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The incidence climbs five points from Friday and reaches 58.57 cases after adding 6,417 infections

The incidence registers a new increase of five points this Monday and rises to 58.57 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On Thursday of last week, Spain returned to the medium risk range of contagion of the coronavirus, with an incidence that exceeded the barrier of 50 cases (51.61), after a week with stable incidence in 49 cases.

By age groups, the group with the highest incidence rate is that of people under 12 years of age, who register 80.75 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, seven points more than on Friday. Two other strata also report a higher incidence: people aged 40 to 49 (66.56) and those aged 30 to 39 (61.65). On the other hand, the 12 to 19-year-old group has one of the lowest incidence rates, with 34 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The Ministry of Health has notified 6,417 new infections since Friday, making a total of 5,032,056 positive since the coronavirus pandemic began.

Catalonia, with 1,491 cases; Comunitat Valenciana, with 849; and Madrid, which reports 660, are the regions that report the highest increase in positive cases after the weekend. Furthermore, the Basque Country and Navarra already exceed 100 incidence cases.

Regarding hospitalizations, they did not increase significantly and stabilized with a slight rebound compared to last week, with 4.41% occupancy of COVID patients in ICU.

In addition, 54 deaths have been reported after the weekend, 87,558 deaths since the beginning of the epidemiological emergency situation in Spain.

How is the epidemic evolving now?

Evolution of the cases and deaths reported, those hospitalized and those admitted to the ICU each day and the variation in the last 7 days

Source: Ministry of Health

90.5% of the target population has at least one dose against COVID-19

The Ministry of Health has reported this Monday that 90.5% of the target population, that is, the one that falls within the vaccination strategy, already has at least one dose against COVID-19. That is, 80.3% of the total Spanish population.

Regarding the complete guideline, Spain is on track to achieve 80% of the vaccinated population, specifically this Monday it reports 78.8% of people with both doses, and 88.8% of the target population with maximum immunity.

By age groups, 86% of people between 12 and 19 years old have at least one anti-COVID puncture, while the 30-39 year old group, those who progress more slowly in immunization, already touch 79% with a dose.

Regarding the booster doses, close to one million and 700,000 doses have already been administered, which represents a small boost to the vaccination rate, which has progressively decreased since the summer and increased slightly again in November.

Source: Ministry of Health (data updated to )

The hypothesis of the immune debt and the unknown whether the coronavirus has left us unprotected

If you don’t have a cold while reading this article, you may know several people who have recently. Respiratory infections have returned after giving us a one-winter truce. As the pandemic makes us examine everything differently, this return has been baptized in the United Kingdom as “worst cold ever“. There is a fear that there will be a rebound effect with viruses such as respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza: that these not only return, but do so with more force. Some researchers even suggest that measures against the pandemic would be responsible for having untrained our immune systems and thus make us more vulnerable to these diseases.

It all started in July when an article of The Guardian brought a new concept to the public debate: “Large numbers of New Zealand children are falling ill due to the immune debt of the Covid, “read the headline. The text blamed measures such as confinements, masks, social distance and even handwashing of the RSV outbreak that affected the country.

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