18th September 2021
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Latest Covid wave sees 451 new positive cases in Sitges in just two weeks

In the first 15 months of the Covid pandemic, Sitges registered 1,738 positive cases. In the last two weeks there have been 451 new cases. This figure illustrates the extent of the new wave, which has placed the town as the Catalan municipality of more than 10,000 inhabitants with the highest incidence. However, to date, no person in Sitges has been recently hospitalised for Coronavirus.

The 451 positive cases in just a fortnight break by a long way the worst statistics of the pandemic. In one week, the increase in positives has been 19.79%, a figure significantly higher than the 13% recorded after Christmas, when the previous highest number of cases occurred. The increase is also four times higher than the Catalan average, which last week was 4.95%. In Sant Pere de Ribes, the increase is also significant: 11.66%.

This figure will continue to increase over the next 48 hours, once the results of the mass testing carried out on Wednesday at the CAP and in which 500 young people took part is known. That is, those that come out positive from the PCRs performed will increase the number of cases.

Almost all new cases are among young people, a fact across Catalonia as a whole. The average age of new cases in Sitges is 27 years old and in Sant Pere de Ribes, 26. No young person from Sitges (or of any other age) has been admitted to hospital to date. There had been two people in hospital before yesterday, but they have already been discharged. In Sant Pere de Ribes, there are five.

All epidemiological indicators are still skyrocketing and alarming, although today’s indications are that they could have passed the worst. The ‘rebound risk’ (iEPG)* in Sitges today (Thursday) is 5,481 points, 400 less than yesterday, and the the rate of contagion (RT) is 3.99 (yesterday it was 4.50). The percentage of tests that are positive is still disproportionate, at 32.93%.

In Sant Pere de Ribes, the indicators continue to rise: the iEPG is around 2,500 points and the RT is at 3.52, with a positivity of tests at 22.17%.

*The potential rebound risk (iEPG) measures possible new cases diagnosed over the next 14 days, to evaluate the growth or slowdown in the contagion. It is calculated by multiplying the accumulated incidence rate (IA) and the rate of contagion (RT). 

Young people on La Ribera seafront in Sitges
Young people on La Ribera seafront in Sitges on Saturday night. (L’Eco)

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