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Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Tues 24 Nov

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 24 November for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,594,844. This is an overall increase of 12,228 against the figure released on Monday. (Last Tuesday’s data had shown an overall increase of 13,159). The ministry claims that 4,584 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (last Tuesday the figure had been 5,897 for a 24 hour period).

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 362.35 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (Monday’s figure was 374.52 and last Tuesday’s figure had been 465.86). It is now under 500 in 13 regions: Andalusia (433.27), Aragón (468.89), the Balearic Islands (206.71), the Canary Islands (76.39), Cantabria (466.37), Castilla La Mancha (365.74), Catalonia (325.18), the Valencia region (283.43), Extremadura (314.69), Galicia (275.13), Madrid (271.72), Murcia (422.79) and Navarra (361.81).

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.

There have now been 170,398 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,594,844. The figure for the past 7 days is 67,360.

According to the latest data, the number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 16,701 across Spain – of which 2,853 are in intensive care (UCI). This currently represents a total 29.06% occupation of intensive care wards for Covid-19 patients across Spain (Monday’s figure was 29.98%). 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 Tuesday 24 November is now 43,668 – an increase of 537 since Monday – the highest increase for a 24-hour period during this ‘second wave’ in Spain. Last Tuesday’s data had shown 435 deaths in 24 hours. It is now a total of 1,232 deaths in the last 7 days.

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 Monday had shown an overall increase of 25,886 infections over Friday, with the ministry claiming that 2,344 had occurred in a 24 hour period.

Friday had seen an overall increase of 15,156 infections over Thursday, yet 6,021 in a 24 hour period. The ministry has not been updating its figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.

Of the 4,584 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Tuesday 24 November, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,029 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 177)
  • 954 in Catalonia (275)
  • 520 in the Basque Country (443)
  • 382 in Galicia (370)
  • 254 in Andalusia (131)
  • 236 in Aragón (152)
  • 221 in Asturias (249)
  • 164 in Extremadura (74)
  • 148 in the Valencia Region (12)
  • 141 in Navarra (113)
  • 133 in Cantabria (84)
  • 116 in the Canary Islands (75)
  • 61 in Murcia (15)
  • 56 in the Balearic Islands (65)
  • 53 in Castilla La Mancha (9)
  • 45 in La Rioja (78)
  • 21 in Castilla y León (5)
  • 23 in Ceuta (10)
  • 27 in Melilla (7)

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

Personnel of the 'Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME)'
Personnel of the ‘Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME)’ carrying out disinfection duties to combat the spread of Coronavirus in the ‘Operación Balmis’, during the height of the state of alarm in March 2020. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Defence / UME)

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’ – Also read: Catalonia’s four phase plan to lift Covid-19 restrictions – full details

Negative PCR test required

From Monday 23 November, travellers arriving in Spain from high-risk countries must show proof of a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival. Failure to do so could result in a fine of up to €6,000. Full report here: Fines up to €6,000 for travellers to Spain arriving without negative PCR test

*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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