Friday, February 23

The incidence falls another 121 points to 2,299 cases and Health adds 195 deaths

The incidence continues to decline and this Friday it falls to 2,299.44 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Since Monday, the rate has dropped almost 600 points, with which the curve of the sixth wave begins to progressively decrease. At the beginning of November, the cases began to rise progressively, as well as the infections. At the beginning of this last wave, the incidence did not exceed 50 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and on January 21, at the peak of the curve, Health reached 3,418.46 cases, the record incidence recorded since the beginning of the pandemic in Spain. Now, for more than two weeks, the rate has been trending downward, with fewer and fewer daily infections.

But the incidence rate is not the same in all the autonomous communities. While Andalusia continues to subtract cases and reports 787 this Friday, as well as the Canary Islands, which is already below 1,000 cases, other regions such as Catalonia (3,825) or Murcia (3,406) continue to be above the national average. The new infections are distributed as follows: Catalonia registers 21,162; Valencian Community, 12,780; and Madrid, 7,341.

Health adds 74,937 new positives since the last report. In total, 10,274,653 people have been infected by the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic in the country.

Hospital occupancy by people with COVID also decreases. The hospitalization rate drops almost one point to 34.41, while the percentage of occupied beds in the ICU falls by 20%. However, Catalonia again exceeds the national statistics in this data, with 37.62% of the beds occupied in the ICUs by patients admitted with COVID.

There are 195 new deaths added to the latest update of the Ministry’s pandemic data. In total, Health handles 94,235 deaths from COVID.

How is the epidemic evolving and how are we regarding the 3rd wave?

Evolution of cases and deaths reported, those hospitalized and those admitted to the ICU each day, the variation in last 7 days and the comparison with the peak of the 3rd wave of the pandemic

Source: Ministry of Health

By age groups, people aged 11 and older have an incidence of almost 4,300 cases, the highest of all strata. Meanwhile, those over 50 years of age register the lowest rates, which do not exceed 1,600 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Almost 85% of those over 50 years of age already have a booster dose

The vaccination strategy in Spain is now moving forward with booster doses. Almost 85% of those over the age of 50 already have this boost to immunity, while more than 90% of those over the age of 60 have the third dose. On the other hand, in Andalusia, everyone over 18 years of age can already receive the additional puncture.

Children between 5 and 11 years old, for their part, are receiving the first anti-COVID doses. This age group already has 55.4% vaccinated with at least one injection.

82.5% of the general population already have the full regimen, while 80.8% have at least one dose.

Source: Ministry of Health (data updated to )

End of outdoor masks for Tuesday

The Government will approve next Tuesday the end of the mandatory use of masks abroad, as advanced this morning the Chain BE and has confirmed The decision will be approved in the Council of Ministers next Tuesday, given the improvement in epidemiological data.

The mask abroad became mandatory again at the end of December, after the last Conference of Presidents and in the midst of an uncontrolled rise in the sixth wave of the pandemic, driven by the omicron variant. After several days with the data falling again and just a few days after Congress validated the measure, the Government has decided to withdraw it.