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Report below updated in Spain at 19.30h on Thurs 8 Apr  

CORONAVIRUS in SPAIN – latest Health Ministry figures

The latest official figure released by the Spanish Health Ministry on Thursday 8 April for the number of people who have tested positive for Coronavirus since the start of the pandemic is now 3,336,637. This is an overall increase of 9,901 against the figure released on Wednesday, the highest increase for six weeks – and of which 5,386 have occurred in the past 24 hours.

Wednesday had seen an overall increase of 8,788 against the figure released on Tuesday, with 5,309 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 has risen seven points, and is now 174.52 per 100,000 inhabitants for the past 14 days – still over the ‘high-risk’ threshold of 150. On Wednesday it was 167.97 and on Tuesday 164.71. The incidence rate is at its highest in Navarra (379), Madrid (315) and the Basque Country (289). It remains under 100 in just four regions: the Balearic Islands, Valencia, Galicia and Murcia.

There have now been 82,813 cases of Coronavirus detected in the past 14 days – out of the total 3,336,637. The figure for the past 7 days is 37,810.

There are currently 9,384 people requiring hospital treatment for Covid-19 in Spain, of which 2,024 are in intensive care. This represents 20.26% occupation of intensive care units (ICUs) by Covid-19 patients across Spain.

The official figure for the total number of Coronavirus-related deaths on Thursday 8 April is now 76,179 – an increase of 142 over the figures released on Wednesday.

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 5,386 new infections to have only been registered in the past 24 hours on Thursday 8 April, the numbers per region are as follows:

  • 2,182 in Madrid (last 24 hour increase was 2,393)
  • 655 in the Basque Country (570)
  • 454 in Castilla y León (393)
  • 371 in Andalusia (305)
  • 324 in Aragón (377)
  • 222 in Navarra (198)
  • 208 in the Canary Islands (214)
  • 159 in the Valencia Region (61)
  • 146 in Asturias (121)
  • 107 in Catalonia (185) 
  • 105 in Extremadura (107)
  • 84 in La Rioja (50)
  • 71 in Galicia (77)
  • 71 in Murcia (38)
  • 62 in Cantabria (66)
  • 47 in Castilla La Mancha (36)
  • 31 in the Balearic Islands (30)
  • 41 in Ceuta (33)
  • 46 in Melilla (55)

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

Health workers preparing vaccination jabs in Catalonia
Health workers preparing vaccination jabs in Catalonia during early April. (@CatSalut / Twitter)

Covid-19 Vaccinations in Spain

Latest figures (up to 8 April) show that Spain has received 11,993,715 doses of Covid-19 vaccines and that 9,811,529 jabs have been administered. 3,020,450 people have now received a second jab, representing 6.4% 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’ – current restrictions across Spain

Spain has a current State of Alarm in place until 9 May 2021 and the government has recently said that it will not be extending it further beyond that date. 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 confirmed the perimeter closure for each region of Spain during the Easter period – and which is being maintained up to 9 April – in order to prevent ‘national tourism’. After 9 April, each region will return to applying its own measures, in line with powers granted under the State of Alarm. Click here for all current 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 lifted its travel ban on arrivals from the UK. The suspension on arrivals from Brazil and South Africa remains in place until 13 April. Full report here: Spain lifts suspension of arrivals from the UK

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

ALSO READ: Details of curfews & restrictions for all regions of Spain during ‘State of Alarm’

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