Report below updated in Spain at 19h on Weds 2 Dec
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 2 December for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,665,775. This is an overall increase of 9,331 against the figure released on Tuesday (last Wednesday’s data had shown an overall increase of 10,222). The ministry claims that 5,060 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (last Wednesday the figure had been 5,400 for a 24 hour period).
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 251.61 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (Tuesday’s figure was 265.76 and last Wednesday had been 340.83). It remains over 300 in six regions: Aragón (330.94), Asturias (376.61), Cantabria (324.22), Castilla y León (358.07), the Basque Country (376.58) and La Rioja (388.89), as well as in the autonomous city of Melilla (396.59).
The peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during this ‘second wave’ in Spain was on 30 October, when 9,723 cases were registered. During the ‘first wave’, it was on 31 March when 9,222 cases were registered.
There have now been 118,324 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,665,775. The figure for the past 7 days is 48,116.
According to the latest data, the number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 13,567 across Spain – of which 2,485 are in intensive care (UCI). This currently represents a total 25.66% occupation of intensive care wards for Covid-19 patients across Spain (Tuesday’s figure was 26.30%). 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 2 December is now 45,784 – an increase of 273 since Tuesday. Last Wednesday’s data had shown 369 in 24 hours. It is now a total of 1,051 deaths in the past 7 days.
The highest increase of deaths to date for a 24-hour period during this ‘second wave’ in Spain was on 24 November when 537 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 8,257 infections over Monday, with the ministry claiming that 3,841 had occurred in a 24-hour period.
Of the 5,060 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 2 December, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,140 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,001)
- 788 in Catalonia (914)
- 516 in the Basque Country (394)
- 369 in Galicia (301)
- 359 in Aragón (212)
- 438 in Andalusia (148)
- 236 in Asturias (145)
- 207 in the Valencia Region (107)
- 198 in Cantabria (105)
- 185 in the Canary Islands (102)
- 151 in Extremadura (135)
- 98 in the Balearic Islands (79)
- 96 in Murcia (20)
- 91 in Castilla La Mancha (40)
- 85 in La Rioja (33)
- 65 in Navarra (67)
- 3 in Castilla y León (7)
- 13 in Ceuta (9)
- 22 in Melilla (22)
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 voted to extend the new State of Alarm until 9 May 2021. The 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 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 our report on: Proposed restrictions for Christmas and New Year period in Spain.
Negative PCR test required
Since 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.
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