Posted: Sunday, November 1, 2020 11:03 PM
November starts unstoppable in the increase in cases after the October close with more than 4,000 deaths and more than 400,000 infections, spreading fears of more severe lockdowns. Despite the fact that the Ministry of Health does not publish data on the coronavirus during the weekend, 14 autonomous communities contributed theirs this Sunday. Thus, in the last 24 hours, more than 17,000 new infections have been recorded throughout Spain and 111 deaths.
According to figures provided by the CCAA, Andalusia has the highest number of infections, with more than 5,200 new positive cases since Saturday. In addition, the saturation of hospitals is increasing: there are 359 admitted to ICUs. The worst is going to Granada, where the situation is critical. There, intensive care units are at the limit and some hospitals have already been forced to increase the number of beds for very seriously ill patients.
The occupation of the ICUs is also increasing rapidly in Catalonia, where they have already warned that if it continues at this rate, in two weeks they will be on the verge of collapse. This Sunday, 116 admissions to the plant and two to the ICU were recorded.
Specifically, the community has notified 4,095 new infections, the lowest record in the last ten days and the risk rate of re-epidemic remains below 900 points. However, there are other alarming data, such as the 50 deaths since this Saturday.
Meanwhile, in the Basque Country, the number of infections is decreasing, although the figure remains above 1,000 new cases. In addition, 97 people are admitted to Basque ICUs, five more compared to this Saturday. Specifically, at Donostia Hospital they are completely full and a new exclusive unit for covid patients has been activated.
In Galicia, 775 new infections have been detected in the past 24 hours, a record number for the second wave. In this community there are already 9,119 active cases and around 1,000 of them are in the health zone of Ferrol, which is already the one with the highest incidence of the virus in Galicia with 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants .
In addition, the seven main Galician cities (Vigo, Ourense, Santiago, La Coruna, Ferrol, Pontevedra and Lugo) are confined to the perimeter at least until Tuesday, when the Xunta must meet to review the measures imposed.
It is also worth highlighting the positivity rate for Navarre, which is currently over 11%. Murcia, for its part, recorded its highest death toll, after adding 12 deaths in 24 hours and in Castile and León, 26 people have lost their lives since Saturday.
Asturias announce more drastic measures
Asturias, for their part, have announced that they will adopt stricter measures soon, after having crossed alert level 4. The principality already has the closure of restaurants at 11:00 p.m., the curfew and the closure of the perimeter of three main cities, but the increase in hospital admissions puts the system in check. In the past 24 hours, the territory added 282 coronavirus infections and ten deaths.
Experts defend home containment to reduce numbers
Epidemiologist experts analyzed the last hour of the health situation in “Liarla Pardo” and warned that a state of alarm without home confinement would not drastically reduce the number of infections. In this sense, the director of the Center for Emerging Diseases of the University of Zaragoza, Juan José Badiola, believes that it would be desirable to return to detention in March, but in a more gentle way.
“I would be in favor of waiting a little, maybe a week, to see the result of the measures that have been applied. And if we see that the results are not what we want, measures similar to those other European countries should be taken because in the end house arrest is the one that works best. “
For his part, Juan Gestal, professor of preventive medicine at USC, declared in the program presented by Cristina Pardo that “the fact that this state of alarm does not include the possibility of confinement, it is like putting sticks in the wheels ”. “If you can’t give birth and you have to, do you have to adopt another rule,” the expert asked.