Wednesday, October 20

The incidence falls 46 points since Friday but the number of hospitalized has risen

The 14-day incidence rate continues to decline and has fallen 46 points since Friday, bringing it to 415.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This indicator thus leads to a continuous decline for three weeks. On Monday, July 26, the incidence was above 700 cases and the peak of this fifth wave was recorded a day later, at 701.92.

By communities, the incidence is low in all communities, although Castilla-La Mancha has not updated its data. In addition, the contagion rate continues to decline among young people aged 20 to 29, which goes from 911 cases on Friday to 804 this Monday, while in the group of 12 to 19 it falls to 876 infections per 100,000 inhabitants.

The decrease in hospital pressure stagnates slightly after the weekend with an increase in the occupancy of ICUs, which goes from 20.78% to 20.96%, and also of those hospitalized in conventional beds, with 9,356 admitted for the 9,308 that were on Friday.

The Ministry of Health has registered in its last daily report 25,726 new cases since Friday. On Mondays, all the weekend cases are added, so this figure must be compared with the same day last week, when 39,638 infections were registered. In total, 4,719,266 people have been infected by COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic.

The communities with the highest number of cases since Friday are Andalusia, which totals 4,996; Catalonia, with 4,169 new cases; Madrid, which adds 3,513; and the Valencian Community, which scores 2,879.

The authorities have also recorded 125 deaths, a figure comparable to that of the previous Monday, when 119 deaths were added to the global balance of deaths from COVID-19, which rises after adding those of the weekend to 82,595.

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

Reasons for the third dose fever in rich countries: fear for the vulnerable and pressure from pharmaceutical companies

Meanwhile, the third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine has passed in two weeks of being questioned by scientists for being rushed to be approved by countries with just half of their population vaccinated with the full schedule. Austria, France, Germany and the United States have followed in Israel’s footsteps and will give the booster dose (or booster) to its most vulnerable.

Viruses are not the only thing spreading at high speed around the world. There are controversies or debates that start in a residual way and spread until giving rise to a collective fever as in the case of the third dose in the West. The third puncture is not only a decision already taken in several states, but also debated. In Spain it frequently comes to the fore when the measures to be taken with the small percentage of people who have not generated a good immunity are considered. Above all, among the immunosuppressed and inmates of residences. This last month there has been an increase in the incidence among older people already immunized, but health workers and geriatricians warn that the conditions are much less serious and that most of those admitted are among the unvaccinated. Still, reducing the death curve remains the pandemic’s priority. This is also why some countries have decided to prevent with the third dose.