Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Weds 27 Jan
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 27 January for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 2,670,102. This is an overall increase of 40,285 against the figure released on Tuesday. The ministry claims that 18,462 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.
Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 36,435 cases against Monday, with the ministry claiming that 15,660 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Monday had seen an overall increase of 93,822 over Friday – the highest increase for a weekend period since the start of the pandemic. 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 899.93 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – the highest figure it has been throughout the pandemic. Yesterday it was 893 and last Wednesday was 736. It remains over 1,000 in six regions: Castilla La Mancha (1,269), Castilla y León (1,397), the Valencia region (1,459), Extremadura (1,283), Murcia (1,347) and La Rioja (1,303).
There have now been 423,203 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 2,670,102. The figure for the past 7 days is 195,077.
There are currently 30,789 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 4,515 are in intensive care. This now represents 41.9% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients. It is over 50% in five regions: Castilla La Mancha, Valencia, Extremadura, Madrid and La Rioja – as well as in the autonomous city of Melilla.
The highest increase of deaths to date for a 24-hour period during this ‘third wave’ in Spain was on 26 January when 591 were registered. The peak of deaths during the ‘second wave’ was on 24 November when 537 were registered. During the ‘first wave’ it was on 2 April when 950 were registered.
Latest figures (up to 27 Jan) show that Spain has now received 1,769,055 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), and that 1,356,461 jabs have been administered. This is 76.7% of total vaccines received. 173,066 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 18,462 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 27 January, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 5,100 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 4,237)
- 2,484 in Castilla y León (2,149)
- 2,091 in Catalonia (2,598)
- 1,823 in the Valencia Region (752)
- 980 in Galicia (813)
- 973 in Andalusia (716)
- 873 in the Basque Country (685)
- 862 in Aragón (548)
- 660 in Extremadura (649)
- 591 in Asturias (426)
- 478 in Murcia (766)
- 378 in Castilla La Mancha (177)
- 311 in the Canary Islands (203)
- 301 in La Rioja (240)
- 221 in the Balearic Islands (179)
- 191 in Navarra (246)
- 61 in Cantabria (171)
- 25 in Ceuta (44)
- 59 in Melilla (61)
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
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
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.
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