Monday, October 18

The incidence falls to 60 cases, with 2,761 new infections and 39 deaths

The incidence in Spain has fallen to 60 infections per 100,000 inhabitants and stands at 60.6 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, figures that have not been seen for more than a year. The downward trend continues: last Friday, the incidence in Spain fell below 70 incidence cases.

Spain has reported 2,761 new infections this Wednesday, a slight decrease compared to the same day last week, when 2,840 new cases were registered. In total, 4,956,691 people have been infected by COVID since the start of the pandemic.

Catalonia, which adds 955 new cases; Madrid, which adds 397 new infections; and Andalusia, with 317 are the regions with the highest number of new cases diagnosed this Friday.

Health authorities have also reported 39 deaths, making a total of 86,397 deaths from COVID since the start of the pandemic. It represents a decrease compared to this Tuesday, when 60 deaths were reported.

70 million anti-COVID doses administered

This Wednesday, Spain has reached the symbolic figure of 70 million vaccines administered since the start of the immunization campaign against COVID-19. In total, 70,022,100 million punctures.

Although the rate of immunization has decreased compared to a few months ago and it is increasingly difficult to meet the objectives of the vaccination campaign, Spain continues to give injections. 79.4% of the population has at least one dose, and 77.1% already have the full regimen.

In addition, by age strata, the group from 12 to 19 already has 76% of those vaccinated with the full schedule. All the vaccinable age groups have complete guidelines above 70%.

The region that makes the most progress in vaccination continues to be Asturias, with 84.1% of people immunized. The Balearic Islands follow the tail, with 70.4% people with both doses.

Health considers the COVID emergency over and urges communities to rebuild Primary Care

Beyond what the daily data confirm, Spain is beginning to make gestures that show that the country is finally coming out of the pandemic. The Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, meets in person this week with all the health advisers of the autonomous communities. He has summoned them to two days of meeting in the Canary Islands with the aim of starting the reconstruction of the health system. The authorities want to start at the base: Primary Care, the most devastated link in the last year and a half. Two medical congresses, one in Zaragoza and the other in Palma, are also exploring these days, with conferences and round tables, the day after for the public system.

Primary Care professionals are “exhausted”, “in an agonizing situation”, “demobilized”, “active”. This is said by several doctors with whom has spoken about their expectations of the meeting between Health and the autonomous communities, from which a photo of unity between authorities will foreseeably come out at the end of the pandemic. “We cannot continue to say that we are the gateway to the system, that we function well, that it is the best we have, because we die. At some point we have to hit rock bottom to resurface and we are close to reaching that point,” he says. Rosa Magallón, family doctor in Zaragoza and president of the Spanish Primary Care Network.

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