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Coronavirus in Spain (28 Jan) – incidence rate finally drops slightly to 889

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Report below updated in Spain at 19.40h on Thurs 28 Jan 

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 28 January for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 2,705,001. This is an overall increase of 34,899 against the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry claims that 16,669 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.

Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 40,285 cases against Tuesday, with the ministry claiming that 18,462 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 36,435 over Monday, yet 15,660 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 has now dropped slightly to 889.93 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days. Yesterday it was 899 and last Thursday was 795. It still remains over 1,000 in six regions: Castilla La Mancha (1,238), Castilla y León (1,414), the Valencia region (1,438), Extremadura (1,224), Murcia (1,338) and La Rioja (1,324) – and in the autonomous city of Melilla (1,004).

There have now been 418,502 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 2,705,001. The figure for the past 7 days is 186,924.

There are currently 30,726 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 4,608 are in intensive care. This now represents 42.84% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients. It is over 50% in five regions: Castilla La Mancha, CataloniaValenciaMadrid and La Rioja – as well as in the autonomous city of Melilla.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 28 January is now 57,806 – an increase of 515 since Wednesday. It is now a total of 1,783 deaths in the past 7 days.

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.

Vaccinations given

Latest figures (up to 28 Jan) show that Spain has now received 1,769,055 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), and that 1,395,618 jabs have been administered. This is 78.9% of total vaccines received. 192,759 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 16,669 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 28 January, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 4,472 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 5,100)
  • 2,448 in Castilla y León (2,484)
  • 1,720 in Catalonia (2,091)
  • 1,218 in the Valencia Region (1,823)
  • 990 in the Basque Country (873)
  • 894 in Aragón (862)
  • 779 in Andalusia (973)
  • 718 in Galicia (980)
  • 572 in Extremadura (660)
  • 547 in Asturias (591)
  • 536 in Murcia (478)
  • 403 in La Rioja (301)
  • 392 in Castilla La Mancha (378)
  • 307 in the Canary Islands (311)
  • 132 in the Balearic Islands (221)
  • 228 in Navarra (191)
  • 201 in Cantabria (61)
  • 54 in Ceuta (25)
  • 58 in Melilla (59)

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

Staff at the Bellvitge Hospital in Catalonia
Staff at the Bellvitge Hospital in Catalonia that has recently expanded its emergency facilities for Covid-19 patients, with 64 more beds and 48 more ’emergency boxes’ for immediate treatment. The hospital now has 809 beds overall and 90 in ICUs. (Health Dept / Govern.cat)

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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