The incidence curve continues to rise and this Friday stands at 323.07 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. On Friday of last week, Spain registered a rate of 248 points, so that in just seven days the cumulative incidence has risen 75 points, and 18 in one day – 305 cases of incidence were registered on Thursday. However, although the incidence levels do correspond to the ‘high’ risk of contagion of the coronavirus according to the COVID traffic light in Health, other criteria to determine the epidemiological situation, such as hospital ones, are still at low rates.
Regarding the autonomous communities, Navarra already exceeds the barrier of one thousand accumulated incidence cases, with 1,036.91 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. They are followed by the Basque Country, with 786.85 cases, and Aragon, with 605.99 incidence cases. The infections are distributed as follows: the Valencian Community registers 2,700 new infections; Catalonia, 2,528; and Andalusia, 2,272. Those are the regions that report a greater increase in positives for coronavirus in this last day.
Health has reported 17,012 new infections, a figure that was not seen since August 12, when 17,410 positives were registered. In total, 5,290,190 people have been infected with the coronavirus.
By age groups, people aged 11 and under lead the incidence cases, with a rate of 547.22 points. On the other hand, with respect to vaccinated people, those who report a higher rate are people between 40 and 49 years old, who are close to 400 accumulated incidence cases. On the other hand, people over 80 years of age show the lowest incidence, with almost 138 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
Although hospital data have registered a slight increase compared to this Thursday, they are still far from the figures seen in other moments before the pandemic. There are currently 5,569 people hospitalized for COVID-19, and 1,056 ICU patients.
In addition, 60 people have died in this last day due to the COVID-19 infection, and there are already 88,381 deaths since the start of the pandemic in Spain.
Spain fights to reach the 10% sequencing that Europe recommends to find variants such as omicron
In a few months, half of the COVID-19 infections will be caused by the omicron variant, calculates the European Center for Disease Control (ECDC). Then another will come and later another. The virus with which we have lived for two years will mutate and change its characteristics, but that does not necessarily mean that it will be more virulent. Detecting these variants, comparing them and giving notice is the main objective of sequencing. At the beginning of the year, the European Commission asked countries to increase sequencing rates to achieve at least 5% and preferably 10% of positive COVID-19 test results. In October, Europe sequenced some 300,000 samples and Spain around 3,000, according to the microbiologist of the Carlos III Health Institute María Iglesias, which represents almost 6%.
Until now, some of the variants detected, such as the delta, have been able to impose themselves on the others, but it cannot be said that they have been more aggressive. In fact, specialists explain, the goal of any virus is to perpetuate itself, becoming more contagious and less virulent whenever possible. “All the variants have done what virus variants usually do: being a little more contagious, but milder,” says Carmen Cámara, immunologist and secretary of the Spanish Society of Immunology, who considers that the vaccines available are also they will work with omicron. “What viruses want is to infect the more people the better, not kill people,” he explains.