Report below updated in Spain at 17.45h on Weds 31 Mar
CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures
The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Wednesday 31 March for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,284,353. This is an overall increase of 8,534 against the figure released on Tuesday, with the ministry claiming that 4,234 have occurred in the past 24 hours.
Tuesday had seen an overall increase of 4,994 cases over Monday, with 3,325 in 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.
The incidence rate of new cases is now 152.25 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days, taking the country over the ‘high-risk’ threshold again, less than a month after being below it. Yesterday it was 146.94 and on Monday 149.26. The incidence rate is at its highest in Navarra (292) and Madrid (264). It is under 100 in just five regions: the Balearic Islands, Castilla La Mancha, Valencia, Galicia and Murcia.
There have now been 72,244 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,284,353. The figure for the past 7 days is 37,908.
There are currently 8,083 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 1,831 are in intensive care. This represents 18.44% 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 4,234 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Wednesday 31 March, the numbers per region are as follows:
- 1,736 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 1,457)
- 504 in the Basque Country (323)
- 292 in Castilla y León (343)
- 228 in Aragón (134)
- 222 in the Canary Islands (188)
- 202 in Catalonia (141)
- 186 in Andalusia (11)
- 163 in Navarra (142)
- 149 in Asturias (184)
- 92 in Extremadura (88)
- 89 in Galicia (51)
- 68 in Murcia (55)
- 67 in Cantabria (62)
- 66 in the Valencia Region (11)
- 46 in La Rioja (44)
- 43 in Castilla La Mancha (23)
- 21 in the Balearic Islands (29)
- 26 in Ceuta (25)
- 34 in Melilla (40)
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 figures (up to 31 March) show that Spain has received 9,689,995 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and that 8,035,160 jabs have been administered. 2,721,084 people have now received a second jab, representing 5.8% 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 is lifting its travel ban on arrivals from the UK from 30 March. The suspension on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa remain in place until 13 April. Full report here: Spain lifts suspension of arrivals from the UK from 30 March
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