24th November 2020
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Report below updated in Spain at 19.30h on Weds 18 Nov

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 18 November for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,525,341. This is an overall increase of 15,318 against the figure released on Tuesday. Last Wedneday’s data had shown an overall increase of 19,096. The ministry claims that 7,090 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (the figure had been 8,943 last Wednesday for a 24 hour period).

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 452.57 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (yesterday’s figure was 465.57). It is now under 500 in eight regions: the Balearic Islands (239.94), the Canary Islands (83.08), Castilla La Mancha (465.55), Catalonia (450.91), the Valencia region (299.21), Extremadura (452.09), Galicia (292.76) and Madrid (312.51).

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 15,318 overall increase in confirmed cases since Tuesday’s figures, 2,868 are in Andalusia, 2,074 in Catalonia, 1,908 in the Valencia region, 1,729 in Madrid and 1,308 in Castilla y León.

There have now been 212,828 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,525,341. The figure for the past 7 days is 85,992.

According to the latest data, the number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 19,403 across Spain – of which 3,120 are in intensive care (UCI). This currently represents a total 32.04% occupation of intensive care wards for Covid-19 patients across Spain (Tuesday’s figure was 32.31%). 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 Wednesday 18 November is now 42,039 – an increase of 351 since TuesdayIt is now a total of 1,346 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 17 November when 435 deaths were registered. The peak of recorded deaths for a 24-hour period during the ‘first wave’ was on 2 April when 950 were registered.

Increase in infections

Figures released on Tuesday had shown an overall increase of 13,159 infections over Monday, with the ministry claiming that 5,897 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Monday had seen an overall increase of 38,273 infections over Friday, yet 3,321 in a 24 hour period. The ministry has not been updating its figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.

Of the 7,090 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 18 November, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,395 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,255)
  • 1,142 in Catalonia (1,407)
  • 910 in the Basque Country (766)
  • 572 in Andalusia (332)
  • 545 in Galicia (441)
  • 441 in Aragón (370)
  • 400 in Asturias (274)
  • 277 in Cantabria (238)
  • 252 in Extremadura (179)
  • 227 in Murcia (48)
  • 207 in the Valencia Region (66)
  • 158 in Navarra (138)
  • 138 in Castilla La Mancha (90)
  • 133 in the Canary Islands (64)
  • 119 in La Rioja (69)
  • 80 in the Balearic Islands (99)
  • 27 in Castilla y León (9)
  • 43 in Ceuta (35)
  • 24 in Melilla (17)

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

New campaign from Madrid government

The Madrid regional government recently unveiled a strong new advertising campaign warning of relaxing social distancing and other precautions against Covid-19. It revolves around three key messages: quarantine compliance, meeting behaviour and adequate ventilation in confined spaces. There is also a parallel campaign aimed at the younger generation, with messages on Spotify, YouTube and in university areas of the Madrid region. The message (below) in one of the videos of the campaign is: ‘Be extremely careful at each family gathering, so that it is not the last one your grandmother attends.’

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

Isabel Díaz Ayuso
President of the Madrid regional government, Isabel Díaz Ayuso, presenting a new campaign warning of relaxing social distancing and precautions against Covid-19 on 16 November 2020. One of the posters states, ‘A family meeting without precautions = burying your grandmother.’ (Comunidad.madrid)

*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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