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Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Fri 4 Dec

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Friday 4 December for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,684,647. This is an overall increase of 8,745 against the figure released on Thursday (last Friday’s data had shown an overall increase of 10,853). The ministry claims that 4,372 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (last Friday the figure had been 5,008 for a 24 hour period).

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 231.11 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (Thursday’s figure was 240.89 and last Friday had been 307.30). It remains over 300 in five regions: Aragón (302.66), Asturias (344.35), Cantabria (302.54), the Basque Country (342.06) and La Rioja (340.91), as well as in the autonomous city of Melilla (344.56).

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 108,684 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,684,647. The figure for the past 7 days is 46,350.

According to the latest data, the number of people currently requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 is 12,552 across Spain – of which 2,371 are in intensive care (UCI). This currently represents a total 24.64% occupation of intensive care wards for Covid-19 patients across Spain (Thursday’s figure was 25.28%). 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 Friday 4 December is now 46,252 – an increase of 214 since Thursday. Last Friday’s data had shown 294 in 24 hours. It is now a total of 952 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 Thursday had shown an overall increase of 10,127 infections over Wednesday, with the ministry claiming that 4,765 had occurred in a 24-hour period.

Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 9,331 infections over Tuesday, yet 5,060 in a 24-hour period. The ministry has not been updating its figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.

Of the 4,372 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Friday 4 December, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,058 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,038)
  • 693 in Catalonia (744)
  • 438 in the Basque Country (542)
  • 344 in Galicia (334)
  • 293 in Andalusia (373)
  • 250 in Aragón (291)
  • 229 in Asturias (222)
  • 194 in the Valencia Region (218)
  • 152 in the Canary Islands (206)
  • 151 in Cantabria (119)
  • 145 in Extremadura (155)
  • 116 in the Balearic Islands (101)
  • 102 in Castilla La Mancha (145)
  • 82 in Navarra (116)
  • 60 in Murcia (71)
  • 41 in La Rioja (43)
  • in Castilla y León (9)
  • 7 in Ceuta (8)
  • in Melilla (30)

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

Catalonia's acting president Pere Aragonès and health minister Alba Vergés
Catalonia’s acting president Pere Aragonès and health minister Alba Vergés on a visit to the ‘Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau’ in Barcelona where mass Coronavirus tests were carried out on 1 December 2020. (Govern.cat)

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.

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

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

Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

ALSO READ: Spain’s Health Ministry divides the population into 15 groups for vaccination

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ALSO READ: Fines up to €6,000 for travellers to Spain arriving without negative PCR test

ALSO READ: Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions of Spain during ‘State of Alarm’

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