The incidence of the coronavirus confirms its marked decrease and this Thursday it drops again by 125 points to 1,566.97 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The rise in the rate this last sixth wave was the most pressing of the entire pandemic, reaching a maximum of 3,418 cases. Now, in less than three weeks, this figure has fallen by almost half, leaving in its wake a contagion curve that grew very quickly -of the 10 million infected throughout the pandemic, more than half have occurred in the last months-, and it also seems to decrease rapidly, although there is still a long way to go to get out of ‘very high’ risk levels.
The latest update from the Ministry of Health confirms 53,055 new infections, making a total of 10,555,196 total positives since the beginning of the pandemic. These are figures for daily infections that had not been seen since before the Christmas holidays, that is, from the moment when coronavirus infections exploded to more than 200,000 daily.
Hospital data is also down. In the case of the occupation of beds in hospitals by COVID patients, they are already bordering on the ‘medium’ risk, with 10.92% of the beds occupied (currently ‘high’ risk). In this case, the hospitalization rate is already at ‘medium’ risk levels and comes out of ‘high’, with 28.71 points.
Spain already has more than 95,000 deaths (95,606, in total) since the epidemiological situation began in the country, and this Thursday Health reports 393 new deaths. However, it should be noted that Catalonia did not update its data on Tuesday, which could explain the increase in deaths reported this Thursday.
The younger groups are the ones reporting a higher rate. People aged 11 and under have 2,531 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, while those between 12 and 19 years old have 2,201 cases. The rest of the strata have a thousand cases of incidence or less, and those with the lowest rate are people between 60 and 79 years of age.
By autonomous communities, three regions are at the bottom of the accumulated incidence: Andalusia, with 591 cases, the Canary Islands, with 649, and Madrid, with 1,004. The autonomies that highlight a greater increase in positives are Catalonia, with 9,487 infected; Andalusia, with 9,377; and the Valencian Community, which registers 9,101 new infections.
92.8% of those over 12 years of age have at least one dose
92.8% of those over 12 years of age have at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. This group is the one that initially entered the immunization strategy of the Ministry of Health, that is, the target population. As for the general population, 82.6% have at least one puncture.
90.9% of those over 12 years of age have the complete guideline, while for the general population the percentage is ten points less, 80.9%.
More than half (55.8%) of children between 5 and 11 years of age, the last to join the vaccination campaign, have received at least one vaccine against COVID-19.
On the other hand, the booster vaccine is being administered to more and more people in Spain. 92.2% of those over 70 have it, while those over 40 are on track for 78% with this boost to immunity.
Education reminds that schools cannot impose the mandatory use of masks in the courtyards
Instead of a first day without masks in the courtyards, the Basque Country has lived a last day with. Only this morning it was not yet known. At the Juan Manuel Sánchez Marcos public school, located in the center of Bilbao, Ana watched over the patio where some 20 students play at recess. Most of them talked sitting down or drew on the ground with chalk. There are no baskets or goals in the yard.
A small group watched people go by and while commenting on what they were seeing while they talk about things like “being famous on Tik Tok” or having many “likes“. All of them with a mask. “As you can see, no one can take it off, at least until they inform us after today’s meeting,” Ana told this newspaper. Finally, it happened mid-morning and the Basque Government has decided to join to relaxation: tomorrow there will be no face mask in the Basque recesses.