The incidence continues to rise and this Wednesday reaches 148.84 cases, almost ten points more than this Tuesday, when 139.1 cases were registered per 100,000 inhabitants. The Ministry of Health has approved a new COVID traffic light, with which Spain remains in the range of medium risk of contagion by coronavirus, which includes 100 and 300 cases of incidence.
Regarding the autonomous communities, the region with the lowest incidence is Extremadura, with 67.67 cases per 100,000 inhabitants; while the one that reports the highest rate is Navarra, which now exceeds 400 cases, with 428.31 incidence points. It is followed by the Basque Country, with 332.94 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
The new infections amount to 8,527 in this new day, while on Tuesday Health reported 6,777 positives.
The figures for hospitalizations also continue to rise. The COVID-19 hospitalization rate is 6.68, the highest since late September. Regarding the occupation of beds by COVID patients, the numbers for September are also returned, with 2.56% occupancy.
In addition, 38 people have died from COVID-19, four more than this Tuesday. In total, there are already 87,904 people who have died from the disease since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
By age groups, people between 12 and 19 years of age continue to show an incidence rate below 80 cases, while those under 12 years of age, still unvaccinated, register an incidence of 233 points.
Spain approaches four million anti-COVID booster doses administered
The progress of the vaccination campaign against COVID-19 continues and this Wednesday Health notifies almost four million (3,955,506) of people with the booster dose administered.
55.6% of those over 70 years of age already have this anti-COVID booster dose, while 15.77% of those vaccinated with Janssen have already taken the second dose.
On the other hand, 89.2% of the target population already has the complete guideline against COVID-19, while 79.2% of the total population has this maximum protection against the coronavirus.
By age groups, it is the groups of young people between 30 and 39 years old, as well as those between 20 and 29 years old, that have the lowest percentage of vaccination coverage. Specifically, 77.2% of those between 30 and 39 have the complete pattern, the lowest percentage of all age strata.
The new COVID traffic light is approved without setting restrictions after the controversy over hospitality hours
A guide to restrictions based on the level of risk approved without measures. The tensions between the communities and the Ministry of Health on account of the new COVID traffic light have ended, for the moment, with a strange solution: the Public Health Commission has given the green light to relax the accumulated incidence thresholds to escalate the alert level, but the approved document does not contain any restriction associated with each stage of risk. At this point, huge discrepancies have been found that have prevented reaching an agreement. The heart of the matter is in the measures on the hospitality industry.
The last proposal of the Health experts was to introduce an early closure of the hospitality and nightlife in the medium alert level while the communities are opting for the majority of the COVID passport as a tool to avoid restricting the operation of the bars, provided that the judges authorize it. In territories like Euskadi, the intention has been drowned in the courts. They are two opposing models that are making it difficult for the new version of the COVID traffic light to go ahead, whose objective is to adapt the indicators and restrictions to the new reality (80% of the population is vaccinated). Many regional governments are not willing, at least for the moment and with the Christmas holidays looming, to limit the activity of the hotel industry, either with schedules or with capacity.