Sunday, December 10

The incidence stops rising and falls 9 points to 436.54 cases

The incidence falls slightly after the upward trend that began two weeks ago and this Tuesday stands at 436.54 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. In the last report it marked 445.80, therefore, it is 9.26 points less. This data is from last Friday, because Health no longer reports cases daily, as it has done since the start of the pandemic, and now publishes them twice a week.

Saliva is faster and safer than the nasal swab to detect the coronavirus in PCR

Know more

By region, although most are still below the high risk threshold that Health has set at 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, some exceed it. This is the case of Extremadura, which scores 919.58 points; Galicia, which has 903.49, or the Canary Islands, with 857.73.

In addition, since Friday, Health has reported 54,147 new cases. With that, there are already 11,378,784 people who have been infected with COVID-19 since the start of the pandemic, according to official ministry records.

On the other hand, 177 deaths have been added, bringing the total number of deaths with COVID-19 to 102,053 since March 2020.

Saliva, faster and safer to detect COVID-19 in PCR

A study published this Monday has confirmed that saliva samples identify the SARS-CoV-2 virus more quickly than nasal swab tests. The research appears in Microbiology Spectrum, Journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The results are relevant for PCR tests, but not for antigen tests, which have not been studied in this work.

“This is important because people can spread COVID-19 before they know they have it,” he says. in a press release Donald K. Milton, author of the study and professor at the Institute of Applied Environmental Health of the School of Public Health of the University of Maryland (USA). “Earlier detection can reduce the spread of the disease.”