A significant rise in Covid-19 deaths in Spain

The Director of the Coordination Centre for Health Alerts and Emergencies of the Ministry of Health, Fernando Simón warns on Thursday “No one should have any doubts,” he said. “Things are not going well.” The ministry reported 7,039 new infections, 3,349 of them in the last 24 hours. The continued increase in new COVID-19 cases in recent weeks has brought the country to a situation where the epidemic is not out of control on a national level, but it is, in some specific areas of the country.


Fernando Simón said “if we continue to allow the rise in infections, even if the cases are mild, we will end up with many people in the hospital, many admitted in intensive care and many dead”

The message from the health official came a day after the ministry reported a significant rise in Covid-19 deaths, which reached 131 for the last seven days – 11 times higher than the 12 victims reported just a month ago.

The data reported yesterday was also bad and continued the upward trend seen over the last two weeks. The ministry reported 7,039 new cases, of which 3,349 were diagnosed on Wednesday and the remainder on previous days. Madrid continues to top the list for new cases, with 2,344, followed by Catalonia (1,095), Andalusia (599), the Basque Country (544), Castilla y León (388) and Aragón (350).

The incidence rate over the last two weeks has also risen once more, to 142 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Cases detected where symptoms began in the last two weeks, one of the most-valued indicators by the experts in terms of monitoring the progress of the pandemic, came in at a new record high of 21,000.

The number of people hospitalized in the last seven days now stands at 1,407, nearly double the figure for a week ago, while the number of new intensive care unit admissions has grown at the same speed, with 90 new patients.

The number of deaths, however, did not rise significantly. Sixteen new victims were reported on Thursday, while the number of victims over the last seven days fell slightly to 122. Simón admitted that the data is still subject to delays given that the regions report their figures to the central Health Ministry before the reports are released and that there could be variations in the coming days.

Simón also had some positive messages on Thursday, reporting that the cases are different from those seen in March when the crisis took hold. They are very young, with an average age among women of 39 and in men of 37. At the peak of the epidemic, it was 62 or 63, and two months ago it was 53.

The large number of PCR tests being carried out, around 60,000 a day, are being done in zones where there is a transmission, which allows them to be properly focused. Many asymptomatic and mild cases were being detected, meaning that the hospitalization rates are low, currently around 4%, well below the 55% or more that was seen during the peak of the pandemic.
The fatality rate is also reported to be lower and was now around 0.4%.  Optimistic data, but Simón wanted to repeat his warning: “We cannot allow for this to get out of hand once more.”

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