132. The figure for the past 7 days is 89,872.
According to the latest data, the current number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 14,539 across Spain – of which 2,031 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 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 20,986 infections against Wednesday – with the ministry claiming that 7,953 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 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 8,293 new infections registered in the past 24 hours by the Health Ministry on Friday 23 October, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 2,027 in Madrid (28,094 new cases in past 14 days)
- 1,187 in Aragón (9,000)
- 920 in the Basque Country (9,501)
- 888 in Catalonia (34,364)
- 530 in Galicia (5,186)
- 523 in Andalusia (27,529)
- 469 in Navarra (6,953)
- 391 in Extremadura (3,763)
- 323 in Asturias (3,077)
- 216 in Castilla La Mancha (7,831)
- 174 in La Rioja (1,997)
- 156 in the Canary Islands (1,753)
- 122 in the Valencia Region (7,664)
- 114 in Cantabria (1,308)
- 94 in the Balearic Islands (1,732)
- 69 in Murcia (5,668)
- 12 in Castilla y León (13,488)
- 36 in Ceuta (377)
- 42 in Melilla (792)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
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, which officially ends on Saturday 24 October. The Madrid regional authorities have announced new measures to come into effect.
On Friday 23 October, Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez appealed to citizens for ‘social discipline’ in order to avoid a new national lockdown in the face of the ‘serious’ situation of Coronavirus in Spain.
*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.
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