19th May 2022
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Latest Covid wave breaks records for positive cases in Sitges and Ribes

There have been 448 new cases of Covid in Sitges and 410 in Sant Pere de Ribes in the past week. This is the highest number of cases recorded for a week since the pandemic began. The sixth wave of Covid with the Omicron variant continues to soar, but the percentage of serious cases and hospitalisations is also at its lowest since the pandemic began.

The actual amount of positive cases could be substantially higher, as the recommendations of the Department of Health for people with mild symptoms are to not go to health centres unnecessarily.

Up to now, the highest number of new positives in Sitges in a week had been at the beginning of July, with 365 recorded in seven days. The latest data significantly increases this figure and puts the virus at its highest level in two years. However, these local increases are not excessively larger than those recorded across Catalonia: in the last seven days, new cases have grown by 11.73% in Sitges and 10.17% in Sant Pere de Ribes, compared to the national average of 10.37%.

The rebound risk (iEPG)* has also skyrocketed: 4,429 points in Sitges and 4,871 in Sant Pere de Ribes. It is at 4,251 for Catalonia as a whole. The rate of contagion (RT) is also high: 2.04 in Sitges and 1.95 in Ribes.

One of the most highest figures, however, is the rate of positive PCR and antigen tests: 28.95% of those carried out in Sitges and 29.93% of those in Ribes, when the WHO recommends a maximum of 5% in order to have the virus under control. The 14-day incidence rate in Sitges is 2,136 and 2,474 in Ribes.

*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).

Sant Sebastian promenade in Sitges
Sant Sebastian promenade in Sitges on New Year’s Day. (L’Eco)

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