Friday, September 24

The incidence yields another 16 points and Health registers the lowest daily number of infections since the end of June

The incidence rate at 14 days has fallen another 16 points this Tuesday and stands at 160.73 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. Although the rate of decline has slowed slightly in recent weeks, the incidence has accumulated an uninterrupted decline since the end of August and is already approaching the threshold of 150 cases, which mark the average risk level of contagion.

All the communities registered this Tuesday decreases in their incidence data. Young people also continue on a downward path: the group from 20 to 29 goes from 220 cases to 202.44 and the group from 12 to 19 falls from 296 to 269 cases per 100,000 inhabitants. This reduction in incidence in the younger groups coincides with the advance of vaccination. 75% of the population of both age groups have already received at least a first dose.

The Ministry of Health has reported 5,246 infections, a decrease compared to Friday, when 6,311 new cases were registered. The number cannot be compared with yesterday’s, since all weekend cases are added on Mondays. In total, since the beginning of the pandemic, 4,892,640 people have been infected with COVID-19.

The communities that record the highest number of new infections are Catalonia, which totals 2,306 (although it did not update its data this Monday and adds those accumulated since Friday); Madrid, which adds 693; and the Valencian Community, which notifies 358.

The authorities have also notified 138 deaths, up from 155 on Friday. The global balance of deaths from coronavirus rises to 85,066.

Meanwhile, hospital pressure continues to ease nationwide. This Tuesday the occupation of ICUs with COVID patients already falls below 15% (14.74), with 1,349 patients, and those hospitalized in conventional beds fall from 5,776 on Monday to 5,584 today, which represents an occupation of 4 , 72%.

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

The first face-to-face school year starts amid protests over the cut of thousands of teachers and the lack of distances

This week begins the first face-to-face school year since the outbreak of the pandemic in March 2020. Eight million students return to classrooms in a staggered manner during the month of September. Murcia and La Rioja took the lead on Monday; Madrid and Cantabria follow this Tuesday, although Catalonia, for example, will not start the course until next week. Classes begin peppered with protests over the recovery of pre-pandemic ratios and the reduction of thousands of backup teachers – up to 17,000, according to the calculations of the CSIF union – incorporated last year to create smaller groups and guarantee the distance between students.

The classes will be the closest thing to the pre-coronavirus world we’ve experienced so far. Although the Ministry of Education and the autonomous communities agreed on minimum measures in August (mask, distance, staggered access …), in regions such as Madrid, teachers report that the return to the maximum number of students per classroom (25 in Primary, 30 in Secondary and 35 in Baccalaureate) in a 100% face-to-face regime does not guarantee the mandatory minimum separation. This distance was relaxed after the last Inter-territorial Conference on Education, which brings together the Government and autonomous communities, from 1.5 to 1.2 meters.

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