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Report below updated in Spain at 18h on Weds 20 Jan 

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 20 January for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 2,412,318. This is an overall increase of 41,576 against the figure released on Tuesday. The ministry claims that 18,500 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours – a new record for the daily increase since the start of the pandemic.

The previous peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during what is now being referred to as the ‘third wave’ in Spain was on 15 January, when 17,039 cases were registered. During the ‘first wave’, it was on 31 March when 9,222 cases were registered.

Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 34,291 cases against Monday, with the ministry claiming that 15,578 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Monday had seen an overall increase of 84,287 cases against Friday, yet 7,662 in a 24-hour period. The ministry has not released figures during the weekends or on national holidays since Friday 3 July.

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 736,23 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – the highest figure it has been throughout the pandemic. Yesterday it was 714 and last Wednesday was 492. It is over 1,000 in six regions: Castilla La Mancha (1,066), Castilla y León (1,047), the Valencia region (1,075), Extremadura (1,425), Murcia (1,189) and La Rioja (1,042).

There have now been 346,223 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 2,412,318. The figure for the past 7 days is 184,705.

There are currently 25,228 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 3,583 are in intensive care. This now represents a 35.02% occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday 20 January is now 54,637 – an increase of 464 since Tuesday. It is now a total of 1,146 deaths in the past 7 days.

The highest increase of deaths to date for a 24-hour period during the ‘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.

Vaccinations given

Latest figures (up to 20 Jan) show that Spain has now received 1,346,100 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), and that 1,025,937 jabs have been administered. This is 76.2% of total vaccines received. 15,642 people have received a second jab. In a separate report, we have published the amount of vaccines received and administered for each region in Spain. Latest: Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain

Increase in infections per region

Of the 18,500 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 20 January, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 5,570 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 4,472)
  • 2,703 in Castilla y León (2,135)
  • 2,550 in Catalonia (2,774)
  • 1,354 in Galicia (1,206)
  • 1,013 in Andalusia (819)
  • 976 in Extremadura (984)
  • 827 in Aragón (548)
  • 666 in the Basque Country (638)
  • 448 in the Valencia Region (93)
  • 400 in Castilla La Mancha (142)
  • 385 in La Rioja (206)
  • 366 in Asturias (270)
  • 277 in the Canary Islands (296)
  • 276 in the Balearic Islands (247)
  • 206 in Navarra (239)
  • 204 in Cantabria (118)
  • 177 in Murcia (300)
  • 38 in Ceuta (30)
  • 64 in Melilla (61)

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)’ carrying out disinfection duties to combat the spread of Coronavirus in the ‘Operación Balmis’, in March 2020. (Photo courtesy of Ministry of Defence / UME)

Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain

On 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. On 13 January, supplies of Moderna vaccine also arrived in Spain. 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 AstraZeneca/Oxford, Sanofi-GSK, Johnson & Johnson/Janssen and Curevac, in addition to Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna.

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). For the latest data on the number of vaccines received and administered per region in Spain, click here: Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain

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’

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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