Wednesday, January 19

The incidence rises 31 points to 472 cases and Health confirms 28,900 new infections

The incidence in Spain is on the way to being in the range of risk of contagion ‘very high’ by coronavirus, according to Health criteria, and this Thursday the rate rises to 472.9 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, 31 points more than this Wednesday. When the accumulated incidence exceeds the barrier of 500 points, the country will leave the range of ‘high’ risk of contagion to enter the ‘very high’. However, other indicators must be taken into account, such as hospitalizations, which for the moment remain at ‘medium’ risk levels.

Two communities already exceed a thousand cases of incidence. Navarra, with 1,330.62 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, and the Basque Country, with 1,003.29 cases. Madrid, with 6,034 new infections; Valencian Community, with 3,911; and Andalusia, with 3,791 positives, are the regions with the highest increase in infections.

Daily infections also escalate: in less than two weeks they go from nearly 10,000 a day to more than 25,000 in recent days. This Thursday Health has reported 28,900 new infections, an increase compared to this Wednesday, which registered 27,140 positives. The last time that Spain registered more than 30,000 daily infections was on July 23, with 31,171 infected by the coronavirus.

There are already four age groups with an incidence rate above 500 cases. People aged 11 and under, who started receiving COVID-19 vaccines this Thursday, report 686.24 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. The other three age groups that already entered the vaccination strategy months ago and register the highest rates are people between 20 and 49 years old.

Occupancy in the ICU by COVID patients is already close to 14%, with 1,292 admitted to these units due to the infection. In addition, 6,682 people are hospitalized for COVID-19, almost 200 more than the previous day.

On the other hand, 48 people have died from COVID-19, while on Wednesday the Ministry reported 77 deaths from the disease. In total, 88,667 deaths have been registered since the start of the pandemic.

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

More than 10 million people have received the booster dose

The same day that vaccination begins for minors between 5 and 11 years old, Health reports that more than 10 million people (10,094,293) have received the booster dose against COVID-19.

In addition, half of those initially vaccinated with Janssen have the second booster shot against COVID, and 81.33% of those over 70 years of age already have this third dose.

89.7% of the target population have received the complete guideline against COVID-19, while 91.6% have at least one anti-COVID puncture. By age group, 78% of people between 30 and 39 years of age have this maximum protection against the disease, as well as almost 80% of those between 20 and 29 years of age.

Children begin to close the vaccination circle: “I thought it was going to hurt a lot, but it was super cool”

Came the day. Almost an exact year after starting vaccination, Spain this Wednesday began to close the circle of immunization. The autonomous communities have already begun to puncture minors between 11 and 5 years (included) in a day that the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, has described as a “milestone” in the vaccination process during her visit to two centers in Castilla la Mancha.

Extremadura has been one of the regions that has risen the most early. At 9:30 a.m., at the Colegio Cuidad de Mérida in the capital, Juli was already waiting for her son between certain nerves to monitor his progress. At 10.11, Alonso has walked out the door with a more complete achievement in his maturing process. “Everything was phenomenal, it didn’t hurt. I thought it was going to hurt a lot, but it was super cool,” he reassured his mother.