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CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 16 November for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,496,864. This is an overall increase of 38,273 against the figure released on Friday. Last Monday’s data had shown an overall weekend increase of 52,386. The ministry claims that 3,321 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 470.26 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days. It is now under 500 in seven regions: the Balearic Islands (243.59), the Canary Islands (80.76), Castilla La Mancha (465.99), the Valencia region (284.29), Extremadura (468.01), Galicia (295.65) and Madrid (310.52).

The peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during this ‘second wave’ in Spain was on 30 October, when 9,723 new cases were registered. During the ‘first wave’, it was on 31 March when 9,222 new cases were registered.

Of the 38,273 overall increase in confirmed cases since Friday’s figures, 10,806 are in Andalusia, 5,776 in Catalonia, 3,992 in Castilla y León, 2,926 in the Basque Country and 2,732 in Madrid.

There have now been 221,147 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,496,864. The figure for the past 7 days is 94,444.

According to the latest data, the number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 20,452 across Spain – of which 3,156 are in intensive care (UCI). This currently represents a total 32.8% occupation of intensive care wards for Covid-19 patients across Spain (Friday’s figure was 31.75%). 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 Monday 16 November is now 41,253 – an increase of 484 since Friday. Last Monday’s data had shown an increase of 512 deaths over the previous Friday. It is now a total of 1,082 deaths in the last 7 days.

The highest increase of deaths to date for a 24-hour period during this ‘second wave’ in Spain was on 10 November when 411 deaths were registered. The peak of recorded deaths for a 24-hour period during the ‘first wave’ was on 2 April when 950 deaths were registered.

Increase in infections

Figures released on Friday had shown an overall increase of 21,371 infections over Thursday, with the ministry claiming that 8,775 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Thursday had seen an overall increase of 19,511 infections over Wednesday, yet 7,759 in a 24 hour period. The ministry has not been updating its figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.

Of the 3,321 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Monday 16 November, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 713 in the Basque Country (last 24 hour increase was 1,293)
  • 501 in Galicia (672)
  • 359 in Catalonia (1,208)
  • 303 in Andalusia (789)
  • 266 in Aragón (630)
  • 247 in Madrid (1,519)
  • 236 in Asturias (664)
  • 142 in Navarra (218)
  • 130 in Cantabria (226)
  • 106 in Extremadura (311)
  • 63 in the Balearic Islands (111)
  • 60 in La Rioja (171)
  • 59 in the Canary Islands (93)
  • 41 in the Valencia Region (275)
  • 37 in Murcia (383)
  • 31 in Castilla La Mancha (123)
  • in Castilla y León (28)
  • 7 in Ceuta (45)
  • 15 in Melilla (16)

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

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Health Minister Salvador Illa
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and Health Minister Salvador Illa during a committee meeting to analyse the evolution of Coronavirus on 16 November 2020. (Pool Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa)

New ‘State of Alarm’ – restrictions across Spain

The Spanish Congress recently voted to extend the new State of Alarm until 9 May 2021. The nationwide State of Alarm was declared on Sunday 25 October to combat further cases of Coronavirus, initially for a period of 15 days. The key purpose is to enable the regional governments of Spain the legal requirements to impose and enforce nighttime curfews and other restrictions, where required. Full details here: New ‘State of Alarm’ in Spain.

In a separate report and being regularly updated, we have detailed all the curfew times and key restrictions in place for each region of Spain. Most regions have now issued border closures and there are many municipality confinements. Many regions have also restricted the opening hours of bars and restaurants, or ordered their closure. Our full, on-going report is here: Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions of Spain during ‘State of Alarm’

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Spain has also announced that it will begin requiring travellers from countries severely affected by Coronavirus to show a negative result from a PCR test upon their arrival. Full report here: Spain to require visitors from high-risk countries to present negative PCR tests

*Discrepancies in figures

Although the Health Ministry updated its official Coronavirus mortality figures on 19 June following discrepancies with the data released by some of the country’s regional health authorities – there are still 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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1 comment

Princess 17th November 2020 at 10:41 am

I suggest restrictions should be tightened so as to control rising cases quickly.
We’ve been wanting to meet with our loved ones since May this year.

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