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Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Tues 22 Dec

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 22 December for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,829,903. This is an overall increase of 10,654 against the figure released on Monday. The ministry claims that 5,637 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours (last Tuesday it had been 5,215 for a 24 hour period).

Figures released on Monday had shown an overall increase of 22,013 infections over Friday, with the ministry claiming that 2,156 had occurred in a 24-hour period.

Friday had seen an overall increase of 11,815 over Thursday, yet 5,771 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 236.27 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – the highest figure since 3 December, when it was 240.89. (Monday’s figure was 224.88 and last Tuesday it had been 198.77). It is over 300 in four regions: the Balearic Islands (433.77), the Valencia region (309.27), Extremadura (305.79) and Madrid (329.71).

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 111,107 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,829,903. The figure for the past 7 days is 57,349.

There are currently 11,500 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 1,906 are in intensive care. This represents a 20.01% occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday 22 December is now 49,520 – an increase of 260 since Monday. It is now a total of 658 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 5,637 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Tuesday 22 December, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,830 in Catalonia (last 24 hour increase was 474)
  • 1,726 in Madrid (294)
  • 316 in Extremadura (176)
  • 266 in the Basque Country (226)
  • 226 in Galicia (263)
  • 194 in Andalusia (84)
  • 189 in Castilla y León (79)
  • 159 in Aragón (93)
  • 138 in the Canary Islands (114)
  • 115 in the Balearic Islands (88)
  • 91 in the Valencia Region (2)
  • 79 in Navarra (57)
  • 73 in Asturias (71)
  • 69 in Murcia (3)
  • 64 in Castilla La Mancha (50)
  • 62 in Cantabria (51)
  • 25 in La Rioja (26)
  • 4 in Ceuta (2)
  • 11 in Melilla (3)

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

Christmas market near the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona
People with face masks at the Christmas market near the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona. (Laura Guerrero).

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

Also read: Spain suspends flight arrivals from UK, except for Spanish citizens and residents

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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