Communities report fewer infections after the Christmas holiday, but the figures remain high | Society

The autonomous communities have reported fewer coronavirus infections this Sunday due to the effect of the Christmas holidays, when fewer detection tests are carried out and there are delays in updating the data, although the number of positives remains high. The sixth wave continues to keep the country in suspense on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the start of vaccination against the coronavirus in Spain, a personalized milestone in Araceli, 96 years old and resident in a center for the elderly.

The vaccine has saved, according to experts, some 100,000 lives and has prevented infections from translating into hospitalizations and deaths, but it has not prevented a record of positives this Christmas after the arrival of the omicron variant. The autonomous communities that have updated their data this Sunday show a decrease in infections compared to previous days, although the global figures are still high.

The decrease has been especially noticeable in Madrid, which reported 5,626 infections this Sunday compared to 20,371 on Friday (on Saturday, Christmas Day, no data was provided) and nine deaths in hospitals (two less than on Friday). Hospital admissions have increased compared to Friday, going from 844 to 1,042 in the ward, while in intensive care units, patients have risen from 174 to 191.

Catalonia has registered 19 deaths and a total of 8,502 new confirmed cases of covid in the last 24 hours, practically half of those notified 24 hours before (17,051), but the cumulative incidence at 14 days stands at 1,237 cases, 155 plus. Hospital pressure continues to increase in this autonomous community, with 1,389 hospitalized with covid this Sunday, 45 more than on Saturday, of which 381 (five more) are seriously ill in the ICU.

Catalonia is the community that has applied the most forceful measures to try to stop contagions this Christmas, such as the curfew or the closure of discos, although the representative entities of the nightlife sector will present a contentious-administrative appeal to the Court on Monday Superior of Justice of Catalonia (TSJC) against these decisions.

In Navarra, the cases of COVID-19 detected this Saturday fell by almost half, with 1,196 positives, and 142 people remain admitted to hospitals, 28 of them in intensive care.

Cantabria has registered a decrease in infections for the second day in a row, with 455 new positives in 24 hours, 177 less than the previous count, although the incidence at 14 days continues to rise and is already well above 900 cases per hundred thousand inhabitants ( 931) and those hospitalized have increased by 10, to 110.

For its part, Galicia has reported 2,770 new cases confirmed by diagnostic tests in one day, 249 less, and has 219 covid-19 patients in isolated rooms (two less), although the number of patients in serious condition increases by five admitted to intensive care units, with 55 in total.

The Balearic Islands have diagnosed 1,036 new cases of covid-19 in the last 24 hours compared to 1,159 the previous day, and one deceased, while 56 patients of covid-19 remain admitted to intensive care, with which the ICU occupation is situated at 16.42% and remains at high risk.

La Rioja has also registered fewer infections, with a total of 4,274 new positives, 152 less than the previous day, although it is one of the highest figures for the pandemic in this community, which exceeded 4,000 active cases on the 22nd. .

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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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