Report below updated in Spain at 18.30h on Weds 24 Feb
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 24 February for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,170,644. This is an overall increase of 9,212 against the figure released on Tuesday, with the ministry claiming that 3,809 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 7,461 over Monday, the lowest overall increase since 13 October – with the ministry claiming that 3,184 had occurred in a 24-hour period. Monday had seen an overall increase of 20,849 over Friday – the fourth consecutive drop in the rate of increase in weekend figures.
The overall incidence rate for Spain has now dropped to 218.67 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days, the lowest figure since 18 December – and still below the ‘extreme risk’ level of 250. Yesterday it was 235 and last Wednesday 349. Only Madrid (339) and the Basque Country (274) have incidence rates higher than 250 – as well as in the autonomous cities of Melilla (457) and Ceuta (311). It is at its lowest in Extremadura (87).
There have now been 102,832 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,170,644. The figure for the past 7 days is 39,564.
There are currently 13,495 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 3,241 are in intensive care. This represents 30.55% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain. It is at its highest in Madrid at 44.75%.
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 24 Feb) show that Spain has now received 4,508,845 doses of Covid-19 vaccines (from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and AstraZeneca), and that 3,284,678 jabs have been administered. This is 72.8% of total vaccines received. 1,221,183 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 3,809 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 24 February, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,460 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,246)
- 352 in the Basque Country (371)
- 304 in Castilla y León (289)
- 266 in the Valencia Region (157)
- 218 in Andalusia (137)
- 212 in Aragón (174)
- 207 in Catalonia (114)
- 203 in the Canary Islands (169)
- 158 in Asturias (125)
- 104 in Galicia (74)
- 63 in Navarra (57)
- 56 in Cantabria (63)
- 49 in Murcia (82)
- 37 in Extremadura (37)
- 34 in the Balearic Islands (21)
- 27 in Castilla La Mancha (12)
- 17 in La Rioja (14)
- 18 in Ceuta (17)
- 24 in Melilla (25)
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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