Monday, May 23

Health registers 56,633 new infections and the incidence rises another four points to 466 cases

The incidence of coronavirus has experienced a slight rise this Tuesday and stands at 466.51 cases per 100,000 inhabitants during the last 14 days. On Friday, it had been located at 461.86 infections, although since the new counting system began, with data collection twice a week instead of daily, the evolution of cases has followed an irregular path, with slight ups and downs, although below the barrier of 500 cases, at a high risk level.

The Ministry of Health has reported this Tuesday of 56,633 cases recorded since Friday. This is a small increase compared to those reported the previous Tuesday, when 54,147 new positives were added. In total, since the start of the pandemic, 11,508,309 people have been infected with coronavirus.

The communities have registered a decrease of 174 deaths in the last four days due to the fact that Aragón has refined its data by adjusting the deaths to cases deceased by COVID, with which the total number of deaths has decreased. Last Tuesday 350 were reported and on Friday, 339. With this new epidemiological data notification model, Health publishes two weekly reports, one on Tuesday and the other on Friday, although the first groups more days by the second and it is necessary to make comparisons weekly to know the real evolution. Since the beginning of the health crisis, two years ago, 102,218 people have died with or from coronavirus.

Spain assumes the risks of starting to treat COVID-19 as just another disease

Since this Monday, Spain has begun to apply one of the most far-reaching changes since the start of the pandemic: from now on there will no longer be isolation or tests for mild and asymptomatic coronavirus patients. Staying at home without seeing anyone will only be a recommendation and diagnosis in these cases will only be possible through a pharmacy test. The decision brings us closer to assuming COVID-19, two years after the outbreak of the crisis, as just another disease and pushes Spanish society into almost total coexistence with the virus.

The plot twist is not new. It is perhaps the biggest and most vertiginous step, but it delves into a trajectory that was inaugurated with the sixth wave. The outbreak of omicron infections forced decisions that already meant less control of transmission in the face of the collapse of the system and, de facto, put an end to the previous model, based on containing the circulation of the virus with restrictions on social interactions. Now, the Ministry of Health and the communities take it for granted that Spain has left behind the “acute phase” of the pandemic without, however, ignoring the risks involved.



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