Wednesday, May 18

Health registers 118,922 new infections while lowering the incidence and hospital pressure

Spain once again registered a decrease in the incidence rate, which fell to 3,078.47 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The curve decreased for the first time since the start of the sixth wave of the pandemic on January 18, when Health reported 3,306.52 cases. The following days, the incidence continued to decrease, until Friday the 21st, when the rate rebounded due to a statistical effect. Now, since the beginning of the week, the curve has dropped more than 300 points.

All age groups register a lower incidence rate than in the previous day, except for people aged 11 and under, with an increase in cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This is the highest incidence figure, with 5,813.63 cases. In some communities such as Catalonia, this figure rises to 11,852.8 cases.

118,922 new infections have been reported this Friday. 9,779,130 ​​people have been infected by the coronavirus since the epidemiological situation began in the country, with which Spain is already close to 10 million infected, half of them infected in this latest sixth wave.

Hospital data down again. In the case of bed occupancy in hospitals, it went from 14.85% to 14.75%, while occupancy in ICUs fell from 22.16% to 21.77%.

The latest Health report points to 199 new deaths from COVID-19, bringing the historical total to 92,966 deaths since the start of the pandemic. However, it should be remembered that some communities sometimes report the number of deaths late.

Catalonia continues to lead the list of autonomous communities with the highest incidence, registering 5,352 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On the other hand, Andalusia reports 1,076.87 points. The new infections have been distributed as follows: Catalonia, with 36,482; Valencian Community, 23,716; and Madrid reports 8,955 new positives.

More than 90% of those over 60 years of age already have the booster dose

90.6% of people over 60 years of age already have the booster dose against COVID-19. In total, there are already almost 21 million people throughout Spain who have this reinforcement in their immunity against the coronavirus.

In addition, 54.4% of children between 5 and 11 years of age, the last to enter the vaccination strategy, have received at least one anti-COVID dose. Meanwhile, 92.7% of those over 12 years of age have had at least one puncture against COVID-19, and 90.8% of this age group already have the complete guideline.

This is how the rate of vaccination evolves in Spain

Evolution of
number of new doses of the vaccine against Covid-19 administered in Spain. Figures are shown by reporting date

Source: Ministry of Health

Almost a million vaccines against COVID expired in Spain in 2021

There is consensus that the Spanish response to vaccination has stood out on the international scene. 90% of the population over 12 years of age is fully vaccinated and more than 89 million doses have been administered since the strategy took its first steps on December 27, 2020.

From the successful campaign, however, one piece of information remained to be known: how many vaccines have expired in Spanish refrigerators before being administered. There are 934,036 doses in 2021, according to data obtained by elDiario.es through a request for information covered by the Transparency Law, as of January 12, 2022. 95% are preparations from Janssen and AstraZeneca, the two brands that months ago they were excluded from the vaccination strategy in Spain.



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