Monday, September 20

The incidence drops another 14 points to 276 cases after a day with 171 deaths

The incidence has experienced another setback this Thursday and stands at 276.43 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, almost a month after reaching its peak in this fifth wave, at 702 infections. Since yesterday, it has fallen 14.85 points.

The contagion rate also decreases in all communities, although it rises in Melilla. The decline in incidence in younger age groups continues, albeit at a slightly slower pace. On the last day, young people from 20 to 29 go from 482.22 cases to 447.17 and those from 12 to 19 fall from 609 yesterday to 571 infections per 100,000 inhabitants this Thursday.

The Ministry of Health has reported 171 deaths in the last 24 hours, a slight increase compared to those notified on Wednesday. In recent weeks, the deceased have reached record numbers in this wave. Even so, they are still well below those registered in the worst moment of the third, although the incidence has been more or less similar. In total, 83,861 people have died from coronavirus since the beginning of the health crisis.

Half of the deaths reported in the last week are from Andalusia, Castilla-La Mancha and Catalonia. 75% of these deaths occurred more than 7 days ago.

Pressure in hospitals continues to decline, although at a slower rate than incidence. The occupancy of ICUs fell almost one point, to 18.54%, while those hospitalized in conventional beds went from 7,657 to 7,368 in the last day. The communities with the greatest pressure on intensive therapies continue to be Catalonia and Madrid, although the former has gone from touching 50% in recent weeks to being 36.78% this Thursday.

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

The latest Health report also indicates that 7,115 new infections have been reported in the last day. This is a decrease compared to Wednesday, when 10,781 were registered, although in any case the reported infections are below those of the previous week. The global count of those infected by COVID since the beginning of the pandemic, a year and a half ago, amounts to 4,822,320.

The autonomous communities that register the highest numbers of new infections in the last day are Madrid, which records 1,634 new cases; the Valencian Community, which adds 836; and Castilla-La Mancha, which adds up to 635.

Mass immunization hinders the development of a new generation of COVID-19 vaccines

Vaccination campaigns against COVID-19 throughout the world proceed at a very different pace depending on the income level of each country, and the inequality in this matter is more evident than ever. At this time, they have been administered around 5,000 million doses, with the following distribution per 100 inhabitants: while middle and high-income nations have inoculated more than 100 doses, low-middle-income countries have only administered 32, and low-income countries have only been able to distribute two dose, with a large vulnerable population still pending vaccination.

Unlike the first vaccines that were evaluated in clinical trials (from Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Sinovac …), current experimental vaccines face multiple challenges: on the one hand, there is a high vaccination coverage in the countries developed, with more than 50% -60% of the population immunized with at least one dose, which continues to increase. Furthermore, almost all of the older people have been fully vaccinated in many of the above nations.

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