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Report below updated in Spain at 19.15h on Tues 23 Mar  

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Tuesday 23 March for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,234,319. This is an overall increase of 5,516 against the figure released on Monday, with the ministry claiming that 2,941 have occurred in the past 24 hours

Monday had seen an overall increase of 16,471 cases over Thursday, with 1,318 in 24 hours. No figures were released on Friday due to the San José holiday in seven regions of Spain.

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 is now 129.55 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days, rising slightly again for the fourth consecutive time. Yesterday it was 128.71 and on Thursday 128.17. It is now under 100 in seven regions. It is at its lowest in the Valencia region (29), followed by the Balearic Islands (47), Murcia (55), Galicia (73), Castilla La Mancha (78), La Rioja (81) and Extremadura (87).

There have now been 60,923 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,234,319. The figure for the past 7 days is 29,312.

There are currently 7,926 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 1,880 are in intensive care. This represents 18.87% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain.

The official figure for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Tuesday 23 March is now 73,744 – an increase of 201 since Monday

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 2,941 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Tuesday 23 March, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 1,287 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 238)
  • 348 in the Basque Country (278)
  • 222 in the Canary Islands (152)
  • 179 in Castilla y León (101)
  • 127 in Catalonia (65)
  • 121 in Andalusia (75)
  • 118 in Navarra (66)
  • 117 in Asturias (61)
  • 106 in Aragón (40)
  • 64 in Extremadura (54)
  • 52 in Cantabria (16)
  • 47 in Murcia (20)
  • 45 in Galicia (43)
  • 22 in the Balearic Islands (14)
  • 17 in La Rioja (15)
  • 16 in the Valencia Region (54)
  • in Castilla La Mancha (10)
  • 14 in Ceuta (5)
  • 30 in Melilla (11)

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

Health Minister Carolina Darias
Health Minister Carolina Darias, at a press briefing following a meeting of Spain’s Interterrriorial Health Council on 22 March 2021. (Pool Moncloa / Borja Puig de la Bellacasa)

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain

Spain will start to administer the AstraZeneca vaccine against Covid-19 again from this Wednesday 24 March. The country will also extend the use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for up to 65 year olds. The news was confirmed by Health Minister Carolina Darias on Monday, following a meeting of Spain’s Interterritorial Health Council. 

Latest figures (up to 23 March) show that Spain has received 7,684,265 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and that 6,409,196 jabs have been administered. 2,156,598 people have now received a second jab, representing 4.6% 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 has confirmed the perimeter closure for each region of Spain during the Easter period, 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.

Click here for all previous reports on: Coronavirus in Spain

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