The cumulative incidence of covid-19 in the Basque Autonomous Community continues to increase and now exceeds the 500 cases per 100,000 inhabitants in 14 days, after detection, on the last day more than 1200 new positive. There is, in addition, 49 people in intensive care, three more than yesterday.
In the press conference after the Governing Council, and after warning that the Basque Government will activate the health emergency after receiving the resolution of the Supreme Court, the Basque Minister of Health, Gotzone Sagardui, has given epidemiological data for the Basque Country.
Thus, the epidemiological situation in Euskadi continues with its ascending phase and adds 1274 new positives on the last day, which means that the accumulated incidence is in the 509 cases.
The impact of the virus on hospitals in the Basque Country continues to grow. Yesterday they registered 60 new hospitalizations due to coronavirus, and there are a total of 229 people on the floors of the Basque Country hospitals.
“As we told you yesterday, all Osakidetza centers have been located in the second scenario of the Contingency Plan. We have always advocated that we have a strong, responsive system. We have the capacity to triple the beds to reach 692 “, said the Minister of Health.
During her appearance, the counselor has announced that this week has been extended to 251 ICU beds in Osakidetza and 20% of them are occupied by covid patients. “As you can see, we not only have covid patients. It is a complicated time in which the confluence of different respiratory diseases also requires healthcare resources,” he added.
Regarding vaccination, Sagardui recalled that yesterday they began to vaccinate people over 60. “Yesterday, at 60-69 years, we gave them 52,228 vaccination appointments,” he said, adding that his goal is for the majority of the target population to have a booster vaccine before Christmas.
Meanwhile, the flu vaccine continues. “The campaign is going well. In fact, in 6 weeks 473,500 vaccines have been administered, 41% more than in 2019. Vaccination will continue and I want to remember that anyone who wishes can request an appointment,” stressed the counselor of Basque Government Health.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.