Report below updated in Spain at 20h on Thurs 21 Jan
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 21 January for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus (Covid-19) since the start of the pandemic is now 2,456,675. This is an overall increase of 44,357 against the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry claims that 18,504 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours – yet again 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 20 January, when 18,500 cases were registered. During the ‘first wave’, it was on 31 March when 9,222 cases were registered.
Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 41,576 cases against Tuesday, with the ministry claiming that 18,500 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 34,291 over Monday, yet 15,578 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 795.65 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – the highest figure it has been throughout the pandemic. Yesterday it was 736 and last Thursday was 522. It is over 1,000 in six regions: Castilla La Mancha (1,140), Castilla y León (1,142), the Valencia region (1,166), Extremadura (1,467), Murcia (1,286) and La Rioja (1,134).
There have now been 374,164 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 2,456,675. The figure for the past 7 days is 188,694.
There are currently 26,542 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 3,734 are in intensive care. This now represents a 36.28% occupation of intensive care beds by Covid-19 patients.
The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 21 January is now 55,041 – an increase of 404 since Wednesday. It is now a total of 1,285 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.
Latest figures (up to 21 Jan) show that Spain has now received 1,346,100 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), and that 1,103,301 jabs have been administered. This is 82% of total vaccines received. 49,056 people have now 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 18,504 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 21 January, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 4,622 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 5,570)
- 2,720 in Castilla y León (2,703)
- 2,344 in Catalonia (2,550)
- 1,830 in Galicia (1,354)
- 1,081 in Andalusia (1,013)
- 965 in Extremadura (976)
- 888 in the Basque Country (666)
- 763 in Aragón (827)
- 603 in Castilla La Mancha (400)
- 434 in Asturias (366)
- 394 in Murcia (177)
- 375 in La Rioja (385)
- 345 in the Valencia Region (448)
- 303 in the Canary Islands (277)
- 277 in the Balearic Islands (276)
- 231 in Navarra (206)
- 206 in Cantabria (204)
- 55 in Ceuta (38)
- 68 in Melilla (64)
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 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
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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