Report below updated in Spain at 19.15h on Thurs 10 Dec
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 10 December for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,720,056. This is an overall increase of 7,955 against the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry claims that 4,595 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (last Thursday the figure had been 4,765 for a 24 hour period).
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 188.72 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (yesterday’s figure was 193.26 and last Thursday had been 240.89). It remains over 200 in eight regions: Aragón (240.66), Asturias (250.49), the Balearic Islands (232.28), Cantabria (257.11), Castilla La Mancha (214.92), Castilla y León (214.92), the Basque Country (277.97) and La Rioja (250) – as well as in the autonomous city of Melilla (241.65).
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 88,750 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,720,056. The figure for the past 7 days is 35,863.
The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 10 December is now 47,344 – an increase of 325 since Wednesday. Last Thursday’s data had shown 254 in 24 hours. It is now a total of 765 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 Wednesday had shown an overall increase of 9,773 infections over Monday (no updates were given on Tuesday due to the public holiday across Spain). The ministry claimed that 2,305 new cases had occurred in a 24-hour period.
Of the 4,595 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 10 December, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,373 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 239)
- 1,137 in Catalonia (257)
- 337 in the Basque Country (427)
- 308 in Castilla y León (149)
- 255 in Galicia (346)
- 182 in the Canary Islands (103)
- 179 in Aragón (106)
- 150 in the Valencia Region (35)
- 122 in Asturias (104)
- 119 in Andalusia (109)
- 114 in the Balearic Islands (106)
- 88 in Navarra (86)
- 50 in Murcia (4)
- 44 in Cantabria (88)
- 42 in Extremadura (38)
- 35 in Castilla La Mancha (48)
- 26 in La Rioja (55)
- 12 in Ceuta (0)
- 22 in Melilla (5)
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.
Spain changes Covid-19 test requirements for travellers
Spain has changed the Covid-19 test requirements for travellers arriving to the country from today [Thursday 10 December] via airports or ports. Since Monday 23 November, travellers arriving in Spain from high-risk countries have had to 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. However, a negative result from a TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification test) is now also valid, ‘and other tests based on equivalent molecular techniques’. Spain has also removed the obligation to present any negative test for children under the age of six. Full report here: Spain changes Covid-19 test requirements for travellers.
*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