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Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Weds 17 Feb  

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure* released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 17 February for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,107,172. This is an overall increase of 10,829 against the figure released on Tuesday. The ministry claims that 4,691 of these infections have occurred in the past 24 hours.

The peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during this ‘third wave’ of the pandemic 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 10,057 cases over Monday, with the ministry claiming that 3,857 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Monday had seen an overall increase of 30,251 over Friday, yet 5,566 in 24 hours.

The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain has now dropped to 349.81 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days. Yesterday it was 383 and last Wednesday was 584. It remains over 400 in Andalusia (414), Castilla y León (419), Madrid (489) and the Valencia region (406) – as well as in the autonomous cities of Melilla (550) and Ceuta (443).

There have now been 164,504 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,107,172. The figure for the past 7 days is 55,847.

There are currently 18,322 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 3,909 are in intensive care. This represents 36.12% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain. It remains above 40% in Castilla La Mancha, Castilla y León, Catalonia, the Valencia region, Madrid and La Rioja.

The official figure* for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday 17 February is now 66,316 – an increase of 337 since Tuesday. It is now a total of 1,234 deaths in the past 7 days.

The highest increase of deaths for a 24-hour period during this ‘third wave’ in Spain was on 9 February when 766 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 17 Feb) show that Spain has now received 3,622,165 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca), and that 2,690,457 jabs have been administered. This is 74.3% of total vaccines received. 1,119,180 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 4,691 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 17 February, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,896 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,655)
  • 450 in the Basque Country (380)
  • 427 in Castilla y León (385)
  • 310 in Andalusia (170)
  • 281 in Aragón (223)
  • 209 in the Valencia Region (92)
  • 201 in Catalonia (110)
  • 163 in the Canary Islands (117)
  • 161 in Asturias (127)
  • 159 in Galicia (163)
  • 80 in Murcia (36)
  • 70 in Cantabria (100)
  • 60 in Navarra (57)
  • 53 in the Balearic Islands (65)
  • 50 in Extremadura (70)
  • 41 in Castilla La Mancha (38)
  • 28 in La Rioja (29)
  • 36 in Ceuta (22)
  • 16 in Melilla (18)

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

Receiving jabs against Covid-19 in Barcelona
Essential and home care workers, specifically from Barcelona’s ‘Servicio de Atención a Domicilio’ (SAD), receiving jabs against Covid-19 in Barcelona on 16 February 2021. (Laura Guerrero)

Covid-19 Vaccination Strategy in Spain

Since 27 December, Spain has been administering jabs against Covid-19, first using the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine, then from 13 January also with the Moderna vaccine. The AstraZeneca vaccine has also been used from 9 February but it is not being administered to citizens aged over 55.

The second phase of Spain’s three-phase Vaccination Strategy has now started, although the government and regional health authorities have adapted the initial plans to changing circumstances. This is partly due to delays and adjustments in the quantities delivered of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, but also due to the changes in criteria regarding the age groups to receive jabs of the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine. For full details of the priority groups during the second phase, click here: Spain starts the second phase of its three-phase Vaccination Strategy. 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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