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Coronavirus in Spain (18 Dec) – incidence rate now rises to 214

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Report below updated in Spain at 20h on Fri 18 Dec

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Friday 18 December for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,797,236. This is an overall increase of 11,815 against the figure released on Thursday. The ministry claims that 5,771 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.

Figures released on Thursday had shown an overall increase of 12,131 infections over Wednesday, with the ministry claiming that 5,763 had occurred in a 24-hour period.

Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 11,078 infections over Tuesday, yet 6,196 in a 24-hour period. The ministry has not released figures during the weekends since Friday 3 July.

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 214.12 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (yesterday’s figure was 207.26 and last Friday it had been 189.56). It is under 200 in eight regions: Andalusia (135.95), Asturias (181.36), the Canary Islands (129.52), Cantabria (196.36), Castilla y León (173.91), Galicia (177.66), Murcia (142.31), Navarra (197.03) – as well as in the autonomous city of Ceuta (130.93).

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 100,692 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,797,236. The figure for the past 7 days is 56,588.

There are currently 11,224 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 1,920 are in intensive care. This represents a 20.10% occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Friday 18 December is now 48,926 – an increase of 149 since Thursday. It is now a total of 746 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 per region

Of the 5,771 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Friday 18 December, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,622 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,640)
  • 1,200 in Catalonia (1,114)
  • 405 in Galicia (201)
  • 404 in the Basque Country (333)
  • 268 in Castilla y León (317)
  • 265 in Andalusia (379)
  • 262 in Extremadura (298)
  • 252 in the Canary Islands (226)
  • 236 in the Valencia Region (329)
  • 172 in Castilla La Mancha (148)
  • 170 in Aragón (211)
  • 122 in the Balearic Islands (139)
  • 91 in Asturias (91)
  • 75 in Cantabria (76)
  • 70 in La Rioja (47)
  • 66 in Navarra (124)
  • 58 in Murcia (67)
  • 7 in Ceuta (5)
  • 26 in Melilla (18)

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

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Personnel of the ‘Unidad Militar de Emergencias (UME)’ helping to combat the spread of Coronavirus in the ‘Operación Balmis’ during the height of the first state of alarm in March 2020. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Defence / UME)

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: Restrictions for Christmas and New Year period in Spain.

Spain changes Covid-19 test requirements for travellers

Spain changed the Covid-19 test requirements for travellers arriving to the country from Thursday 10 December, via airports or ports. Since Monday 23 November, travellers arriving in Spain from high-risk countries had 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 sixFull 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 at least the first half of this year.

Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

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