Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Weds 30 Dec
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 30 December for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 1,910,218. This is an overall increase of 16,716 against the figure released on Tuesday. The ministry claims that 9,860 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours – the highest increase recorded for a 24-hour period since the start of the pandemic.
The previous 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.
Figures released on Tuesday had shown an overall increase of 14,089 against Monday, with the ministry claiming that 7,848 had occurred in a 24-hour period.
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 265,45 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days (yesterday’s figure was 255.55 and last Wednesday had been 253.74). It is over 300 in six regions: the Balearic Islands (528.77), Castilla La Mancha (308.63), Catalonia (349.48), the Valencia region (377.40), Extremadura (459.86) and Madrid (371.24).
There have now been 124,830 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 1,910,218. The figure for the past 7 days is 57,653.
There are currently 11,905 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 2,035 are in intensive care. This represents a 21.34% occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients.
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 9,860 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 30 December, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 3,056 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 2,411)
- 2,573 in Catalonia (2,464)
- 689 in Extremadura (449)
- 471 in Castilla y León (315)
- 457 in Andalusia (209)
- 432 in the Basque Country (281)
- 416 in Galicia (373)
- 401 in Aragón (261)
- 255 in the Canary Islands (228)
- 181 in the Balearic Islands (169)
- 153 in Castilla La Mancha (77)
- 150 in Murcia (87)
- 130 in Navarra (102)
- 129 in Asturias (70)
- 113 in La Rioja (31)
- 112 in Cantabria (64)
- 108 in the Valencia Region (215)
- 22 in Ceuta (14)
- 12 in Melilla (28)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain
On Sunday 27 December, Spain started to administer its first vaccinations against Covid-19, with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. The country is scheduled to receive 350,000 doses of this vaccine per week over the next three months. Announcing Spain’s Vaccination Strategy at the end of November, it was also confirmed by the health ministry that there are advance purchase agreements for Covid-19 vaccines with a total of five pharmaceutical companies: AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sanofi-GSK, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen and Curevac, in addition to Pfizer/BioNTech. Negotiations also continue with Moderna and Novavax.
You can click here for all our reports specifically related to the Coronavirus vaccines. The health ministry has also released a list to summarise how it has divided the entire Spanish population into 15 groups in order to administer the vaccine (full report: Spain’s Health Ministry divides the population into 15 groups for vaccination). You can also click here for further details (in English) of the key points of Spain’s Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy.
Current ‘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 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 at least the first half of this year.
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