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Spain accumulates 214,000 new infections since Thursday, with ICUs at 18%
The increase in coronavirus infections, boosted by the new Ómicron variant and the Christmas social gatherings, once again set a record. This Monday the cumulative incidence stands at 1,206 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest number officially reached in Spain in the entire pandemic, after accounting for 214,619 new infections by the Ministry of Health since the last report, published on Thursday.
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The spread of the coronavirus variant omicron has meant a increase in positives in a test in recent weeks.
This has led to the incidence in Spain exceeding 900 cases per 100,000 inhabitants.
France renounces curfew but imposes teleworking and vaccination for leisure
The Government of Emmanuel Macron has decided not to impose a new national curfew, the end of the year, the Night of San Silvestre, but the certificate of vaccination will be essential to be able to frequent bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters, sports halls, and has declared a state of health emergency in the overseas territory of La Reunion, when the risk of an aggravation of the crisis is feared.
Why Ómicron can put us in a bind, even if it produces milder symptoms
The threat posed by the Omicron variant is measured by answering three key questions: Is it easily spread? Are we protected with vaccines or by having already passed the infection? and finally, Is it more aggressive than other versions of the virus?. Since it was identified almost a month ago, we begin to have some clues to know if it is the best or the worst that could happen to us to put an end to the pandemic. Ómicron’s first robot portrait shows that it is transmitted with great ease, partially eluding the protection of vaccines, but causing no serious symptoms. It is the first impression because there are still no absolute certainties. The most optimistic do believe that it could be the end of the pandemic because if a mild version of the virus becomes dominant, we would have a mild respiratory infection that we would simply endure.
Coronavirus: Spain faces the sixth wave: “We all hope it will be brutal but short”
The sixth will be a fast wave, but also unprecedented in the number of infected. In fact, this Monday the accumulated incidence reached 1,206 cases per 100,000 inhabitants for the first time in the entire pandemic, after adding more than 214,000 new infected since Thursday. The experts have no doubts. The level of infections is growing exponentially and shows no signs of slowing down. Just one year after the start of the vaccination campaign, yesterday Monday the President of the Government, Pedro Sánchez, admitted that in the “next few weeks” there will be “high” numbers in infections, and most communities that are on the rise forecast that the epidemic curve will be at high thresholds at least until mid-January. But the high penetration of vaccination, with 90% of the target population covered, will reduce the proportion of hospitalizations, ICU admissions and deaths. A fact that, although positive, will not make this new wave less challenging.
Reconstruction begins on La Palma: an excavator destroys the laundry to make way for the banana trees
Just two days after the end of the eruption of the Cumbre Vieja volcano was officially declared, the first maneuvers began to bring La Palma back to normalcy little by little.