Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Thurs 4 Feb
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 4 February for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 2,913,425. This is an overall increase of 29,960 against the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry claims that 11,388 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.
The peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during what is 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 31,596 cases against Tuesday, with the ministry claiming that 12,544 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 29,064 over Monday, yet 10,757 in 24 hours. The ministry has not released figures during the weekends or on national holidays since 3 July.
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain has dropped again to 783.25 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days. This is now the sixth consecutive day that it has dropped. Yesterday it was 815 and last Thursday was 889. It remains over 1,000 in three regions: Castilla La Mancha (1,177), the Valencia region (1,245) and La Rioja (1,160).
There have now been 368,334 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 2,913,425. The figure for the past 7 days is 144,864.
There are currently 29,276 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 4,823 are in intensive care. This now represents 44.36% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients. It remains over 50% in five regions: Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, 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 Thursday 4 February is now 60,802 – an increase of 432 since Wednesday. It is now a total of 1,883 deaths in the past 7 days.
The previous highest increase of deaths to date for a 24-hour period during this ‘third wave’ in Spain was on 2 February when 724 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 4 Feb) show that Spain has now received 2,218,755 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna), and that 1,865,342 jabs have been administered. This is 84.1% of total vaccines received. 586,122 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 11,388 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 4 February, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 3,367 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 3,917)
- 1,401 in Castilla y León (1,429)
- 1,232 in Catalonia (1,488)
- 825 in the Basque Country (853)
- 760 in Andalusia (734)
- 597 in Aragón (698)
- 582 in Galicia (590)
- 540 in the Valencia Region (491)
- 396 in Asturias (448)
- 285 in Extremadura (346)
- 276 in Castilla La Mancha (210)
- 229 in Navarra (167)
- 220 in the Canary Islands (187)
- 190 in La Rioja (288)
- 177 in Murcia (355)
- 113 in Cantabria (145)
- 110 in the Balearic Islands (108)
- 42 in Ceuta (41)
- 46 in Melilla (49)
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.
Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain