Tuesday, March 21

The incidence falls to 786 cases and Health registers 464 deaths since Friday

The incidence drops again to 786.05 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 133 points less than on Friday. Although it is still above 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, that is, “very high” risk levels according to the Health criteria, the downward trend of this indicator is increasingly confirmed. Like the incidence, hospital pressure and daily infections also drop, returning to levels before the 2021 Christmas holidays.

The latest update of the COVID data from the Ministry of Health confirms 48,778 positives after the weekend, bringing the total to 10,858,000 infected since the start of the pandemic.

All age groups except for people between 12 and 19 years old register an incidence of less than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The strata with a lower rate are that of people between 50 and 70 years of age, who have around 500 incidence cases. In fact, people aged 60 to 69 are already out of the “very high” risk of contagion by coronavirus, with 491 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.

Although the data on the drop in infections and cases are increasingly positive, they are not the same in all the autonomous communities. Comunitat Valenciana, Extremadura, Galicia and Murcia are the only regions that report more than 1,000 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. At the bottom are three regions: Andalusia, Canary Islands and Castilla-La Mancha. The infections after the weekend are distributed as follows: Madrid registers 8,066 positives since Friday; Catalonia, 6,958; and Andalusia, 6,118 infected.

Hospital data fell again this Monday, both in terms of occupancy in hospitals by COVID patients, and in the ICU, although it fell only a few tenths compared to Friday.

464 deaths from COVID-19 are added to the official record. 98,462 people have died from the disease since the coronavirus entered the country.

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

Regarding the progress in the immunization strategy, almost 57% of children between 5 and 11 years of age have received at least one dose, while 13.6% have received the complete schedule. However, the administration of anti-COVID doses to this age group is progressing slowly.

Meanwhile, third doses continue to be injected. More than 30% of people between the ages of 20 and 29 have this booster dose, compared to 92.4% of those over 70.

The helplessness of deaths in the sixth wave: “The virus is still very dangerous for the weakest people”

Nearly 100 people continue to die every day as a result of COVID-19 in Spain, two years after the outbreak of the pandemic. While the country is moving towards a progressive return to normality, thousands of families live in pain due to the loss of their loved ones.

Among them, the feeling is repeated that society has forgotten that “the virus is still very dangerous for the weakest people.” This is how Montaña Caballero puts it, who lost her daughter María José, sick with multiple sclerosis, a month ago. She was 51 years old and had overcome the coronavirus in March 2020 after 23 days of admission. The sixth wave, despite the fact that she was vaccinated, was lethal for her.