Thursday, September 16

The incidence drops another 20 points to 378 cases but the death toll remains at the highest in this fifth wave

The curve of the fifth wave continues to fall in Spain and this Wednesday the 14-day incidence has experienced a decrease of 20.81 points, to 378.13 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

The incidence is low in all communities except Extremadura and Ceuta, where, of the 307 cases registered in the last seven days, 142 correspond to infections associated with outbreaks in reception centers.

The contagion rate among the youngest ages also continues to decline. The 12 to 19 age group goes from 854 to 804 on the last day and the 20 to 29 age group goes from 769 to 715 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In general, all ages registered a decrease in this indicator, although since it soared in June among young people, it is in this age group that the fall is most notable.

The Ministry of Health has notified 144 new deaths since the last day, bringing the total balance of deaths from COVID to 82,883. This is the same figure as yesterday, with which the daily deaths remain at maximums in this fifth wave.

The decline in this new epidemiological curve is already beginning to be noticed in hospitalizations. The occupancy of ICUs goes from 20.71% to 20.28%, with Catalonia (42.5) and Madrid (32.07) still in very high numbers. The admissions of COVID patients in conventional beds also fell, from 9,191 to 8,819 in the last day.

The health authorities have also registered 11,956 new infections in the last 24 hours, a notable decrease compared to Tuesday, when 14,336 cases were reported. In total, since the start of the pandemic, a year and a half ago, 4,745,558 people have been infected with coronavirus.

The fall in infections on holidays: 50 cities cut their incidence in half in just two weeks

Infections are declining in almost the entire territory after the incidence records registered just a month ago, at the peak of the fifth wave. In the middle of summer and with practically no restrictions on mobility, 50 of the 175 largest cities in Spain (with more than 40,000 inhabitants) have managed to reduce their incidence to less than half in two weeks.

Tres Cantos (Madrid) is the city that registers the greatest decrease: while at the beginning of August it had 693 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in two weeks, the current incidence is 335. Most of the other cities where infections have also fallen from drastically in this period are in Catalonia, the Canary Islands and Castilla y León. In fact, in these four communities more than 90% of the population lives in municipalities where cases are in decline.

The ranking of cities with the highest incidence rates is still led by Ibiza, with 1,138 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days (although in this town, infections have also been reduced by half in two weeks). They are followed by El Puerto de Santamaría (927), Getxo (833) and other 34 cities that are still above the threshold of 500 cases of incidence. These are some of the results extracted from the analysis carried out by based on data from the Health Departments of the 17 autonomous communities and the autonomous cities of Ceuta and Melilla. You can read more details about obtaining this data in the methodology.