At least four cases of the new strain of Coronavirus that recently surfaced in the UK, causing many countries to prohibit flight arrivals from Britain, have since been confirmed in Madrid, the regional government announced on Saturday.
From last Tuesday 22 December, Spain banned all flight arrivals from the UK, except for Spanish nationals and residents. The measure is in place until at least 5 January. Over 50 other countries have also imposed travel restrictions on the UK.
According to the region’s deputy health chief, Antonio Zapatero, who first announced that the new strain had been identified in Madrid from tests carried out on 23 December, the four cases involved people who had recently arrived from the UK.
‘The four patients are not seriously ill, we know that this strain is more transmissible, but it does not cause more serious illness,’ Zapatero had said. ‘There is no need for alarm.’
On Saturday, the regional government of Madrid released a statement to confirm that, ‘Three of the cases correspond to the same family whose son arrived in the middle of last week from the United Kingdom. The fourth case is not related to the previous ones and corresponds to another traveller who landed in Madrid on December 20 from the United Kingdom.’
Confirmados en la Comunidad de Madrid cuatro casos de la cepa británica B.1.1.7 del COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/WBg4FZNJMG
— Comunidad de Madrid (@ComunidadMadrid) December 26, 2020
On Sunday, the Madrid region also started vaccinations at residential care homes, with the first Coronavirus vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech having now arrived in Spain. ALSO READ: 96-year-old lady is first to be vaccinated against Covid-19 in Spain
Coronavirus figures (24 Dec)
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 24 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 25,048 against the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry claims that 6,733 of these infections occurred in a 24-hour period.
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 262.79 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days.
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 119,323 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,842,289. The figure for the past 7 days is 57,747.
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.
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