Report below updated in Spain at 19h on Fri 20 Nov
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Friday 20 November for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,556,730. This is an overall increase of 15,156 against the figure released on Thursday. Last Friday’s data had shown an overall increase of 21,371. The ministry claims that 6,021 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (the figure had been 8,775 last Friday for a 24 hour period).
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 419.48 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (yesterday’s figure was 436.27 and last Friday’s figure had been 498.19). It is now under 500 in nine regions: the Balearic Islands (225.41), the Canary Islands (79.92), Castilla La Mancha (430.72), Catalonia (393.55), the Valencia region (299.53), Extremadura (393.55), Galicia (286.68), Madrid (285.52) and Navarra (440.22).
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 15,156 overall increase in confirmed cases since Thursday’s figures, 3,765 are in Andalusia, 2,166 in Catalonia, 1,918 in the Valencia region, 1,407 in Castilla y León and 1,406 in Madrid.
There have now been 197,266 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,556,730. The figure for the past 7 days is 79,003.
According to the latest data, the number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 17,963 across Spain – of which 3,054 are in intensive care (UCI). This currently represents a total 31.02% occupation of intensive care wards for Covid-19 patients across Spain (Thursday’s figure was 31.66%). 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 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 Thursday had shown an overall increase of 16,233 infections over Wednesday, with the ministry claiming that 6,915 had occurred in a 24 hour period.
Of the 6,021 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Friday 20 November, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,131 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,312)
- 832 in Catalonia (959)
- 821 in the Basque Country (922)
- 689 in Galicia (630)
- 522 in Andalusia (490)
- 392 in Aragón (531)
- 316 in Asturias (455)
- 243 in Extremadura (216)
- 209 in the Valencia Region (248)
- 161 in Cantabria (235)
- 157 in Navarra (138)
- 108 in Castilla La Mancha (146)
- 100 in La Rioja (126)
- 103 in the Canary Islands (115)
- 80 in Murcia (200)
- 78 in the Balearic Islands (84)
- 23 in Castilla y León (33)
- 26 in Ceuta (42)
- 30 in Melilla (33)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
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’
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.
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