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Spain’s infection rate decreases although it remains above 20,000 daily cases

Posted: Saturday November 14, 2020 2:04 PM

The second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic shows signs of stabilization in Spain: the cumulative incidence falls for the fifth consecutive day and falls below 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time in two weeks, and the occupation of ICU and hospital pressure. The Ministry of Health on Friday notified 308 deaths as well as 21,371 new positives, 8,775 cases diagnosed in the last 24 hours.

With that, the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic stands at 1,498,591 and the number of deaths at 40,769, of which 1,315 have a date of death within the past seven days. The ICU occupancy rate fell slightly to 31.75%, while hospital pressure fell for the fifth consecutive day to 16.5%. The cumulative incidence in 14 days drops to 498.19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

In this way, it continues the slightly bearish trajectory of all this week, since it was 529 cases on Monday, Tuesday 524, Wednesday 514 and yesterday 504. There is also a slight decrease in the positivity of the tests that are performing, and that goes from 13.41% Thursday to 13.33% Friday. According to the protocol approved on September 30 between the government and the autonomous communities, entry and exit restrictions in municipalities with more than 100,000 inhabitants are decreed when the cumulative incidence of COVID exceeds 500 cases in 14 days. , the percentage of positivity in the diagnostic tests is greater than 10% and there is an ICU bed occupancy greater than 35%.

The Minister of Health, Salvador Illa, stressed that the situation of the pandemic continues to be “very complicated”, although he acknowledged that there were signs of stabilization, for which he asked the autonomies ” a point of temperance “and not to change the restriction until” two or three weeks “, because that is when the effects are visible.

In fact, despite the fact that the average incidence figure is less than 500 – ten times more than what the WHO considers the limit to control the pandemic – there are twelve Autonomous Communities that exceed it, in addition to Ceuta and Melilla, the two territories with the worst records: 996.73 and 912.28 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, respectively.

Situation problems in Burgos

Castilla y León recorded this Friday the record number of deaths in 24 hours in public hospitals in the Community in the second wave with 39 deaths, a figure far from the 82 that were reached during the first wave in early April. . And infections continue to increase. This autonomous community has put in place new preventive measures, including the closure of casinos, bingo halls, bookmakers and other places dedicated to the gaming sector at least until November 26.

The situation is particularly complex in Burgos, the capital with the highest contagion rate in Castilla y León. Council President Alfredo Fernández Mañueco asked the inhabitants of Burgos to limit their movements “to the maximum” and to carry out “intelligent and voluntary confinement” consisting of going “from home to work” and, if you want to do of sport, “always in the open air”.

In addition, the city’s official College of Physicians has appealed to retired doctors to voluntarily recruit those who can help in primary care wards and at the university hospital, whose doctors “are overwhelmed with overload. of care” . Mobility in Badajoz has also been requested to be reduced as much as possible, where cultural events have been suspended and football matches will take place without an audience.

In Asturias, the impact of restrictive measures is not yet appreciated in the evolution of the second wave of the pandemic, marked by its higher incidence in the elderly population and the consequent increase in hospital pressure. The Principality’s public health officials consider the epidemiological situation to be “worrying”, because the community is at the highest level of alert and the evolution of the pandemic is “unpredictable” and “it can become even more complicated” in the coming weeks .

In Catalonia, despite the fact that there have been nearly 3,000 new infections, a stabilization of hospital pressure is beginning to be appreciated. However, since the end of October, there have been more than 50 deaths per day. In a better situation is the Community of Madrid, which next Monday will lift restrictions on mobility in ten basic health areas which show a decrease of 50% or more in the cumulative incidence and a marked downward trend.

Despite the poor incidence data, the autonomous city of Ceuta improved its epidemiological situation for the third consecutive day by registering more cured than positive patients, and in Melilla hospital pressure fell by 8.5% and the number of patients went down for the fifth day. number of active cases. On Friday, the health ministry increased the length of quarantines that people who have been admitted with coronavirus must keep from 10 days to 14 days after receiving medical leave.

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