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Report below updated in Spain at 19.30h on Sunday 4 Apr  

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

Having not released data on Friday due to the Easter holiday, the Spanish Health Ministry updated its official figures on Saturday 3 April. The number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,300,965. This is an overall increase of 9,571 against the figure released on Thursday, with the ministry claiming that 2,089 occurred in 24 hours

Thursday had seen an overall increase of 7,041 against the figure released on Wednesday, with 4,123 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 151.79 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days, still over the ‘high-risk’ threshold, but a slight drop against the last published figures. On Thursday it was 154.76 and on Wednesday 152.25. The incidence rate is at its highest in Navarra (326), Madrid (267) and the Basque Country (258). It remains under 100 in just four regions: the Balearic Islands, Valencia, Galicia and Murcia.

There have now been 72,026 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,300,965. The figure for the past 7 days is 33,045.

There are currently 8,416 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 1,892 are in intensive care. This represents 19.15% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain.

The official figure for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Saturday 3 April is now 75,541 – an increase of 157 over the figures released on Thursday.

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 2,089 new infections claimed by the Health Ministry to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Saturday 3 April, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 405 in the Basque Country (last 24 hour increase was 290)
  • 396 in Madrid (2,013)
  • 195 in Navarra (164)
  • 188 in Castilla y León (402)
  • 137 in Asturias (135)
  • 130 in Andalusia (0) – no update on Thursday
  • 114 in the Valencia Region (50)
  • 106 in the Canary Islands (214)
  • 93 in Extremadura (78)
  • 86 in Aragón (199)
  • 73 in Cantabria (0) – no update on Thursday
  • 46 in La Rioja (57)
  • 35 in Galicia (68)
  • 20 in the Balearic Islands (21)
  • 20 in Murcia (67)
  • in Castilla La Mancha (70)
  • 0 in Catalonia (220)
  • 25 in Ceuta (34)
  • 14 in Melilla (41)

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

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Health workers in Catalonia celebrating that over one million jabs of Covid-19 vaccines have now been administered. (Twitter / @SalutCat)

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain

Latest figures (up to 5 April) show that Spain has received 9,703,645 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and that 8,743,694 jabs have been administered. 2,852,806 people have now received a second jab, representing 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 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

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Mark David Woolf 5th April 2021 at 10:48 am

Please do not use the term “claimed” or “claiming” when you quote a Spanish government department’s figures, e.g. the Health Ministry. It has the unsaid implication that the information is not the truth, is in dispute or that you disagree with it. For example, the word “informed” would be less controversial and give your readers more confidence. Yes, it’s a small linguistic point, but nevertheless an important one.

Spain in English 5th April 2021 at 11:10 am

Thank you, Mark. It is a fair comment to make. The term ‘claimed’ was used from the outset of the pandemic during our daily reports, as there were wide discrepancies between the daily figures presented by the central health ministry and those being announced by regional authorities. There were also, of course, differences (and on-going) between the mortality figures announced by the health ministry and the ‘excess death’ figures released by the National Statistics Institute. But you are right – the term ‘claimed’ should now be changed, and we will endeavour to do this from now. Thank you.


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