Report below updated in Spain at 18.45h on Thurs 18 Mar
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
Please note that because of the holiday of San José in seven regions of Spain, the Health Ministry did not release figures on Friday 19 March.
The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 18 March for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,212,332. This is an overall increase of 6,216 against the figure released on Wednesday, with the ministry claiming that 3,090 have occurred in the past 24 hours. Yesterday had seen an overall increase of 6,092 over on Tuesday, with 3,064 in 24 hours.
The peak of recorded infections for a 24-hour period during the ‘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.
The incidence rate of new cases of Covid-19 is now 128.17 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days, rising very slightly for the second consecutive day. Yesterday it was 127.91 and on Tuesday 127.80. It remains under 100 in eight regions. It is at its lowest in the Valencia region (36), followed by the Balearic Islands (43), Murcia (62), La Rioja (65), Extremadura (72), Castilla La Mancha (72), Galicia (74) and Cantabria (98).
There have now been 60,272 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,212,332. The figure for the past 7 days is 28,909.
There are currently 7,841 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 1,950 are in intensive care. This represents 19.52% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain.
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.
Increase in infections per region
Of the 3,090 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 18 March, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,253 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,310)
- 339 in the Basque Country (307)
- 227 in Castilla y León (218)
- 212 in the Canary Islands (231)
- 183 in Catalonia (148)
- 130 in Asturias (144)
- 124 in Andalusia (125)
- 113 in Aragón (147)
- 78 in Galicia (68)
- 70 in Navarra (100)
- 70 in Extremadura (53)
- 50 in Cantabria (42)
- 45 in Murcia (41)
- 41 in the Valencia Region (19)
- 31 in the Balearic Islands (18)
- 29 in Castilla La Mancha (23)
- 17 in La Rioja (8)
- 34 in Ceuta (16)
- 44 in Melilla (46)
A full breakdown of the data per region, together with age group statistics can be found by clicking here.
Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain
#LATEST: Spain will start to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 again from next Wednesday 24 March. Full report: Spain will start using AstraZeneca vaccine from next Wednesday
Latest figures (up to 18 March) show that Spain has received 7,684,265 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and that 5,993,363 jabs have been administered. 1,886,813 people have now received a second jab, representing 4% of the population. In a separate report, we publish the amount of vaccines received and administered for each region in Spain: Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain
‘State of Alarm’ – Easter restrictions across Spain
Spain has a current State of Alarm in place 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.
The Spanish Health Ministry, in agreement with the majority of Spain’s regional health authorities, has confirmed the perimeter closure for each region of Spain during the Easter period, (as well as for the ‘San José’ holiday for the regions that celebrate it) in order to prevent ‘national tourism’. The measures apply to all mainland Spain; the Balearic Islands and Canary Islands are exempt from the restrictions. Click here for all details: Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions of Spain during ‘State of Alarm’
Covid-19 test requirements for travellers arriving to Spain
Spain has again extended its travel ban on arrivals from the UK, as well as from Brazil and South Africa in order to combat the new variants of Covid-19. The latest extension will now be until 6pm on 30 March. Full details here: Spain suspends flight arrivals from UK, except for Spanish citizens and residents
Also, travellers arriving in Spain from high-risk countries have 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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