Report below updated in Spain at 19h on Thurs 18 Feb
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 18 February for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,121,687. This is an overall increase of 14,515 against the figure released on Wednesday. The ministry claims that 4,323 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.
Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 10,829 cases over Tuesday, with the ministry claiming that 4,691 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 10,057 over Monday, yet 3,857 in 24 hours.
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain has now dropped to 320.81 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days. Yesterday it was 349 and last Thursday was 584. It remains over 400 in Madrid (456) – as well as in the autonomous cities of Melilla (527) and Ceuta (415).
There have now been 150,865 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,121,687. The figure for the past 7 days is 52,515.
There are currently 17,259 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 3,822 are in intensive care. This represents 35.39% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain. It remains above 40% in Castilla y León, Catalonia, Madrid and La Rioja.
The official figure for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 18 February is now 66,704 – an increase of 388 since Wednesday. It is now a total of 1,168 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.
Latest figures (up to 18 Feb) show that Spain has now received 3,622,165 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca), and that 2,782,751 jabs have been administered. This is 76.8% of total vaccines received – and it also means that 5.87% of the population have now received a dose of the vaccine. 1,144,556 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 4,323 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 18 February, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,662 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,896)
- 475 in the Basque Country (450)
- 394 in Castilla y León (427)
- 313 in Andalusia (310)
- 255 in Aragón (281)
- 163 in the Valencia Region (209)
- 154 in Catalonia (201)
- 136 in the Canary Islands (163)
- 188 in Asturias (161)
- 145 in Galicia (159)
- 81 in Murcia (80)
- 78 in Navarra (60)
- 59 in Castilla La Mancha (41)
- 52 in Cantabria (70)
- 50 in the Balearic Islands (53)
- 44 in Extremadura (50)
- 38 in La Rioja (28)
- 18 in Ceuta (36)
- 18 in Melilla (16)
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 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. For our most recent report on the groups during the second phase, click here: Spain will administer AstraZeneca vaccine to 45-55 year olds in 2nd phase. 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 last 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.
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