Just a few days before Christmas, the incidence curve in Spain continues to rise, and this Monday 609.38 cases were reported per 100,000 inhabitants after the weekend, almost 100 points more than on Friday, when the barrier was broken of the 500 cases and the incidence rate in the country reached levels of the maximum risk of contagion by coronavirus. This is a new increase since the incidence reached its lowest this year in mid-October, with about 40 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. After that moment, the incidence and contagion figures began to rise progressively, although the same has not happened with hospital data: while this past week the incidence rate climbed 130 points in five days, the percentage of people admitted for COVID-19 in ICU it barely rose a few tenths.
By age groups, the stratum that has recorded the greatest increase in incidence since Friday is that of people between 20 and 29 years old, who had had low rates for weeks compared to other groups, such as those between 40 and 49 years old. Now, in just one week, the rate of twenty-somethings has increased more than 500 points, to 854.26 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. At the bottom of the list of incidence by age groups are those over 80 years of age, with 176.46 cases.
Since Friday, 79,704 people have been infected with the coronavirus. On Friday, the country registered 33,359 positives in the last day, so that now the total number of infected exceeds five and a half million and stands at 5,535,231 people.
As for the autonomous communities, two already exceed a thousand cases of incidence: Navarra, with 1,393.68 cases; and Euskadi, with 1,123.84. On the other hand, three regions register a greater increase in infections: Madrid, with 13,914 positives after the weekend; Catalonia, with 10,800; and Comunitat Valenciana, with 9,648 infected.
The Ministry has also reported that 85 people have died from the disease after the weekend, making a total of 88,793 deaths from the disease since the start of the pandemic in Spain.
Europe promotes restrictions and third doses to contain omicron on Christmas days
Europe continues to impose restrictions, mainly for the unvaccinated, in the face of the increase in infections and the expansion of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, while trying to speed up immunization and booster doses. Several European leaders have already warned of the seriousness of the situation in the face of a mutation of the virus that, they have pointed out from various regions, is highly contagious and cannot be considered a milder version of what has been known so far, something on which some studies agree . This same Saturday, the Netherlands has returned to strict confinement at Christmas for the omicron variant, after an emergency meeting of the Dutch Executive.
The Government of the Netherlands has followed the recommendations of its team of experts, which opted to go from the current night confinement to a hard one, in which, from this Sunday until January 14, only staple stores will remain open, pharmacies and gas stations and the minimum services of some essential jobs. This measure is adopted when the country marks an incidence of 1,470 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in the last 14 days, it also includes the closure of schools.