Sunday, November 28

The incidence rate grows ten points from Friday to 82 cases and Spain adds 9,798 new infections

The incidence climbs almost 11 points since Friday and stands at 82.02 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, a number that was not seen since September 20, when an incidence of 83.43 cases was recorded. At that time, the incidence was showing a downward trend, and the cases were less every day until October 14, when the bottom of the curve was reached with 40.52 cases. Since then, different ups and downs of cases were recorded, but at the beginning of November a continuous growth of the curve was observed again: Spain began the month with 49 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and two weeks later, the rate incidence has risen more than 30 cases.

Regarding the age groups, there are large differences with respect to the reported incidence: while people aged 40 to 49 years now close to 100 cases per 100,000 inhabitants (95.80), those aged 12 to 19 remain below all 50, with 45.49 incidence cases. On the other hand, children under 12 years of age, who have not yet entered the vaccination strategy against COVID-19, continue with the highest incidence rate, with almost 120 cases.

The Ministry of Health has also notified 9,798 registered infections after the weekend. On Monday of last week, it reported 6,417 positives. In total, 5,056,954 people have been infected with the coronavirus since the pandemic began.

There are also great differences between the autonomous communities. There are two regions that are already in the range of high risk of contagion by coronavirus: Navarra, with 203.42 cases, and Euskadi, which reports 174.37 points of incidence. The communities with the lowest incidence rate are Andalusia, with 43.56 cases, and Asturias, with 46.13 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In addition, Catalonia, with 2,261 infections; Valencian Community, with 1,164; and Euskadi, which registered 1,112, are the regions that report a greater increase in positives after the weekend.

For the first time in almost a month, hospitalizations exceed 2,000 patients, with 2,180 people in hospitals with COVID. The percentage of occupancy in ICU (4.68%) and occupancy of beds by COVID patients (1.77%) also increased.

On the other hand, 43 people have died since Friday, bringing the deaths from COVID-19 since the health emergency situation began to now amount to 87,716.

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

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