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Coronavirus in Spain (26 Jan) – 591 deaths in 24 hours, highest since first wave

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Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Tues 26 Jan 

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 26 January for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 2,629,817. This is an overall increase of 36,435 against the figure released on Monday. The ministry claims that 15,660 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.

The peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during what is now being referred to as the ‘third wave’ in Spain was on 21 January, when 18,504 cases were registered. During the ‘first wave’, it was on 31 March when 9,222 cases were registered.

Monday had seen an overall increase of 93,822 cases against Friday – also the highest increase for a weekend period since the start of the pandemic. Friday had seen an overall increase of 42,885 over Thursday, yet 18,187 in a 24-hour period. The ministry has not released figures during the weekends or on national holidays since 3 July.

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain is now 893.91 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – the highest figure it has been throughout the pandemic. Yesterday it was 884 and last Tuesday was 714. It remains over 1,000 in six regions: Castilla La Mancha (1,254), Castilla y León (1,377), the Valencia region (1,423), Extremadura (1,330), Murcia (1,382) and La Rioja (1,300).

There have now been 420,374 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 2,629,817. The figure for the past 7 days is 197,888.

There are currently 30,815 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 4,433 are in intensive care. This now represents 41.27% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients. It is over 50% in four regions: Castilla La Mancha, Valencia, Madrid and La Rioja – as well as in the autonomous city of Melilla.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday 26 January is now 56,799 – an increase of 591 since Monday – the highest daily increase since the ‘first wave’ of the pandemic in Spain. It is now a total of 1,630 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 26 Jan) show that Spain has now received 1,346,100 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), and that 1,291,216 jabs have been administered. This is 95.9% of total vaccines received. 123,697 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 15,660 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Tuesday 26 January, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 4,237 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 657)
  • 2,598 in Catalonia (801)
  • 2,149 in Castilla y León (1,309)
  • 813 in Galicia (830)
  • 766 in Murcia (108)
  • 752 in the Valencia Region (472)
  • 716 in Andalusia (434)
  • 685 in the Basque Country (639)
  • 649 in Extremadura (465)
  • 548 in Aragón (506)
  • 426 in Asturias (503)
  • 246 in Navarra (159)
  • 240 in La Rioja (152)
  • 203 in the Canary Islands (210)
  • 179 in the Balearic Islands (101)
  • 177 in Castilla La Mancha (102)
  • 171 in Cantabria (194)
  • 44 in Ceuta (26)
  • 61 in Melilla (30)

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

An image from the new Isabel Zendal Hospital in Madrid
An image from the new Isabel Zendal Hospital in Madrid, which is currently preparing a third pavilion with 352 more beds to accommodate patients during the third wave of Coronavirus. (Communidad.Madrid)

Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain

Since 27 December, Spain started administering jabs against Covid-19 with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. From 13 January, the Moderna vaccine has also been used. The health ministry has released a list for how it has divided the Spanish 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

Spain voted to extend its current State of Alarm until 9 May 2021. The State of Alarm was initially declared on Sunday 25 October to enable the regional governments 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. Click here: Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions of Spain during ‘State of Alarm’

Covid-19 test requirements for travellers arriving to Spain

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 to show proof of a negative PCR test done within 72 hours of arrival. A negative result from a TMA (Transcription-Mediated Amplification test) is now also valid, ‘and other tests based on equivalent molecular techniques’. 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.

Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

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