Spain has notified more than a million new cases of coronavirus in the last two weeks. Specifically, the number of infections since last December 20 has increased by 1,132,280 cases and the total now stands at 6,667,511, after the 372,766 new cases notified this Monday by the Ministry of Health. In just two weeks, more infections have been registered than during the entire month of December, because according to Health documents between December 1 and 30, the autonomous communities notified 1,122,025 new cases of coronavirus.
Since December 20, Health has reported 780 deaths from the virus, after registering 168 more in this Monday’s document. Between December 1 and December 30, 1,325 people died of Covid-19 in Spain, according to Ministry records.
As of today, the total number of deaths from coronavirus in Spain since the pandemic broke out amounts to 89,573.
Also the incidence has multiplied by three in the last two weeks. While on December 20 it was 609.38 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, this Monday it has risen up to 2,295.80 cases for every one hundred thousand inhabitants in the last 14 days. If compared to last December 1, when it stood at 217.10, the rise in this indicator has been ten times more.
The ICUs of five communities, at very high risk
In the last 24 hours there have been 1,641 admissions for coronavirus and 738 discharges. The total number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 today is 12,339 people, so that the beds occupied represent 10.10%. In the Intensive Care Units (ICU) there are 1,974 people and occupancy is already 21.18%. Catalonia doubles this percentage: the occupation of its ICUs accounts for 40.29%. According to the document indicators that the Ministry of Health and the autonomous communities use to measure the risk of the pandemic at all times, the so-called ‘Covid traffic light’ when this percentage is between 15 percent and 25 percent, the level of use of healthcare services is high. Above that 25% you are already at a very high or extreme risk and at that level are, in addition to Catalonia, Aragon, Castilla y León, the Valencian Community and the Basque Country.
The experts, in addition, consider that the peak of infections has not yet been reached and that new cases will continue to rise in the coming weeks. This has been considered by the director of the Department of Public Health and the Environment at the World Health Organization (WHO), Maria Neira, during an interview on Radio Nacional de España (RNE), in which he assured that there are still “two or a few weeks of alert” due to the ravages of the Omicron variant. “The news will be different in a few weeks perhaps, but now we must continue with that alert, especially so as not to overload the Primary Care centers, which are making an effort beyond their needs,” he said.
Although he has advocated “to see how we continue not only responding, but also preparing ourselves to reduce the risk as much as possible in subsequent weeks”, Neira has been optimistic when predicting that 2022 will be the year in which “this very acute and devastating of the virus.
During the week of December 24 to 30, a total of 2,488,254 virus detection tests (both PCR and antigen test) and the positivity rate was 28.46%. The WHO recommends keeping this percentage below 5% to consider the pandemic controlled.
In addition, Health has also published an update on the situation of the virus variants, in which it warns that Delta, predominant until December 2021, is being displaced by Ómicron, which in the week of December 13 to 19 was the 42 , 9% of the cases and the samplings carried out by PCR in 14 autonomous communities from December 20 to 26 placed it as responsible for between 22% and 79.4% of the cases.