Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Mon 22 Feb
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Monday 22 February for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,153,971. This is an overall increase of 20,849 against the figure released on Friday – now a fourth consecutive drop in the rate of increase in weekend figures. Last Monday the figure had been 30,251 for the weekend, and the previous weekend 47,095. The figure on Monday 25 January had been 93,822 – the highest weekend figure since the start of the pandemic.
The ministry claims that 1,614 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.
Friday had seen an overall increase of 11,435 cases over Thursday, with the ministry claiming that 3,986 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Thursday had seen an overall increase of 14,515 cases over Wednesday, yet 4,323 in 24-hours.
The overall accumulated incidence rate for Spain has now dropped to 252.19 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – the lowest figure since the start of this year. It was 294 on Friday and 416 last Monday. It remains highest in the region of Madrid (383) – as well as in the autonomous cities of Melilla (435) and Ceuta (349).
There have now been 118,597 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,153,971. The figure for the past 7 days is 44,971.
There are currently 15,208 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 3,533 are in intensive care. This represents 33.02% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain. It remains above 40% in Castilla y León, Catalonia and Madrid – as well as in the autonomous city of Ceuta.
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 22 Feb) show that Spain has now received 3,622,165 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca), and that 3,090,351 jabs have been administered. This is 85.3% of total vaccines received. 1,197,061 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 1,614 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Monday 22 February, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 281 in the Basque Country (last 24 hour increase was 430)
- 268 in Madrid (1,493)
- 171 in the Valencia Region (115)
- 141 in Castilla y León (374)
- 136 in the Canary Islands (162)
- 110 in Asturias (183)
- 109 in Galicia (138)
- 103 in Aragón (203)
- 74 in Catalonia (209)
- 58 in Andalusia (312)
- 57 in Navarra (65)
- 47 in Cantabria (74)
- 18 in Extremadura (60)
- 15 in the Balearic Islands (41)
- 6 in Castilla La Mancha (48)
- 5 in Murcia (43)
- 4 in La Rioja (11)
- 7 in Ceuta (8)
- 4 in Melilla (17)
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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