Incidence levels in Spain are below the extreme risk threshold for the first time since July 6, when the fifth wave of infections began to unleash. This Monday, the 14-day incidence was 242.18 infections per 100,000 inhabitants, a decrease of 21 points compared to Friday.
The contagion rate only increases in Melilla, although Cantabria and Castilla y León have not updated their data since Friday and the numbers reflected correspond to those of the last report. In addition, the incidence in the youngest ages drops more than 100 points. The group from 20 to 29 years old goes from 415 cases on Friday to 313 this Monday and the one from 12 to 19, from 538 to 417.
The Ministry of Health has reported 146 deaths registered during the weekend. This is a figure comparable to that of the previous Monday, when 201 deaths were reported, although not very far from the daily figure on Friday, with 139 deaths. During the last two weeks, communities have registered unprecedented numbers of deaths in this fifth wave.
This is a similar pattern to the previous ones: first cases skyrocket, then hospitalizations and then deaths. On this occasion, mortality has been much lower than on previous occasions, despite the fact that the incidence this summer has touched levels similar to those of the end of January and the beginning of February. In total, 84,146 people have died since the start of the pandemic.
The health authorities have also notified 15,489 new infections registered during the weekend. It is a notable decrease compared to the previous Monday, when 23,899 new cases were counted. The data is not comparable with that of Friday, since the cases collected throughout the weekend are reported on Mondays. Since the start of the pandemic, 4,847,298 people have been infected by COVID-19.
The pressure on hospitals also continues to decline and ICU occupancy stands at 18.04% this Monday, three tenths below Friday. General hospitalizations for COVID go from 7,206 to 7,114.
Spain already touches 70% of the population vaccinated with the complete schedule: the communities have immunized millions of people, 69.1%. In addition, 76.6% have at least the first dose of the vaccine, 36.4 million people.
The objective set by the Government was to reach 70% of the population completely vaccinated before the end of August, a goal that has not been achieved, although it will foreseeably be reached this week. At this rate, the lowest since April, that barrier would be overcome on Wednesday.
After the 408,901 doses administered over the weekend, Spain has given a total of 65.4 million vaccines since the start of the campaign, in December 2020.
Thus, 91.9% of those over 40 years of age already have the full regimen, that is, two doses of Pfizer, Moderna or AstraZeneca or one of Janssen, while 94.1% have received at least the first injection .
Culture demands 100% capacity and COVID passport so as not to disappear
Paco López Martín, president of the Association of Technical Representatives of the Show (ARTE), met a few days ago with the person in charge of one of the most important concert venues in Spain. He is in Madrid and, although we can imagine which center it is, he prefers not to reveal the name. “If in November I do not have 100% of the capacity and with the public standing, I close,” says López that the musical entrepreneur told him. In that same conversation, he spoke of a sad financial situation after a year and a half with limited capacity and a low box office. In a few weeks a new cultural and decisive season begins for the sustainability of the industries in the sector, which have arrived exhausted and demand permission to act at full capacity with the vaccinated population.
“The worst thing at the moment is that the current health directives were written in April and have not been modified, despite having almost 70% of the population with the complete guideline,” says López Martín. That is why he demands “courage and will” from the political class to help the most affected sectors. 59% of cultural companies have laid off during the pandemic, according to the latest report from the Contemporary Foundation.